Archive for May 4th, 2009

The Island Where People Live Longer

You may have heard of the longevity of people who live on Okinawa or Sardinia.  These areas of the globe where locals are reknowned for living long are collectively named 'blue zones.' Now researcher Dan Buettner...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/04/the-island-where-people-live-longer/

Star Wars Wedding (on Star Wars Day, Of Course!)

Since today is Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you), perhaps it's only fitting that two of the movie series' best fans are getting married ... in full costume, of course! The guests were told: 'Members of the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/04/star-wars-wedding-on-star-wars-day-of-course/

Did Gauguin Slash Off Vincent van Gogh's Ear?

Legend has it that Vincent van Gogh cut off his left ear after a falling out with Paul Gauguin. But a new study by German art historians Hans Kaufmann and Rita Wildegans claimed that it was actually the result of Gauguin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/04/did-gauguin-slashed-off-vincent-van-goghs-ear/

The Code the CIA Can't Crack

In 1988, artist James Sanborn was commissioned to create an outdoor sculpture to adorn the CIA's facility in Langley, Virginia. So he created Kryptos, a 10-foot high scroll of copper filled with letters....

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/04/the-code-the-cia-cant-crack/

Happy Star Wars Day!

Rich pointed out that today is Star Wars Day {wiki}. The reason we celebrate on this day is explained in this graphic found at The blog of a Sci-Fi Geek. Link Star Wars, pun...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/04/happy-star-wars-day/

Name the Top Ten Newspapers

You may have heard that newspapers are dying, but people still buy them every day. Today's Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss asks you to name the top ten newspapers in the United States as computed by daily circulation. Y...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/04/name-the-top-ten-newspapers/

Dalmatian Cupcakes

Lisa Smiley made dalmatian cupcakes for a five-year-old's birthday party. They are too cute to eat! She also made (and posted pictures of) cupcakes with little firefighter's hats and hoses on top. Link -via Everlasting...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/04/dalmation-cupcakes/

Success is the Best Revenge

When Pooja Chopra was an infant, her father ordered her mother Neera to kill her. Instead, Neera left her home and husband with her two daughters and never looked back. The baby girl, who might have never seen her first...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/04/success-is-the-best-revenge/

Strange Costumes at the London Marathon

Buzzfeed collected pictures of the 50 best costumes spotted at the London Marathon last week. This carrot ranked #7. Can you imagine running 26 miles like this? Link costumes, London Marathon...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/04/strange-costumes-at-the-london-marathon/

Odd Day

Ron Gordon, the California teacher who founded and promoted Square Root Day reminds us that Thursday is another math holiday, Odd Day! The calendar date (as written by people in the US) will be 5-7-9, which only happens...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/04/odd-day/

Second-Chance Spiders

36 hours after drowning, wolf spiders were able to revive themselves and suffered no ill effects, scientists discovered recently. A study at the University of Rennes in France found that wolf spiders died after 24 to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/04/second-chance-spiders/

The Weird Life Cycle of the Ladybug

It is that time of year again and as the aphid population swells, so will that of the ladybug.  The insect itself has a fairly strange life cycle and here it is for you in all its wonderful gory, sorry, glory.Th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/04/the-weird-life-cycle-of-the-ladybug/

Taco Bell Drive-Thru Folk Song

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uwY3sjqYX0][YouTube - Link]A variation on the rap drive-thru.  Done for viral advertising purposes but still enjoyable.  I think Neatorama ran a less-slick version of th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/04/taco-bell-drive-thru-folk-song/

Frosty Shaking Its Tail Feather

So - I posted Snowball the parrot, the subject of a very scientific experiment to see if birds can dance. But Snowball might well just have two left claws when compared to a bird named Frosty.Here's a clip of Frosty the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/04/frosty-shaking-its-tail-feather/

Which Disney Princess Are You?

Which Disney princess are you? Just answer these 10 probing (kidding!) questions over at Brainfall to find out. Apparently, I'm Pocahontas:You defy convention and sometimes do what is considered taboo. Unfortunately,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/04/which-disney-princess-are-you/

How NOT to take a Breathylzer Test

In this short and sweet Serbian video clip, cops stopped a grandpa and administered a breathalyzer test ... they didn't even have to turn the thing on to bust him for drinking.See what happened: Link [embedded YouTube cl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/04/how-not-to-take-a-breathylzer-test/






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