Archive for February 28th, 2010

Buffalo Sets World Record for Largest Ice Maze

All it took was fifty volunteers in Buffalo, NY to construct the world's largest ice maze for the 2010 Buffalo Powder Keg Winter Festival. Measuring 12,855.68 square feet, the new Guinness World Record maze features glow...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/28/buffalo-sets-world-record-for-largest-ice-maze/

A Rare Stair

When the Apple store on Fifth Avenue in New York had a broken step in their glass spiral staircase replaced, Mark Burstiner asked for, and received the old step from the repair crew. Over a year later, he put it up for s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/28/a-rare-stair/

Huge, Overloaded Transport Jet Uses Every Inch of Runway for Takeoff

(YouTube Link) This video shows a huge Russian transport plane taking off from Canberra International Airport in Australia. It barely makes the takeoff, using every inch of runway available. Warning: NSFW language...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/28/huge-overloaded-transport-jet-uses-every-inch-of-runway-for-takeoff/

Bionic Feet in the Near Future

Every year, prosthetic options for amputees get better. One recent improvement is a flexible foot, currently in development at the University of Michigan. It recycles the energy of motion, making it less tiring for...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/28/bionic-feet-in-the-near-future/

Did Saddam Hussein Model Himself on Darth Vader?

Anthropologist Michael Rakowitz has an upcoming exhibit at the Tate Museum in London. In it, he proposes that Saddam Hussein may have consciously or unconsciously been influenced by Western science fiction, partic...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/28/did-saddam-hussein-model-himself-on-darth-vader/

Tree Branch vs Power Lines

(YouTube Link) Wait for it... via Cynical-C via Arbroathelectricity, WoW...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/28/tree-branch-vs-power-lines/

5 Banned Toys and Games

Popular Mechanics has assembled a list of five popular toys that were eventually banned in the US. Among the toys on the list is the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab, marketed between 1950-51, which containe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/28/5-banned-toys-and-games/

Big Bang Theory Contest

I'm going to be microblogging from the set of Big Bang Theory this coming Tuesday night. The taping starts around 6:00pm PT, so tune in to our Facebook and Twitter pages starting a little before then. So long as my i...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/28/big-bang-theory-contest/

Kidnapping of UK Prime Minister Foiled by Beer

In 1964, British PM Alec Douglas-Home was staying overnight at the home of Lord Hailsham in Scotland. In an astonishing security lapse, his bodyguards did not guard the door to the house. Left-wing college students, on...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/28/kidnapping-of-uk-prime-minister-foiled-by-beer/

Tilt-Shift Video about a Day in New York City

(Video Link)The Sandpit is a video composed of 35,000 tilt-shift photographs taken in New York City. Director Sam O'Hare wrote about this project:I have always loved time-lapse footage, and films...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/28/tilt-shift-video-about-a-day-in-new-york-city/

Cardini's Sleight of Hand

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVaYwQgwbz8] YouTube link. After an introduction by Ernie Kovacs, Richard Valentine Pitchford ("Cardini") performs the "intoxicated English gentleman" routine that made him famou...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/28/cardinis-sleight-of-hand/

Cat Lift

You know how people help their cats to reach upper floors by installing cat ladders? Those can't hold a candle to this cat-operated automatic feline elevator! Link (embedded video)Cat, elevator, cat elevator...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/28/cat-lift/

Olympic Pictograms

(YouTube link) Designer Steven Heller gives an overview and critique of Olympic pictograms used over the past 74 years for the New York Times. When you only see these every few years, you don't realize how different t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/28/olympic-pictograms/

Rare Nintendo game sells for $40,000

Dave, from Kansas, was impressed by the recent eBay auction of the original 80's Nintendo Entertainment System which sold for $13,105. What drove the price so high was one of the games that came with it, an obscure r...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/02/28/rare-nintendo-game-sells-for-40000/






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