Archive for May 20th, 2009

A Goose Flying Upside Down

Photographer Brian MacFarlane was taking pictures of a gaggle of geese flying during turbulent weather. This goose had a particularly strange style of flyin' in high winds:Your eyes do not deceive you - this puzzling...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/20/a-goose-flying-upside-down/

Static : Pulse

static : pulse from Samuel Cockedey on Vimeo. Back in April we had put up a time lapse video clip by Samuel Cockedey called Remanence : Variance and folks seemed to have enjoyed watching it. Samuel, was kind enough t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/20/static-pulse/

Tear Gas and Tasers: Kids Get in on the ... Fun?

It is hard to resist a Florida joke here but really, it is a wonderful state ... for the most part. What is truly amazing is not that dozens of children were tazered in the same state, nor that it was all on the same day...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/20/tear-gas-and-tasers-kids-get-in-on-the-fun/

Croatians Voted for an Honest "Rip-Off" Politician

Croatian politican Josko Kraljevic Risa was elected as mayor in Prolozac with a uniquely refreshing political strategy: he opted to tell voters the truth that he'll rip them off at every opportunity! Bare-faced Josko...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/20/croatians-voted-for-a-honest-rip-off-politician/

"Duck Man" a Local Hero For Saving Baby Ducks

Joel Armstrong, a loan officer at the Sterling Savings in downtown Spokane, Washington, became known as the "Duck Man" when he saved a gaggle clutch of ducklings from plunging from their nest on a 12-foot-high...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/20/duck-man-a-local-hero-for-saving-baby-ducks/

Helping Geeks Meet Women

As the mangled saying goes and TIME Magazine proclaimed, the geek shall inherit the Earth ... but they have a little bit of trouble meeting women. So Neumont University, a computer-science only school, decided to help th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/20/helping-geeks-meet-women/

Personal Trainer's New Year's Resolution: Get Fat!

Most people's New Year's resolutions usually involve losing weight, but Australian underwear model and personal trainer Paul "PJ" James's was the exact opposite: he wanted to become fat to better understand his...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/20/personal-trainers-new-years-resolution-get-fat/

Missing Link Connects Humans With ... Lemurs?!

Paleontologist Jorn Hurum lead a team of scientists to analyze a 47-million-year-old fossil above (named "Ida") and came up with this intriguing conclusion: it is a critical missing-link species in the evolutio...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/20/missing-link-connects-humans-with-lemurs/

Alan-Allan-Allen

Today's Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss might be difficult. It was for me! You'll be given ten well-known men, all with the same first or middle name. Do they spell it Alan, Allan, or Allen? I scored just 40%, and I tho...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/20/alan-allan-allen/

Virtual White House Tour

Here's a site that can keep you busy for a long time! This virtual tour of the White House has current floor plans of each floor and section of the building as well as ground layouts -PLUS historical floor plans from v...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/20/virtual-white-house-tour/

Interesting Bridges

Dark Roasted Blend has a photo-heavy roundup of interesting bridge construction, beginning with views of several bridges being built across huge gorges in China. The bridge shown is part of the Jinji Expressway. Also s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/20/interesting-bridges/

Doctor Uses Household Drill on Boy's Head

12-year-old Nicholas Rossi fell off his bike in Maryborough, Victoria, Australia. His parents rushed him to the local hospital, where Dr. Rob Carson saw the child's brain was bleeding. The hospital did not have the equip...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/20/doctor-uses-household-drill-on-boys-head/

10 Failed Toy Lines Based on Movies

Because Star Wars created a demand for movie toys (and none existed when the movie premiered), toy companies now make them available before they know whether the movie is a hit or a bomb. This makes for lots o...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/20/10-failed-toy-lines-based-on-movies/

Clock Clock: Integrated Timepiece Created Using 24 Individual Clocks

This Clock Clock by Humans Since 1982 uses 24 individual analog clocks to tell the time! Technabob explains: It took me a second to figure out what was going on when I first got a look at this table full of analog cl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/20/clock-clock-integrated-timepiece-created-using-24-individual-clocks/

The Danish Free Newspaper War of 2006

Jon Lund of New Media Trends wrote a fascinating post about the Danish Free Newspaper War, which happened when newspapers tried to "out-free" a free Icelandic paper that entered their market. The whole thing en...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/20/the-danish-free-newspaper-war-of-2006/

How Seashells Can Teach Us About Neural Networks

Image: Alistair BoettigerThe meticulous design of a seashell sure is pretty to you and me, but when UC Berkeley biophysicist George Oster looked at one, he saw something else entirely: neural networks. Here's why: Du...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/20/how-seashells-can-teach-us-about-neural-networks/

8-Bit Fatalities by Steven Lefcourt

Image: TastyPaints.com [Flickr]Steven Lefcourt of TastyPaints was inspired by the controversy over the violence in video games to create this set of 8-Bit Fatalities: Before Mortal Kombat, violence in video games was...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/20/8-bit-fatalities-by-steven-lefcourt/

Grilled Cheesecake Sandwich

What would make a good dessert after a meal of grilled cheese sandwich? Why, a grilled cheesecake sandwich, of course! Jessie Oleson of Cakespy explains: Grilled cheese is pretty much the best thing since sliced brea...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/05/20/grilled-cheesecake-sandwich/
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