Archive for August 16th, 2009

Super Mario Bros. as a War Movie

(YouTube Link) This faux trailer presents Super Mario Bros. as the classic war movie The Inglorious Bastards (or possibly the new Quentin Tarantino remake). It's called The Inglorious Plumbers and...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/08/16/super-mario-bros-as-a-war-movie/

The UFO Cap Umbrella

It's a rain cap! No, It's an umbrella! No, it's both! The advantages of the UFO Cap Umbrella design is that it doesn't have a handle, so you can fold it up and keep it in your purse or backpack. Since your head holds i...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/08/16/the-ufo-cap-umbrella/

Rubber Band Machine Gun

All of the original information for this gadget is in Japanese, so I can only offer CrunchGear's translation and the better-than-nothing Google Translator. It shoots 200 rubber bands in 10 seconds and takes 10 minut...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/08/16/rubber-band-machine-gun-2/

Printer Choreography

(vimeo link) Who knows how much is paper and how much is special effects in this ad made in response to a challenge from Hewlett-Packard. The finished product, named "Invent" is impressive! Created by Matt Robinson an...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/08/16/printer-choreography/

Haggis Is NOT Scottish!

I'm sure if I asked you what country do you think haggis originated from, you'd say Scotland. Well, that would be wrong. In fact, haggis was invented by the English. Food historian Catherine Brown has discovered somet...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/08/16/haggis-is-not-scottish/

The Mini Turns 50

Beloved of many, that famous icon of Britishness, the Mini, celebrates its fiftieth birthday this month.  This is the story of one of the most influential cars in history, from conception to its final British*/e...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/08/16/the-mini-turns-50/

The World's Most Beautiful River

For most part of the year, the Caño Cristales river in Colombia is just like any other river in the world. But when the season is just right, it transforms into the most beautiful river in the world:During Col...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/08/16/the-worlds-most-beautiful-river/

7 Giant Versions of Everyday Critters

Ever wish that itsy bitsy crab you had for dinner were bigger, so that you could eat more of one instead of ordering another dish? Why not order a coconut crab, a Tasmanian giant crab or a Japanese spider crab? Who know...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/08/16/7-giant-versions-of-everyday-critters/

Two Trains Collide Head-On

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTeDAst3KA0][YouTube - Link]At 5:54 AM on Wednesday June 14th, 2006 two Burlington Northern Santa Fe trains were involved in a head-on collision. One of the locomotives had a c...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/08/16/two-trains-collide-head-on/

Using A Rotary Phone As A Burglar Alarm

Russell Neff has an ingenious homemade alarm system that costs him absolutely zero in monthly fees. You too can make one, if you only have a rotary phone ...He removed the receiver of his telephone and dialed all but...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/08/16/using-a-rotary-phone-as-a-burglar-alarm/

A New Way to Treat Dementia

When her mother started to show symptoms of dementia because of Alzheimer's, Penny Garner never imagined that she would one day spearhead a radical new way to treat people with dementia. In dementia, patients have l...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/08/16/a-new-way-to-treat-dementia/

Why Honeyguide Birds "Talk" To Humans

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SN5igku_kGk][YouTube - Link]The Kenyan honeyguide bird has an unusual and very remarkable behavior: it engages in an interspecies collaboration with humans to locate African bee co...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/08/16/why-honeyguide-birds-talk-to-humans/

Bot Can Cook: Ramen-Bots Cook The Perfect Bowl of Noodle

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hwmhIvZXJ0][YouTube - Link]Where else but in Japan do you see the ultimate combination of robot and ramen? Instead of (puny) human chefs, a restaurant in Japan has programmed indu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/08/16/bot-can-cook-ramen-bots-cook-the-perfect-bowl-of-noodle/

Ex-Con Tour Guides

If you're lost in Naples, look for the helpful guides in the yellow vests. They can reorient you, escort you through dodgy neighborhoods and advise you on foiling pickpockets. What gives their advice such authority is th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/08/16/ex-con-tour-guides/

Why Do Pro Athletes Almost Always Go Broke?

They earn millions playing pro sports and doing product endorsements, yet consider these startling statistics:Similar to lottery winners, with no financial prowess or discipline, most pro athletes go completely broke...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/08/16/why-do-pro-athletes-almost-always-go-broke/

Flak Towers: The Continuing Legacy of the Luftwaffe

In 1940, Hitler, incensed by the successful bombing of Berlin by the RAF. ordered the construction of three enormous flak towers to protect the city. Soon afterwards, this idea quickly spread around Germany.  Co...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/08/16/flak-towers-the-continuing-legacy-of-the-luftwaffe/






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