Archive for February 19th, 2010

17 Amazing Works of LEGO Art

Brynn Mannino of Woman's Day has compiled pictures of and information about seventeen stunning works of art composed of LEGO blocks. Pictured above is a mosaic made by LEGO enthusiasts in Hong Kong to encou...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/19/17-amazing-works-of-lego-art/

The Handcarved Skateboards of Doug McKee

Artist Doug McKee of Bellingham, Washington, makes elaborate carved skateboards. He's particularly found of animal forms, such as the above octopus, which was carved from cedar. He has a non-embeddable video demo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/19/the-handcarved-skateboards-of-doug-mckee/

Household Rube Goldberg Machine

(Video Link) Tom Baynham and Ben Tyers, graduate students in mechanical engineering at Cambridge, created this enormous Rube Goldberg machine that stretches over an entire residence. They call it "The Contraption I...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/19/household-rube-goldberg-machine/

Excellent Hand-Drawn Animation

Matias Vigliano (Parquerama) designed the characters, art and composition of this throwback short called The Head.  It's all so brilliant, energetic, with delightful music.  Traditional animation by Dante Zaballa.  So...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/19/excellent-hand-drawn-animation/

The 18 Strangest Airports

Popular Mechanics has a photo gallery of eighteen unusual airports around the world, including the above airport of Courchevel, a town in the French Alps. The runway has a hill the middle with a 18.5% grade...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/19/the-18-strangest-airports/

Any Website Makes Music Using the Code Organ

Code Organ turns web pages into music. It's fun to compare the style and beat of different URLs. The Code Organ algorithm uses letters on the page to find the most used note, selects a major or minor scale, and then base...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/19/any-website-makes-music-using-the-code-organ/

What Exactly Is Curling?

I saw my first curling match a couple of days ago. What a strange sport it is that has people walking on the ice in shoes! If you are as confused as I was, check out the mental_floss guide to the rules and strategy of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/19/what-exactly-is-curling/

Australia Looks to Cat Food to Fight Cane Toads

As Alex told us last year, carnivorous ants were deployed to help thin out the environmental mistake that is the cane toad in Australia.  They brought the toads over from Hawaii in 1935 in an ill-advised effort to wipe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/19/australia-looks-to-cat-food-to-fight-cane-toads/

Real-Life Painting

It looks like a painting, right? It's not. Makeup Girl is actually a photograph of a model in bodypaint. Peter Kun Frary, art music professor at the University of Hawaii, spotted this model in a stage dis...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/19/real-life-painting/

The Famous Formosan: The Man Who Invented a Nation

The 18th century's most notorious impostor. George Psalmanzar, was born in the south of France. He wrote a book in Latin called An Historical and Geographical Description of Formosa, an Island subject to the Emperor...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/19/the-famous-formosan-the-man-who-invented-a-nation/

Adolfo Farsari – The Man Who Shot Old Japan

Adolfo Farsari was quite a character.  An Italian who emmigrated to the USA with the sole intention of fighting in the Civil War (he was a fervent abolitionist) he eventually arrived in Japan.  He was one of th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/19/adolfo-farsari-%e2%80%93-the-man-who-shot-old-japan/

The Code for Making Hollywood Blockbusters

It makes sense that a movie has to conform to our average attention span. This way we will not get bored during the film. Cornell University psychologist James Cutting has worked out the formula for delivering a blockbus...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/19/the-code-for-making-hollywood-blockbusters/

New Jules Verne Book Covers

Artist Jim Tierney designed new colorful retro covers for Jules Verne books, including Around the World in 80 Days, Journey to the Center of the Earth, From the Earth to the Moon, and 20,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/19/new-jules-verne-book-covers/

Primitive Humans Were Seafarers

A team of archaeologists on the Greek island of Crete found a tool way older than what they expected to find. Thomas Strasser of the University of Providence and his crew hoped to find artifacts dating back as far as 11,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/19/primitive-humans-were-seafarers/

Man Endures 30 Chick Flicks in 30 Days

Nick Waters watched a "chick flick", or a movie targeted to women, every day for 30 days with his wife, and wrote a review for each one. He says he did it to better understand the opposite sex. His wife of seven years, N...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/19/man-endures-30-chick-flicks-in-30-days/

Butch Bakery

Butch Bakery offers manly cupcakes for manly men who love cupcakes. Each cupcake is covered in a chocolate disk decorated in manly styles, like wood grain or camouflage. The flavors are manly as well, like the Driller:...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/19/butch-bakery/

Pups & Order

Is there something special about the theme to the TV show Law & Order that particularly affects dogs? See thirty-five different dogs singing along to the opening credits. Yes, thirty-five of them. Link -via...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/19/pups-order/

Behind the Wheel of the Cozy Coupe

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car In 2008, The Little Tikes Company sold 457,000 Cozy Coupes, making it the best-selling car in America. It even edged out Toyota Camry sales by 20,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/19/behind-the-wheel-of-the-cozy-coupe/

Three Presidential Tragedies (Other Than Assassinations)

When we think about presidential tragedies, we most often go straight to the assassinations - especially Abraham Lincoln and JFK. But those are certainly not the only disasters to happen to a president. These sad tales a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/19/three-presidential-tragedies-other-than-assassinations/

Bizarro iPhone App

Our pal Dan Piraro of Bizarro has just launched his own iPhone App featuring his famous comic updated daily, plus a year's worth of archive - at $1.99, it's a steal! I've been a big fan of Bizarro since, well, as far as...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/19/bizarro-iphone-app/

Paper Wars

Papierkrieg from Makaio Tisu on Vimeo. Imagination transcends language in this super short film by Makaio (Matthias) Tisu, where a couple of kids have a bit of a war with paper airplanes, etc.  The childish progres...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/19/paper-wars/






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