Archive for December 28th, 2009

How to Weave Glass

Weaving glass? It seems impossible until you think of it backwards from the finished product. In this piece, the glass warp is formed in the finished shape before it is woven to the weft. Here you'll find in...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/28/how-to-weave-glass/

The Perils of Planet-Hopping

This post gives you a crash course in gravity, specifically how gravity affects the way we travel to (or don't travel to) other planets. The more massive and more compact your planet is, the harder it is to get off...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/28/the-perils-of-planet-hopping/

45 of the Weirdest College Scholarships

I love that the only way you can qualify for the Van Valkenburg Memorial Scholarship – is if you're a direct descendant by birth or adoption. Why even have the scholarship? Other scholarships may be easier to qualify f...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/28/45-of-the-weirdest-college-scholarships/

Armless Woman Earns Pilot's License

Jessica Cox was born without arms, but that hasn't prevented her from becoming the first licensed pilot to fly with only her feet: With one foot manning the controls and the other delicately guiding the steeri...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/28/armless-woman-earns-pilots-license/

Christmas "Carol of the Bells" Played With Dominoes

(Video Link) Jared Lyon is engaged in an ongoing project to find innovative ways of using falling dominoes. The project is called "Dominoes Everywhere", and for the Christmas holidays, he performed the "Carol of th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/28/christmas-carol-of-the-bells-played-with-dominoes/

Vespa Limousine

Vespa's South African division had this stretch scooter made as a promotional gimmick. They refer to it as a family-sized vehicle: According to Vespa, here's a list of uses for the stretched scooter: it's a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/28/vespa-limousine/

Man Brings Fembot Home at Christmas to Meet His Parents

Christmas is all about awkward moments at family gatherings. Le Trung, inventor of the robotic woman substitute Aiko, took that principle to a whole new level when he decided that he should celebrate Christmas with both...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/28/man-brings-fembot-home-at-christmas-to-meet-his-parents/

Stormtrooper Artwork

[caption id="attachment_28482" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Photo: Pederson Erik"][/caption] Throughout the world (and the web), derivative artwork inspired by the white-armored battlements of the Empire...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/28/stormtrooper-artwork/

30 Freakiest Ads of 2009

(YouTube Link) AdFreak has a list of the thirty strangest commercials of 2009. The above video is a Swedish commercial for McDonald's featuring children who express their impatience with a long car trip in...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/28/10-freakiest-ads-of-2009/

Christmas Saints and Demons

Jeremy Barker of The Ampersand gives us the run-down on saints, demons, and other mythical figures associated with Christmas throughout Western history. Pictured above is "The Lord of Misrule": In me...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/28/christmas-saints-and-demons/

Cantilevered Drawbridge

A simple, but unusual and elegant design: a bridge in the city of Leeuwarden in the Netherlands uses two arms to swing a section of road in and out of place. It's called the "Slauerhoffbrug" and was built in 2000....

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/28/cantilevered-drawbridge/

Non-Intoxicating Alcohol in Development

In the Star Trek universe, synthehol is a substance that simulates the taste of alcohol without its inebriating effects. Three and a half years ago, Alex mentioned that a British pharmacologist named David Nutt...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/28/non-intoxicating-alcohol-in-development/

Never a Year Like '09

(video link) Jib Jab's annual year in review animation set to the tune of The Entertainer....

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/28/never-a-year-like-09/

Bus Constrictor

This may look like a snake attack, but it's actually an ad on a bus inviting everyone to the Copenhagen Zoo. Link -via J-Walk Blog Snake, Ad, zoo, bus, Copenhagen...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/28/bus-constrictor/

Dave Barry's Year in Review: 2009

You can find a serious look back at the news of 2009 just about anywhere. A lot of those stories can be downright depressing. Meanwhile, Dave Barry reminds you of what happened while putting his ridiculous spin on 2009....

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/28/dave-barrys-year-in-review-2009/

Delivering the Birthday Cake

If I lived in Japan, I would probably watch more TV. In this episode of Shimura Zoo, Pan-kun must pick up and deliver a cake. It's not that simple, as everyone wants the cake! Link (embedded YouTube clip) -v...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/28/delivering-the-birthday-cake/

Top 10 Weird Colors You’ve Never Heard Of

Well, you may have heard of at least some of these, but you can expand your color vocabulary. Now you'll be able to say "malachite" instead of "kind of a dusky teal green" or "sort of like that Ford van color bu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/28/top-10-weird-colors-youve-never-heard-of/




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