Archive for November 9th, 2009

The Jobless Rate for People Like You

The New York Times has an interactive graph that plots the jobless rate for different groups of Americans compared to the average for all those who are unemployed. Mouseover to find lines for different races, ages,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/09/the-jobless-rate-for-people-like-you/

Roombas Playing Pac-Man

(YouTube Link) Three computer scientists at Colorado University programmed several Roomba robotic vacuum cleaners to act like Pac-Man and the ghosts which chase him. Jack Elston, Cory Dixon, and Maciej Stachura did...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/09/roombas-playing-pac-man/

Iconic Album Art on Stamps

The British Royal Mail service commissioned Studio Dempsey to create first class stamps with classic albums covers. The covers include albums from Blur, New Order, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Primal Scream, David...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/09/iconic-album-art-on-stamps/

The Science Behind Cowboys In Black and White Hats

In old Western movies, heroes often wore white hats and villains wore black hats. Why? Wray Herbert wrote in Scientific American about a new study that investigated why people often associate the color white w...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/09/the-science-behind-cowboys-in-black-and-white-hats/

You'll Need an Electron Microscope to Read the World's Smallest Book

Image: Robert Chaplin Teeny Ted from Turnip Town by Malcolm Douglas Chaplin is, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world's smallest book. Each page measures about 11 by 15 microns:...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/09/youll-need-an-electron-microscope-to-read-the-worlds-smallest-book/

Moments

YouTube Link with HD William Hoffman is a New York filmmaker who put this video together and uploaded it last August.  It's finally getting some viral activity, and rightfully so.  It's "a celebration of life that w...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/09/moments/

Lost Persian Army Discovered Almost 2,500 Years Later

A massive army of Persian King Cambyses II was said to be swallowed up by the desert in the year 525 B.C. The army, containing a whopping 50,000 soldiers, made it to a desert oasis and then was never heard from again --u...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/09/lost-persian-army-discovered-almost-2500-years-later/

Human-Shaped Root

Farmer Zheng Dexun of Langzhong, China dug up a fleeceflower root that looks like a human being right down to the arms, legs, and facial features. It is 62 centimeters tall and weights 5.8 kilograms. Zeng, worried abou...

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D&D Character Sheet As Resume

Image: Sean McNally Sean McNally, a 15th-level artist and 7th-level animator, created a resume that looks like a character sheet from Dungeons & Dragons. He claims to have a Base Art Bonus of +11, of which I...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/09/dd-character-sheet-as-resume/

The EU may approve "road trains" for European highways

Truck-based road trains are currently used for long-distance transport in rural Australia and in several other countries; they are created by physically connecting several trailers or semi-trailiers to the lead tractor u...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/09/the-eu-may-approve-road-trains-for-european-highways/

How Big Is Antarctica?

Photo: Icebridge (NASA) Antarctica is roughly 5.4 million square miles (14 million square kilometers) in size, and that's with all of its ice.  There is a land mass beneath, which looks like this.  Twitter user Ic...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/09/how-big-is-antarctica/

Remote-control Bowling Ball

At one time or another, everyone wishes they could control a bowling ball after it leaves his/her hand. The RC900 remote-control bowling ball makes that dream come true! A weight in a threaded shaft inside the ball d...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/09/remote-control-bowling-ball/

Top 10 Clever Fixes for Your Broken Stuff

Lifehacker collected ten handy household repair secrets from around the web that may come in handy when you least expect them. For example, a tip for getting your dying hard drive to survive long enough to make the backu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/09/top-10-clever-fixes-for-your-broken-stuff/

The Matrix as a Silent Movie

(YouTube link) What if The Matrix had been produced in the silent film era? This skit is from the Russian group Bolshaya Raznitsa, which translates to Big Difference. (via Dark Roasted Blend)comedy, russian...

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U.S. Military Operation or Brand of Cat Litter?

Can you distinguish whether a name belongs to a cat litter brand or an actual military operation? That's the challenge in today's Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss. I didn't know any of the answers, because they all...

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Brainier Than The Average Bear

Brainier Than The Average Bear - $11.95Psst! Got a smart friend? Is he brainier than the average ursine? If so, here's the perfect T-shirt: Brainier Than the Average Bear, only from the Neatorama Shop: http://shop.neator...

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10 Neat Facts About Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan with a model of the Viking Lander. Photo via Wikipedia I miss Carl Sagan. Sagan's enthusiasm for science and his knack for translating difficult scientific concepts into...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/09/10-neat-facts-about-carl-sagan/

Flute Hero?

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oFP_TH8jYY][YouTube - Link]Ever wonder what would happen if you combined true musical talent with a popular video game like Rockband? This is what you would get. While taking...

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The Fall of the Berlin Wall -- 20 Years Later

Twenty years ago today, the Berlin Wall was breached and collapse of European Communism rapidly accelerated. From the archives of the BBC: At midnight East Germany's Communist rulers gave permission for gates alo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/09/the-fall-of-the-berlin-wall-20-years-later/

Jilted Bride Turns Wedding Into Party

34-year-old Teane Harris of Bensenville, Illinois had planned a big wedding, but it was called off when the groom backed out only a week before the big event. Harris and her mother were told it was too late to get their...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/09/jilted-bride-turns-wedding-into-party/






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