Archive for April 15th, 2010

LED Sea Urchins

The folks at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories will put an LED into anything, but this is quite lovely. The dried shells of sea urchins are already beautiful, and can be made into tiny lights that resemble paper lanterns...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/15/led-sea-urchins/

7,500 Online Customers Accidentally Sold their Souls

Do you carefully read the terms of use page when completing an online purchase? Maybe you should. The online computer game retailer GameStation revealed that hidden in its terms of use statement is this clause: ...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/15/7500-online-customers-accidentally-sold-their-souls/

Road Paved with Pig Manure

A stretch of interstate highway near St. Louis, Missouri is now paved with asphalt made from pig manure: "Whew!" gasped a worker with Pace Construction Co., the St. Louis County road contractor that joined forces...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/15/road-paved-with-pig-manure/

Snow Dogs

(YouTube Link) These Labrador Retrievers named River and Trout absolutely love the snowy hills of Sugarbush in Warren, Vermont. They use their bodies as sleds to slide around; looks like fun!...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/15/snow-dogs/

Today is National High-5 Day!

Who knew? The third Thursday in April is National High Five Day. via @MattRodTwitter...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/15/today-is-national-high-5-day/

Minimalist Chair

Designer Alejandro Aravena of the firm Vitra created a very simple chair. It's a strap that wraps around your legs and back to hold you into a seated position. "Chairless" was inspired by a picture of an Ayoreo (an...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/15/minimalist-chair/

The Great American Horn Machine

(YouTube Link) At a discussion forum called the Horn and Whistle Board, user captofchaos revealed this glorious machine that he has constructed. The Great American Horn Machine has a 620 gallon air tank an...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/15/the-great-american-horn-machine/

Female Viagra

Good news, ladies (and gents)! Thanks to science, you will soon have what is called "Viagra for women":Researchers tested the drug by simulating arousal in female rabbits and then administering the drug to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/15/female-viagra/

The Odds Are Good, But The Goods Are Odd (And Now, Stinky)

"The odds are good, but the goods are odd" is the unofficial slogan of MIT. During finals time, however, it should also be noted that the goods are sometimes very, very stinky.Apparently, the prestigious univer...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/15/the-odds-are-good-but-the-goods-are-odd-and-now-stinky/

Australia: Plague of Locusts The Size of Spain

If you think you've got problem, just think of Australia and you'll surely feel a bit better. See, they've got a little locust plague problem. How little? Oh, the size of Spain or so: Millions of the quick-breeding a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/15/australia-plague-of-locusts-the-size-of-spain/

Lightning Makes Mushrooms Multiply

According to a Japanese farming folklore, mushroom harvest will be good when there's a lot of lightning. Sounds like nonsense? Not so fast: scientists have discovered that electricity does make some species of mushroom m...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/15/lightning-makes-mushrooms-multiply/

Asphalt Lake Is Teeming With Life

Around boiling undersea hydrothermal vents? Inside a nuclear reactor? Under an arctic rock? Those harsh living conditions may not seem compatible to life to you and me, but extremophiles love 'em.Scientists have discover...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/15/asphalt-lake-is-teeming-with-life/

Fox Pups Rescued with Detergent

Three fox cubs got their heads stuck in a drain grate in Plainfield, Connecticut last Friday. Neighborhood residents could hear their mother calling for them from out of sight. After firefighters were unable to cut the g...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/15/fox-pups-rescued-with-detergent/

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation was created by Charles Jencks and Maggie Keswick in Dumfries, Scotland in 1989. It contains unusual geometric patterns in order to inspire the mind. The mound pictured above was des...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/15/the-garden-of-cosmic-speculation/

Evil Clown Service

Sure, you could hire a funny clown to entertain people, but why not hire an evil clown to stalk and torment someone? That's the service that Dominic Deville of Lucerne, Switzerland, according to a report in the Aust...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/15/evil-clown-service/

Scary New Leech Species

A small but terrifying new species of leech roams the Amazon basin. Tyrannobdella rex seeks out animal orifices to enter and attach itself inside, in order to suck the victim's blood. The case of a 9-year-old gi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/15/scary-new-leech-species/

Most Awesomest Thing Ever

This website is an ongoing tournament to rank the most awesome things ever. Play along and choose from two things at a time to raise or lower their rankings. You can also check the current top rankings, which are picture...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/15/most-awesomest-thing-ever/

Education Cakes

Cake Wrecks has a roundup of tragic cakes specifically for school events: back to school, the last day of school, graduation, teacher training, or in the case of the cake pictured, a special lesson in history (I think)...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/15/education-cakes/

Japanese Toilet Horror

Hanako-san is a girl ghost who haunts school toilets. The urban legend goes back decades. No one knows for sure how the story got started, but artists and pop culture outlets are happy to feed the fear. It is not un...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/15/japanese-toilet-horror/

Cool Guys on Motorcycles

When the dorkiest guy in a collection of pictures is Mick Jagger, you know you're in for a treat. Pictured is Clark Gable. Link -via Everlasting Blortmotorcycle, vintage, photographs, movie stars...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/15/cool-guys-on-motorcycles/

Library of Congress to Archive Every Tweet Ever Tweeted

One of the duties of the Library of Congress (US) is to archive published works. In order to carry out this task in the Web 2.0 world, the agency will begin archiving every tweet ever publicly published on Twitter: *...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/15/library-of-congress-to-archive-every-tweet-ever-tweeted/

What Is It? Game 134

Hooray! It's time for our weekly collaboration with the What Is It? Blog. Can you guess what the strange contraption above is used for?Place your guess in the comment section. One guess per comment, plea...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/15/what-is-it-game-134/

Samurai Umbrella

W00t! We have our very first commercial for the NeatoShop, starring Michael Sullivan and directed by Stephen Shocket with music by Chad Crouch. We gave Stephen complete creative freedom for this project, and he didn'...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/15/samurai-umbrella-3/

The Day Jobs of 10 Mobsters

Sure, they may be whacking people and laundering money in the evenings, but mobsters have to have something to fall back on… or at least a job that covers for their other activities.  Here’s what a few of t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/15/the-day-jobs-of-10-mobsters/
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