Archive for March 12th, 2010

Chandelier Made out of Tampons

This chandelier made out of tampons was made by artist Joana Vasconcelos in 2001. "The Bride" was displayed in 2005 at the Arsenale, a museum in Venice, as part the Venice Biennale, a major art exhibition that occurs eve...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/12/chandelier-made-out-of-tampons/

Genetically-Modified Super Trout Have 20% More Muscle, Telekenesis

(YouTube Link) Okay, I made up the last bit. But these fish have been altered to grow far more muscular than normal trout: The bodybuilder stature of the trout comes from turning off myostatin, a protein tha...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/12/genetically-modified-super-trout-have-20-more-muscle-telekenesis/

Twenty 5-Second Films

(YouTube Link) 5 Second Films is an ongoing project by Brian Firenzi. Each film consists of two seconds of opening credits, five seconds of story, followed by one second of ending credits -- the perfect fo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/12/twenty-5-second-films/

Happy National Crochet Month

March is not only National Craft Month, but also National Crochet Month, so it’s only fitting that we feature ten of the weirdest and coolest crochet and knitting projects ever made. As this is, of course, all a ma...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/12/happy-national-crochet-month/

Botox vs. Drama

Many people watched the Academy Awards last week and noticed that Best Actress winner Sandra Bullock never changed her expression. New York Magazine asks the question, if you can’t move your face, can you still act wit...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/12/botox-vs-drama/

11 (Extra) Special Collections in University Libraries

University libraries are sometimes the beneficiary of someone's collect works, or collected obsessions. After all, when a relative doesn't have use for 400-year-old glass eyeballs, wouldn't the local college take them? M...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/12/11-extra-special-collections-in-university-libraries/

Woman Sells Two Souls for $1,983

A woman in New Zealand sold two glass vials at auction for the equivalent of $1,983 USD. She claimed that they contained souls that she had exorcised from a house in the town of Christchurch: The "ghosts" were pu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/12/woman-sells-two-souls-for-1983/

The War Over Exit Signs

Should the US ditch the classic red "exit" sign and replace it with a green man? There are arguments both for and against. For the red: The contrast between the letters and the background renders it highly legible,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/12/the-war-over-exit-signs/

Popular Coffee News

Gerard Vlemmings, whom you know as the Presurfer, recently retired from his real world job and is now devoting his time to blogging. He's launched a new project called Popular Coffee News which is, unsurprisingly, devo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/12/popular-coffee-news/

Oscar, the World's Oldest Pig

Whereas other little piggies went to market, stayed home, had roast beef or had none, a little piggy named Oscar had a birthday and broke a world record: Oscar the pig turns 20 years old and is crowned the world's old...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/12/oscar-the-worlds-oldest-pig/

70+ Years of Collegiate Grade Inflation

Everyone is familiar with the fact that grades in American colleges and universities are prone to "inflation" over time, but the data are much more striking when presented as a graph. We’ve looked at contemporary grad...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/12/70-years-of-collegiate-grade-inflation/
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