Archive for November 23rd, 2009

Kids Not Fooled by Visual Illusion

A team led by psychologist Martin Doherty of the University of Stirling in Scotland found that visual illusions that befuddle adults don't effect children as easily. The pair of orange circles in the above illusion a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/23/kids-not-fooled-by-visual-illusion/

When The Sizzle is Worth More Than The Steak

Hugh Hefner and his daughter Christie spent over 50 years building the image of Playboy magazine, which is now up for sale. Iconix Brand Group, a fashion house, has expressed interest in purchasing Playboy Enterprises...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/23/when-the-sizzle-is-worth-more-than-the-steak/

Scroll Bar Clock

Quentin Thiacourt of TOKI WOKI created this unusual web clock made solely out of browser scoll bars! The effect is quite mesmerizing: Linkclock, scroll bar, Quentin Thiacourt...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/23/scroll-bar-clock/

Arsenal For House Cleaning

Everyone who's done it knows that cleaning is a lot like warfare (and if you have children, it's always a losing battle). Hugo Tornelo and Pedro Alegria of Cabracega have just the weapon for your next house clea...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/23/arsenal-for-house-cleaning/

Pop-Up Cardboard Office

(Video Link) It's probably not strong enough to support a human user, but Liddy Scheffknecht and Armin B. Wagner's pop-up cardboard office sure is nifty-looking. The entire structure folds into a portable flat pane...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/23/pop-up-cardboard-office/

Map of Translated Place Names

Image: Kalimedia Cartography blog Strange Maps has a map of the British Isles showing current place names translated into modern English. It's one from a collection known as The Atlas of True Names....

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/23/map-of-translated-place-names/

Drivers "Flock" To DUI Checkpoint

Drive sober in Salinas, California, and Tuesday could be your lucky night. At a certain DUI checkpoint, some motorists who pass through will be awarded a free turkey! This is the seventh year Salinas police have add...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/23/drivers-flock-to-dui-checkpoint/

Robot Christmas Dance

(YouTube link) These festive robots were built from RoboBuilder kits and synchronized to some classic holiday tunes. OK, just pretend that those little squeaks and servo motor noises are jingle bells. -via Geeks Are S...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/23/robot-christmas-dance/

Vintage Native American Portraits

The Denver Post recently uncovered a collection of photographs taken by Durango, Colorado photographers William Pennington and Lisle Updike between 1915 and 1920. They were featured in the newspaper in 1974. From tha...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/23/vintage-native-american-portraits/

Picture is Unrelated

[caption id="attachment_27694" align="aligncenter" width="448" caption="Photo at PictureIsUnrelated"][/caption] To see the cream of the croppings, the best in WTF photo and video, head on over to Picture is Unrelated,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/23/picture-is-unrelated/

Bulldog Loves Skateboarding

YouTube Link In 2007, Tillman the bulldog amazed the world with his video of him riding a skateboard around a park, just as naturally as you please.  Apparently the dog is still refining his moves, via Tony Hawk's vi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/23/bulldog-loves-skateboarding/

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade rolls through New York every year, but how much do you really know about the annual production? Today's Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss will test your memory ahead of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/23/macys-thanksgiving-day-parade/

Man Visits Every Country on Earth

Photo via World Records Academy 55-year-old Indian citizen Kashi Samaddar has completed an almost-seven year trip around the world. He has visited all 194 countries in the world, thereby setting a world record. H...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/23/man-visits-every-country-on-earth-and-takes-really-boring-pictures/

Could YOU disappear in the digital age?

Writer Evan Ratliff pondered the same question while writing an article for Wired magazine about people who for various reasons had tried to start over with completely new lives .  A few months later he found himsel...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/23/could-you-disappear-in-the-digital-age/

Design Your Own Chocolate Bar

Did you ever wish you could create the chocolate of your dreams? A German company named chocri allows people like you and me to customize chocolate bars, not only by determining which name is printed on the packaging,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/23/design-your-own-chocolate-bar/

Goodnight Keith Moon

(YouTube Link) Goodnight Keith Moon is a parody of the classic children's picture book Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. This version by Bruce Worden and Clare Cross features Keith Moon (1946...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/23/goodnight-keith-moon/

Art from Electricity

Photo: Stoneridge Engineering Lichtenberg figures are the branching patterns formed by electrical discharges, discovered by 18th Century German physicist Georg Christoph Lichtenberg. He captured the images in dust on...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/23/art-from-electricity/

10 Modern Measurements

John Madden of GeekDad relates the story of how the 'smoot' became a measurement of distance: Way back in 1958, the MIT chapter of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity used pledge Oliver R. Smoot to measure th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/23/10-modern-measurements/

Colorful Caves? Thank you, Bug Poop!

Scientists have always thought that colorful mineral deposits in caves are the work of geology, not biology - but they were wrong: unusual deposits may actually be microbial poop!"We're finding that you need to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/23/colorful-caves-thank-you-bug-poop/

The "Useless Man" Myth Makes Working Moms Feel Better

Why do working moms complain so much about their "useless" husbands? A new study by Rebecca Meisenbach of the University of Missouri suggests that it's all to make them feel better about themselves:If there...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/23/the-useless-man-myth-makes-working-moms-feel-better/

Better Exam Results By Listening to Study Tape While Asleep

Psst! Got a tough exam in the morning? Here's an easy way to improve your grade: listen to study tapes while you're asleep. Really!Scientists have found that hearing specific sounds during deep sleep can improve memo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/23/better-exam-results-by-listening-to-study-tape-while-asleep/

Tiburon to Photograph License Plates of All Cars Entering Town

Tiburon, California, has become the first community in the United States to record the license plate of every car that enter or leave the town:Plates will be compared to databases of stolen or wanted cars, with match...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/23/tiburon-to-photograph-license-plates-of-all-cars-entering-town/

Woman Lost Disability Benefit Because of Facebook

If you're on a long-term disability because of depression, perhaps it's a good idea not to post photos of yourself having fun on Facebook:Nathalie Blanchard has been on leave from her job at IBM in Bromont, Quebec, f...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/23/woman-lost-disability-benefit-because-of-facebook/

Man Actually Conscious Throughout Two Decades of "Coma"

Twenty three years ago, a car crash left Rom Houben totally paralyzed. Doctors gave him a battery of tests and concluded that he was in a vegetative state or a coma. Except that they were wrong: he was conscious the whol...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/11/23/man-actually-conscious-throughout-two-decades-of-coma/






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