Archive for May 22nd, 2010

The Bechdel Test

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLF6sAAMb4s] YouTube link. "The Bechdel test" requires a movie to pass three questions: 1)  Does it have two or more women in it (who have names) ? 2)  Do they talk to on...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/22/the-bechdel-test/

America's Least-Visited National Monuments

The Chicago Tribune has assembled a brief photoessay highlighting the 20 National Monuments receiving the fewest visitors in 2009, based on National Park Service data.  The "winner," with only 14 visitors for the wh...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/22/americas-least-visited-national-monuments/

A Blight is Threatening the Oak Trees of Britain

Probably no tree better symbolizes Britain than Quercus robur, the native oak.  In an essay at the BBC's News Magazine, historian Simon Schama reviews its significance. The tree is Britain, after all. B...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/22/a-blight-is-threatening-the-oak-trees-of-britain/

The Swinger

You haven't lived until you've heard "Sweet Child o' Mine" as a swing tune! The Swinger is a bit of python code that takes any song and makes it swing. It does this be taking each beat and time-stretching...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/22/the-swinger/

The 10 Coolest Pac-Man Cakes

In honor of Pac-Man's 30th birthday, SF Weekly has collected ten different kinds of Pac-Man cakes! From the simple "someone took a piece" cake to the elaborate setup you see in this cake Jenny made for Omar Kooheji's b...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/22/the-10-coolest-pac-man-cakes/

The Lewis Chessmen

The museums and toystores of the world are replete with an endless variety of chessmen, but the ones depicted above have a most interesting provenance. The chessmen are the most precious archaeological treasures eve...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/22/the-lewis-chessmen/

Bees Prefer Flowers with Caffeine

Also nicotine!  A study conducted at the University of Haifa revealed that bees prefer nectar containing those psychoactive substances. Flower nectar is primarily comprised of sugars, which provide energy for the poten...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/22/bees-prefer-flowers-with-caffeine/

You Can't Judge a Book by its Cover

The spine of this 18th-century wooden book reads Historia Universalis.  But when the book is opened, a more fundament-al purpose is revealed: The folio opens to reveal two oaken boards that can be folded out t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/22/you-cant-judge-a-book-by-its-cover/

Ball Rolls Down an Incline Verrrry Slowly....

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yZwj111f_4] YouTube link. The video demonstrates an unusual phenomenon that is NOT an optical illusion.  The physical principles involved are self-evident once you see how the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/22/ball-rolls-down-an-incline-verrrry-slowly/

16 Products They Sell Only at Chinese Wal-Marts

Matt Stopera at BuzzFeed has a list of -- with pictures -- sixteen items that he says are sold only at Chinese Wal-Marts. #11, pictured above, is frogs. Some, he can't identify. Can any figure out what #6...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/22/16-products-they-only-sell-at-chinese-wal-marts/

Scientists Claim to Have Teleported Matter Information Over 10 Miles

Chinese scientists claim that they have teleported material over a distance of ten miles with 89% fidelity: Teleportation over distances of a few hundred meters has previously only been accomplished with the photo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/22/scientists-claim-to-teleported-matter-over-10-miles/

The Smithsonian's Annual Photography Contest

For seven years, The Smithsonian magazine has held an annual photography contest. The five categories are Altered Images, the Natural World, Americana, Travel, and People. Pictured above is Laurie McAndish...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/22/the-smithsonians-annual-photography-contest/

Architectural Structures as Musical Instruments

Last summer David Byrne of The Talking Heads converted an entire building, the Camden Roundhouse in London, into a musical instrument! He connected every pipe, pillar, and beam to a keyboard, from which you can make th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/22/architectural-structures-as-musical-instruments/

Where Cursors Come From

Nathan Pyle illustrated how cursors are farmed and harvested. This charming design was soon made into a t-shirt! Link -via Swiss Miss design, visual pun, cursors...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/22/where-cursors-come-from/

This Week at Neatorama

In the Spotlight this week, we were delighted to feature a book by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, called RARE: Portraits of America's Endangered Species. The photographs are gorgeous, the stories...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/22/this-week-at-neatorama-4/

Watercolor Bacteria and Cell Art

Washington, DC artist Michele Banks uses watercolors to achive artistic effects the old-fashioned way. Many of her paintings bring the beauty of microscopic life to a full-sized canvas. Her works in Makers Market...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/22/truly-synthetic-cellbacteria-watercolor-collection/

Facebook Quitting Pledge Gaining Thousands of Supporters

QuitFacebookDay is a pledge organized by two Facebook users with a simple goal: get as many people as possible to delete their Facebook accounts on Memorial Day as a reaction to the countless privacy concerns in the news...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/22/facebook-quitting-pledge-gaining-thousands-of-supporters/

Weird and Wonderful Objects From The First Ripleys

Robert Ripley traveled the world in search for the odd and unique. He broke the mold in worldwide travel, venturing out of America during the 19th century. His rare collections and interesting letters are still available...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/22/weird-and-wonderful-objects-from-the-first-ripleys/
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