Archive for February 6th, 2010

Soviet Secret City Sold for $3.1M

During the Cold War, Stalin and his successors built dozens of secret cities in the Soviet Union where thousands of people lived and worked, but did not exist on any map or gazetteer. One such town was Skrunda-1 in Latv...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/06/soviet-secret-city-sold-for-3-1m/

Interesting Things Found in Books

AbeBooks asked their booksellers to reveal what items they have found inside the books that pass through their hands.  They reported many instances of discovering credit cards and banknotes, including this heartbreaker:...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/06/interesting-things-found-in-books/

Sea Turtle Cake

Louise Hill of Love to Cake is a London-based graphic designer and visual effects artist. That is her trade, but her passion is making fancy cakes. This sea turtle cake won her the gold medal at Britain's...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/06/sea-turtle-cake/

How Not to Right an Overturned Truck

(YouTube Link) This video is from the scene of a highway accident in Chile three weeks ago. A recovery crew managed to flip the overturned tractor trailer back upright, but didn't think about what would happen to t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/06/how-not-to-right-an-overturned-truck/

Gargoyles – Glorious Gruesome Grotesques

Is it true that most people are introduced to gargoyles through a certain Disney film these days?  If so, then perhaps a trip through the various types of gargoyle may not go amiss.  Each one has a message to d...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/06/gargoyles-%e2%80%93-glorious-gruesome-grotesques/

Wow, a Talking Fish!

(dotSUB link) An Armenian story in Russian with English subtitles. Starring the wildest animated wizard you've ever seen! (via Metafilter)animation, Armenia, folk tale...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/06/wow-a-talking-fish/

How To Distinguish "Art" from "Trash"

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1wH_apdxhY] YouTube link. In the storage facilities of the Walker Art Center the process is facilitated by labeling the art as such:  "Do Not Open! Box Is Art." One presumes...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/06/how-to-distinguish-art-from-trash/

Red Dye Made from Insects

Check the ingredients of your food. How many times have you seen the coloring agent "carmine red"? That famous red dye that the British Red Coats used actually comes from a small aphid-like insect called the Co...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/06/red-dye-made-from-insects/

Early Space Station Design Concepts

In the 50s and 60s, scientists were already thinking about what a space station in Earth orbit might need, what it might look like. Surprisingly, many of the concepts were not that far off from reality, including a desig...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/06/early-space-station-design-concepts/

Why Is Customer Service in Paris So Rude?

Why is customer service in Paris so horribly rude? It may have roots in the French Revolution (they really do take the égalité part of the national motto "Liberté, égalité, fratern...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/06/why-is-customer-service-in-paris-so-rude/

Cat Owners Are More Educated Than Dog Owners

Here's a study that will surely pour more gasoline into the debate of dog vs cat: turns out that cat owners are more likely to have college degrees than dog owners.A poll of 2,524 households found that 47.2% of those...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/06/cat-owners-are-more-educated-than-dog-owners/

Art Pokes Fun at Gentrification of Brooklyn

Photo: Lauren BesserUrban artist Specter created a series of hand painted billboards that lampoons the gentrification of Brooklyn. The art is very tongue-in-cheek (don't miss the "Ghetto Fabulous Condos"), but...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/06/art-pokes-fun-at-gentrification-of-brooklyn/

Lose Weight Without Exercise While Eating All You Want - For Real! Yay, Science!

Psst - wanna lose weight while eating all you want and doing no exercise? No, it's not a spammy Internet ad - it's real science! All you have to do is live a while at high altitude: Overweight, sedentary people who s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/06/lose-weight-without-exercise-while-eating-all-you-want-for-real-yay-science/

Sculpture Looks Like Borg Cube Made Out of Plumbing

Photo: VVORKThis Steven Shearer's art piece, titled Geometric Healing Cell for Youth - Model III (2007) reminds me of two things: first, a Borg space ship, if a Borg space ship were made from copper plumbing. An...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/06/sculpture-looks-like-borg-cube-made-out-of-plumbings/

Gear Ring

This. Is. Awesome! Behold, the Gear Ring by Glen Liberman of Kinekt Design. It's available in a few standard ring sizes and in limited quantities: The Gear Ring is made from high quality matte stainless steel. It fea...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/06/gear-ring/

Hole Through a Hole in a Hole

Found at Cliff Pickover's always excellent Reality Carnival. It took me a while to get it!Previously on Neatorama: The Math Book: Milestones in the History of Mathmath, optical illusion, geometry, hole...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/06/hole-through-a-hole-in-a-hole/

Suspended House

Italian designer and architect Duilio Forte designed and built his own house: a suspended folly, made in wood, that floats over the periphery of Milan. As other artists and architects before him, Forte overlaps life and...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/06/suspended-house/






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