Archive for December 2nd, 2009

China's 56 Ethnic Groups

The vast majority (>90%) of Chinese are Han Chinese.  The remainder are distributed among 55 other ethnic groups.  This diversity was awkwardly displayed during the opening ceremonies of the last Olympic games, when...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/02/chinas-56-ethnic-groups/

A Currency is "Reevaluated"

Economic activity inside North Korea has reportedly ground to a halt following a government announcement that it is devaluing its currency at a rate of 100:1. There were reports of public outrage and confusion after the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/02/a-currency-is-reevaluated/

Hillbilly Truffles

The Food & Travel section of GQ has a 6-page article reporting the successful growing of black truffles in Tennessee.  When Julia Child's book was released in the United States, the recipes called for canned truffle...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/02/hillybilly-truffles/

Man Updates Twitter and Facebook Accounts During His Own Wedding

(YouTube Link) Dana Hanna of Abingdon, Maryland updated his Facebook relationship status at the altar, immediately after the presiding pastor declared the marriage. In The Los Angeles Times, W.J. Hennigan...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/02/man-updates-twitter-and-facebook-during-his-own-wedding/

Velma the Vampire Hunter

Illustration by Travis Pitts Dr. Monster (Travis Pitts) created this illustration for his Flickr 'Stream.  Pitts calls it "we've got some work to do now," and it clearly tells a dramatic tale.  Note the R.I.P.  S...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/02/velma-the-vampire-hunter/

Borrow My Pen

Borrow My Pen - $6.45Tired of people "borrowing" your pen all the time? Well, give 'em a little shock with these subversively funny pens. Each of them are printed with fake but very funny company names and tag...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/02/borrow-my-pen/

Body Armor for Dogs

The Canadian firm K9 Storm offers sophisticated physical protection for dogs out in the field. In Popular Science, Clay Dillow writes: The Intruder not only protects canines with a sturdy flak jacket env...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/02/body-armor-for-dogs/

Hamlet's Soliloquy Sounds Better in Klingon

(YouTube Link) This video shows an actor performing the "To Be or Not To Be" soliloquy from Shakespeare's Hamlet, restoring the language to the original Klingon. The play became available in the United Fed...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/02/hamlets-soliloquy-sounds-better-in-klingon/

Buy a Home, Get Beans!

Clayton Homes has an ad on a newspaper website offering a premium when you buy a new home -a can of beans! Link -via J-Walk Bloghomes, real estate, housing, beans...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/02/buy-a-home-get-beans/

Sugar Streak

(YouTube link) Can you catch the Gingerbread Man? This video is a "choose your own adventure" series, with important decisions to be made at key points. The best episode was in the basement. Sure, it's viral adverti...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/02/sugar-streak/

Prohibition-Era Bowling Alley Unearthed in Queens

The new owner of a former garment factory building recently unearthed a pair of manually-operated bowling lanes in his basement. The lanes are in very good condition, considering it's been many years since they've seen...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/02/prohibition-era-bowling-alley-unearthed-in-queens/

Is Loneliness Contagious?

A study of the data from 5,000 individuals who participated in the Framingham Heart Study leads researchers to believe that loneliness spreads through social networks like a virus. The tendency to be a loner may be less...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/02/is-loneliness-contagious/

Edible Insects

By now you're probably wondering what to get that insect-lover on your list.  Sure, you could go with the earwig T-shirt or the cockroach fridge magnet, but why not choose something they're sure to love?  You know what...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/02/edible-insects/

Personal Branding Iron

This company will make a tiny branding iron with your name on it! The product is a metal part that will replace the head of a disposable cigarette lighter. Fire up the lighter, and your branding iron will be hot in no...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/02/personal-branding-iron/

US Navy UAV Sets Endurance Record with 26-Hour Flight

With a flight lasting twenty-six hours and one minute, the US Navy experimental unmanned aerial vehicle Ion Tiger broke a flight endurance record. Michael Barkoviak writes for Daily Tech: The U.S. Na...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/02/us-navy-uav-sets-endurance-record-with-26-hour-flight/

Steve Ballmer Portrait Using Hundreds of Blue Screens of Death

This collage portrait of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was created out of hundreds of pictures of computer screens showing Windows' infamous error page, the Blue Screen of Death. It was made by Fraser of PoorlyDrawnPo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/02/steve-ballmer-portrait-using-hundreds-of-blue-screens-of-death/

Japanese Street Addresses and Other Cultural Opposites

(YouTube Link) This video by musician and entrepreneur Derek Sivers provides several examples of American cultural norms that are counterintuitive in other societies. For example, Americans navigate roads with stre...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/02/japanese-street-addresses-and-other-cultural-opposites/

Is a Progress Bar on a Traffic Light a Good Idea?

A design award has been given for a concept that would allow existing traffic lights to be retrofitted with progress bars that offer a visual representation of when the light will change.  Several benefits have been sug...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/02/is-a-progress-bar-on-a-traffic-light-a-good-idea/

Facebook in the Führerbunker

Yes, all kinds of Facebook parodies have already been created, including the excellent Hamlet version by Sarah Schmelling, and even a Star Wars edition, as John Farrier pointed out recently. But if y...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/02/facebook-in-the-fuhrerbunker/
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