Archive for October 7th, 2009

Edgar Allan Poe’s Funeral

Edgar Allan Poe died 160 years ago, but did not have a proper funeral, especially for such a respected author. Poe's cousin, Neilson Poe, never announced his death publicly. Fewer than 10 people attended the hasty f...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/07/edgar-allan-poes-funeral/

A Broken Chain and a Busted Pedal

Max Hirschberg missed the last dogsled out of Dawson, Yukon because he was recovering from tetanus. So he rode a bicycle for two months to get to Nome, Alaska in order to join the Klondike gold rush in 1900. Hirschberg w...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/07/a-broken-chain-and-a-busted-pedal/

The Rovin’ Pumpkin

You may recall the Dalek Pumpkin from 2006, the Snap-o-Lantern from 2007, and the Dark Detecting Jack-o-Lantern from 2008. The fertile minds at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories have announced their Halloween pumpkin proj...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/07/the-rovin-pumpkin/

7 Fascinating Love Letters

Have you ever written a love letter? How did it turn out? Sappy or clever? I betcha it's not as awesome as this one sent about 100 years ago by William Weightman. He wrote the entire thing in rebus (for example, the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/07/7-fascinating-love-letters/

Cat Pizza

Photo: hale_popoki [Flickr]Inspired by the book Pizza Fun by Judy Bastyra, Flickr user hale_popoki (that's Hawaiian for "Cat House") made this Cat Pizza. Actually, it's supposed to be a brown tiger pizza, but i...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/07/cat-pizza/

Turning a Staircase into a Piano

(YouTube Link) This Volkswagen commercial is about one effort to get people to take the stairs instead of the escalator (presumably for the exercise). The company turned a staircase at a Stockholm subway station in...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/07/turning-a-staircase-into-a-piano/

A Variable Horse-Drawn Trainer

Image: Kurtsystems For centuries, people have trained race horses by making them pull heavy weights. But after Mehmet Kurt lost a horse due to overtraining, he decided to create a training vehicle that was safer and...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/07/a-variable-horse-drawn-trainer/

Bunker: A Post-Apocalyptic Short Film

(Video Link) Bunker, a short film by Paul Doucet, is about a woman alone in a bunker beneath Paris after a nuclear war. Marie pleads over her radio for someone to respond to her. Finally, a voice answers....

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/07/bunker-a-post-apocalyptic-short-film/

The History of the Barcode

Google's doodle for today is a barcode, in honor of the 57th anniversary of its invention. Nick Collins writes in The Daily Telegraph about the history of this label: Granted to American inventors No...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/07/the-history-of-the-barcode/

New Saturn Ring Discovered

Using infrared, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an enormous ring encircling Saturn, previously undetected by other telescopes.  The ring is likely composed of ice crystals shed by Phoebe, the farthest Saturni...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/07/new-saturn-ring-discovered/

Physicist Proposes Using Cannon to Fire Payloads into Space

Physicist John Hunter has proposed the construction of a 1.1-kilometer-long cannon that could fire a 450 kg payload into orbit. David Shiga writes in New Scientist: The gun is based on a smaller device H...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/07/physicist-proposes-using-cannon-to-fire-payloads-into-space/

Zelda Papercraft

Master Sword and Pedestal by Xenonray - via Nintendo PapercraftWhoa! This is awesome: Gajitz blog has a nice compendium of the various papercrafts inspired by the Zelda games. I remember fondly playing Zelda II: The...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/07/zelda-papercraft/

Winston Churchill Motivational Posters

The Art of Manliness blog has an excellent post turning the wits of Winston Churchill into stylish motivational posters. I'd like to see Brett and Kate McKay of AoM Blog turn these favorite...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/07/winston-churchill-motivational-posters/

Oops! Somali Pirates Attacked French Navy Ship

Bad idea: being a Somali pirate and attacking ...Really bad idea: ... in the middle of the night ...Neatorama-worthy: a ship that turns out to be a French navy ship! *em...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/07/oops-somali-pirates-attacked-french-navy-ship/

Thugs' Intended Victims Turned Out To Be ... Cross-Dressing Cage Fighters!

If you think the Somali pirate had a bad case of mistaken identity, check this one out: when two thugs decided to attack a pair of transvestites, they found out the hard way that their intended victims were cross-dressin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/07/thugs-intended-victims-turned-out-to-be-cross-dressing-cage-fighters/

10 Doomsday Cults

Many religious cults are based on apocalypticism, the belief that the world is going to end. Check out ten such beliefs, their founders, and followers. One such cult is the Panacea Society. In 1792, part-...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/07/10-doomsday-cults/

Gigantic Marionettes in Berlin

"The Berlin Reunion" is the name of this France's Royal de Luxe street theatre performance where massive marionettes entered the city of Berlin, Germany. Also see the previous Impressive Puppetry post here at Neator...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/07/gigantic-marionettes-in-berlin/

10 Reasons Not to Bring Someone Back from the Dead

You can learn a lot from science fiction. For example, you should not try to bring someone back from the dead because they will try to kill you. Proof comes from seven different stories that send chills down our spines....

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/07/10-reasons-not-to-bring-someone-back-from-the-dead/

Inside Our Heads

Scans of the human brain show how neurons fire in different patterns when we are asleep, drugged, experiencing seizures or headaches, and when the brain is damaged. The image on the left is the brain of someone who i...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/07/inside-our-heads/

Vampire Wedding

The Rockin’-R-Ranch in Columbia Township, Ohio hosts a haunted house and conducts haunted hayrides during October. This year, they also hosted a vampire wedding! Jack Holsinger was carried in a coffin to the alter wher...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/07/vampire-wedding/

Cupcake Car

Neiman Marcus always has some over-the-top offerings for Christmas -after all, that’s the only reason some folks look at the catalog. This year, how about a cupcake car for only $25,000? Designed by artist Lisa Pon...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/07/cupcake-car/

Self-educated Malawi Boy Builds Windmills out of Junk

William Kamkwamba, a teenage boy in Malawi, saw a photo of a windmill in a textbook at the library and decided that if he could build one it would be useful to his village. Mr Kamkwamba, who is now 22 years old, kno...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/07/self-educated-malawi-boy-builds-windmills-out-of-junk/

Talking Piano

(YouTube Link) Austrian composer Peter Ablinger digitized a recording of a child speaking and then programmed a mechanical piano to replicate the sounds. The video above is in German, but Hack a Day has pr...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/07/talking-piano/




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