Archive for May 25th, 2010

Airplane! is a Remake of an Old Fifties Flick

If you've ever wondered where Jim Abrahams and David Zucker came up with those hilarious jokes in Airplane!, the answer isn't strictly their warped minds. Many of the scenes set up for the gags were directly cr...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/25/airplane-is-a-remake-of-an-old-fifties-flick/

Handfish

A fish with hands? You betcha! There are 14 species of handfish, nine of which have just been named and described for the first time. Handfish were named such because they use their fins to walk around on the floor of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/25/handfish/

Google Pac-Man Costs $120,483,800 in Productivity

Google's celebration of Pac-Man's 30th anniversary was fun, enabling people to play Pac-Man on their main search page, either as a one- or two-player game. And people certainly took advantage of the opportunity, spending...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/25/google-pac-man-costs-120483800-in-productivity/

8 Strange Historic Jobs

Chances are you don’t love your job.But at least we have modern conveniences and machinery to do some of hte dirty work that was once done by human power. Here are some jobs from bygone times that you don't want...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/25/8-strange-historic-jobs/

Tortoise vs. Hare

(vimeo link) It's Woodward the tortoise against a rabbit named Lady Bunbun. How the winner is declared can be a point of controversy, but as you will see, the old fable is true. The tortoise keeps a steady pace while...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/25/tortoise-vs-hare/

5 Ways Your Gadgets are Used to Spy on You

Considering how much we use technology in our lives, it's scary just how easily our gadgets can be turned to spy on their owners. Consider the amount of information that passes through your computer or cell phone - the a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/25/5-ways-your-gadgets-are-used-to-spy-on-you/

Wobbly Russian Bridge

(YouTube link) Russian authorities shut down a seven-kilometer-long bridge over the Volga River in Volgograd last week after it started to wobble. Floodwaters loosened one support, which affected the stability of th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/25/wobbly-russian-bridge/

Happy Towel Day!

Towel Day is celebrated on the 25th of May every year to honor the memory and works of Douglas Adams {wiki}, the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. From the book: A towel, it says, is about the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/25/happy-towel-day/

How Did You Know? Contest Starts Today

Neatorama is proud to be a co-sponsor of the new How Did You Know? contest at mental_floss. You could win prizes from the Neato Shop, mental_floss, Motionbox, or Roku. The contest runs for the rest of the week, but your...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/25/how-did-you-know-contest-starts-today/

Amityville Horror House for Sale

A beautiful 1927 colonial-style waterfront home with 5 bedrooms, 3 and a half baths, and a ton of history behind it in Long Island can be yours for as little as $1,150,000. The home has had many owners, some more notorio...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/25/amityville-horror-house-for-sale/

Roll It: An Experimental Rolling House

Experimental housing is usually pretty minimalist, exemplifies interesting design ideas, and fits into a compact space. Roll It, a new design by the University of Karlsruhe in Germany, is a great example of this. The hou...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/25/roll-it-an-experimental-rolling-house/

A Collection of Weird Coincidences

Strange but true, never underestimate strange occurances in this world. Here is some very wierd occurrencies that go beyond the big cases you are familiar with. Circumstantial Evidence? …English politician and jus...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/25/a-collection-of-weird-coincidences/

The Burning and Sinking of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig

Photo: Steadfast TV, courtesy of National Geographic ChannelYesterday, we blogged about photographs of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill hitting the Louisiana shorelines and undoubtedly you've heard about Big Oil pointing fin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/05/25/the-burning-and-sinking-of-the-deepwater-horizon-oil-rig/




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