Archive for April 17th, 2010

The 10 Greatest Fictional Sports Ever Invented

Made-up games from movies and literature (especially science fiction) can be awesome, because they don't have to follow real-world safety and physics rules. This list is full of sports that would be popular if they were...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/17/the-10-greatest-fictional-sports-ever-invented/

Cats in the Sea Services

Not even the saltiest sailor nor most hardened Marine can resist the charms of a cat. So popular were cats on ships that they were often considered part of the crew and issued thier own bunks and uniforms. See this fas...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/17/cats-in-the-sea-services/

An "Ancient Roman Burrito"

A lead sarcophagus was not per se unusual in Roman times; several hundred examples have been found, but none have been configured like the one in the photo above. The discovery of the 1,700-year-old body was made in...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/17/an-ancient-roman-burrito/

The Ross Sisters Perform "Solid Potato Salad"

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNR74UCidBI] YouTube link. The Ross Sisters (Aggie, Maggie, and Elmira) were a trio of singing acrobatic contortionists who rose to brief fame in the 1940s.  The scene above is...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/17/the-ross-sisters-perform-solid-potato-salad/

The Power of an Earthquake

Most photographs of earthquakes depict damage to buildings and roads, or fissures in the earth.  The one above is most unusual.  On April 4, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck northern Mexico and the Baja region jus...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/17/the-power-of-an-earthquake/

Ping Clothing Tracks You, Automatically Updates Facebook

Fashion designer Jennifer Darmour's new line is called Ping. It contains sensors that discern what you're doing based upon your body movements and automatically updates your Facebook profile accordingly: Lift up...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/17/ping-clothing/

Unusual Photo Made With a Pinhole Camera

A pinhole camera is the ultimate in simple photographic devices - a lightproof box with a small aperture (often literally a pinhole) and a bit of film or photo paper.  The image above was made with such a camera....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/17/unusual-photo-made-with-a-pinhole-camera/

Meet the Turtle Ant

Cephalotes varians ants live in pre-existing cavities in trees and branches, so one class of their workers has developed a most unusual adaptation. Turtle ants aren't fighters. Rather, they're all...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/17/meet-the-turtle-ant/

Pigeons with Backpacks

Photo: Zsuzsa ÁkosNext on Milan Fashion Week is this trendy backpack for pigeons! Just kidding - that's actually part of a scientific study led by Tamás Vicsek of Eötvös Loránd University,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/17/pigeons-with-backpacks/

Man Committed Crime to Escape Law School

Joseph M. Velardo really, really, really didn't want to go to law school so he concocted a brilliant plan to make sure that he couldn't go:Police learned that after entering the store, Velardo tried to take...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/17/man-committed-crime-to-escape-law-school/

Battery Backup For An Entire City

The city of Presidio, Texas, has only one aging transmission line connecting it to the US electric grid, so power outages are very common.To battle chronic power outages and electrical fluctuations, the city is coming up...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/17/battery-backup-for-an-entire-city/

World's Youngest Tattoo Artist

Most little children like to doodle, but 3-year-old Ruby Dickinson really takes toddler art to the next level: she's set to be the world's youngest tattoo artist!The toddler is set to become the world's youngest tatt...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/17/worlds-youngest-tattoo-artist/

Cure for Acne: Breast Milk?

Got acne? The solution may be ... breast milk! UC San Diego scientist Dissaya Pornpattananangkul discovers that an ingredient found in breast milk can cure teenage acne: "Common acne afflicts more than 85 per c...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/17/cure-for-acne-breast-milk/

Betty White Sure Can Sing

John Farrier's post on Betty White being featured on the Oregonian entertainment magazine The Portland Mercury reminds me of this bit of trivia that I bet many people don't know about her: she's not only a wonderful actr...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/17/betty-white-sure-can-sing/

Prisons "Retoxify" Drug-Free Inmates Before Release

Since they'll be doing drugs after their release from prison anyway, why not give them a head start? Here's the strange story of how some English prisons are actually "retoxifying" former addicts who'd been cle...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/17/prison-retoxifies-drug-free-inmates-before-release/

Texas School District Brings Back The Paddle

Tired of unruly kids in schools, Temple, Texas has brought back a discipline method banned by most school districts long ago: it's bringing back the paddle.But even by Texas standards, Temple is unusual. The city, a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/17/30804/

World's Shortest Bike Lane

The city council of Cardiff, Wales, has installed what is possibly the shortest bicycle lane in the world:Kevin Hughes, 47, a cyclist from the Welsh city, said: "It's just hilarious. I saw it as I was cycling pa...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/17/worlds-shortest-bike-lane/

New NYC Parks and Recreations Mascot by Adam "Ape Lad" Koford

One of our favorite illustrators and fellow Neatoramanaut Adam "Ape Lad" Koford has just scored a huge win: his cartoon creation of a squirrel named Pearl has just been picked as New York City Parks and Recreat...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/17/new-nyc-parks-and-recreations-mascot-by-adam-ape-lad-koford/
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