Archive for December 9th, 2009

Ventriloquist Birds

Certain bird species can project their voices in one direction while their beaks are pointed in another.  Jessica Yorzinski, a graduate student in animal behavior at UC Davis conducted a study with Gail Patricelli, prof...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/09/ventriloquist-birds/

100 MPH Lawnmower

The present landspeed record for a lawnmower is 80.792 mph. Project Runningblade, led by Stephen Vokins of the Beaulieu National Motor Museum in the UK, hopes to break that record with a lawnmower capable of reachin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/09/100-mph-lawnmower/

Beer Can Tab Chain Mail

Pictures of this stylish suit of armor made from beer can tabs have been circulating the Internet today. What gifted artist will step forward and claim credit for this magnificent creation? There are more detailed...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/09/beer-can-tab-chain-mail/

Fake Fingerprints by Plastic Surgery

27-year-old Lin Rong re-entered Japan even though she had earlier been deported back to China. She wasn't caught until she was arrested on other charges, because her fingerprints were different. Lin had undergone surgery...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/09/fake-fingerprints-by-plastic-surgery/

Weird Norwegian Skies

Last night a strange spiral lit up the sky over Norway, from Trøndelag to Finnmark, and many people took pictures. The phenomenon began when what appeared to be a blue light seemed to soar up from behind a moun...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/09/weird-norwegian-skies/

Let Me Google That For You

I just discovered this, and it should prove a handy and effective tool for answering questions in the future.  From Lifehacker: If you're a power searcher, or other people think you are, and you're getting tired of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/09/let-me-google-that-for-you/

Comic Book Christmas Ornaments

If I had a Christmas tree, this would be one of the ornaments on it.  It just makes sense (Spidey Sense?) that the Webslinger would be hanging out there.  Get a load of this and other superhero tree-trimmers at Wal...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/09/comic-book-christmas-ornaments/

The Truck With 3,000 Christmas Lights

Twenty-five years ago, Kris Marshall of Iowa draped a strand of Christmas lights across his pickup truck. Now, eight incarnations later, the Christmas Truck has 3,000 lights. Matt Hardigree writes for Jalopnik*...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/09/the-truck-with-3000-christmas-lights/

Real Life Edward Scissorhands

Move over, Johnny Depp. There's a new Edward Scissorhands in town, and he cuts hair. With Clawz. Yep, you read that right. Here's Valentino LoSauro who invented a new way to cut hair:"The idea came to me in the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/09/real-life-edward-scissorhands/

Fire Hydrant Blocked ... by Parking Authority Van!

When a fire truck responded to an emergency call in Philadelphia, firemen found that access to a fire hydrant was blocked by ... the Philadelphia Parking Authority van!The visibly perturbed firefighters politely asked th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/09/fire-hydrant-blocked-by-parking-authority-van/

Hanukkah Pop Song, by Mormon Senator Orrin Hatch

Next up for Grammy, Sen. Orrin Hatch! The Mormon senator from Utah has just penned his newest single, "Eight Days of Hanukkah": In Tablet, a magazine on Jewish life, Jeffrey Goldberg wrote that he met with...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/09/hanukkah-pop-song-by-mormon-senator-orrin-hatch/

Cheating On Your Spouse? Now You Can Be Sued!

Besides being chased by an angry spouse wielding a golf club, adultery now carries another danger: lawyers.The next time a married man or woman glances your way, you might think twice before acting on impulse and fro...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/09/cheating-on-your-spouse-now-you-can-be-sued/

Frosty the Inappropriate Snowman

Proving the maxim that nothing succeeds like controversy - or at least attract free press like one, CBS' online mash up of Frosty (with sound bites from the TV series "How I Met Your Mother" and "Two and a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/09/frosty-the-inappropriate-snowman/

Pantone Color of the Year 2010: Turquoise

Pantone, the company which business is to know everything there is to know about colors, has just unveiled Color of the Year for 2010 (drumroll, please): turquoise!"Turquoise is universally appealing. It puts ev...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/09/pantone-color-of-the-year-2010-turquoise/

Magazine-Themed Restaurants

Upon hearing that Rolling Stone magazine plans to open its own restaurant, Slate author Justin Peters imagined reviews for restaurants opened by other magazines and news sites, such as Sports Illust...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/09/magazine-themed-restaurants/

Sketchy Santas

Photo submitted by Z.  (Sketchy Santas) Sketchy Santas is a site devoted to reader-submitted pictures of that bastion of the season: sitting on Santa's lap.  It's a time when children are either enchanted with the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/09/sketchy-santas/

Top 10 Cartoon Villains

Within a storytelling construct, an antagonist is key, and cartoons have had some of the most dynamic, interesting villains throughout history.  The list at Bezbrige has ten interesting choices, including everybody's fa...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/09/top-10-cartoon-villains/

Beautiful Croatia

[caption id="attachment_28141" align="aligncenter" width="499" caption="Photo: Roman Bonnefoy"][/caption] Behold the natural beauty of Plitvice National Park.  Called the Most Popular Tourist Attraction in Croatia, i...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/09/beautiful-croatia/

Automatic Crossbow

(YouTube Link) A fellow who calls himself "The Duckman" built an electrically-powered automatic crossbow. His objective was to have a usable crossbow now that arthritis prevents him from cocking each arrow, as he w...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/09/automatic-crossbow/

More Stuff for the Neatorama Christmas Special

Just added to the Neatorama Shop's Christmas Special, where every purchase will get you a free Mystery Bonus. Your purchase helps support the blog, so skip the hassle of going to the mall...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/09/more-stuff-for-the-neatorama-christmas-special/

Twoddler Lets Toddlers Send Tweets

What do you get when you mix Twitter with toddlers? Behold the Twoddler, a tricked-out Fisher Price Activity Center that lets toddlers send pre-arranged tweets to friends and family:... the Twoddler, a tricked-out Fi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/09/twoddler-lets-toddlers-send-tweets/

Getting To Know Nostradamus

These days, everyone’s heard of Michel de Nostredame, better known as Nostradamus, but most people just know that he was one of the most famous seers in history. Most people don’t really know about his specific predi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/09/getting-to-know-nostradamus/






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