Archive for September 9th, 2009

One Fast Cat

Sarah, a cheetah at the Cincinnati Zoo, set a world record for the 100 meter dash today by covering the distance in 6.13 seconds. The event was held at Mast Farm, the zoo’s cheetah breeding facility. The race is a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/09/one-fast-cat/

NASA Levitates Mouse Using Magnetic Fields

Charles Q. Choi of Live Science writes that scientists working for NASA used a superconducting magnet that simulates some of the effects of gravity to lift a mouse into the air. The agency has been working on s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/09/nasa-levitates-mouse-using-magnetic-fields/

Humans Have Made or Discovered Over 50 Million Unique Chemicals

Yesterday, the American Chemical Society's database of identified, unique chemical substances hit the 50 million mark. Most of these discoveries were made quite recently: “A novel substance is either isolated o...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/09/humans-have-made-or-found-over-50-million-unique-chemicals/

Sleeping In Separate Beds May Help Marriages

A new study shows that sleeping in separate beds can help your health and your relationship. Dr. Neil Stanley, a sleep researcher, believes that by not sharing a bed with your partner you may be decreasing the risks of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/09/sleeping-in-separate-beds-may-help-marriages/

Fur Elise with Animal Sounds

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bebDG8aVc3M][YouTube - Link] The sounds of a cat on bass purr, a loon on lead vocal, two owls, wood stork and cuckoo (solo) are the sole musical instruments in this furr...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/09/fur-elise-with-animal-sounds/

Is Wearing a Hitler Moustache a Good Idea?

Is the Hitler moustache history?  Since World War II it has not been popular, but long before Hitler rose to power, the toothbrush was the signature look of Charlie Chaplin.   In fact, the tiny mous...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/09/is-wearing-a-hitler-moustache-a-good-idea/

Oh My God, It's Full of Stars!

Image: NASAThe Hubble Space Telescope has got new glasses after astronauts refurbished it in May 2009, and now NASA has kindly released snapshots from the 19-year-old space telescope.I'm particularly awestruck with this...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/09/oh-my-god-its-full-of-stars/

What's So Special About 9/9/09?

Why are people so enthralled with today's date? What's so special about 9/9/09? Heather whipps explains over at LiveScience, in which she blames Pythagoras:Though usually discredited as bogus, numerologists do have a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/09/whats-so-special-about-9909/

Nepalese Teenager Turns Human Hair into Solar Panels

Eighteen-year-old Milan Karki of Nepal has invented a new type of solar panel that uses human hair as a conductor: The hair replaces silicon, a pricey component typically used in solar panels, and means the panels...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/09/nepalese-teenager-turns-human-hair-into-solar-panels/

How Google Street View Works

(YouTube Link) Google's Japan division released this stop motion film explaining (in a rather fanciful way) how Street View works. It features a cute little robot puttering around town, taking film photographs and...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/09/how-google-street-view-works/

Spotted House Cat

Domestic cats normally come in solids, stripes, and patches (I have one of each). Some cats have been bred with spots, but the only naturally spotted house cat is the Egyptian Mau. It is the only naturally spott...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/09/spotted-house-cat/

The Virtual Museum of Iraq

Six years after the invasion (and subsequent liberation) of Iraq, the country is still too dangerous for normal tourism. This is too bad since Iraq is literally a treasure trove of archaeological artifacts.To accommodate...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/09/the-virtual-museum-of-iraq/

Praying Mantis Catches a Hummingbird

Photo: Sharon FullingimNational Geographic reader Sharon Fullingim took this fantastic photo of a praying mantis catching a hummingbird (and believe it or not, this isn't the first time we've featured such a story). Mora...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/09/praying-mantis-catches-a-hummingbird/

What's behind door #1,543?

A friend of Neatoramanaut Andrew Wirtanen snapped this photo of a construction site with a unique screen hiding the building being worked on in Seoul, South Korea. The screen is made entirely out of doors!A little Googli...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/09/whats-behind-door-1543/

Birds on the Wires

(vimeo link) This picture of birds on wires by photographer Paulo Pinto looks like music notation. So Jarbas Agnelli naturally wanted to find out what that music sounded like. Reading a newspaper, I saw a picture of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/09/birds-on-the-wires/

Do Fire Stations Catch on Fire?

David Israel of mental_floss blog likes to ponder some of life's, shall we say weightier questions. Like, do fire stations ever catch on fire?Apparently so:More recently, Pennsylvania had a lulu of its own. On July 7...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/09/do-fire-stations-catch-on-fire/

Hunt For The Poo Squirter of India

It's like a modern day version of Captain Ahab's quest for the white whale Moby Dick. But ickier. A whole lot ickier and much more intriguing.Sam Miller, BBC's former South Asia correspondent, has been obsessed with find...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/09/hunt-for-the-poo-squirter-of-india/

Tinkerbell Caught on Camera

Phyllis Bacon of the London Borough of Croydon wasn’t even looking into the camera when she shot a photograph of her backyard in 2007. When she saw the picture, she couldn’t figure out what was flying around. 'I...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/09/tinkerbell-caught-on-camera/

The 10 Funniest Cat Videos Of All Time

If you are not thoroughly familiar with the history of cat videos on the internet, this collection of funny cats will get you up to speed. If you are, it will be a walk down memory lane. Either way, you’ll get a laugh...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/09/the-10-funniest-cat-videos-of-all-time/

Woody Takes A Shower

(YouTube link) All he really wants is a drink, but he was a distinctive way of getting it! -via Arbroathshower, Cat, water, A Day Without Cats Counter Protest...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/09/woody-takes-a-shower/

Wii Anatomy

Artist Angela Moramarco has a very odd belief about the innards of video game controllers. I bet you didn't know that the average Wii controller has all kinds of guts like this. Guts. I've seen a lot of guts proje...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/09/human-wii-anatomy/

Maru Makes Faces

Buzzfeed has a video of our favorite Japanese Scottish Fold trying out different faces, from a mouse to a cat to a man! LinkA Day Without Cats Counter Protest, cat Maru...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/09/maru-makes-faces/

Today is the 40th Anniversary of Nerf

The first Nerf product debuted forty years ago today. It began as a humble orange ball created by toy developer Reyn Guyer. His team designed several games that could be played with it and marketed it to Milton Bradley...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/09/today-is-the-40th-anniversary-of-nerf/

Robber Returned ... to Ask Victim Out on a Date!

In the long line of stupid criminals featured on Neatorama before, this one is probably the stupidest (and probably loneliest): Stephfon Bennet, 20, allegedly robbed a woman and then returned a couple of hours later ......

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/09/robber-returned-to-ask-victim-out-on-a-date/

A Day WITH Cats: A Day Without Cats Counter Protest

Well, today is the day. A week ago, Urlesque blog dared the Interweb to ban posts about cats. Well, that ain't right - so us Neatorama folks decided to stage a counter protest. To restore the cosmic balance caused by the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/09/a-day-with-cats-a-day-without-cats-counter-protest/

The Original Keyboard Cats

The Original Keyboard Cats - $9.95Neatorama's counter protest to A Day Without Cats deserve its own commemorative T-shirt, and what better design than this: from 1650, here's the Katzenklavier, a crazy musical instrument...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/09/the-original-keyboard-cats/

World's Most Patient Cat

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dI5-FZa39Lc] A new kitten named Norman vigorously tries to get a rise out of his older, more mature housemate, Thirteen, in this video.youtube, kitten, patient cat...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/09/worlds-most-patient-cat/

The Cat Piano

(vimeo link) A short film by The People’s Republic of Animation. The musical instrument featured is a Katzenklavier (previously at Neatorama). -via Metafilter This is part of Neatorama’s “A Day Without Cats...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/09/the-cat-piano/






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