Archive for November 3rd, 2009

Algae Mines

Here's another story about abandoned man-made structures, but this one may have a happy ending. Instead of using aboveground ponds to grow algae for biofuels, researchers at the Missouri University of Science and Tech...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/03/algae-mines/

15 Abandoned Theaters

Oobject captures the majesty and opulence that once defined theater archiecture, and the sadness of their current emptiness in this gallery of urban decay photography. The theater pictured here is in Hellingly Asylum...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/03/15-abandoned-theaters/

The Most Popular Christmas Toys By Year Since 1960

If you are a sucker for nostalgia, this will make your day. I can remember getting that amazing trio of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Super Soakers, and then a Gameboy. In fact, those would still make great gifts for gro...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/03/the-most-popular-christmas-toys-by-year-since-1960/

Sputnik 2 Anniversary

(YouTube link) Fifty-two years ago today (November 3, 1957), Sputnik 2 launched from the Soviet Union with a dog named Laika {wiki} on board. It was a tremendous political coup for the USSR to launch a living being...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/03/sputnik-2-anniversary/

Neatorama Penny Pyramid

Remember the record-breaking Penny Pyramid built by Marcelo Bezos? Well, Marcelo had built a "glow in the dark" pyramid featuring Neatorama: Marcelo's selling the Penn...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/03/neatorama-penny-pyramid/

Outdoor Dragon Skeleton Sculpture

Photo: Virgil England Artist Virgil England is best known for his custom fantasy-inspired knives and swords. But in 1990, he stepped outside of this domain to create a life-sized (if that's an appropriate term for an...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/03/outdoor-dragon-skeleton-sculpture/

Why Roosters Have Wattles

A wattle is the bit of flesh below a rooster's beak. What purpose does it serve? Carolynn Smith at Macquarie University in Australia conducted a study that suggests that it's pure chicken bling. Sarah Zielinski writes...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/03/why-roosters-have-wattles/

Neatorama Mystery Sale - November 2009

Neatorama's Mystery Sale - $9.95It's time for Neatorama's highly anticipated Mystery Sale. What mysterious item will you get for $9.95? Well, we wont' tell you: that's the whole point of the Mystery Sale...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/03/neatorama-mystery-sale-november-2009/

Al Gore: World's First "Carbon" Billionaire?

Climate change may be serious stuff for many of us, but for Al Gore, it's seriously profitable. He's about to become the world's first "carbon" billionaire:Few people have been as vocal about the urgency of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/03/al-gore-worlds-first-carbon-billionaire/

China's Weather Modification Office: A Government Entity That Controls The Weather

Remember the old saying that everyone talks about the weather but no one does anything about it? Well, not China! The country has a Weather Modification Office that aims to control the weather:Chinese meteorologists...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/03/chinas-weather-modification-office-a-government-entity-that-controls-the-weather/

Nicolas Cage is Broke

If you're feeling a tad poor because of the economic meltdown, tell yourself that at least you're not Nicolas Cage. The highest paid actor in Hollywood is broke:How could one of Hollywood's highest paid actors find h...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/03/nicolas-cage-is-broke/

$47K Food Bill, $7K Tip: Just a Friday Night Out for Russian Billionaire Roman Abramovich

Recession? What recession? Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich dropped $47,000 on food last Friday at Nello's in New York City. Note that a lucky waiter/waitress got a $7000 tip: LinkRestaurant, Roman Abramovich, tip, w...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/03/47k-food-bill-7k-tip-just-a-friday-night-out-for-russian-billionaire-roman-abramovich/

Giant Ethiopian Crack Will Spawn New Ocean

There's a new giant crack in the desert of Ethiopia, and some scientists think that it will eventually create a new ocean:A 35-mile rift in the desert of Ethiopia will likely become a new ocean eventually, researcher...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/03/giant-ethiopian-crack-will-spawn-new-ocean/

The iPhone Log Dock

Photo: woodtecBecause you can't out-tech the sleek iPod and iPhone, it's much better to go low-tech when showcasing Apple's coveted gadgets. Behold, the log dock by Woodtec:Again from Woodtec, the dual iPhone/iPod do...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/03/the-iphone-log-dock/

The Secret Behind IKEA Tables: Honeycomb!

[National Geographic Video]Ever wonder how IKEA makes their furniture sturdy yet light? The secret is the honeycomb skeleton inside their tabletops. National Geographic went inside an IKEA factory in Poland: Linkfurnitur...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/03/the-secret-behind-ikea-tables-honeycomb/

The 25 Best Costumes At The 2009 NYC Marathon

Meb Keflezighi won the New York City Marathon on Sunday. He is the first American to win the title since 1982! But around 42,000 runners took part in the marathon, some wearing elaborate costumes. Buzzfeed collected...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/03/the-25-best-costumes-at-the-2009-nyc-marathon/

101 Historical Moments You Can Relive on YouTube

Every once in a while, someone will say, "I wish I'd been around when that happened." You can get a taste for what it was like to live through historical moments by watching converted film footage, news reports, hist...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/03/101-historical-moments-you-can-relive-on-youtube/

Flags of the World (the Hard Ones)

If you had to learn to recognize the world's flags in school, here's your chance to finally put that knowledge to use! In today's Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss, you'll be given 12 flags. They are not all na...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/03/flags-of-the-world-the-hard-ones/

Fastest Cat for the Fastest Man

Usain Bolt, who holds the world record for both the 100- and 200-meter sprint, adopted a cheetah named Lightning Bolt, but he isn't going to make the cheetah into a house cat. Bolt paid $13,700 for adoption rights, and h...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/03/fast-cat-for-the-fastest-man/

The Seven Giants of the Urals

Seven rock formations called Man-Pupu-Nyor (little mountain of the gods) stand in the Komi Republic, a part of the Ural Mountain area of Russia. They range from 30 to 42 meters tall! The pillars formed when erosion w...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/03/the-seven-giants-of-the-urals/

10 Neat Facts About Google

Google in 1998 (notice the exclamation mark) Sure, everybody knows that Google was created by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin who became gazillionaires. But did you know...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/03/10-neat-facts-about-google/






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