Archive for July 7th, 2009

Out of The Ordinary Suitcases

Web Urbanist has a great post featuring 15 spectacular suitcases. While the one above has a distinct political message about human trafficking, not all of them do. Some of the bags are just really artistic or neat lo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/07/out-of-the-ordinary-suitcases/

Smile! (It's Mandatory)

Unlike at the Virginia DMV, where smiling is forbidden, employees at the Keihin Electric Express Railway in Japan are required to get their smiles computer-checked before clocking in for work: The device analyzes...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/07/smile-its-mandatory/

Caption Monkey 62: Egg-Laying Mountain

Today's Neatorama and Hobotopia's Caption Monkey hails all the way from China - it's about a mountain that's laying an egg. First the story, via the always amusing Ananova's Quirkies section: Officials at Gulu villag...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/07/caption-monkey-62-egg-laying-mountain/

The Waldseemüller Map: America's Birth Certificate

The map above, Universalis Cosmographia, drawn in 1507 by German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller (and hence also called the Waldseemüller Map) made news recently when conservators at the Lib...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/07/the-waldseemller-map-americas-birth-certificate/

Do "Bad Names" For Boys Doom Them to a Life of Crime?

Are you dooming your children by giving them "bad" names? Maybe so, according to this interesting study by David Kalist of Shippensburg University about the problem of "feminine" names for boys:... Shippens...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/07/do-bad-names-for-boys-doom-them-to-a-life-of-crime/

Oregon Man's Wallet Returns After 63 Years

Bill Fulton of Baker city, Oregon, doesn't remember losing his wallet.  But when Baker Middle School worker Nathan Osborne found his wallet in the gym bleachers, it brought back a flood of memories.  Fulton los...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/07/oregon-mans-wallet-returns-after-63-years/

To Protect and Serve (Doughnuts, That is)

When a local bakery got in economic trouble, the brave officers of the Michigan police department swooped in to protect it: they bought their favorite doughnut shop and re-named it Cops & Doughnuts! "To Protect...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/07/to-protect-and-serve-doughtnuts-that-is/

Flags of Forgotten Countries

Dark Roasted Blend takes a look at the flags of nations and empires that no longer exist. The double eagle is a recurring motif, found in the flags of the Byzantine Empire, Imperial Russia, Austria-Hungary, and Yugosla...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/07/flags-of-forgotten-countries/

PEN Story

(YouTube link) This ad celebrating the 50th anniversary of the PEN camera series required over 10,000 still photographs. It follows a user over 50 years. -Thanks, Chicomathmom! camera, stopmotion...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/07/pen-story/

Boogie Man Rug

Afraid of monsters under the bed? Your fears are confirmed when you have this rug from Jellio in your bedroom!Place it under your child's bed and they're sure to have the coolest room on the block. Or just place it...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/07/boogie-man-rug/

Eternal Moonwalk

This Michael Jackson tribute features hundreds of people from all over the world (and some animals and objects) attempting to recreate the Moonwalk. Most don't quite succeed, but I have to admit I spent more time than...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/07/eternal-moonwalk/

Bad Fiction Winners 2009

Yes, in the midst of sweet, sunny, sweltering, early-summer days, with the gnats swirling around your head and the bees singing their bzzzzy song, the incomparable results of the annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest have...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/07/bad-fiction-winners-2009/

Codex Sinaiticus: World's Oldest Bible Now Online

The British Library has just put Codex Sinaiticus online. The world's oldest bible, handwritten over 1,600 years ago, is now available for the general public to peruse. Just don't expect to find the familiar biblical sto...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/07/codex-sinaiticus-worlds-oldest-bible-now-online/

12 Television Characters We Never See (Even Though They Were On TV)

From Seinfeld to Inspector Gadget, there have been many unseen characters interspersed throughout television series. Their importance to the plots and messages of these shows have been undeniably considerable.Since S...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/07/12-television-characters-we-never-see-even-though-they-were-on-tv/

Spider builds doppelganger to deter predators

The Cyclosa mulmeinensis spider of Taiwan creates life sized decoys of itself to confuse predators and escape from being attacked. The clones were made out of leftover meals and egg sacs and were similar in size...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/07/spider-builds-doppelganger-to-deter-predators/

The Mysterious Voynich Manuscript

The Voynich Manuscript has been a thusfar untranslated tome filled with an unknown script, written by an unknown author, in some unknown language. Over the years, countless numberss of professional and amateur cryptograp...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/07/the-mysterious-voynich-manuscript/






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