Archive for November 17th, 2009

No Good Deed Goes Unbullied by the Union

For his Eagle Scout badge, Kevin Anderson, a 17-year-old junioar at Southern Lehigh High School, spent 250 hours over several weeks clearing a path at his local park so people could enjoy walking and biking along the riv...

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Celebrity Muppets

Image: TMZ TMZ has side-by-side photos of celebrities and the Sesame Street Muppets that they resemble. Queen Elizabeth II, Nick Nolte, Dustin Diamond, and Zach Braff are among the mocked. Link via Urlesq...

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Goats on a Bus

Transit officials have been touting the benefits of public transit for years and apparently these goats got the message. But when they tried to board the C-Tran bus in Vancouver (update 11/18/08 - that's Vancouver, Washi...

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The Amazing Bas Relief of Ron van der Ende

Although this wood sculpture looks basic enough, it's actually quite remarkable.  You see, artist Ron van der Ende creates works like this out of found wood - and makes bas relief sculptures.  So while you're corre...

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Deconstructing a 36,000 Square Foot Home

I guarantee you have never seen a "tear-down" house like this one.  A Minnesota company is disassembling an immense home in the prestigious Lake Minnetonka area west of Minneapolis. This massive structure is filled wit...

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Cutest Soccer Own Goal Ever

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAKNf8ARzXc] YouTube link "Own goals" (kicking a ball into one's own net) are uncommon in soccer ("football") and ice hockey.  Because this one occurs in a youth sporting even...

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12 Weird Things to Do With Your Cremated Remains

Interred in a cemetery? Stored in a traditional urn? How old-fashioned! From being fired into space to crushed into diamonds, there's few limits to what you can do with your cremated remains. If you're going to go out, m...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/17/12-weird-things-to-do-with-your-cremated-remains/

Bomb-Proof Wallpaper

X-Flex wallpaper is designed to hold together even under extreme stresses, such as a bomb detonation. It's hoped that this invention by Berry Plastics will make buildings more secure from attack in dangerous places...

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Balancing 117 Toys on a Single LEGO Block

(YouTube Link) Children's author and photographer Walter Wick decided to balance 117 toys of various sizes and shapes on a LEGO block to create the shot that he was looking for. And then, with some difficulty, he k...

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Clean It Up

YouTube Link Goons is a Chicago-based street artist who, with the help of director Ace Norton, and sponsor Orbit, created this stop-motion one minute clip.  You can see that Goons has a theme to his work at his websi...

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New Zealanders Drilling for Whiskey in Antarctica

A group of explorers from New Zealand are traveling to a campsite of Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1909 Antarctic expedition in the hopes of finding whiskey left behind beneath the floorboards of a shelter: Among the su...

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Bottom 10 Records: The Worst Albums Ever Recorded

The following is an article from Uncle John's Supremely Satisfying Bathroom Reader Tired of Top 10 lists? Well, here's the cure: Bottom 10 Records, from the good folks at Bathroom Reader Institute. Beho...

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Man Uses Crane and Lawn Mower to Trim His Hedges

Well, if he didn't have hedge clippers, then he had no alternative. Two men (who prefer that their names be kept confidential) in Cambridge, New Zealand hauled a lawnmower into the sky with a crane in order to trim a he...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/17/man-uses-crane-and-lawn-mower-to-trim-his-hedges/

Lung Flute Uses Sound to Dislodge Mucous

People who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have bronchial cilia in their lungs that produce too much mucous. Acoustics engineer Sandy Hawkins has developed a flute that produces a sound that dislodges...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/17/lung-flute-uses-sound-to-dislodge-mucous/

The Star Wars Holiday Special: Boring fans for 31 years

31 years ago today, on Nov 17, 1978, CBS broadcast what has become one of the most maligned TV programs of all time, The Star Wars Holiday Special.  It was so bad Lucas disowned it and famously said he'd want to sma...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/17/the-star-wars-holiday-special-boring-fans-for-31-years/

Twitter Avatars by Ape Lad

Adam "Ape Lad" Koford did a set of Twitter avatar designs based on the outline of the Twitter bird. I particularly love the one based on Where The Wild Things Are. Can't wait for the new ones (get crackin' Adam...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/17/twitter-avatars-by-ape-lad/

The Beverly Cleary Quiz

Award-winning author Beverly Cleary gave us books about Ramona and the kids from Klickitat Street. In today's Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss, find out how much you remember from the books. I scored miserably because...

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Hamster Hotel

The Hamster Hotel is now open in Nantes, France. No, it's not just a clever name. Frederic Tabary and Yann Falquerho converted a room in an old building to a human-sized hamster cage complete with a running wheel and hay...

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Oxford Word of the Year 2009: Unfriend

Social networking on the internet has given us plenty of new words and terms (such as "social networking"), and the New Oxford American Dictionary is paying attention. The publishers announced that "unfriend" is their wo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/17/oxford-word-of-the-year-2009-unfriend/

50 Extreme & Bizarre Bags

It seems you can make a bag out of (or to look like) anything! An armadillo? Ground beef? Skunk fur? What I really can't get my head around is why there's a stall somewhere in the world selling hollowed out toads as ha...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/17/50-extreme-bizarre-bags/

Maneki Neko Candy

This clever candy is packaged to look like our favorite lucky cat, Maneki Neko! But open the cellophane and all you get are two white balls of candy. The cellophane is where the cat is at -in fact there are several w...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/17/maneki-neko-candy/






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