Archive for March 16th, 2009

Flight Attendant Rap

(College Humor link) David from Southwest Airlines has a shtick that's a welcome break from the usual pre-flight instructions! -via Digg rap, flight attendant, preflight instructions...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/16/flight-attendant-rap/

Rabbit Chases A Snake Up A Tree

This is one tough rabbit, it's not only rough enough to take on a snake, but it actually manages to get the snake to try to climb a tree. Link Via I Am Boredanimals, rabbit chasing snakes, snakes in trees...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/16/rabbit-chases-a-snake-up-a-tree/

Urban Legend, Reality or Both? Amazing Collection of Hidden Vintage Cars Found

The story behind this saga of the mysterious old car collection is long, twisted and still uncertain. Some time ago someone anonymously posted pictures of dozens or more classic cars covered in dust and apparently hi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/16/urban-legend-reality-or-both-amazing-collection-of-hidden-vintage-cars-found/

No Other Typewriter Can Do This

Modern Mechanix blog spotted this in a copy of Ye Olde (1918!) National Geographic Magazine: an advertisement for a typewriter with variable fonts.No Other Typewriter Can Do This— Change instantly from Mi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/16/no-other-typewriter-can-do-this/

Cognitive Ability Declines Starting at Age 27

Sorry to bring you the bad news, guys. Timothy Salthouse, Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia studying cognitive aging, found that reasoning, speed of thought and spatial visualization start to decline...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/16/cognitive-ability-declines-starting-at-age-27/

Joel Scilley's Audiowood Turntable

Joel Scilley of Audiowood combines his love of music and woodworking into an amazing work of art: behold his custom turntable "Barky" made from a raw-edged slice of log!Check out the rest of his turntables: htt...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/16/joel-scilleys-audiowood-turntable/

Seattle Post-Intelligencer Will Stop Publishing Newspaper, Become Web Only

Ever since the advents of the Internet, online publishing, and now blogs, people have tooted (is that the right verb? anyhoo ... ) the clarion calls of the immiment demise of print media.And now, the economic crisis have...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/16/seattle-post-intelligencer-will-stop-publishing-newspaper-become-web-only/

Goodbye Sci Fi, Hello Syfy!

Talkin' bout change, the Sci Fi channel is ditching the name they had for over two decades for something new: Syfy. Yes, you read that right. Syfy.Why? Because "Sci Fi" is too limiting, apparently:The princ...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/16/goodbye-sci-fi-hello-syfy/

Photo-Recognition Software Indentifies Tigers

The stripe patterns on tigers are unique to the individual animal, but sufficiently similar that matching by humans is tedious and imperfect.  The new software automates the process.  The most obvious applica...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/16/photo-recognition-software-indentifies-tigers/

Where Is That (Tournament-Bound) School?

The NCAAA basketball tournament starts this week! The 64 teams are scheduled, but how familiar are you with the schools? Today's Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss asks you to identify the state in which certain colleges (...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/16/where-is-that-tournament-bound-school/

Sierpinkski Lace

Math meets home decor in this tatted Sierpinski triangle by mathematician Ted Ashton! The tiny lace triangles became fractals as they are connected. Link -via Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories math, fractal, Sierpinski...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/16/sierpinkski-lace/

Nuclear Waste Storage

What does the United States do with its nuclear waste? According to the Department of Energy, there is enough spent nuclear waste in the United States to fill a football-field-sized hole 15 feet deep. From a pletho...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/16/nuclear-waste-storage/

First Child Born in Antarctica

Emilio Marcos Palma made history, and the Guiness Book of World Records, in 1978 just by being born! His father was in charge of the Argentine army's Esperanza Base near the tip of the Antarctic peninsula. As a politic...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/16/first-child-born-in-antarctica/

5 Ways 'Common Sense' Lies To You Everyday

The human brain is quite susceptible to logical fallacies that can mess up our lives and our societies. One of them is probability. Our brains are stupid when it comes to calculating probability. As a result, we all...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/16/5-ways-common-sense-lies-to-you-everyday/

Top Ten Bizarre Food Festivals

The town of Oaxaca, Mexico celebrates Noche de Rábanos, or Night of the Radishes, every December. Radishes up to two feet long are carved into intricate scenes as carvers compete for prizes. It's just one of ten bizar...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/16/top-ten-bizarre-food-festivals/

Roman Candles

Everything you ever wanted to know about Roman candles, including how to make your own, in in this article at Confession of a Fireworks Man. I once made the mistake of thinking I could hold a one-inch display candl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/16/roman-candles-2/

Neatorama is Hiring: Illustrators and Models

Psst! Do you want to make a few extra bucks? The economy is tough out there for artists but we have good news for you: we are hiring freelance graphic designers to design nifty T-shirts for the Neato...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/16/neatorama-is-hiring-illustrators-and-models/

Neatorama Mystery Sale Update - 3/16/09

Hello, everyone! A few weeks ago, we had our third Mystery Sale, and the response had been overwhelming (thank you to everybody who participated!)I know many of you are wondering where your Mystery box shipment is at. Fo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/16/neatorama-mystery-sale-update-31609/

6 Crazy Veterinary Procedures

Veterinary medicine is a truly interesting field. On one hand, many procedures and medications are created for and tested on animals before they are used on humans. Alternatively, because there are so many species of ani...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/16/6-crazy-veterinary-procedures/

Cake of Resignation

When Neil Berrett decided that he wanted to resign from his job because of a health issue in his family, he decided that rather than give his boss a ho-hum resignation letter, he'd give him a yummy one instead!"Dear...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/16/cake-of-resignation/

Obama-Fingers Fried Chicken Tenders

Obamamania is a boon for businesses trying to cash in on the new President's popularity - and while we opt to skip most of 'em on Neatorama, I find this one fascinatingly irresistible to post: German frozen food company...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/16/obama-fingers-fried-chicken-tenders/

To Kill A Mockingbird / Exorcist Mash Up Painting by Dave MacDowell

Image: Dave MacDowell Studios [Flickr]This is excellent: Artist Dave MacDowell painted this mash-up drawing of To Kill A Mockingbird/Exorcist for a show at Thinkspace Art Gallery.Don't miss Dave's other pop-culture acryl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/16/to-kill-a-mockingbird-exorcist-mash-up-painting-by-dave-macdowell/

Man Paid Electric Bill with Duffle Bags of Pennies

John Almany David Crigger was surprised to find that his electric bill jumped to $350, so he decided to get even with his utility company:That many pennies weighs about 170 pounds, so the two men worked to carry the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/16/man-paid-electric-bill-with-duffle-bags-of-pennies/

Dangle by Phil Traill: What Does This Red Cord Do?

While out on a walk, a man came across a red cord hanging down from the sky. Naturally, he decided to pull it ...Watch "Dangle," a short film by Phil Traill, to find out what happened: Link [embedded Atom video...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/16/dangle-by-phil-traill-what-does-this-red-cord-do/

Fake Brands in Hollywood Movies

When the movie script calls for a product as prop, directors and writers often take this opportunity to create their own fake brand. Some are used only once, but quite a few become in-jokes that get propagated from movie...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/16/fake-brands-in-hollywood-movies/

Jenga Pistol

What's more fun than playing Jenga? Why, playing Jenga with a Jenga Pistol, of course! Here's Matthias Wandel showing us his invention, a wooden pistol powered by a rubber band: The game of Jenga was possibly designe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/16/jenga-pistol/

True Blood "Emergency Vampire" Posters

I spotted these in Auckland, New Zealand (where the show True Blood is only just starting on TV). They're made of wood, and the stakes are designed to snap off in case a vampire attacks. They're screwed dow...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/16/true-blood-emergency-vampire-posters/

Holi: The Festival of Colors

Early March saw the annual spring Festival of Color, or Holi, in the Hindu world.  If you are a clean freak, then Holi may not be for you.  As part of the festival it is people's religious duty to spla...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/16/holi-the-festival-of-colors/

7 Phenomenal Wonders of the Natural World

Mother Earth, although slowly deteriorating, still keeps on giving us beautiful pieces of art. The list shows us that after all this time trying to create wonderful Obra Maestras, Mother Earth still beats us at maki...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/03/16/7-phenomenal-wonders-of-the-natural-world/
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