Archive for October 27th, 2009

Place Names with Definite Articles

Why is it called The Hague instead of just Hague? New York City has Manhattan and The Bronx. Why not The Manhattan? Or just Bronx? And when did The Ukraine become plain Ukraine? It turns out that place names with definit...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/27/place-names-with-definite-articles/

Can You Identify This Building?

A reader sent this picture to Curious Expeditions, asking if they knew where it was taken. The biggest clue is the building in the background with its distinctive architecture. Can you identify the building or the se...

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When Monsters Change Sides: 10 Horror Icons Who Turned Good

The way to get more mileage out of a monster is to make him/her the hero. It's been done quite a few times, sometimes resulting in more confusion than entertainment. We'd love to say that we can't blame Dell Comics...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/27/when-monsters-change-sides-10-horror-icons-who-turned-good/

Humans Evolved to Be Long-Distance Runners

Tara Parker-Pope writes in The New York Times about the conclusions of some medical researchers that long-distance running is a major evolutionary advantage for humans. The ability to remain cool by sweating in...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/27/humans-evolved-to-be-long-distance-runners/

Hitler's Personal Library

This past January, Timothy Ryback wrote in The Times about the books that Adolf Hitler kept in his private library. 1,200 books that he retained at his residences in southern Germany are now warehoused by the L...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/27/hitlers-secret-library/

Autonomous Robotic Race Car

(YouTube Link) Stanford University's robotics lab has built autonomous cars for several years. Recently, it established a land speed record for a robot car -- 140 mph in an Audi TT-S nicknamed "Shelly". But their...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/27/autonomous-robotic-race-car/

Man Recreates Pan Am Jetliner Cabin in His Garage

Since he was a young boy, Anthony Toth has seen the first class cabin of an old Pan Am 747 as the very quintessence of luxury. So he has spent the past twenty years building a simulation of that environment in his garag...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/27/man-recreates-pan-am-jetliner-cabin-in-his-garage/

Study Suggests that Certain Smells Promote Good Behavior

Katie Liljenquist of Brigham Young University led a study that suggests that clean-smelling environments subtly encourage people to avoid abberant behavior. From Science Daily: The study titled "The Smel...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/27/study-suggests-that-certain-smells-promote-good-behavior/

PETMAN Walks Like A Man

Looks like Boston Dynamics, the robot company that brought us BigDog and RHex, has worked out how to make a robot walk like a man. This is PETMAN, a robot that is supposed to serve humans. Currently it is used to tes...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/27/petman-walks-like-a-man/

How To Grrrowl Like Chewbacca

YouTube Link If your Halloween costume is anywhere near as clever as this one, or you've finally decided on Chewie as your go-to outfit, be sure to top it off with the authentic roar, as taught here.halloween, chewb...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/27/how-to-grrrowl-like-chewbacca/

Naked Mole Rats Immune to Cancer

There has never been a documented case of cancer found in a Naked Mole Rat, which is unusual as they can live to be 30 years old. Now biologists at the Unversity of Rochester believe they have found the reason. The...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/27/naked-mole-rats-immune-to-cancer/

Tetris Dress

Image: Erin McKean Erin McKean is a Chicago-based lexicographer who writes at the blog A Dress A Day. There she opines on various dresses that she sees and makes. Her most recent creation is a dress inspire...

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Twelve Ossuaries Around the World

Atlas Obscura has compiled pictures and information about twelve different churches and shrines decorated with human bones. The picture above is from a wall at the Chapel of Bones at the Royal Church of St. Fra...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/27/twelve-ossuaries-around-the-world/

Neatorama Update October 2009: Huffington Post and Interview with Technorati

Just a couple of updates: 10 Neatest NY Inventions Over at HuffPoI wrote an article titled 10 Neatest New York Inventions Ever that got frontpaged at the Huffington Post. For example, whoddathunk that Je...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/27/neatorama-update-october-2009-huffington-post-and-interview-with-technorati/

wetoku: A New Tool for Web Interviews

If you're interested, my interview for Technorati's State of the Blogosphere mentioned above was conducted using a new and free web service called wetoku.wetoku is still in beta, but I can tell you this: it's one to watc...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/27/wetoku-a-new-tool-for-web-interviews/

Stop! Hammerhead Time!

Stop! Hammerhead Time - $11.95 | Funny T-ShirtsWhat do you get when you combine a certain 80s fad and sharks? Here's a T-shirt designed by the always awesome Nathan Mazur of Scared of Bees and brought to you by MC Hammer...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/27/stop-hammerhead-time/

Your Neatorama Guide To The Hitchhiker's Guide

Technically, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy should probably be The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe, as the book most certainly explores multiple galaxies, regardless of semantics th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/10/27/your-neatorama-guide-to-the-hitchhikers-guide/
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