Archive for January 5th, 2010

How Long Could Luke Survive in a Tauntaun?

Luke Skywalker survived the arctic conditions of the planet Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back only because Han Solo killed his tauntaun (a native beast of burden) and shoved Luke inside the animal's warm carcass....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/05/how-long-could-luke-survive-in-a-tauntaun/

Pink Snow in Fargo

It's not a weather anomaly, but an art project. Stevie Famulari used a weed sprayer to paint the snow on her Fargo lawn pink! Famulari is an environmental artist and a landscape architecture professor at North Dakot...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/05/pink-snow-in-fargo/

Five Hot Exoplanets Discovered

NASA's Kepler space telescope mission is sending back data on exoplanets we've never seen before. Five new planets that the probe recently discovered are large planets that revolve close to their stars, making it ea...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/05/five-hot-exoplanets-discovered/

Underwater Atomic Explosion Swamps Ship

(YouTube Link) A (presumably) abandoned ship near a US nuclear test is swamped by the resulting massive wave. The video is courtesy of Atom Central, a site filled with pictures, videos, and information about nuclea...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/05/underwater-atomic-explosion-swamps-ship/

50% More Worcestershire Sauce!

This past week we purchased the bottle on the right above - French's "Classic" Worcestershire sauce, in the 15 oz. size - to replace the old one on the left with the "New and Improved!" label. The label of the n...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/05/50-more-worcestershire-sauce/

Cubicles for the Homeless

Entrepreneurs in Tokyo have developed "capsule" hotels with coffin-like cubicles for those needing shelter.  They aren't free: The rent is surprisingly high for such a small space: 59,000 yen a month, or about $640...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/05/cubicles-for-the-homeless/

Parachute Panorama

Flugpano Papierfassung in Italy We've featured many of 360 Cities' panoramas on Neatorama, but this one is quite unique: Martin Hertel took this panorama shot while parachuting near Campocroce, Italy!...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/05/parachute-panorama/

Dog Saved From Freezing Water

[caption id="attachment_28654" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Photo: Sandy Ferguson"][/caption]A cocker spaniel named Matt decided to frolic across a frozen duck pond in Kilmarnock, Scotland, but broke through th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/05/dog-saved-from-freezing-water/

Jewelry You Can Sink Your Teeth Into

Silversmith and offbeat artist Polly van der Glas creates jewelry made from human teeth, hair, and sterling silver.  Aside from rings, she also makes necklaces, earrings, purses and more. All works are handmade in...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/05/jewelry-you-can-sink-your-teeth-into/

Dragging a Coke Machine Down the Road

(YouTube link) Nicholas Nunley needed a little cash, so he did what anyone would do -he hooked a Coke machine to his car and drove off! Deputies from the McMinn County Sheriff's department in Riceville, Tennessee chas...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/05/dragging-a-coke-machine-down-the-road/

Wooden Car Powered By Wood-Burning Boiler

Dutch artist and inventor Joost Conijn refitted his Citroën with wooden panels and installed a wood-burning boiler for propulsion. He then traveled around Eastern Europe, documenting people's reactions to his odd c...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/05/wooden-car-powered-by-wood-burning-boiler/

The Transatlantic Accent

Wouldn't it be nice to speak English in a manner that was legible, pleasant, and did not peg you as a resident of ...anywhere in particular? That is called the Transatlantic accent, which sounds halfway between British a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/05/the-transatlantic-accent/

2009 Darwin Awards

The Darwin Awards for 2009 have been announced. These annual awards recognize "those who improve our gene pool... by removing themselves from it." All the awards are posthumous. The winners for 2009 are a pair of bank ro...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/05/2009-darwin-awards/

Dezomeshiki - Firefighting Japanese Style

In early January Tokyo's Fire Department struts its stuff with a large exhibition known as Dezomeshiki which has parades, firefighting vehicles, and firefighting techniques. It's a 5-year old's dream come true! Professio...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/05/dezomeshiki-firefighting-japanese-style/

Dubai's Vertical City Photos

Neatorama readers have followed the construction of the Burj Dubai. At times it seemed as if it would never be completed. Now the new tallest building in the world, renamed the Burj Khalifa, is finished. See photogr...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/05/dubais-vertical-city-photos/

How Jews Survived WWII in Caves

For nearly two years in the early 1940's, the Stermer family and other Ukranian Jews hid from their oppressors using a system of underground caves. The majority of Ukranian Jews in the western region of that country were...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/05/how-jews-survived-wwii-in-caves/

Go Go (Inspector) Gadget Facts!

If you grew up in the '80s and early '90s and had access to Nickelodeon, no doubt you found yourself watching Inspector Gadget at one point or another. The cartoon about a bumbling detective and his genius niec...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/05/go-go-inspector-gadget-facts/

The Week in Geekery

Here at Neatorama, we're always looking for ways to make our site more entertaining, which is why I found this recent comment by giltwist useful: Neatorama's biggest strength and biggest weakness is that there is...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/05/the-week-in-geekery/

Japanese Massage Chair Prank (with Rockets!)

The next time you're in Japan, beware of massage chairs in saunas:[YouTube Clip]... and vans (later half of the clip):[YouTube Clip]Yes, they're a bit (okay a lot) low brow, but very funny. Oh, Japan ... thank you for pl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/05/japanese-massage-chair-prank-with-rockets/
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