Archive for April 20th, 2010

Split-Screen Marketing for Dr. Strangelove

This is a fun example of how the marketing of movies was done in the decade I was born. Media sent the interviewees questions that they would ask, and the actor would give responses while being filmed in split-screen sty...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/20/split-screen-marketing-for-dr-strangelove/

Who Loved the Spirograph?

When I was growing up, one of the best parts about being sick was my mom getting out the special “home-from-school” toys from the closet. My favorite of the bunch was Kenner’s Spirograph. Imagine my horror when...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/20/who-loved-the-spirograph/

Plush Chainsaw

Less murder-y than a real chainsaw and more fun than any Texas Massacre.Etsy artist SteffBomb has a limited-edition run of plush chainsaws available! Link -via GeekologieToy, craft, plush, chainsaw...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/20/plush-chainsaw/

The History of Microwave Cooking

From Raytheon's radar business to your breakfast of leftover pizza, the story of microwave cooking is an interesting read. Like computers, they took off when the size (and price) came down. The 1947 Radarange was a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/20/the-history-of-microwave-cooking/

Seven Amazing Hoaxes

Throughout history, people believe what they want to, which makes it easier than it should be for con artists to pull of hoaxes like these seven.On July 23rd, 1886, a man named Steve Brodie claimed to have survived j...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/20/seven-amazing-hoaxes/

Papercraft Stop Motion Hands

(Video Link) Dutch filmmaker Christian Borstlap made this papercraft stop-motion animated music video for a Clutchy Hopkins song "Verbal Headlock". It shows paper-formed hands playing instruments. A quick Google...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/20/papercraft-stop-motion-hands/

1 in 6 Marriages Met Online

I met my wife the old-fashioned way (in college) but I personally know a few people who met their significant others through online dating. It seems like more and more people met each other through the web. And now, ther...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/20/1-in-6-marriages-met-online/

Best Luxury Car of the Year: Rolls Royce Phantom

Tired of that rust bucket you call a car? If you've got a spare $300K or so, get one of these instead: Rolls Royce Phantom, which has been named "Best Luxury Car of the Year" in Kuwait. LinkRolls Royce, Phantom...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/20/best-luxury-car-of-the-year-rolls-royce-phantom/

Man Stuck in Ventilation System "Playing Hide and Seek"

When a would-be burglar was caught stuck in a store's ventilation system, he's got a handy excuse: he was playing hide and seek!Deputies said Hall had removed the ventilation cover, crawled through the vent, got stuc...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/20/man-stuck-in-ventilation-system-playing-hide-and-seek/

Cthulhu Water Bottle

Cthulhu Water Bottle - $11.95What's better than helping save the environment by using a reusable water bottle? How about doing so with the thing that cannot be described? Behold, the Cthulhu Water Bottle over at the Neat...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/20/cthulhu-water-bottle/

Fight or Flight ... or Friend?

Scientists have hammered the "fight or flight" stress response into our collective consciousness for decades. Turns out that they might just have overlooked another response, "friend":When we're u...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/20/fight-or-flight-or-friend/

Man Sentenced To Death in Triple Jeopardy

Double jeopardy is a legal concept that bars a defendant from being tried twice for the same crime. This concept is so important that it's enshrined in the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution.But apparently, there is...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/20/man-sentenced-to-death-in-triple-jeopardy/

The Cardboard Box That Will Fit Anything

Patrick Sung has developed a cardboard box that he claims fit over just about any object. It's called the Universal Packaging System and folds along triangular sections. More pictures at the link. Link via Fast...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/20/the-cardboard-box-that-will-fit-anything/

Marketing Stunt: Have Bloody Man Stumble Around in Public, Waving Fake Gun

It was indeed a cunning plan. To promote the action-heavy video game Splinter Cell Conviction, an actor dressed in bloody bandages ran around the streets of Auckland, New Zealand, pointing a fake gun at people....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/20/marketing-stunt-having-bloody-man-stumble-around-in-public-waving-fake-gun/

Andy Warhol Piñata

The Brooklyn Ball is scheduled for Thursday at the Brooklyn Museum. One of the activities will be the bashing of a 20-foot-tall piñata in the shape of Andy Warhol's head. What fun! There are treats inside, but the h...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/20/andy-warhol-pinata/

Scottish Wildcat Photographed

The Scottish wildcat, also known as the Highland tiger, is so reclusive that scientists don't know much about it. Camera traps set in the Cairngorms National Park are now yielding pictures of the cats that may help conse...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/20/scottish-wildcat-photographed/

The Man Who Turned Off the Taps

The 18th amendment to the US constitution which prohibited alcoholic beverages was largely the work of one man: Wayne B. Wheeler. How does one begin to describe the impact of Wayne Bidwell Wheeler? You could do wors...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/20/the-man-who-turned-off-the-taps/

Lost iPhone Prototype Surfaces at Gizmodo

So someone leaves a phone on a bar, someone else picks it up and plays with it, and the next thing you know Gizmodo is taking it apart and declaring that this disguised iPhone is a test model of the not-yet-released iPho...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/20/lost-iphone-prototype-surfaces-at-gizmodo/

Charlie Chaplin: Celebrating The Classic Comic

Charlie Chaplin was one of the greatest directors and actors the cinema has ever seen, but, like most great artists, his life was filled with controversy and struggle. While most people in modern times only know about hi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/20/charlie-chaplin-celebrating-the-classic-comic/

Tokyoflash Treasure Hunt #11

Hello Neatoramanauts! Guess what - it's time for another Tokyoflash Treasure Hunt. Here's your chance to win an awesome Tokyoflash watch.For those of you who haven't played before, it's an online treasur...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/04/20/tokyoflash-treasure-hunt-11/
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