Archive for May 6th, 2010

Steampunk Cakes

Cake Central is having a steampunk cake competition, with three pages of entries you can browse. I love this ornate wedding cake! Link -Thanks, Jackie! steampunk, Cake, contest...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/steampunk-cakes/

The Prague Pneumatic Post

The City of Prague has a system of pneumatic tubes to send mail from one place to another, like New York City and Paris once had. The difference is that Paris discontinued sending mail by tube in 1984, and New York cease...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/the-prague-pneumatic-post/

Underwater Kite Turbine Generates Electricity from Ocean Currents

A Swedish start-up company called Minestro is developing a system for harvesting energy from ocean currents. "Deep Green" consists of kites and turbines anchored to the ocean floor: When operational, the turb...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/underwater-kite-turbine-generates-electricity-from-ocean-currents/

Sing Along Tongs

Sing Along Tongs - $11.95Just landed at the NeatoShop: Sing Along Tongs, a pair of salad tongs with tips shaped like a microphone. Now you can toss your salad while singing a ballad: Linkkaraoke, microphone, tongs, salad...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/sing-along-tongs/

iPad: Will It Shred?

New iPad Test - Will It Shred? from FUEL TV on Vimeo. Those of you madly competing for a free iPad may want to skip this, as one of the fine print warnings states: "May void warranty and cause geeks to cringe."  Je...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/ipad-will-it-shred/

Do You Like The New Google?

I know from experience with this blog that redesigns are fraught with uncertainties - new things may break, people fear change and get attached to a particular style, and so on - so I'm watchi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/do-you-like-the-new-google/

Russian President Claims to Have Been Abducted by Aliens

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is the President of Kalmykia, a constituent republic of the Russian Federation. He claims to have been visited by aliens. Now a member of parliament is asking the Russian government to investigate th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/russian-president-claims-to-have-been-abducted-by-aliens/

Gecko's Eye

Photo: Rachelwrites [Flickr] If eyes are windows to the soul, I wonder what kind of tormented soul a gecko has:Nocturnal geckos have to be able to block out the bright sun during the day while still retaining excelle...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/geckos-eye/

Ultimate Super Villain's Lair

Looking at these amazing pictures posted at Country Life, you can almost picture a super villain lounging around, petting his (evil, of course) cat. This "Subterranean Mansion" in Bowdon, England, is ent...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/ultimate-super-villains-lair/

Spring Bento Contest Winners

Bento, a traditional Japanese meal-in-a-box, is usually a convenient lunch. The entrants in the Spring Bento contest over at Just Bento, however, have turned them into works of art. This one above, titled Spring Fairy...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/spring-bento-contest-winners/

Bonobo Monkey Shakes Head to Say "No"

Is shaking one's head to mean "no" solely a human gesture? Perhaps not. This film from the BBC shows a mother Bonobo ape shaking her head at her rascal child to stop it playing with it's food.Bonobos are al...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/bonobo-monkey-shakes-head-to-say-no/

800 Year Old Brain with Intact Cells

An 800 year old fossilized brain from an infant was discovered in Northwestern France. Because brain matter usually decomposes rapidly, scientists are excited because this particular brain is well preserved, with many of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/800-year-old-brain-with-intact-cells/

BMW Headstone

Following the young Puerto Rican man who was displayed on his motorcycle during his wake sure isn't easy, but this BMW fan definitely put up a good showing by being buried under a massive granite headstone carved in the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/bmw-headstone/

Grammar Nazi

(College Humor link) Colonel Landa has nothing on this guy!nazi, grammar, Inglourious Basterds...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/grammar-nazi/

6 People Who Saved Your Life (Even though you don't know them)

One man (Not JFK) stopped the Cuban Missile Crisis from becoming WW3. One woman's cells have continued to save lives even after her death. These are just a couple of the true heros who have saved billions of lives, often...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/6-people-who-saved-your-life-even-though-you-dont-know-them/

Wind Knitting Machine

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itHjRzzKuTQ][YouTube - Link]Suppose your apartment has a little balcony that's serving no particular function? Put it to work knitting you a scarf! Just attach this wind-powered kn...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/wind-knitting-machine/

The World's Most Venomous ...Mammals?

Have you ever heard of venomous mammals? Until this article, I was only aware of Platypus males having venomous spurs, and chalked it up to just another platypus anomaly. But there are many mamma...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/the-worlds-most-venomous-mammals/

Vintage Japanese Postcards

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has an outstanding collection of Japanese postcards from the early decades of the 20th century. During this period, Japan was rapidly modernizing, and woodblock prints fell out of favor as...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/vintage-japanese-postcards/

Lie-Detecting MRI Used in Court

Brooklyn attorney David Zevin plans to submit an MRI scan as evidence in a sexual discrimination suit. This will mark the first time that a lie-detecting MRI has been used in a US court other than for the sentencing pha...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/lie-detecting-mri-used-in-court/

Asteroid Could Reveal the Source of Earth's Water

In the asteroid belt lies a 125 mile wide hunk of rock called 24-Themis that is covered in ice and organic material. Scientists discovered this by analyzing the reflected sunlight and finding that it is consistent with t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/asteroid-could-reveal-the-source-of-earths-water/

Vintage Betty White

Unless you've been living in a cave, you already know Betty White is hosting SNL this weekend. (Please say you do!) To get you in the mood, our friends at GSN (Game Show Network) gave us an exclusive video they put toget...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/vintage-betty-white/

Tea and Cannolis with Mike Tyson

(YouTube Link) In this surreal video, comedian Reese Waters sits down for morning tea with boxer Mike Tyson. They discuss their preferences among teas, opinions on cannolis, and the finer points of wedding etiquett...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/tea-and-cannolis-with-mike-tyson/

In Darmstadt, it's Sedimentary

The Waldspirale ("Forest Spiral") in Darmstadt, Germany, is not your typical apartment complex.  For one thing, its designer Friedensreich Hundertwasser abhored straight lines, so the building is U-shaped, with roun...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/in-darmstadt-its-sedimentary/

What Is It? Game 137

W00t! It's time for this week's collaboration with the What Is It? Blog. Do you know what the strange screw shown above is used for?Place your guess in the comment section. One guess per comment, please, though you can e...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/what-is-it-game-137/

Panoramic Appliance

You've seen awesome panoramas of landscapes, now see something truly different: a panoramic photograph of the inside of a washing machine! Jump inside and take a look around. Try it full-screen for the best experience....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/panoramic-appliance/

Preposterous Pet Pampering Products and Services

This week is the American Humane Society’s “Be Kind to Animals Week,” and while I certainly support their objective of stopping animal abuse and educating people about how to be a better pet owner, it&r...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/preposterous-pet-pampering-products-and-services/

Mexican Narco-Saints

Photo: Shaul Schwarz If you're a drug-runner in Mexico with powerful enemies, or an innocent citizen horrified by the increasingly gruesome turf battles between the cartels, you might well turn to religion for superna...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/mexican-narco-saints/

Bee Colonies Still Dying Out in Record Numbers

You may know that since about 2006 there has been a large and growing problem with the honey bees which play a large part in fertilizing our flowers and crops.  Many bees, and in fact whole colonies have been dying...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/bee-colonies-still-dying-out-in-record-numbers/

Making the Grade at Animal Review

The about page at the Animal Review blog simply states "This site reviews animal species objectively". This is an understatement. On their blog and in a soon to be released book, Jacob Lentz and Steve N...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/making-the-grade-at-animal-review/

It's Official: Google Chrome is Faster than Potato Canon, Sound Waves and Lightning

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCgQDjiotG0][YouTube - Link]In this purely scientific exploration of speed, we get to see who the real speed demon is in the browser wars. Google Chrome beats out the mighty potato...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/06/its-official-google-chrome-is-faster-than-potato-canon-sound-waves-and-lightning/








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