Archive for January 18th, 2010

For Sale: Beethoven's Skull

In reference to the book Cranioklepty by Colin Dickey, Keith Thomson writes at The Huffington Post about the hobby of skull collecting. Among the most famous skulls held in collections might be that of the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/18/for-sale-beethovens-skull/

Fish May Not Have Evolved Gills to Breathe

Peter Rombough, a biologist at Brandon University in Canada, has conducted a study on the functions of fish gills. He concludes that although gills may allow a fish to breathe, that might not be the original reason why...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/18/fish-may-not-have-evolved-gills-to-breathe/

World's Most Expensive Ham Costs $2,942 (USD)

Iberico ham began selling in London for £1,800 for a 15-pound leg joint. It's the world's most expensive pork, raised in western Spain and delivered in luxurious conditions: The pigs were fed on a diet of acorns...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/18/worlds-most-expensive-ham-costs-2942-usd/

Pac-Man Illusion

(YouTube Link) YouTube user brusspup is fond of creating optical illusions. We've recently featured one that looks like two lug nuts. His latest is this Pac-Man scene painted on the walls of a house. via Urlesq...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/18/pac-man-illusion/

Crayola's Law: The Number of Colors Doubles Every 28 Years

In this infographic, Stephen Von Worley observes that the number of discrete colors in a box of Caryola Crayons doubles about every 28 years. That's an annual growth rate of 2.56%. Von Worley writes: If the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/18/crayolas-law-the-number-of-colors-doubles-every-28-years/

Realistic LEGO Flames

Artist Cole Blaq made a display that looks like fire -- except that it's made of LEGOs. It is a larger version of a sculpture that he presented at a LEGO competition in Munich. More pictures at the link. Link vi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/18/realistic-lego-flames/

The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Characters

As Clark Kent, Superman was raised as a Methodist. While growing up in Smallville, Kansas, Clark Kent attended Sunday church services at the local Methodist church with his mother, Martha Kent, every week until he w...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/18/the-religious-affiliation-of-comic-book-characters/

A Cat on a Cat

Sometimes you can see something in the shape of an animal's spots, but have you ever seen a cat shape on the back of a cat? Link -via The Daily WhatCat, spots...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/18/a-cat-on-a-cat/

Lifetime Movie or Megadeth Song?

I had no idea Megadeth song titles could be confused for Lifetime channel movie titles, but that's the challenge of today's Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss. I am an expert on neither, so I only scored 60%. You will do...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/18/lifetime-movie-or-megadeth-song/

A Cannon for Shooting Supplies into Space.

The cost of putting things into space is astronomical, to say the least. Getting things into space takes more fuel than moving them from planet to planet because of gravity. So what if we had a new method for se...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/18/a-cannon-for-shooting-supplies-into-space/

The 5 Creepiest Unexplained Broadcasts

Every once in a while, people encounter things on their radio, TV, or interstellar wave detectors that no one can explain. Is it a secret military message? A prankster hacking just to see if it can be done? Aliens trying...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/01/18/the-5-creepiest-unexplained-broadcasts/




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