Archive for September 3rd, 2009

The 6 Most Frequently Quoted Bullshit Animal Facts

Remember all those cools facts you learned about animals when you were 10? Totally false. For example, you've heard that lemmings commit mass suicide. This rumor was probably started in the early 19th Century. Scien...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/the-6-most-frequently-quoted-bullshit-animal-facts/

People of Walmart

People of Walmart is a user-generated image blog with a niche that’s as easy as shooting fish in a barrel. Honestly, when you’re talking about the world’s largest discount store, where you can find almost anythin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/people-of-walmart/

Super Massive Black Hole

Scientists have detected a black hole 12.8 billion light-years away, which means it was around when the universe was very young. This one is a billion times the size of our sun! The light from the black hole (or more cor...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/super-massive-black-hole/

Is It Ethical To Engineer Delicious Cows That Feel No Pain?

That's the question that Jeremy Hsu asks, given innovations in genetic engineering: In 2006, researchers found six Pakistani children who felt no pain due to an inactivated gene, and who constantly had bruises and...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/is-it-ethical-to-engineeer-delicious-cows-that-feel-no-pain/

Thief Identified Through His Turd

This has got to be one of the strangest police investigations ever. Detectives in Valencia County, New Mexico, identified a possible suspect by extracting DNA from a very unusual piece of evidence left by the thief: his...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/thief-identified-through-his-turd/

Got ADHD? Skip the Amusement Park Line!

Does your child have ADHD? Good news: now you can skip the line at the amusement park in the United Kingdom, thanks to the anti-discrimination laws of the country:Hyperactive children and those with attention-deficit...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/got-adhd-skip-the-amusement-park-line/

Cat Ladies

Why do some people (usually women) hoard cats? What makes somebody, that would otherwise be normal, be "the crazy cat lady"? Perhaps its mental imbalance (a specific obsessive-compulsive behavior known as compu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/cat-ladies/

School for Nervous and Backward Children

The Reed School for Nervous and Backward Children (1906)The University of Washington Libraries has a very interesting collection of over 450 print advertisements in local magazines, city directories, and theater pamphlet...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/school-for-nervous-and-backward-children/

The 497 Mile Long Street (800 km)

Can you imagine driving 500 miles on one road? Not a highway, not a freeway, a road. In central Brazil, there is such a road.There is a road in central Brazil that is 497 miles long. Big deal you say? We are talking...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/the-497-mile-long-street-800-km/

What 20 Websites Looked Like When They Were First Launched

Image: Daily Telegraph The Daily Telegraph has an image gallery of twenty websites when they were first published. It includes Google, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Craiglist. The image above is of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/how-20-websites-looked-when-they-were-first-launched/

What Is It? Game 109

Oops - I almost forgot! Today is the we all get to play the guessing game, courtesy of the always awesome What is it? Blog. Can you guess what this strange (and dangerous!) looking tool is for?And today...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/what-is-it-game-109/

10 (More!) Eccentric Genetically Modified Fruits & Veggies

The food we eat – from corn to cattle – has been domestically modified for thousands of years. Today scientists, agronomists and geneticistsare taking the next step: improving our food from the inside out. Aller...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/10-more-eccentric-genetically-modified-fruits-veggies/

A Commute Worse Than Yours

Two feuding French mayors have taken steps to make their constituent's commute into Paris extra painful. The mayor of Levallois-Perret made D909 into a one way street to help reduce commuter traffic going through his d...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/a-commute-worse-than-yours/

If Hollywood Taught Science Class

This Cracked Photoshop competition asked what science classes would be like if science were as it is portrayed in movies. This CPR poster is only one of the top 19 funny images. Don’t skip reading “The Benefits of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/if-hollywood-taught-science-class/

No fingerprints? No cash!

Steve Valdez of Tampa, Florida had a check written to him from his wife. He took a check to her bank to cash it. Bank of America requires a thumbprint to cash a check from anyone who does not hold an account there. The p...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/no-fingerprints-no-cash/

How to Earthquake-Proof a Building

Image: Physorg.com How do you earthquake-proof a building? Apparently it involves allowing the building to shake in a controlled fashion. Clay Dillow explains one new use of this approach: A research team led...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/how-to-earthquake-proof-a-building/

Waffly Wedded Wife

(YouTube link) It was a simple slip of the tongue, but the bride’s and groom’s nerves turned the ceremony into a real hoot! -via BuzzfeedFunny, Wedding...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/waffly-wedded-wife/

Naked Neighbour ‘put me off men’

Denise Woodage of Reading, England told a court that the sight of her neighbor naked put her off men and sausages for life. 53-year old Paul Darlow was arrested for indecent exposure after Woodage saw him naked in his ga...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/naked-neighbour-put-me-off-men/

Lrry, A Fire Breathing Robo-Beast

Italian artist Lyle Rowell rides slowly on a 1,900 pound mechanical animal that breathes fire! It walks on two front legs and rolls on two back wheels. He calls it Lrry. The contraption is the product of four mont...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/lrry-a-fire-breathing-robo-beast/

An Extravagant Travel Trailer

Photo: Snakeliner Andrew Liszewski of OhGizmo! suspects that the Snakeliner Presidential Suite may be the most extravagant travel trailer on the market. When fully expanded, its 969 square feet of space incl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/an-extravagant-travel-trailer/

Eye Augmentation in the Future

Image: Raygun Studio Babak A. Parviz, a bionanotechnologist at the University of Washington, writes that in the future, biotech innovations could lead to display screens inside contact lenses: These visions (if...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/eye-augmentation-in-the-future/

Interstellar Cloud is a Giant Mothball!

Michael Duncan and colleagues from the University of Georgia made this shocking discovery: interstellar clouds are basically a giant mothball!... researchers from the University of Georgia have just shown for the fir...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/interstellar-cloud-is-a-giant-mothball/

Neatorama Shop Story: Sweet Nothings

The following is a Neatorama Shop Story, a narrative starring the products carried in this blog's very own online store. Sweet NothingsZurich, 1916. A foggy and bleak afternoon. Gazing upon an e...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/neatorama-shop-story-sweet-nothings/

Mature Brains Led to Reckless Teenagers

It's common sense to think that teenage recklessness come from their immaturity - but could the opposite actually be true? A team led by psychiatrist Gregory Berns of Emory University conducted a study with the paradoxic...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/mature-brains-led-to-reckless-teenagers/

The Crying Glacier

This striking image of a crying glacier (a perfect example of pareidolia) is from a melting glacier in in the Arctic ice cap of Norway. Marine photographer and environmental lecturer Michael Nolan snapped the photos:...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/the-crying-glacier/

Madison, Wisconsin's Official Bird: Pink Plastic Flamingo!

The budget wasn't the only thing that the council members of Madison, Wisconsin, had to consider during its meeting: they also decided to make the plastic lawn flamingo its official bird!The new mascot was debated for fi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/madison-wisconsins-official-bird-pink-plastic-flamingo/

Sophie Can Walk

When Sophie McInnes was born on September 16, 2006, doctors said that she'd be unable to walk for at least a year. Her father, Gavin McInnes, simply wouldn't accept it as medical fact. Here's the documentary Sophie Can...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/sophie-can-walk/

Road Closed

Photo: cindy47452 [Flickr]... on account of trees gone berserk! Nom ... nom ... nom ... This and other funny and otherwise notable signs in the Outrageous Signs Flickr pooltree, street sign, road closed...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/road-closed/

Happy 4th Blogiversary, Miss Cellania!

Oh, where are me manners - with everything that's been going on with preparing for the new baby and all, I've been neglecting doing my usual round of visiting my favorite blogs, including those run by Neatoramanauts, for...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/happy-4th-blogiversary-miss-cellania/

Man Slaps Stranger's Toddler: "If You Don't Shut That Baby Up I WIll Shut Her Up For You"

Sixty one year old Georgia man named Roger Stephens was apparently fed up with a crying toddler while shopping at Walmart. Not one to suffer in silence (just look at that scowl!) Roger took matters to his own hands - lit...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/03/man-slaps-strangers-toddler-if-you-dont-shut-that-baby-up-i-will-shut-her-up-for-you/




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