Archive for December 5th, 2009

5 Extreme Overachievers

Some people get rich, others set world records, but a few get started on something and just can't stop. Read about the man who wrote 200,000 books, the scientist with 3,200 patents, and Dr. Shrikant Jichkar, who holds 20...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/05/5-extreme-overachievers/

Hunky Santa

The Beverly Center mall in Los Angeles has a different kind of Santa Claus. For nine years now, Santa is a hunky young man who performs with the Candy Cane Girls in a 15-minute show in the center of the mall on Fridays,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/05/hunky-santa/

The Art of Falling

Photographer Kerry Skarbakka explores the falling human body in a set called The Struggle to Right Oneself. You'll look at these and ask, "How did he do that? And how bad was he hurt?" Using myself as model and...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/05/the-art-of-falling/

The Olympic Torch Relay

When is it OK to take an open flame on an airplane? When it's the Olympic flame, ignited in Greece and on it's way to Vancouver for the winter games. After departing Athens, Greece on October 30th, the Olympic Flame...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/05/the-olympic-torch-relay/

Scientists Explain Why Uranus is Tilted

Uranus lies on its side.  It has an axial tilt of over 90 degrees relative to the plane of the solar system.   As a result, each pole gets 42 YEARS of continuous sunlight, followed by 42 years of continuous darkness....

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/05/scientists-explain-why-uranus-is-tilted/

Pink Glove Dance

It's not all srs bsns at the Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. The employees of the hospital put together this "Pink Glove Dance" to promote breast cancer awareness. Looks like a lot of fun!...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/05/pink-glove-dance/

I Heart Robots

I Heart Robots I Heart Math Chemists Do It Periodically on a Table...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/05/i-heart-robots/

Feminist Children's Book

Once upon a time, little girls are made of sugar and spice and all things nice and little boys are made of frogs and snails and puppy-dog tails ... but no more! Enter the feminist book for children:Bring on Jacinta B...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/05/feminist-childrens-book/

Turn the Job You Hate Into One You Love

It's kind of like that Crosby Stills Nash and Young song "if you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with", but instead of love, substitute job. Jeremy Caplan of TIME Magazine has a handy dandy...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/05/turn-the-job-you-hate-into-one-you-love/

The Angriest Americans

Got anger? A new national survey of 1,800 Americans by Scott Schieman reveal that chances are, you're either young, have kids (duh!) or have less education.For one, people under 30 experienced anger of all forms or i...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/05/the-angriest-americans/

The Los Angeles Gang Tour

Tired of going to the beach and other touristy places for a vacation? Try this instead: the Los Angeles Gang Tour, which gives tourists a look at the cradle of the nation's gang culture, including the the birthplace of t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/05/the-los-angeles-gang-tour/

Biggest Losing Streak Ever: Man Lost $127 Million Gambling in One Year

Can you imagine losing $1 million to the casinos? No? How about $127 million? In one year. That's how much Terrance Watanabe lost, making it one of the biggest - if not the biggest - losing streaks by an individual in La...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/05/biggest-losing-streak-ever-man-lost-127-million-gambling-in-one-year/

Vision of the Automotive Future from 1958

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6pUMlPBMQA][YouTube - Link]This is a great little video, an excerpt from Disney's "Magic Highway USA", showing what people from the late '50s thought would be the future...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/05/vision-of-the-automotive-future-from-1958/

The Happy Feet of The Blue Footed Booby Bird

Big feet are not for everyone, however in the case of the blue footed booby, bigger and bluer is better.  These clumsy birds are found on the Galapagos Islands and in some areas of California.This entertaining a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/05/the-happy-feet-of-the-blue-footed-booby-bird/

Tomatoes as Carnivorous Plants

Have you ever wondered why tomatoes, potatoes, and some other plants have hairy stems?  Of course not.  Neither have I, until I encountered an explanation in the Telegraph yesterday. Botanists have discovered for...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/05/tomatoes-as-carnivorous-plants/

Venus Flytrap Shows Off "Two Hair Trip" Mechanism

Ever wondered what a fly’s worst nightmare might be? No, nor have I, but I bet it looks something like Venus flytraps catching their dinner.   Despite their name, and the fact that they look like something f...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/05/bbc-life-beautiful-venus-flytrap-timelapse-shows-off-two-hair-trip-mechanism/

Little-known Introductions to Well-known Songs

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-8gn6vGu_w] YouTube link Many famous songs that originated in movies or Broadway musicals were preceded by an introduction that was sung rather than spoken.  These verses, pr...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/05/little-known-introductions-to-well-known-songs/






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