Archive for November 20th, 2009

Galileo's (other) Finger, Tooth, and Thumb Have Been Found

It's been a long and undoubtedly strange journey for Galileo Galilei's various body parts.  Some of you will recall that when his body was reinterred in 1737,  his middle finger was removed, along with several other bo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/20/galileos-other-finger-tooth-and-thumb-have-been-found/

Do You Love the Smell of Old Books?

What you smell may be a marker for their slow death.  After noticing that professional conservators smelled paper while doing their assessments, researchers from University College London's Centre for Sustainable Herita...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/20/do-you-love-the-smell-of-old-books/

Visualizing the Rise and Decline of Four Empires

(Video Link) Pedro M. Cruz, a graduate student in information visualization and interaction design, created this time-elapsed representation of the rise and decline of the British, French, Portuguese, and Spanish ov...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/20/visualizing-the-rise-and-fall-of-four-empires/

LED Tattoos

Charlie Sorrel has an article at Wired exploring the potential development of LED-lit tattoos. New chips are small enough to be placed under the skin, mounted on a sheet of silk that dissolves into the body:...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/20/led-tattoos/

Il Silenzio

Conductor/composer Andre Rieu showcases Il Silenzio (commonly known as a variation of Taps) with trumpet solo by 13 year old Melissa Venema.  The song is much more beautiful when played in its entirety, as opposed to wh...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/20/il-silenzio/

Bacon Mug

This is a functional mug made out of woven strips of bacon, filled with melted cheese. I have not yet been able to find the name of the genius responsible for this holy creation. Will s/he step forward and claim...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/20/bacon-mug/

Phasers in Early Product Development

Strong emphasis on the word "early." A research team at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada was able to temporarily stun worms with an ultraviolet light: The animals that scientists experi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/20/phasers-in-early-product-development/

Web 2.0 Utilities As Intoxicants

In a new comic, cartoonist Patrick Moberg compares various web 2.0 social networking tools to intoxicating drugs, including tumblr, twitter, vimeo, and myspace. But don't think that he holds these utilities in low r...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/20/web-2-0-as-intoxicants/

A Collection of Neat Bookends

Photo: Gentle Giant Studios The Star Wars cantina bookend set is currently out of stock, and at a cost of over $150.00 it's definitely for those with money to burn.  Neatorama sells cool bookends for far less.  Howeve...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/20/a-collection-of-neat-bookends/

Dramatic Chipmunk Messenger Bag

Remember the Dramatic Chipmunk Internet meme? Well, I don't know what took so long, but the chipmunk (or prairie dog if you want to be technical about it) has made a come back of sorts.Behold the Dramatic Chipmunk Messen...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/20/dramatic-chipmunk-messenger-bag/

Close Encounters of the Redneck Kind

(vimeo link) Some things are so obvious, it only took a quarter-century for someone to think of this. (via b3ta)...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/20/close-encounters-of-the-redneck-kind/

Camels for Digestion's Sake

This 1936 ad for Camel cigarettes encourages you to stop and smoke between each course of your Thanksgiving feast. Link to Flickr page (full size). -via Metafilter thanksgiving, vintage, ads, cigarettes...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/20/camels-for-digestions-sake/

Pumpkin-Apple-Pecan Pie

Can't decide what kind of pie to serve after Thanksgiving dinner? Make them all in one pie pan! Cakespy at Serious Eats experimented with pecan, apple, and pumpkin pie recipes to make this triple threat. The best res...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/20/pumpkin-apple-pecan-pie/

The Decade in Seven Minutes

Video Link Relive the past 9.8 years in news stories condensed into seven minutes, peppered with snark and wit.  via AcidCow.Odd News, decade, aughts...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/20/the-decade-in-seven-minutes/

26-year-old World War I Victim

Maité Roël of Bovekerke, Belgium is the youngest victim of the first World War. As a disabled war victim, she carries a veteran's card that entitles her to reduced train fares, but gets suspicious looks when she uses i...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/20/26-year-old-world-war-i-victim/

Real-Life Simpsons House

Photo: Design Fetish In 1997, home developer Kaufman & Broad built a house in Henderson, Nevada that looks exactly like the house that the Simpson family lives in, both inside and outside, including furniture and pict...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/20/real-life-simpsons-house-3/

5 "Oddball" Crocs Found in Sahara Desert

A strange assortment of prehistoric crocodilyform fossils have been found in Africa. Crocodilyforms are ancient cousins of today's alligators, crocodiles, and caimans. For instance, the rodent-like RatCroc had buckt...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/20/5-oddball-crocs-found-in-sahara-desert/

Woodpecker vs. Snake

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrGbh-6cAZA] YouTube link A crimson-crested woodpecker battles an olive whipsnake on Peru's Yarapa River.  One presumes that the snake was stealing eggs or attacking chicks in...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/20/woodpecker-vs-snake/






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