Archive for September 20th, 2009

Around the World in 174 Days

James Bowthorpe of London pedaled his bicycle 18,000 miles around the world in 174 days, 20 fewer days than the world record holder. He arrived back in Hyde Park to complete the journey on Saturday. Mr Bowthorpe cyc...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/20/around-the-world-in-174-days/

Library Necklace

Bibliophiles, you can now wear books around your neck! Etsy seller TheBlackSpotBooks offers this necklace with eleven tiny books made from a mix of antique and scrap leather. Each is hand-made and no two are alike. C...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/20/library-necklace/

The Social Thermometer

We often describe our social relationships in temperature metaphors, like “cold shoulder” or “warm memories” or even “she’s hot!” This is no coincidence. An experiment last year from the University of Toron...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/20/the-social-thermometer/

The Spiders That Decorate Their Own Webs

To give them their proper name, stabilimenta are quite literally web decorations.  Some spiders, once their webs are complete, choose to further enhance them.  While there are competing theories as to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/20/the-spiders-that-decorate-their-own-webs/

84 Strange Buildings From Around the World

The blog Instant Shift has compiled pictures of 84 bizarre and unique buildings scattered across the world. A few have already been featured on Neatorama, but most have not yet been posted here. Pictured a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/20/84-strange-buildings-around-the-world/

Alibis and Paybacks Co.: Outsource Your Revenge

First it was factory work to China, then programming jobs to India, and now, it seems that revenge can also be outsourced. Here's the story of Alibis and Paybacks, an unusual service business started by Adrienne Ferguson...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/20/alibis-and-paybacks-co-outsource-your-revenge/

The Bulgarian Lottery: Coincidence or Conspiracy?

Was it a freak coincidence or proof of a vast lottery conspiracy? In Bulgaria, the set of 6 winning numbers were drawn twice in a row:Sports Minister Svilen Neikov ordered an investigation after the numbers 4, 15, 23...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/20/the-bulgarian-lottery-coincidence-or-conspiracy/

The Rise of the Supercats

First fool the humans with the cute kind of cats, and then when they're lulled into a false sense of security, the supercats will take over the world! Here's a story of the rise of a new breed of predator cats as pets in...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/20/the-rise-of-the-supercats/

Man Found, Ate Carrot Shaped Like a Hand

Peter Jackson dug up a carrot from his home's garden, found that it was shaped like a hand, took a photo of it ... and ate it! Peter's daughter Lindsay said:'My dad just seemed to make some joke about it being 'handy...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/20/man-found-ate-carrot-shaped-like-a-hand/

Lena's Stone Forest

[caption id="attachment_26320" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Photo: A. Butorin"][/caption] Not only is this park in the Siberian-Yakutsk region an extremely beautiful sight, but is also regarded as a histor...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/20/lenas-stone-forest/

Glasswork of Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly makes some fascinating sculptures out of glass, as well as employing other odd methods, like painting with a common broom.  He's truly a talented artist, and worth a look-see. Link (Also, today's his...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/20/glasswork-of-dale-chihuly/

Dead Salmon + MRI = Red Herring

Neuroscientist Craig Bennett bought a salmon to test an fMRI machine and work out some protocols. So, as the fish sat in the scanner, they showed it “a series of photographs depicting human individuals in social s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/20/dead-salmon-mri-red-herring/

Is Cursive Handwriting Necessary?

Schools are spending less time than ever teaching the art of cursive handwriting, especially as more time is devoted to typing in the early grades. On the 2007 SAT essay questions, only 15% of college-bound students used...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/20/is-cursive-handwriting-necessary/

Best Pool Table EVAR!

All right. So John Farrier has posted a couple of really cool pool tables. The first one is Deep Green, a pool-playing robot created by the robotics lab of Queen's University in Canada. The second one is the $200,000 Obs...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/20/best-pool-table-evar/

Neatorama Shop Story: Space Cupcakes

The following is a Neatorama Shop Story, a narrative starring the products carried in this blog’s very own online store. Stardate: the future as con...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/20/neatorama-shop-story-space-cupcakes/

The Carrot Tree

Sometimes the best idea are the simplest! Marc of Wooster Collective posted this "carrot tree" in Antwerp, Belgium. Sadly, no other detail is forthcoming - does anyone know what this is all about? A viral campa...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/20/the-carrot-tree/

Helga Steppan's Chromatically Arranged Belongings

In her art series See Through, Swedish artist Helga Steppan arranged all her material belongings into separate piles based on color: This way of working can be clearly seen in the series ‘See Through&#...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/20/helga-steppans-chromatically-arranged-belongings/
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