Archive for December 14th, 2009

Octopuses Using Coconut Shells As Shelters

Biologist Mark Norman found octopuses (octopi?) off the coast of Indonesia that use split open coconut shells as hiding places. This is the first known tool use by an invertebrate animal: An octopus would dig...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/14/octopuses-using-coconut-shells-as-shelters/

Weird Moments in Zoo History

Zoos, or at least animal menageries, have been around since at least Roman times when exotic animals were collected for the purpose of being used in battles in the coliseum. During medieval times, the greatest zoo around...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/14/weird-moments-in-zoo-history/

10 Years, 10 Best Science Fiction Films

We've had quite a few sci-fi movies grace our screens these past ten years, and Avatar will cap off a decade of the genre's efforts this Friday.  But which ones were good enough to make it on Sci-Fi Squad's top...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/14/10-years-10-best-science-fiction-films/

Bigfoot Skeptics Snap Photo of...Bigfoot?

The Kedrowskis are father and sons from Minnesota that don't believe in the legend of bigfoot.  That's why they're scratching their heads over a photo taken from one of their wilderness motion-detecting cameras that the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/14/bigfoot-skeptics-snap-photo-of-bigfoot/

Your Keyboard's Secret Life

Poor Scroll Lock.  Have a look at more like this at AcidCow.  Somebody help me out with On-Pause-Off... I don't get it, is it a Mac thing? LinkFunny, computer, comic, keyboard, illustration...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/14/your-keyboards-secret-life/

A Compilation of Science-based Party Tricks

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_f3SkxTWxc] YouTube link All of these are quite simple, and most of them are well-known, but there are enough assembled here so that most viewers will find something new to am...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/14/a-compilation-of-science-based-party-tricks/

Man Suing World Of Warcraft For Being Too Slow

California man, Erik Estavillo, is suing Activision Blizzard, makers of World of Warcraft, for one million dollars because he claims the slow game pace is designed to take the player longer to get where he needs to go. H...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/14/man-suing-world-of-warcraft-for-being-too-slow/

Aging-related Changes in Agatha Christie's Vocabulary

In a recently-presented scientific paper, Ian Lancashire and Graeme Hirst from the University of Toronto's Department of English and Department of Computer Science demonstrate changes in the vocabulary used in Agatha Chr...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/14/aging-related-changes-in-agatha-christies-vocabulary/

Paint Chip Mosaic

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SricjGFNfYM][YouTube - Link]Take 3,074 paint chips in 36 colours, a few glue guns and a bit of elbow grease. And what do you get? A cool mural, that's what. Oh, and glue all o...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/14/paint-chip-mosaic/

A Life Sized Stagecoach Made of Toothpicks

72-year-old Terry Woodling of Warsaw, Indiana spent 15 years creating this gorgeous stagecoach from 1.5 million toothpicks! Sadly, it was rejected by the Guiness Book of World Records.The reason behind the rejection...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/14/a-life-sized-stagecoach-made-of-toothpicks/

The First Artificial Snow

(vimeo link) In 1933, observing natural snow, Ukichiro Nakaya {wiki} created the first classification system of snow flakes: categorising them into seven major, and numerous sub-types. In the process of this, he took...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/14/the-first-artificial-snow/

Diagram of Geek Culture

Rather than a formal taxonomy, this diagram by Ibrahim Evsan divides geek culture into activities, obsessions, social communities, terms, idols, and types. Its primary flaw is that it does not take cross-breeding in...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/14/diagram-of-geek-culture/

The Letter People

The Letter People was a literacy program that began in 1972 and grew into a TV show. In today's Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss, we'll see how well you recall the individual Letter People of Letter Land. You'll be given t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/14/the-letter-people/

Vintage Magazines Predicted a Wacky Future

[caption id="attachment_28244" align="aligncenter" width="354" caption="(More scans at Woot!)"][/caption] Yes, the glorious days of publishing were characterized by whatever could grab your attention on the cover.  *...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/14/vintage-magazines-predicted-a-wacky-future/

Rwandan Grand Prix

(YouTube Link) Similar to what has been done before, but Orphans of Rwanda has made a stop motion video of a race directed by Matthew Harding of Where the Hell is Matt? fame. The workshop, which took place in Kig...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/14/rwandan-grand-prix/

Inflating Alarm Clock Pushes You Out Of Bed When It's Time To Get Up

(YouTube Link) Trying to ignore the alarm isn't going to work with the Princess in a Pea Alarm Clock (PPAC). Jeff Saltzman rigged an air compressor to lift up one side of a mattress when it's time to wake up. If t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/14/inflating-alarm-clock-pushes-you-out-of-bed-when-its-time-to-get-up/

A Camera With 158 Lenses

This camera, made by the Nagoya Institute of Technology, has 158 lenses -- more than any other camera in the world, according to Guinness World Records. It was made by associate professor Yojiro Ishino and his stude...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/14/a-camera-with-158-lenses/






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