Archive for November 19th, 2009

North Pole Mail Program Discontinued

The 2,100 citizens of North Pole, Alaska take Christmas very seriously. Since 1954, they've volunteered for Operation Santa, a program of the US Postal Service which answers letters to Santa Claus. The program has volunt...

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A Song About the Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual

(Video Link) "Monster Manual" is a song by the band Mixel Pixel. It tells the tale of a role-player's struggle with a particularly brutal Dungeon Master, who is throwing just about every creature in the Dungeons & D...

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A Bank Robber Nicknamed "Shrek"

"Ears" something unfortunate for bank robber David Holyoak of Manchester, England: his distinctive feature made it really easy for the police to identify and locate him!As Holyoak, of Whitefield, Manchester, began a...

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2009 Olympus BioScapes Images

The winners of the 2009 Olympus BioScapes Photo Digital Imaging Competition were just announced yesterday. Here are some of the wonderful winning and honorable mention images:1st Place Winner: Water...

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Tim Burton Exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art

Filmmaker Tim Burton's visual art will be on display starting on Sunday, Nov. 22, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. His media include watercolors, line drawings, pastels, and sculptures. The exhibit fea...

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7 Sci-Fi Series Ripe for Movie Reboots

Cinematical has a list of ideas for making movies based on classic 20th century TV shows.  A couple of these I'd never seen, but I definitely remember tuning in to see Martin Landau and company fight to survive each wee...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/19/7-sci-fi-series-ripe-for-movie-reboots/

Custom Backyard Deck Will Make You Dizzy

Photo: Digited Image Company Apple executive Jeff Dauber has a backyard deck that will not, despite initial impressions, suck you into a wormhole and then throw you back in time. He had architect Thom Flauders design...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/19/custom-backyard-deck-will-make-you-dizzy/

The Painted Books of Mike Stilkey

Photo: Dave Kinsey California-based artist Mike Stilkey paints images on the bindings of books. From an interview with the webzine Fecal Face: Why did you choose to paint on books? It seems like it wo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/19/the-painted-books-of-mike-stilkey/

White Castle Turkey Stuffing

This recipe for turkey stuffing calls for "18 White Castle hamburgers (no pickles), chopped into 1-inch pieces," (or you can substitute bread, but it won't be the same). I suppose if you live in the southern part of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/19/white-castle-turkey-stuffing/

Lithuanian Horseback Riding Academy was a CIA Secret Prison

To many wealthy Lithuanians, it was just a fancy horseback riding academy. But horses aren't the only things kept in the barn: the CIA had built a secret prison there, where they interrogated (or tortured, your choice of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/19/lithuanian-horseback-riding-academy-was-a-cia-secret-prison/

Students Arrested for Not Paying Tip

College students Leslie Pope and John Wagner and four of their friends went to the Lehigh Pub in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The bill came to $73, which they paid, but they refused to pay the mandatory $16.35 tip, because t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/19/students-arrested-for-not-paying-tip/

Be A Martian

NASA needs lots of help sorting through the hundreds of thousands of images they've collected from the surface of Mars. What do do? Make it into a game! Be A Martian combines the work of analyzing those images online wit...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/19/be-a-martian/

First Monkey to Ever Walk on the Moon Declared Dead

The History Bluff (motto: "Making a mess of history") brings us another headscratcher with the sad news that the first monkey to ever walk on the moon has passed away. On June 3, 1981 Harlan the Monkey b...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/19/first-monkey-to-ever-walk-on-the-moon-declared-dead/

Puzzle Forms an Image of ANY Face

Mark Setteducati and Ken Knowlton have invented a unique puzzle marketed in Japan as "Jingazo." The puzzle includes 300 jigsaw pieces that can be arranged to form a picture of anybody's face. The puzzle works i...

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What Is It? Game 116

Today's collaboration with the What is it? Blog brings us this .... alligator?! Actually, this object has a specific function. Do you know what it is?Place your guess in the comment section. The first correct guess, as w...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/19/what-is-it-game-116/

VideoSift Clips of the Week

(Links open in a new browser window/tab) Amazing Male Group Gymnastics Routine This is not gymnastics as you're used to seeing it. I wish this was in the Olympics. Link...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/19/videosift-clips-of-the-week-42/

Why Do People Live Near Volcanoes?

Photo by Carsten Peter Perched above the lighted city of Catania, Italy, Mount Etna hurls a fountain of fire skyward as rivers of lava spill down its flanks. In spite of its dazzling displays, Mount Etna is a rela...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/19/why-do-people-live-near-volcanoes/






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