Archive for October 5th, 2009

The Best Countries to Live In

The annual United Nations human development index, released today, names Norway the best country in which to live. The list of 182 countries is based on 2007 statistics on life expectancy, literacy, school enrollment, gr...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/05/the-best-countries-to-live-in/

Optical Illusion - Shades of Difference

This video demonstrates that the human eye (and the visual cortex of human brain) are better at detecting edges and contrasts than they are at determining actual shades of colors.  There is a discussion thread about t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/05/optical-illusion-shades-of-difference/

Rare Alexander the Great portrait found

Alexander the sex symbol?  A rare miniature portrait of Alexander the Great was recently found by a University of Washington student in an old building 30 kilometers south of Haifa, Israel.A compelling evidence...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/05/rare-alexander-the-great-portrait-found/

Bringing Back Polaroids

The Impossible Project is a worldwide effort to restart and reinvent and save instant photography - their aim to re-start production of analog instant film for vintage Polaroid cameras in 2010. Personally I love the i...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/05/bringing-back-polaroids/

Italian Scientist Reproduces Shroud of Turin

It has been one of the 20th century's most intriguing artifacts, a shroud measuring 14 feet, 4 inches by 3 feet, 7 inches, with what appears to be an imprint of Jesus Christ.  The so called Shroud of Turin shows a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/05/italian-scientist-reproduces-shroud-of-turin/

Peru's Pooper Scooper

The following is reprinted from Bathroom Reader Plunges Into History Again The guano-rich Chincha Islands of Peru (1863) The next time a pigeon drops a load onto the windshield of your car, spare a th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/05/perus-pooper-scooper/

Chop Cup Illusion

It's the classic shell game, with a neat twist that may surprise you! CHOP CUP from :weareom: on Vimeo. via UniqueDailyVideo, illusion, cups...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/05/chop-cup-illusion/

Dead Prankster: 1 Treasure Hunter: 0

Patty Henken thought she'd found more than a bargain when she tore the seat off an old chair she'd recently bought.  Taped to the back was a key, and a note titled "Finders Keepers."  The note, typed but signed by a Ch...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/05/dead-prankster-1-treasure-hunter-0/

Depression in Mom = Depression in Baby and Toddler?

Think a baby is too young to be depressed? Think a again. A new study out of the University of Montreal in Quebec  suggests a strong link between depression in mothers and anxiety and depression in infants and toddlers:...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/05/depression-in-mom-depression-in-baby-and-toddler/

Could You Give Back Your Adopted Child?

Anita Tedaldi adopted a special needs baby from South America. After spending 18 months with the child, she felt that she and her family failed to bond with him and gave him back. One day (I’m still not exactly sure w...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/05/could-you-give-back-your-adopted-child/

Pandamonium: WWF Panda Reimagined by Artists

(L) Frozen in Time by United Visual Artists. UVA recreates the WWF panda in ice, then allowed it to melt in their studio. (R) Surrogate, an "android" panda by Troika, symbolizes mankind's capacity to destory na...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/05/pandamonium-wwf-panda-reimagined-by-artists/

Fighting Cancer With ... Mustache!

Asylum blog brought to our attention not one, but two strangely awesome fundraising efforts benefiting cancer foundations. All you've got to do is grow a mustache (which is sadly one of those things I can't do to save my...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/05/fighting-cancer-with-mustache/

Donald Duck Transformer

Andrew Dobrow of GearFuse worries that we could see more monstrosities like this if Disney buys Hasbro as well as Marvel Comics. The "Donald Duck Holiday Vehicle" is on sale (but backordered) from the Japan...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/05/donald-duck-transformer/

Telomerase Researchers Won Nobel Prize in Medicine

Congratulations to Liz Blackburn, Carol Greider and Jack Szostak for winning the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine:Molecular biologist Elizabeth H. Blackburn, PhD, 60, of the University of California, San Fr...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/05/telomerase-researchers-won-nobel-prize-in-medicine/

Superhero Facebook Statuses

Image:Chris Sims Chris Sims of The Invincible Super-Blog created a gallery of Facebook status updates for superheroes at Comics Alliance. Among the featured heroes are Batman, Green Lantern, Spider-...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/05/superhero-facebook-statuses/

A Table That Attaches to Your Steering Wheel

Driving is boring and it takes time out of your busy life. Why not multitask and use your driving time more productively? With the Laptop Steering Wheel Desk, you can eat, use a computer, read, do your nails -- whateve...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/05/a-table-that-attaches-to-your-steering-wheel/

A Picture of a Sunspot

Image: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research The image above is a computer-generated model of what a 3,700-mile wide sunspot looks like. It was created by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric R...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/05/a-picture-of-a-sunspot/

Glass Harmonica

Listen to French artist Thomas Bloch demonstrating a glass harmonica, or armonica, at the Paris Music Museum. From Wikipedia: Benjamin Franklin invented a radically new arrangement of the glasses in 1761 after seein...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/05/glass-harmonica/

How Many Rings Did They Win?

Hey baseball fans! As we head into post-season play, test your memory of past World Series with today’s Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss. Do you know how many World Series titles each of twelve players earned? Keep i...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/05/how-many-rings-did-they-win/

Top 10 Fascinating Facts About Cheese

This list, researched by a cheese fan, encompasses a great portion of the history of cheese as well as the different varieties and how they are made. Who knew you could buy cheese made from moose milk? A...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/05/top-10-fascinating-facts-about-cheese/

Monty Python's 40th Birthday

(YouTube Link) Monty Python's Flying Circus debuted 40 years ago today. Marc Lee writes in The Daily Telegraph about the origins and development of the troupe: Four decades on, the image of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/05/monty-pythons-40th-birthday/

American Gothic Parodies

Image: McGlinch American Gothic Parodies is a compendium of images based on Grant Wood's iconic painting "American Gothic." It was assembled by an illustrator named McGlinch from his grandmother's collection...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/05/american-gothic-parodies/

World's Largest Paintbrush

Chinese artist He Wenjun created the largest paintbrush in the world out of the hair of 300 horse tails. It weighs 115 pounds when dry and is 12 feet long. His accomplishment has been added to the Guinness Book of Worl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/05/worlds-largest-paintbrush/

5 Old Age Health Freaks

Old age in itself is no barrier to fitness. Many people in their 80s and 90s stay fit with regular exercise, and some put many younger folks to shame! Imagine competitive swimming in your 90s. 92yr old Ladislav Nice...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/05/5-old-age-health-freaks/

The Unearthly Beauty of Antelope Canyon

A stunning, other-worldly experience, the Antelope Canyon in Arizona is one of the most stunning slot canyons in the world.  Photography is necessarily difficult from the depths but these shots are amazing. Ove...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/05/the-unearthly-beauty-of-antelope-canyon/

Avalanche Burial and Rescue Video

A skier gets buried in an avalanche, but is rescued only four and a half minutes later. Everything gets caught on film with the video camera attached on the victim's helmet. This was a decent sized avalanche....

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/05/avalanche-burial-and-rescue-video/




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