Archive for May 24th, 2010

Happy Birthday, Maru!

(YouTube link) I just found out that Maru, the Japanese Scottish Fold who took the internet by storm, is turning three years old today. That means he was quite young when we first featured him on Neatorama. Here is...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/24/happy-birthday-maru/

Teaching RoboDog New Tricks

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUQsRPJ1dYw][YouTube - Link]Back in 2008, it was easy to make fun of DARPA's BigDog quadruped robot that was learning to walk.  And last fall, the smaller robot LittleDog look...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/24/teaching-robodog-new-tricks/

The Big Picture visits the Big Easy courtesy of Big Oil

The title of this item was the headline at Fark, and I couldn't think of any better way to say it. The Big Picture blog has photographs of the Gulf oil spill as it reaches the Louisiana shores. Warning: some pictures m...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/24/the-big-picture-visits-the-big-easy-courtesy-of-big-oil/

Mark Twain's Autobiography, Finally

Upon his death, Mark Twain left behind 5000 pages of an autobiography that included a hand-written note stating that the memoir was not to be published until 100 years after his death. Now that we've reached that dea...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/24/mark-twains-autobiography-finally/

Comet Dives into the Sun

Video Link (Courtesy NASA/Berkeley) In this quick image compilation, assembled from para-Earth-orbiting spacecraft, a comet can be seen diving into the Sun's lower atmosphere. The video above is a compilation of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/24/comet-dives-into-the-sun/

Robot Portrait: Turn Yourself Into A Robot

Robot Portrait by Ben Rollman - $14.95Hello Neatoramanauts! If you're looking for the perfect personalized gift for the robot lover in your life, look no further. We're happy to announce a collaboration with indie artist...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/24/robot-portrait-turn-yourself-into-a-robot/

The Creators Project

All of us on Neatorama love indie artists, so it's my pleasure to feature The Creators Project, a collaboration between Intel and VICE which features the cutting edge in print, music, and digital art by artists from arou...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/24/the-creators-project/

Massive Maya City Revealed by Lasers

Scientists mapping the ruins of the abandoned Maya city of Caracol in Belize knew they had tackled a big job, uncovering the city from the encroaching jungle. They didn't know how big it really is until modern mapping te...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/24/massive-maya-city-revealed-by-lasers/

Fictional Characters, Actual Colleges (Part 2)

Mental_floss presents a sequel to an earlier much-enjoyed quiz about movie and TV characters who went to college. In today's Lunchtime Quiz, you'll be given a television character, then you select which real college he...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/24/fictional-characters-actual-colleges-part-2/

Kevin Costner shows off his Oilspill Clean-up Machine

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jx5XgUYDQ3k][YouTube - Link]Kevin Costner shows off his Oilspill Clean-up Machine. Read more about the invention. Some scientists say that, although it may help, this device is not...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/24/kevin-costner-shows-off-his-oilspill-clean-up-machine/

Five Suitcases that Turn into Furniture

The Jetsons promised us that we'd have a flying car that turned into a briefcase. Well, that's probably still pretty far off, but in the meantime, here's five suitcases that turn into chairs and pet beds. Sometimes th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/24/five-suitcases-that-turn-into-furniture/

Shoebox Racecar

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa8HFEeh2FA][YouTube - Link]Have you ever made a car out of a shoebox? Wilson Brothers Design created this model of a Formula 1 racecar out of many shoeboxes, flattened an...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/24/shoebox-racecar/

How to Build a Canoe from Scratch on a Budget

The team from Southern Fried Science tackles stitch-and-glue boat building, with rather impressive results. If you live near the water, or want to live near the water, or just want people to think you live near...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/24/how-to-build-a-canoe-from-scratch-on-a-budget/

Beijing Zoo Restaurant Serves Hippopotamus, Crocodile

Most of the time, the image of a zoo is one of animal protection and education. However, the Beijing zoo has expanded this 'education' to include the culinary aspects of some of the more exotic animals housed therein....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/24/beijing-zoo-restaurant-serves-hippopotamus-crocodile/

Woodpecker Alarm Clock

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4FvIMAuYGE][YouTube - Link]Nobody enjoys being awakened by the unnatural sound of an alarm clock. British product designer Natalie Duckett has invented an alarm clock that mimics...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/24/woodpecker-alarm-clock/

Putting TV in the Movies

Our own JohnnyCat has a whole series of grievance posts about movies in his blog The Litter Box. The latest is about some annoying television gimmicks that are incorporated into film, like the "switch-off": This is...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/24/putting-tv-in-the-movies/

The Michael Jackson Sleep Mask

Those who sleep with a mask on can now scare the living daylights out of a roommate or bedmate with the Michael Jackson Sleep Mask. Now half price! The mask features a picture of Jackson's eyes, enlarged just enough to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/24/the-michael-jackson-sleep-mask/

The Net Worth of the U.S. Presidents

Children think that the president of the United States is a rich man by definition because he has an extremely prestigious and important job. Of course, "rich" is a relative term. The Atlantic looks at the wealth of all...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/24/the-net-worth-of-the-u-s-presidents/

Obscure Monsters

The following is an article from Uncle John's Endlessly Engrossing Bathroom Reader. You've heard of Bigfoot, Nessie, and the Abominable Snowman. Here are a few of their more obscure (but just as fascinating) cousi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/24/obscure-monsters/

Icebound: 10 Amazing Antarctica Abandonments

Considering the small population of the continent, Antarctica has a lot of abandoned settlements. In such extremely low temperatures, it is much easier to leave structures and possessions behind than to take them with...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/24/icebound-10-amazing-antarctica-abandonments/

The Effects of Tropical Storms on Oil Slicks

What would happen if a tropical storm hit the oil floating in the Gulf? It depends on the storm, and exactly where it meets the oil. Much depends on the angle at which the storm crosses the slick. In the Northern He...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/24/the-effects-of-tropical-storms-on-oil-slicks/
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