Archive for October 20th, 2009

Leech Convicts Australian Robber

Police found a leech at the scene of a robbery in Tasmania eight years ago. They took a sample of the blood the leech had consumed. In 2008, Peter Alec Cannon was arrested on an unrelated drug charge. The DNA from his bl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/20/leech-convicts-australian-robber/

The Greatest Spiral Stairs in the World

There is something mysterious and intriguing about spiral staircases. Atlas Obscura looks at some of the most magnificent spiral staircases in the world, with lovely pictures and facts you might not know. For example...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/20/the-greatest-spiral-stairs-in-the-world/

Themes From Scary Movies

Quick, think of a piece of music from a scary movie. If you could think of seven different themes, chances are a few of them are on Cinematical's list. One of the seven is one of my favorite movies of the genre, *e...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/20/themes-from-scary-movies/

Brothel Offers Discounts to Eco-Friendly Customers

It seems like everyone is getting into the green lifestyle movement, even a (legal) bordello in Berlin. Mary MacPherson Lane writes for the Associated Press: One bordello, hoping to stave off falling demand in th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/20/brothel-offers-discounts-to-eco-friendly-customers/

60 Iconic and Classic Cars

Ok we've all seen cars lists before but this one has quite a few I've never seen before. The three-wheeled Robin, the futuristic Loremo and stout scarab? Weird stuff! Other are quite familiar, like the 1957 Corvette pict...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/20/60-iconic-and-classic-cars/

NASA Unveils Moon Rocket

Next generation space travel is closer to reality with the Ares 1-X rocket making its debut this week.  The Constellation Program's centerpiece is supposed to be the rocket that launches Orion, the ship that will take a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/20/nasa-unveils-moon-rocket/

Space-Themed Quilts

Photo: Jimmy McBride Artist Jimmy McBride makes quilts inspired by stunning astronomical photographs, such as this depiction of galaxy M64. It's currently on display at the City Quilter, a quilt shop in New York City...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/20/space-themed-quilts/

Unicycle-Riding Clown Finds Cell Phone Users Inattentive

Researchers at Western Washington University wanted to test how alert cell phone users were of their surroundings compared to the general population. So they dressed a student as a clown and had him ride his unicycle ar...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/20/unicycle-riding-clown-finds-cell-phone-users-inattentive/

The Robot Art of Brian Kappel

Image: Brian Kappel Artist Brian Kappel creates art from an alternate universe where robot aesthetic needs are respected. Beyond obvious propaganda posters like the one above, you can find advertisements catering to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/20/the-robot-art-of-brian-kappel/

Photographing Light

Photo by Alan Jaras Alan Jaras has a creative way of composing his photographs.  By focusing a beam of light through transparent, textured materials, and recording that light directly onto 35mm film without the use...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/20/photographing-light/

Skiing Robot

(YouTube Link) Bojan Nemec of the Jožef Stefan Institute in Slovenia developed an AI-enabled robot that can maneuver on skis without falling over: The laptop control center plans the robot's trajectory, usin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/20/skiing-robot/

The 15 Most Brutal Methods Of Execution Of All Time

Human beings seemingly really enjoy getting creative with their cruelty, as these (mostly) out of fashion methods of execution illustrate, including the Spanish Tickler: Used to tear open the victim's skin, this w...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/20/the-15-most-brutal-methods-of-execution-of-all-time/

The Amazing Bouncing Pebble Toad

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRaGZnnepSA][YouTube - Link]Tiny pebble toads have a unique defensive strategy against tarantulas that involves freefalling like a rubber ball. The above footage is from the &qu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/20/the-amazing-bouncing-pebble-toad/

Prombron: The World's Baddest SUV

Move over, Hummer - there's a new bad boy macho car (or masculine overcompensation, your pick) in town. Behold the Dartz Prombron Monaco Red Diamond Edition armored car, developed by Russian carmaker RussoBaltique. How b...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/20/prombron-the-worlds-baddest-suv/

LEGO Diorama is an Amazing Pop-Up

If you think a pop-up book is impressive, check this one out: a pop-up diorama of the Kinkaku-ji Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan, made entirely out of LEGO blocks! YouTube user talapz created this out of 4,500 bricks...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/20/lego-diorama-is-an-amazing-pop-up/

Saya, the Creepy Fembot of Japan

Saya, a fembot developed by professor Hiroshi Kobayashi of the Tokyo University of Science in 2004 can recognize and respond to human speech well enough to direct customers in the Takashimaya department store, where she...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/20/saya-the-creepy-fembot-of-japan/

The Emperor's Castle by Thomas Hillier

Photo: bldgblogFor his thesis project, Thomas Hillier created stunningly detailed papercraft artwork inspired by the woodblock prints of the famous Edo-period Japenese artist Hiroshige. Thomas' project, called The Empero...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/20/the-emperors-castle-by-thomas-hillier/
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