Archive for January 4th, 2010

E.T.A. by JUNK

E.T.A. by JUNK from Henrik Bjerregaard Clausen on Vimeo. JUNKworks has released another great short for Vimeo, set in the distant realms of space.  It premiered in 2008 at the Bingen, Germany Breakpoint demoparty, an...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/e-t-a-by-junk/

The Cold, Hard Facts About Freezing to Death.

The process of freezing to death is presented in horrifying detail in this classic article. It's not just a matter of getting cold and dying. For example, just before they freeze, people with hypothermia tear their cloth...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/the-cold-hard-facts-about-freezing-to-death/

Mom Tattooed Kids (as Young as 10 Years Old!) Because They Begged For It

Well, they wanted it. That's the reason Jo-Jo Marsh gave for tattooing her own children (one as young as ten years old) with a home-made tattoo gun (with a guitar string as a needle, no less):"We were making it...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/mom-tattooed-kids-as-young-as-10-years-old-because-they-begged-for-it/

Creative Light Writing Proposal

When Derick wanted to propose to his girlfriend Emily, he decided to do it in a big way. A really big way: by creating a light writing proposal that covered several blocks in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. It...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/creative-light-writing-proposal/

The Musical Light Bulbs of Michael Vorfeld

(Video Link) German percussionist Michael Vorfeld creates sound installations by turning different light bulbs on and off. The popping bulbs and flashing lights create a uniquely rhythmic experience for his live au...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/the-musical-light-bulbs-of-michael-vorfeld/

Timelapse Video of People in Yosemite

People in Yosemite: A TimeLapse Study from Steven M. Bumgardner on Vimeo. Steven Bumgardner's video clearly shows the impact of people on Yosemite, but it also shows how the magnificence of the setting reduces peopl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/timelapse-video-of-people-in-yosemite/

This Optical Illusion is Nuts!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laty3vXKRek][YouTube - Link] If you don't find this optical illusion of two lug nuts by YouTube user brusspup amazing, you're nuts! From the Upcoming ueue, submitted by Bopple.o...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/this-optical-illusion-is-nuts/

Kool-Aid Man at the Battle of Yorktown

This isn't quite how I remember the Battle of Yorktown, but presumably artist Joseph Griffith did careful research for this painting marking the 225th anniversary of that battle. This image is part of a post full of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/kool-aid-man-at-the-battle-of-yorktown/

Travis Pastrana Flies a Car

(YouTube Link) When he gets bored with doing double backflips on his bike, skydiving without a chute, or inventing new sports like the Hydrojump, Travis Pastrana takes life easy with a casual drive in Long Beach, CA....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/travis-pastrana-flies-a-car/

Can Microwave Technology Make Things Cold?

No, it can't. Microwaves work by speeding up atoms in an object, thus generating heat. "Microwaves can only speed up atoms, not slow them down," writes Sandeep Ravindran of Popular Science. But Ravindran was...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/can-microwave-technology-make-things-cold/

LEGO Domino Row-Building Machine

(YouTube Link) Matthias Wandel used LEGO Technic parts to build a machine that distributes dominoes in rows. His website is filled with other similar gadgets, most of which are made out of wood. Link via Make |...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/lego-domino-row-building-machine/

Parkour Flip Book

(Video Link) Parkour is a sport consisting of running, climbing, crawling, and jumping over any obstacle in a path through an urban environment. Vimeo user saggyarmpit, a graphics design student in Singapore, creat...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/parkour-flip-book/

Vintage Ad Browser

Find hundreds of ads going up to a couple hundred years back with the Vintage Ad Browser. I spent a lot of time looking around, but kept coming back to this perfume ad from 1890. The picture has nothing to do with th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/vintage-ad-browser/

Farewell Performances

A star actor's final performance should be something memorable, but that doesn't happen often. In many cases, the actor probably didn't know it would be their final performance. For others, their career was already f...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/farewell-performances/

Guitar Picks

At first you think: it's "free" and "this machine accepts all credit cards", that's not right. And then you think "Oh..." This clever recycling idea was submitted to There, I Fixed It. Link -via redditplastic, recycl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/guitar-picks/

Escaping Prisoner Becomes Stuck

42-year-old Roberto Carrillo didn't want to be in jail for New Years Eve. He tried to escape the cell in Valle Hermoso, Mexico by squeezing through a gap he saw where the roof met a wall of bars, but there wasn't enough...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/escaping-prisoner-becomes-stuck/

Harry Dubin at Work in Old New York

Jeff Kisseloff interviewed grocer Harry Dubin about an article written about him in 1947, but then found something much more interesting about Dubin. I picked up the album and opened it, and my eyes nearly jumpe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/harry-dubin-at-work-in-old-new-york/

Amputee Skydiver

When Alistair Hodgson was 21, he was a British paratrooper stationed in Northern Ireland. A booby trap exploded and tore him apart. His horrific injuries healed, except for the leg that was blown off and the other leg wh...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/amputee-skydiver/

Heavy Metal Baby

(YouTube link) I had to find out who sells that pacifier. You can get one at Perpetual Kid. Video via Unique Daily.baby, heavy metal, pacifier...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/heavy-metal-baby/

15 Strange Thematic Weddings

The wedding planner blog Wedding ABC has pictures and information about fifteen weddings that were designed around unusual themes, such as a Halo wedding, a Nazi reenactors' wedding, and one in which attende...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/15-strange-thematic-weddings/

The End of a Beautiful Friendship: Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle

It seems strange that a man best known for creating the quintessential detective, who based his deductions solely on reason, would also be one of the biggest proponents of Spiritualism around the turn of the last century...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/the-end-of-a-beautiful-friendship-houdini-and-arthur-conan-doyle/

Neatorama Redesign (Help!)

Hello, Neatoramanauts! Boing Boing did it, Engadget did it, and now it's Neatorama's turn. Yep, we're going to give the blog a makeover. It's time to shake things up a bit....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/neatorama-redesign-help/

Taser Shockwave

Photo: Pat Shannahan/Wired.comWhat do you get when you cross a taser with a machine gun? Behold the Taser Shockwave, a weapon that fires 24 electrified probes at the same time in a single direction. It's one example of A...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/taser-shockwave/

Banned Words of 2010

Every year, Lake Superior State University publishes a list of overused words that should be banned: Word "czars" at Lake Superior State University "unfriended&quo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/banned-words-of-2010/

Karate Kid, the Remake

[YouTube Clip]Remember the 1984 movie Karate Kid with Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita? Well, it's going to have a remake, featuring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith (Will Smith's son). From Monsters and Critics:Jaden Smith'...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/karate-kid-the-remake/

Traveling While Dead

Dying usually puts a dent on one's travel plan, but not Ralph B. White's. His friends at the Adventurer's Club of Los Angeles have taken him (or rather, his ashes) to some of the world's most remote places:In the las...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/traveling-while-dead/

Adopted at 23 Years of Age

Like many foster children who "age out" of the system, 23-year-old John had given up hope of ever being adopted. Then he met Mark Hauck and his partner, Tim Ferraro, who became his friends ... and later, parent...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/adopted-at-23-years-of-age/

Missing Pier 39 Sea Lions Are Found in Oregon

Remember the case of the "missing" sea lions of San Francisco's Pier 39? Well, they have been "found":Marine experts now believe that the Pier 39 sea lions have gone to Oregon. A couple thousand C...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/missing-pier-39-sea-lions-are-found-in-oregon/

Economists Are Cheapskates

Perhaps it has something to do with their field of choice, economics AKA the dismal science, but many of the world's most famous economists share one extraordinary trait: they're cheapskates! Some economists may be...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/economists-are-cheapskates/

"The Dog Was Discovered When She Fell Out of the Sky"

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAkvrykpHZo] YouTube link. Sadie is a Pomeranian who ran away from her home in Iowa after being frightened by fireworks. "Sadie was swooped up by an owl in the woods," the AP...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/04/the-dog-was-discovered-when-she-fell-out-of-the-sky/






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