Archive for May 5th, 2010

"Meteoric Rise" of Baseball Salaries... in 1914

An article in the Minneapolis Tribune in 1914 took note of the outrageously high salaries of professional baseball players. [Tris] Speaker’s salary with the Bostons will be $18,000 a season for the next two years. Oth...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/05/meteoric-rise-of-baseball-salaries-in-1914/

Home Field Advantage Enhanced by Acoustic Mapping

It is well known that stadium noise can influence play on a football field, typically by interfering with the opposing team's ability to communicate with one another while setting up plays.  Penn State personnel placed...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/05/home-field-advantage-enhanced-by-acoustic-mapping/

Jalapeño Competition Goes into Double Overtime

San Antonio, Texas was the site of a jalapeño-eating competition this past weekend. It wasn't easy to determine the winner, as Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti and last year's champion Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/05/jalapeno-competition-goes-into-double-overtime/

Fritz Lang's "Metropolis" Has Now Been Fully Restored

Shortly after Metropolis was released in 1927 it was acquired by Paramount Pictures, which drastically edited the film, cutting an hour of footage.  For eighty years efforts have been made to locate the deleted scen...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/05/fritz-langs-metropolis-has-now-been-fully-restored/

The Self-Landscapes of Levi van Veluw

Dutch artist Levi van Veluw uses his own head as a canvas, as he did in his 2008 series "Landscapes", pictured above. He doesn't accept help, but decorates his head completely by himself. At the link, you can see m...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/05/the-living-landscapes-of-levi-van-veluw/

6 Famous Americans Who Became Expatriates

So you probably are well aware that chessmaster Bobby Fischer, born an American, died a citizen of Iceland, having renounced his citizenship in the US, and eventually having renounced everything else about the US. But...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/05/6-famous-people-who-became-expatriates/

Isolated Settlements at the Ends of the Earth

UrbanGhosts has a series of fascinating photographs and the stories behind some of the most isolated settlements humans have inhabited. Pictured is the village of Ukivok, Alaska.The abandoned village of Ukivok clings...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/05/isolated-settlements-at-the-ends-of-the-earth/

Salami-Sorting Robot

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPTd8XDZOEk][YouTube - Link]Robots in industry are pretty much the coolest things ever, from car-assembling robots to dishwashing robots, there's nothing quite like automation. Tak...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/05/salami-sorting-robot/

Laser Suit

Taiwanese designer Wei-Chieh Shih put two hundred laser diodes on a nylon jacket. When he spins around, it looks all swirly. More pictures at the link. http://www.behance.net/Gallery/200-ld-stage-suit/493017 via...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/05/laser-suit/

Ethernet Cable Figure Sculpture by Kasey McMahon

We've featured conceptual artist Kasey McMahon's artwork several times before on Neatorama, so I'm quite happy to unveil her portfolio page on Neatorama's new Art Blog.This one above is called "Connected": ...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/05/ethernet-cable-figure-sculpture-by-kasey-mcmahon/

New Long Distance Shot Record: From 1.52 Miles Away

Craig Harrison, a British corporal of horse, broke the previous record for a long distance shot, not once, but twice at a distance of 8,120 feet or 1.52 miles."The first round hit a machine-gunner in the stomach and...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/05/new-long-distance-shot-record-from-1-52-miles-away/

Where the Homeless Sleep

Ryann Ford, an Austin based architectural and interiors photographer, has created a body of work that is a complete opposite of her usual subject matter of high end homes and modern architecture.12 Baskets, the magazine...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/05/where-the-homeless-sleep/

The Museum of Islamic Art

The Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar is a stunning example of contemporary architecture fused with traditional cultural sign posts.  It is one of the most remarkable buildings in the Persian Gulf but sadly, not...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/05/the-museum-of-islamic-art/

Braille Rubik's Cube Brings Frustrations to the Blind

A newly-design Rubik's cube seems to have one purpose: increase the number of people frustrated by the ever-popular Rubik's cube. Instead of colors, every square is covered with Braille, allowing the blind to endlessl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/05/braille-rubiks-cube-brings-frustrations-to-the-blind/

NeatoShop Wish List Wednesday - May 2010

My oh my! Is it Wednesday already? Let's run a quickie Wish List Wednesday, then! In last month's Wish List Wednesday, Anna A. and Ray won:...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/05/neatoshop-wish-list-wednesday-may-2010/

Robots Playing Soccer

(YouTube Link)The RoboCup is an annual worldwide competition of soccer-playing robots. It's a challenge that encourages roboticists to create intelligent, fast, and accurate machines. The above video is fro...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/05/robots-playing-soccer/

The Bone Sculptures of Francois Robert

Photographer Francois Robert created a series of pictures in which he arranged human bones into sculptures. It's entitled "Stop the Violence", and serves as a warning against the human propensity to kill and destroy...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/05/the-bone-sculptures-of-francois-robert/

Aircraft Designed to Fly Like Maple Seeds

(YouTube Link) Researchers at the University of Maryland's Department of Aerospace Engineering designed unmanned aerial vehicles with the aerodynamic properties of maple seeds. The team then started a company and i...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/05/aircraft-designed-to-fly-like-maple-seeds/

Anthropologist: Cooking Made Humans More Intelligent, Sociable

Harvard anthropologist Richard Wrangham argues that the ability to cook food contributed to human evolution: “Cooked food does many familiar things,” he observes. “It makes our food safer, creates rich and d...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/05/anthropologist-cooking-made-humans-more-intelligent-sociable/

Disneyland's Night Crew Deals with Odd Issues

One can only imagine what the cleanup crew must see at one of the most iconic theme parks ever created. The staff at Disneyland shares some very interesting stuff with us, from how to clean saliva to the 200 feral cats l...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/05/disneylands-night-crew-deals-with-odd-issues/

Cinco de Mayo

That's today! Americans, and especially those of us on the internet, never pass up a chance to celebrate a holiday. However, you might not know these 13 Surprising Facts about Cinco de Mayo. But now you can. For example:...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/05/cinco-de-mayo/

Ozark Medieval Fortress

Castle restorer Michel Guyot (previously at Neatorama) is heading a project to build a medieval fortress in ... Arkansas! Thirty masons, carpenters and stone carvers authentically dressed, will work all year rou...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/05/ozark-medieval-fortress/

Is That Your Bag?

There'll be no question of mistaken luggage on the airport carousel if you have a handcrafted suitcase by Williams British Handmade. Every piece in their collection of "original fashion artefacts" are bespo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/05/is-that-your-bag/

The Whale Whisperer

Andrew Armour, the owner of Kubuli Watersports on the island of Dominica, has been called the 'whale whisperer' for his ability to communicate with the local sperm whales."Once I'm in the water I try to reach them ac...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/05/the-whale-whisperer/

Lego Star Wars Trilogy in 2 Minutes

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0z_TU4Gw5o][YouTube - Link]Appropriate for the 4th, this very well produced and funny LEGO animation gives Star Wars its due on Star Wars Day! - via wiredFrom the Upcoming ueue, s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/05/lego-star-wars-trilogy-in-2-minutes/

Spanish Face Transplant Patient Shows His New Face

Spanish face transplant patient known only as Rafael revealed his new face at a press conference. The 30-year old had a partial face transplant surgery to repair deformation due to benign tumors: Months of rehabil...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/05/spanish-face-transplant-patient-shows-his-new-face/
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