Archive for November 4th, 2009

The Official Shotgun Rules

I have four kids who all want to sit in the front passenger seat as I drive. There is an elaborate set of rules they must follow to decide who gets the honor of "riding shotgun". You must say the word "Shotgun" to s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/04/the-official-shotgun-rules/

A Counterfeit Penny Made of Gold

Seattle artist Jack Daws made eleven pennies by casting them from 18 karat gold and plating them with copper. One of those pennies was sold for $1,000 as a work of art. Another penny was spent at a news stand in Los Ange...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/04/a-counterfeit-penny-made-of-gold/

The Redundant Photography of Fred Lebain

Photo: Fred Lebain French photographer Fred Lebain took a trip to New York City and took a series of photos around town.  He then revisited those sites after printing out huge poster versions of his shots.  Then he ca...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/04/the-redundant-photography-of-fred-lebain/

Pop Culture Alignment

This chart shows the moral alignments of nine pop culture characters using the Dungeons & Dragons alignment system. Rorschach as Chaotic Good? I think that Chaotic Neutral is more likely. And Neutral Good...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/04/pop-culture-alignment/

Iron Age Gold Treasure Found in Scotland

A young man, using his metal detector for the first time, walked about seven steps from his car and got a signal. The four gold Iron Age neck ornaments, or torcs, date from between the 1st and 3rd Century BC and are sai...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/04/iron-age-gold-treasure-found-in-scotland/

Sticky Note Chair

Photo: razy2 The Polish design team razy2 made a chair that's built like a stack of sticky notes. The Q-Book is composed of sheets of paper, carefully cut, that are attached on one side. If you need something to wri...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/04/sticky-note-chair/

Luggage That Turns Into a Couch

Photo:dezeen Dutch designer Erik De Nijs created Suited Case -- a collection of four functional suitcases that can be linked together in the form of a couch. His goal was to give travelers a taste of home while away:...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/04/luggage-that-turns-into-a-couch/

TRAX STI Snow Car

YouTube Link Just in time for snow season!  DC co-founder Ken Block teamed up with Subaru to design and produce the world's fastest cat-track snow car.  Primarily for reaching alpine backwoods to engage in some fres...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/04/trax-sti-snow-car/

Neatorama's Last Mystery Sale

Hello everyone! As you can probably tell by the banners on the blog, we're having a Mystery Sale on Neatorama. The proceeds help support the blog and our fledgling shop (thank you!)For those of you who don't know anythin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/04/neatoramas-last-mystery-sale/

Man Stabbed Self to Hide Skateboarding Accident

Aaron Siebers, 27, had a problem. He was skateboarding one afternoon, fell, and ripped his Blockbuster-issued khakis. Worried about getting "written up," Aaron hatched a criminally (not so) brilliant plan:I...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/04/man-stabbed-self-to-hide-skateboarding-accident/

The Blue Sun

Image: Alan Friedman of Averted ImaginationAlan Friedman, a greeting cards-maker by day and astronomer by night, took this amazing photo of the Sun. APOD explains why it's blue:Our Sun may look like all soft and fluf...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/04/the-blue-sun/

How An American Soldier Is Made: The Story of Ian Fisher

Photo: Craig F. Walker / The Denver PostWhat does it take to create an American Soldier? Denver Post Photojournalist Craig F. Walker tracked Ian Fisher from his high school graduation through basic training, assignment t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/04/how-an-american-soldier-is-made-the-story-of-ian-fisher/

The 15 Best Man Caves on the Internet

A man cave is a place for a man to get away from the rest of the family and the problems of the world and to engage in his favorite pastimes. The best man caves get posted to the internet, and BroBible.com selected 1...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/04/the-15-best-man-caves-on-the-internet/

Dancing Ferrets

(YouTube link) A group of ferrets dance for your entertainment. The music is a cover of Weezer's "Buddy Holly" arranged by The Moog Cookbook. Animation by Sandro Cruz. -via Buzzfeeddancing, animation, ferret...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/04/dancing-ferrets/

Calf Gets Prosthetic Legs

Nancy Dickenson of Ocate, New Mexico and her stepdaughter Martha found an 11-month-old calf on a neighbor's ranch that was suffering from severe frostbite. The black angus heifer had lost the use of her back legs and hoo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/04/calf-gets-prosthetic-legs/

Energy-Harvesting Rocking Chair

Photo: Design Boom Rochus Jacob designed and built the Murakami Chair. As the user rocks back and forth during the day, the chair charges a battery that powers the lamp. Jacob writes: I was looking for opport...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/04/energy-harvesting-rocking-chair/

What Your Taste in Beer Says About You

The market research firm Mindset Media studied the cultural and economic behaviors of beer drinkers and discerned certain trends among buyers of particular beers. Among the brands studied are Budweiser, Bud Light, Coron...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/04/what-your-taste-in-beer-says-about-you/

How to Use An Apostrophe

Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal has just released another web project, How to Use An Apostrophe. It's a hoot! (Notice the proper use of apostrophe in the preceding sentence).Link (for extra goodness, see the source code) -...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/04/how-to-use-an-apostrophe/

Dog vs. SUV: Which Has Larger Eco-Footprint?

This guy is destroying Earth!Which has a larger ecological footprint, a large dog or an SUV? According to Robert and Brenda Vale, Fido has a Hummer of an eco-footprint:In "Time to Eat the Dog? The Real Guide to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/04/dog-vs-suv-which-has-larger-eco-footprint/

Being Grumpy is Good For You

Feeling grumpy? Don't feel bad - it may actually be good for you:An Australian psychology expert who has been studying emotions has found being grumpy makes us think more clearly.In contrast to those annoying happy types...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/04/being-grumpy-is-good-for-you/

13 Examples of Literature in Song

It's no real surprise that Wikipedia has a thorough list of these, but it's interesting to parse through the many, and find a neat collection of songs and albums that were based on, or influenced by books.  Led Zep...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/04/13-examples-of-literature-in-song/

The Bald Bear

Vets are baffled at this strange sight: Dolores, a spectacled bear at the Leipzig Zoo in Germany has gone bald!It could be due to a genetic defect but the animals don't seem to be suffering any other afflictions.*/em...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/04/the-bald-bear/

Julia Child Recreates Primordial Soup

Preparing food is probably a mere child's play for master chef Julia Child, so here's something a little more challenging: cooking up a batch of primordial soup. This delightful video of Julia Child in her kitchen...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/04/julia-child-recreates-primordial-soup/

6-Year-Old Girl with Brain Cancer Hid Love Notes for Her Parents to Find After Her Death

When 6-year-old Elena Desserich was diagnosed with brain cancer, she began hiding hundreds of little love notes around the house for her parents to find after she was gone. Here's the story: Just before her sixth bir...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/04/6-year-old-girl-with-brain-cancer-hid-love-notes-for-her-parents-to-find-after-her-death/

Top 10 Mad Science-Worthy Chemistry Experiments

Chemistry is a fascinating science, but it's often taught poorly in today's boring schools. Here's how chemistry should be taught: by mad scientists! Here's Neatorama's list of the To...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/04/top-10-mad-science-worthy-chemistry-experiments/




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