Archive for September 11th, 2009

National Flags Made Out of Food

These flags made out of food were created to promote the Sydney International Food Festival. Each national flag is illustrated with food associated with that country: Greece has black olives, India features curry, So...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/11/national-flags-made-out-of-food/

Yawning Is Contagious, Even When Watching Cartoons

According to a BBC News article by Victoria Gill, researchers at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia have discovered that chimpanzees will yawn after watching animated chimpanzees yawn. They hope to use this informatio...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/11/yawning-is-contagious-even-when-watching-cartoons/

Möbius Strip Bach

(YouTube Link) This video shows a selection from Johann Sebastian Bach's Musical Offering (1747) played forwards, then backwards, then both forwards and backwards at the same time. It was created by mathematical il...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/11/mobius-strip-bach/

How to Use Math to Choose a Spouse

Chris Matyszczyk explains that the laws of probability indicate when you should settle for one prospective mate, and when you should keep on looking. There's a point of diminishing returns in a succession of relationshi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/11/how-to-use-math-to-choose-a-spouse/

Hair As a Building Material

Paula Sunshine of Lawshall, Suffolk, UK, built an extension onto her 16th Century thatched house with hair. Cattle hair has been used as a traditional building material, but Sunshine is using primarily human and dog hai...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/11/hair-as-a-building-material/

How Do Countries Choose Which Side They Drive On?

This past week, drivers in Samoa had to switch from driving on the right side of the road to driving on the wrong, er, left side. Since the switch was relatively sudden, all the buses now open onto the middle of the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/11/how-do-countries-choose-which-side-they-drive-on/

Celebrity Bird Attacks Policeman

A 3-foot-tall macaw named Chip is in a bit of trouble over a traffic stop. The bird, who starred in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, attacked a policeman in the course of his dut...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/11/celebrity-bird-attacks-policeman/

Monkey-picked Tea

You can buy tea that has been picked from the bush in China by monkeys! The idea is that the rare and delicious strain of wild tea grows on steep hillsides that humans cannot reach. From the product page: Legend has...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/11/monkey-picked-tea/

Boxers Before and After Fights

This series of photographs by Howard Schatz won a second place prize in the Sports Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest. He took pictures of boxers before and after fights. It hurts just to look! Also be...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/11/boxers-before-and-after-fights/

Inside a Dog’s Mind

One of my favorite scientists Carl Zimmer has an extensive article in Time Magazine that looks at recent research on how your dog thinks. Trying to plumb the canine mind is a favorite pastime of dog owners. "Everyon...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/11/inside-a-dogs-mind/

Game Called Due to Hole

Alcoa High was leading Fulton High in last night’s football game in Knoxville, Tennessee when the game had to called due to the ground opening up and trying to swallow the players. With Alcoa leading...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/11/game-called-due-to-hole/

Oldest Human-Fashioned Fibers Discovered

In a cave in the nation of Georgia, American, Israeli, and Georgian scientists discovered the oldest human-worked fibers ever known. The flax remnants date to about 30,000 years ago: Flax was growing wild at the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/11/oldest-human-fashioned-fibers-discovered/

Testing Schrödinger's Cat

In 1935, physicist Erwin Schrödinger proposed a thought experiment which suggested that an unobserved cat under perilious conditions was simultanteously dead and alive. Now scientists at the Max Plank Institute for Qua...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/11/testing-schrodingers-cat/

Modern Observations of Young People

Bang It Out posted this list of 55 "Random Thoughts of People Our Age" that contains a lot of true, yet funny things about the age of blooming technology, and the social awkwardness of living in that world as a bloom...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/11/modern-observations-of-young-people/

PhD Comics: Peak Productivity

One of my favorite science comic artists, Jorge Cham of PhD Comics, nailed yet another one with this panel. Incidentally, it is 2AM on the West Coast when I post this one up.Link | If you're new to PhD Comics, go here fo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/11/phd-comics-peak-productivity/

Paypal Wedding: Being Asked to Contribute Cash Irks Some Guests

Vanessa Caldwell and Cole Parker of Atlanta are still ironing out the last minute details of their wedding, including the choice of dessert as well as table settings. One thing they haven't had any problems deciding on:...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/11/paypal-wedding-being-asked-to-contribute-cash-irks-some-guests/

Remembering Without Knowing It

Ever notice when you walk into a room that you know something has changed and it takes a moment to realize what's missing?  Your eyes may know the answer before you do, as simple memory games have shown that your ey...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/11/remembering-without-knowing-it/

Website Exposes Fake Hotel Photos

Have you ever gone to your hotel room and thought "hey, this rinky dink room wasn't at all like the photo on the website!" (I'm looking at you, Boston Omni Parker House Hotel). Well, a website named Oyster has...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/11/website-exposes-fake-hotel-photos/

McDonald's Prison Visit

A woman arrived in prison to visit her husband - cue the ominous music - then was led by a leering guard down a dreary hall to the visitor's room. As soon as she sat down, her jailed husband ratcheted up the pressure: di...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/11/mcdonalds-prison-visit/

Observatory Intruders Caught

There were strange things showing up on the telescopic images at the Smithsonian’s Whipple Observatory in Arizona, but astronomers knew they weren’t UFOs. An unidentified perpetrator had been leaving dusty footprints...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/11/observatory-intruders-caught/

Knitted Hats For Babies

Etsy user Tiny Tangerine, aka Kelly Burghardt, knits these adorable baby hats. My favorite is the cow hat. Craftzine has a great interview with her or you can just click on the link and look at her great gallery of work....

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/11/knitted-hats-for-babies/
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