Archive for March 9th, 2010

Water Consumption and Olympic Hockey

This chart from the utility company EPCOR contrasts water consumption in Edmonton, Alberta on two different days. February 27th is charted to show a normal day. February 28th was the day Canada won the Olympic gold medal...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/09/water-consumption-and-olympic-hockey/

Facebook Fans Want Baby Named Megatron

On February 27th, someone created a Facebook group that's called "MY SISTER SAID IF I GET ONE MILLION FANS SHE WILL NAME HER BABY MEGATRON." Already there almost 750,000 fans, and the due date isn't until August. And...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/09/facebook-fans-want-baby-named-megatron/

Cancelled Art

Two artists have been playing pretty games with the UK Royal Mail's automated sorting offices. It seems the machines simply read the colour of stamps to check whether the correct postage has been used, so it...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/09/cancelled-art/

Orion Nebula Teeming with Life's Ingredients

[caption id="attachment_29984" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="HIFI spectrum of the Orion Nebula, superimposed on a Spitzer image of Orion: ESA, HEXOS and the HIFI Consortium"][/caption] This spectrograph of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/09/orion-nebula-teeming-with-lifes-ingredients/

7 (Thankfully) Extinct Giant Versions of Modern Animals

Giants once roamed the earth, meaning many species of animals that are familiar to us have enormous extinct ancestors. Cracked looks at seven of them, some of which have been previously featured individually at Neatorama...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/09/7-thankfully-extinct-giant-versions-of-modern-animals/

Two Continents Named for One Man

If explorer Amerigo Vespucci were alive, he'd be 556 years old today. Born on March 9th, 1454, Vespucci was neither the first European to reach the New World nor the first to take back news of it, but he was the first to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/09/two-continents-named-for-one-man/

How to Design a Book Cover in 2 minutes

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoDCiTsS7dU][YouTube - Link]Cover designer Lauren Panepinto took a screecast while designing the jacket for an upcoming book by Gail Carriger. If you've ever wondered what goes int...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/09/how-to-design-a-book-cover-in-2-minutes/

The Mechanical Taxidermy of Ron Pippin

Artist Ron Pippin creates sculptures of animals with mechanical augmentations, such as the above work entitled "Solar Deer". In an interview, Pippin said: My work is often related to ideas about the relations...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/09/the-mechanical-taxidermy-of-ron-pippin/

30 Marvelous Motorcycles

Now That's Nifty has a gallery of thirty unusual motorcycles, including those converted into campers, limos, and tracked vehicles. Among them is the massive Leonhardt Gunbus, which is powered by a massive 4...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/09/30-marvelous-motorcycles/

The Art of Chess

"The Art of Chess" is an upcoming exhibition of chess-themed art on April 14 at the Milan Furniture Fair at the Project B Gallery in Milan, Italy. At the link, you can find pictures of several works that will be fea...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/09/the-art-of-chess/

Chicken Adopts Litter of Puppies

A hen in Shrewsbury, UK has been nesting on a litter of puppies born on the farm of Edward and Ros Tate. This is to the chicken's advantage, as the Tates have since decided to not eat her: Mr Tate said: 'Mabel wa...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/09/chicken-adopts-litter-of-puppies/

Descendants

(Video Link) Descendants is an animated short film by Heiko van der Scherm about two flowers, and the curiosity and treachery between them. In a manner that reminds me of the rabbits of Watership Down*...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/09/descendants/

Read The Toilet Paper and Get Free Neatorama T-Shirts!

Howdy Neatoramanauts! I'm happy to say that we've made some new friends at The Toilet Paper, a daily email magazine filled with neat facts and a lot of humor. TTP, as they like to be called, is a lot like Neatorama - but...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/09/read-the-toilet-paper-and-get-free-neatorama-t-shirts/

Mario and Luigi in Manchester

Aha! I knew these guys would eventually open a restaurant, but I always imagined it would be a joint venture, not next-door competing eateries. Found at Google Street View, ever the source for coincidence, not irony....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/09/mario-and-luigi-in-manchester/






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