Archive for July 11th, 2009

You Can Re-Edit Star Wars!

Star Wars Uncut is a web project where 472 fans each remake 15 seconds of Star Wars: A New Hope, and then the clips are assembled into one big, weird remake. The project is currently seeking participant...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/11/you-can-re-edit-star-wars/

Famous Same Sex Penguin Couple Calls it Quits

It seems like no long term relationship is safe these days. First it's Jon and Kate and now sadly it's Harry and Pepper. Harry and Pepper are a pair of adorable male Magellan penguins at the San Francisco Zoo. They ha...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/11/famous-same-sex-penguin-couple-calls-it-quits/

Rent Dodger Lives Here: A Landlord Resorted to Public Shaming to Oust Rent Dodger

When landlord Elaine Stenson couldn't get her tenants to pay their rent for months and ignored legal notices to vacate the premises, she decided on a very old (medieval, actually) technique: public shaming. And while the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/11/rent-dodger-lives-here-a-landlord-resorted-to-public-shaming-to-oust-rent-dodger/

410 Pound Weight Loss

At 650 pounds, David Smith contemplated suicide. But then he decided to lose the weight, and dropped 410 pounds in a little over two years. “I decided that the best way to get over my fear was to destroy it …...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/11/410-pound-weight-loss/

Children Cheat on Exercise Study

A study by Mile End Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine in the Whitechapel area of London, England asked 11- and 12-year-olds to wear pedometers to measure their activity. Researchers were surprised to find that the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/11/children-cheat-on-exercise-study/

The 10 Oldest Still-Inhabited Cities

I live in a house that is over 100 years old. That's pretty old by US standards, but can you imagine living in a city that is 12,000 years old? That would be Damascus, Syria, with a population of four million people. W...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/11/the-10-oldest-still-inhabited-cities/

42 Tons of Trash Removed

The home of John R. Mallgren of Mastic Beach, New York was condemned for unsafe conditions. Workers then removed 85,000 pounds of debris from the property, which required 10 garbage trucks! The city is sending the $8,742...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/11/42-tons-of-trash-removed/

Survey Reveals The French Seen as Worst Tourists in The World

According to a survey of over 4,000 hotel owners throughout the world, the French are considered the worst tourists in the world.  The survey was conducted by polling company TNS Infratest for the  Internet tra...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/11/survey-reveals-the-french-seen-as-worst-tourists-in-the-world/

Beware: Llamas are on the Loose!

A poor unsuspecting couple in Kentucky were visited by the ringleader of a gang of not-so vicious llamas. Felicity and her furry partners in crime had spent the night out partying and terrorizing shubbery.   Slow...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/11/beware-llamas-are-on-the-loose/

Key with Keyring Built In

Sometimes the answer is so obvious that it's silly to think that no one has though of it before, but here it is: a key with a keyring built right in!The Split Key Ring is the latest creation of engineer/artist/mad scient...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/11/key-with-keyring-built-in/

Squids Can See Without Eyes

The evolution of the eye is fascinating stuff (in a nutshell, the eye is so complex that Creationists claim that it couldn't possibly have evolved ... and scientists countered that...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/11/squids-can-see-without-eyes/

The Shiv Crucifix and Other Improvised Weapons by Inmates

Necessity may be the mother of inventions, but prison seems to be a particularly fertile birthing ground. Take a look at these collection of improvised tools, escape equipments and weapons made by inmates undoubtedly ins...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/11/the-shiv-crucifix-and-other-improvised-weapons-by-inmates/

A Desert Rhubarb: A Self-Irrigating Plant

The desert rhubarb has a remarkable ability to move water in channels down its leaves in a way that lets water penetrate much deeper than other plants can: Ecologists had been puzzling over the desert rhubarb...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/11/a-desert-rhubarb-a-self-irrigating-plant/

The World's First Projectile Taser

Taser International has developed an extended-range taser. It is a 12-gauge shotgun that shoots a shocking cartridge over 100 feet: The teases have revealed little actual info, but a Taser press release highl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/11/the-worlds-first-projectile-taser/

Doomwatch: What Do You Most Need to Be Terrified Of?

In a busy life, it can be hard to find the time to peruse news sources for the latest things that journalists want us to be panicked about. That's why you can save time by using Doomwatch, which indexes terms used in th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/11/doomwatch-what-do-you-most-need-to-be-terrified-of/

The Meat House Kit

The Hot Dog Hideaway Kit: it's like Lincoln Logs, except that the pieces of made of meat, instead of wood: What child doesn't imagine a house made of meat during the holidays? Our bestselling Hot Dog Hideaway...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/11/the-meat-house-kit/

The Jedi Drinking Song

(YouTube Link) This song performed by the Austin-based celtic band Brobdingnagian Bards describes the intoxicated adventures of Luke Skywalker. Here's a sample of the lyrics: A long time ago, in a pub far away,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/11/the-jedi-drinking-song/

The Everlasting Pill

Wouldn't it nice if one dose of medicine could be used over and over? The was the premise behind the everlasting cathartic pill. It was made of metal, and leeched out antimony as it passed through the digestive system, a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/11/the-everlasting-pill/

Kandor the Miniature Kryptonian City in a Bottle by Mike Kelley

Los Angeles-based artist Mike Kelley brought the bottle city of Kandor from the Superman comic series to life. If you don't know, Kandor is a Kryptonian city miniaturized by Brainiac and kept in a bottle by Superman:...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/11/kandors-the-miniature-kryptonian-city-in-a-bottle-by-mike-kelley/

Tower Block Musical

Anton Hecht, who brought us Blinking Balet (a wonderful YouTube clip of old people dancing in the street to Prokofiev's Dance of the Knights posted before on Neatorama) is back. In his new clip, Anton interviewed the res...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/07/11/tower-block-musical/
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