Archive for May 7th, 2010

Alien Abduction Lamps

(YouTube Link) Jason Dietz makes what he calls UFO Abduction Lamps. They look like flying saucers projecting eerie lights onto the ground below. Here's how they're made: They stand 5-feet 5-inches tall and...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/07/alien-abduction-lamps/

What Kind of a Facebook Friend Are You?

What kind of a Facebook friend are you? David wrote this interesting list of classification as a note over yonder at the Neatorama Facebook Fan page: H) The Networker*/e...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/07/what-kind-of-a-facebook-friend-are-you/

What's In A Name? 16 Abbreviated Company Names Explained

I've always thought that P.F.Chang would turn out to be something ridiculous like Pinkus Finkelstein Chang, or that DHL stood for Dag Hammarskjold Library (in the UN). Apparently, neither of these are true. These, along...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/07/whats-in-a-name-16-abbreviated-company-names-explained/

Boy Saved From Falling To Death By His Ears

Six-year old Ming Ming, from Yichang, Hubei Province China, was saved from certain death thanks to to his ears:The boy is believed to have woken up alone after his grandfather left his home temporarily to run an erra...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/07/boy-saved-from-falling-to-death-by-his-ears/

Belle and The Buttons: Singing Belly Buttons

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITs5p5OZPBU][YouTube - Link]I present you the new band "Belle and the Buttons" with their hit "Get Waisted". Enjoy!Note: yes, it's an ad for the skincare line M...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/07/belle-and-the-buttons-singing-belly-buttons/

Art of the Metrocard

You need a metrocard to ride the NYC subway. Most people just throw it away when they don't need it anymore. But other use the small credit card size card as a canvas for art, origami and other art-like inspirations.*e...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/07/art-of-the-metrocard/

Butterfly Wings Mosaics

Photo: Brendan Eagan A lot of churches have stained glass windows, but the ones in this church in Ikitsuki, Japan, were made from the wings of over 30,000 butterflies.Brendan Eagan explains:The priest who helped bui...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/07/butterfly-wings-mosaics/

Why Men's Sperm Counts Are Falling: It's Mom's Fault!

Twenty years ago, Danish scientist Niels Skakkebaek of the University of Copenhagen noticed that sperm counts of men had fallen about half over the past 50 years. Sperm counts in the 1940s were averaging above 100 m...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/07/why-mens-sperm-counts-are-falling-its-moms-fault/

Mom Pranks Kids Video Clips: The Mother's Day Compilation

To, ahem, celebrate (that's the word!) Mother's Day, Urlesque has a compilation of videos of mothers pranking their children.Why? Because there's nothing that says "I Love You" like a fake chest knife wound and...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/07/mom-pranks-kids-video-clips-the-mothers-day-compilation/

Magazines vs. The Internet

Unless you've been living in a cave, you've probably heard that newspaper and magazine sales (and therefore, print ad revenues) are down. To combat that decline, several big magazine publishers have come together on a mu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/07/magazines-vs-the-internet/

Meowmania

Meowmania is a simple webpage that meows. Keep clicking and see what happens to the pets in your home -or your office if you have pets in the office. Both times I pulled this up today, three cats and one dog came to my...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/07/meowmania/

How Animals Spend A Typical Day

Jeff Wysaski made pie charts to explain how much time wild animals devote to their daily activities. Besides the jellyfish, you can explore the charts of a lion, elephant, spider, and panda. Link -Thanks, Amanda! *...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/07/how-animals-spend-a-typical-day/

Brontë Sisters Action Figures

(YouTube Link) Phil Lord and Chris Miller are best known for directing the movie Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. In 1998, they made this fake commercial for action figures modeled after the Brontë sis...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/07/bronte-sisters-action-figures/

Q&A

(vimeo link) Twelve-year-old Joshua Littman, who has Asperger's syndrome, interviewed his mother, Sarah. StoryCorps turned it into their first animated video. This will get you into the mood for Mothers Day. -via Buzz...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/07/qa/

US States with Coastal Borders

I love a good geography quiz! The United States has 23 states that border the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, or the Gulf of Mexico. In this quiz from mental_floss, you are challenged to name all 23 in three minutes...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/07/us-states-with-coastal-borders/

Can Tattoos and Body Piercings Make You More Likely to Pass on Your Genes?

Research conducted by scholars at the University of Wroclaw in Poland suggests that tattoos and piercings add to a person's bodily symmetry and denote risk-taking behavior. This may increase the likelihood that a person...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/07/can-tattoos-and-body-piercings-make-you-more-likely-to-pass-on-your-genes/

Fake Science

Fake Science is a tumblr blog of amusingly misleading scientific factoids and infographics. It's a good source of information "when the facts are too confusing." Link via Nerdesquefake...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/07/fake-science/

Newly-Discovered "City of Gonads" Jellyfish Wears a Crown of, Um....

Scientists have named a previously undiscovered type of jellyfish found in a Tasmanian river. The Csiromedusa medeopolis (Greek for "city of gonads") wears its sex organs like a crown on top of its body. It's quite dif...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/07/newly-discovered-city-of-gonads-jellyfish-wears-a-crown-of-um/

Buy Nothing, Do Something

NAIL, a Rhode Island based advertising firm has unveiled its latest project designed to make people think about hunger. They dubbed the project "Nothing," pointing out that it is what thousands of Rhode Islanders eat e...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/07/buy-nothing-do-something/

How Violence Increases Our Vocabulary

Almost every aspect of war spawns new words, and, over time, many of them slip into everyday use. Sometimes, they even become downright peaceful in the process. For instance, triumph used to mean a victory cerem...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/07/how-violence-increases-our-vocabulary/






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