Archive for November 18th, 2009

Human Father Speaks Only Klingon To His Young Son for Three Years

As one might expect from any involved and nurturing father, d'Armond Speers of Minnesota spoke only Klingon to his son for the first three years of his life. Hart Van Denburg writes in Citypages: "I was...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/18/father-speaks-only-klingon-to-his-young-son-for-three-years/

Amusing Ads For Star Wars Weekends

Photo: Lucasfilm/Disney There's a bunch of new print ads out for Disney's Star Wars Weekends, and they're pretty funny.  See Darth Vader wait in line, Ewoks get denied, TIE fighters at airport gates and more at The...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/18/amusing-ads-for-star-wars-weekends/

Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse!

(YouTube link) Mickey Mouse made his public debut in the cartoon Steamboat Willie on November 18, 1928 -81 years ago! The character appeared in Plane Crazy a few months earlier, but the Walt Disney C...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/18/happy-birthday-mickey-mouse/

Maersk Alabama Hit Again by Somali Pirates, But This Time It Has an Acoustic Cannon!

Maersk Alabama, the cargo vessel that was hijacked by Somali pirates back in April 2009, was attacked again. This time, however, the ship was prepared:An on-board security team repelled the attack by using evasive ma...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/18/maersk-alabama-hit-again-by-somali-pirates-but-this-time-it-has-an-acoustic-cannon/

High Noon

Mounted on a 9" marble base is a small brass cannon, and above that a magnifying glass.  The positioning and focal length of the lens would be designed to light the cannon's fuse.  The placement of the sundial suggests...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/18/high-noon-2/

Mysterio Predicts What You'll Get For Christmas

Our pal Dave Sopp of Wry Baby has come up with a free fun service that lets you find out in advance what you'll be getting for Christmas. Wry Baby's resident Infant Mentalist Mysterio predicted that my wife will get me &...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/18/mysterio-predicts-what-youll-get-for-christmas/

Truck With a Jet Engine

Photo: John Masterson The Frictionator is a Ford F650 pickup truck equipped with a 7,000 hp GE J85 jet engine. Joe Arnold's monster truck is capable of reaching speeds up to 200 mph and is street legal (so as long as...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/18/truck-with-a-jet-engine/

Pulp Fiction Super Mario Bros.

(YouTube Link) Animator Jeremie Duval remixed Super Mario Bros. with the tone and sound of Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. Content warning: not for mushroom lovers. Via Geekologieanimation, super mari...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/18/pulp-fiction-super-mario-bros/

Lion Opens Car Door with Teeth

Lion Safari Park in Johannesburg, South Africa allows cars to drive through the lion enclosure so people can see the animals up close. A family in a white Toyota drove through with the doors closed, but apparently failed...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/18/lion-opens-car-door-with-teeth/

Baby Otter at Play

(YouTube link) You can debate the wisdom of making an otter into a pet, but you have to agree that Sidney is adorable. -via Buzzfeedpet, otter...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/18/baby-otter-at-play/

5 Amazing Journeys On A Penny Farthing

I don't know how you can ride for more than a mile on a penny farthing {wiki}. No brakes, no gears, and no stopping, or you'll fall off! These five lunatics have managed thousands of miles on them. For example, Thomas St...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/18/5-amazing-journeys-on-a-penny-farthing/

8 Animals That Ran for Government Office

Every once in a while, political parties or local groups will put an animal on the ballot for public office. Every once in a blue moon, that animal will be elected! These eight stories include three critters who actu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/18/8-animals-that-ran-for-government-office/

Himalayan Caves May Be Shangri-La

The remote Mustang caves of Nepal are yielding treasures and artworks that lead explorers to think it may be the legendary Shangri-La. Expeditions in 2007 and 2008 found 15th-century paintings, religious texts, and skele...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/18/himalayan-caves-may-be-shangri-la/

Cassette Tape Skeletons

Photo: Brian Dettmer We've previously featured Atlanta-based artist Brian Dettmer's sculpted books here on Neatorama. He has also created a number of sculptures out of old cassette tapes. From the blog ...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/18/cassette-tape-skeletons/

Seventeen Things Worth Knowing About Your Cat

If you have a cat or you just like cats, here are seventeen facts about them that you might find interesting from that fountain of strangeness, Matthew Inman. Who knew Abraham Lincoln was a cat lover? Link - via art...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/18/seventeen-things-worth-knowing-about-your-cat/

Sports Car/Side Car

Photo: François Knorreck The Snaefell is the creation of François Knorreck, a French hospital technician who spent €15,000, 10 years, and 10,000 hours of work on the project. It's a 1976 Laverda motorcycle with a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/18/sports-carside-car/

Pandora's Box Secret Storage

Pandora's Box Secret Storage - $23.95Yes, in Greek mythology, Pandora's box is actually a large jar that unleashed terrible things on mankind. But that didn't stop us from liking this Pandora's Box, a secret storage shap...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/18/pandoras-box-secret-storage/

Bent Objects: Interview with Terry Border

Neatoramabot, the Bent Object version by Terry Border - ain't he awesome? When I came across Terry Border's blog, Bent Objects, way back in 2007, I knew that my days of making funny...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/18/bent-objects-interview-with-terry-border/

English Words Quiz

Can you name the most commonly used words in the English language? In this quiz, you'll have twelve minutes to name the 100 words most used. I only guessed 68 before time ran out, but I ran into trouble by having a space...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/18/english-words-quiz/
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