Archive for May 4th, 2010

First Prom at Age 90

Ninety-year-old great-grandmother Hasselteen Rumba of Kansas City has something to really celebrate: she attended her first prom. Going to a dance was on her "bucket list". Great-grandson Ron Blalo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/04/first-prom-at-age-90/

Pencil vs Camera: 8 Hybrid Works of Drawing + Photo Art

The camera never lies, so they say, but what about the camera overlaid with pencil drawings? Artist Benjamin Heine sought to answer this story by overlaying clever pencil drawings onto photographs. Sometimes these draw...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/04/pencil-vs-camera-8-hybrid-works-of-drawing-photo-art/

Woman Born with No Arms or Kneecaps Prepares for Black Belt Test

Sheila Radziewicz of Massachusetts was born without arms or kneecaps. But she hasn't let that prevent her from accomplishing her goals, including getting a black belt in Taekwondo: Sheila Radziewicz was scheduled...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/04/woman-born-with-no-arms-or-kneecaps-prepares-for-black-belt-test/

15 Fictional Boarding Schools We Wish Were Real

From Hogwarts to Hugglestones, 15 awesome boarding schools way cooler than the real thing. Fancy attending the X-Mansion?Professor Xavier's mansion, known as the X-Mansion, is the base of operations for the X-Men and...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/04/15-fictional-boarding-schools-we-wish-were-real/

Take Our Children To The Park...And Leave Them There!

Lenore Skenazy, a mom and the author of Free-Range Kids has declared May 22nd - the weekend before Memorial Day - as the very first "Take Our Children to the Park... And Leave Them There Day." It is all part of Sken...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/04/take-our-children-to-the-park-and-leave-them-there/

Bishnois: Eco-Conservation as a Religion

Before the "green" movement became trendy, there is a village in India that takes eco-conservation to the level of religion.Bishnois, a community following the tenets prescribed by Jambeshwar in the 15th centur...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/04/bishnois-eco-conservation-as-a-religion/

Politician "Outed" by Opponent ... as Straight!

Mudslinging your political opponent is a time-honored practice, but this one has a bit of unexpected twist. In the hotly contested primary for Pennsylvania state legislative seat, Democrat Gregg Kravitz was "outed&q...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/04/politician-outed-by-opponent-as-straight/

Meta Meme: Keyboard Cat Goes to the Dentist

(YouTube Link) The latest meme is to mix two or more memes together. The result is exponentially more amusing or annoying, depending on your perspective. This video combines Keyboard Cat with David After Dentist....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/04/meta-meme-keyboard-cat-goes-to-the-dentist/

Ironing Man Takes Villains to the Cleaners

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvFct0oaFeg][YouTube - Link]Tony Starch is forced against his will to press the clothes for the leader of an evil organization.  Using his technical knowledge of dry cleaning...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/04/ironing-man-takes-villains-to-the-cleaners/

Detailed, Hand-Drawn Map of London

Artist Stephen Walter made an enormous, detailed, hand-drawn map of London. It's called "The Island" and is a satire of Londoners' alleged view that their city is independent of the rest of the UK. In an interview...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/04/detailed-hand-drawn-map-of-london/

I Blame Hipsters

I Blame Hipsters - $14.95 | More Funny T-Shirts at the NeatoShopHipsters. Everyone knows one (or perhaps you ARE one). It's a well known and long established fact that every social ill can be attributed to their existenc...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/04/i-blame-hipsters/

A Rare Pony Express Artifact

Photo: National Postal Museum, Smithsonian InstituteBefore FedEx, there was the Pony Express, an expedited mail delivery system with more than 180 stations across the North American continent from St. Joseph, Missouri to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/04/a-rare-pony-express-artifact/

Happy Star Wars Day, Everyone! May The Fourth Be With You

How could I nearly forget? Happy Star Wars Day, everyone! May the Fourth be with you.The picture above is but a small version of one of many amazingly detailed fan-made Star Wars poster, lovingly created by Zoltán...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/04/happy-star-wars-day-everyone-may-the-fourth-be-with-you/

Dying Man Sells Ad Space on His Own Urn

Aaron Jamison, a colon-cancer patient, expects to die in only a few months. Because of the costs associated with his care and expected cremation, he was quite worried that his wife would go into debt. So he did something...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/04/dying-man-sells-ad-space-on-his-own-urn/

Stephen Hawking Says Time Travel May Be Possible

In The Daily Mail, Stephen Hawking writes that time travel may be possible. Since time and space are "wrinkled", people might use these wrinkles as shortcuts in time: Nothing is flat or solid. If you loo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/04/stephen-hawking-says-that-time-travel-is-possible/

The Quoll - Cute Cousin of the Tasmanian Devil

Does this little guy look unfamiliar?  It is a quoll, a rather strange but cute marsupial.  There are six species of quoll all told but they are now considered endangered.The Northern Quoll is the smallest...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/04/the-quoll-cute-cousin-of-the-tasmanian-devil/

Couple Renovates Abandoned Public Bathroom into House

Tracy Woodhouse and Graham Peck found a century-old abandoned public bathroom on the shore of Scarborough, UK and decided to turn it into a home: The £35,000 project is now finished and the couple have settled do...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/04/couple-renovates-abandoned-public-bathroom-into-house/

New Technique Keeps Heart Alive 10 Days After Removed from Body

(YouTube Link) Most organs that are removed from bodies for transplants can last only four to eight hours before they become useless. But Harvard researcher Hemant Thatte and his team have developed what they call...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/04/new-technique-keeps-heart-alive-10-days-after-removed-from-body/

Mammoth Blood Brought Back to Life

Using ancient DNA extracted from specimens of woolly mammoths preserved in the Siberian permafrost, researchers from the University of Adelaide and other universities managed to reconstruct the hemoglobin of these long-e...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/04/mammoth-blood-brought-back-to-life/

Rest in Peas: The Unrecognized Death of Speech Recognition

Speech recognition technology reached 80% accuracy in 2001, then leveled off. The human ear has about 98% accuracy. Why haven't computers improved in this area? Robert Fortner looks at several reasons. Many spoken w...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/04/rest-in-peas-the-unrecognized-death-of-speech-recognition/

Color Name Survey

Randall Munroe of xkcd conducted an online color survey, the results from 222,500 user sessions are ready. The aim of the survey was to find what names people associate with colors. As you can see, no one knows how to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/04/color-name-survey/

12 Most Amazing Dog-shaped Cakes

These are excellent examples of cakes shaped like dogs. The dog shown won an award!Michelle Wibowo celebrated a triumph in the Patisserie Showpiece Section of the international Culinary Olympics. She cooked up a stor...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/04/12-most-amazing-dog-shaped-cakes/




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