Archive for 2010

The Ice Caves of Mt. Erebus

A volcano in Antarctica called Erebus is home to a network of ice caves. Hot gasses from the volcano carves through the thick ice to leave channels where ice crystals then grow. Dr. Kayla Iacovino wrote about visitin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/31/the-ice-caves-of-mt-erebus/

Why Are the Western Ends of Cities Generally Wealthier than the Eastern Ends of Cities?

Dan Zambonini alleges that cities in the northern hemisphere tend to have poorer eastern rather than western sides. He then suggests that this is because wealthier people could afford to be upwind of air pollution: M...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/31/why-are-the-western-ends-of-cities-are-generally-wealthier-than-the-eastern-ends-of-cities/

You Could Fit a Skyscraper inside the World's Largest Cave

Hang Ken, a cave rediscovered in Vietnam last year, may be the largest in the world: Surrounded by jungle and used in the Vietnam war as a hideout from American bombardments, it is so large that it could hold a block...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/31/you-could-fit-a-skyscraper-inside-the-worlds-largest-cave/

Burger King Creates Brussels Sprouts Burger

For a limited time, Burger King restaurants in Britain are offering Whoppers that come with Brussels sprouts. They vegetables are ground into a paste, mixed with Emmentaler cheese, and formed into a patty. Link v...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/31/burger-king-creates-brussels-sprouts/

Enormous Dialect Map of North America

Rich Aschmann, a linguist, created a huge map of North America describing the boundaries and differences between various dialects of the English language. Keep scrolling down at the link, and you can find Aschmann's...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/31/enormous-dialect-map-of-north-america/

Midnight New Year Fireworks, Sydney 2011

(YouTube link) It's already 2011 in Australia. They know how to celebrate Down Under! -via The Daily What New Year, Australia, fireworks...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/31/midnight-new-year-fireworks-sydney-2011/

6 Other Things Dropped on New Year’s Eve

Of course you know about the big ball of crystal in New York City that drops in Times Square to ring in the New Year, but there are plenty of other cities and towns that took that tradition and made it their own. You'll...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/31/6-other-things-dropped-on-new-years-eve/

Big Dog

The big shiny dog that guards the entrance to the Sonoma Humane Society is called the Airstream Dog. It was created by sculptors Patrick Amiot and Brigitte Laurent, who've done lots of whimsical urban installations....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/31/big-dog/

High-Heeled Feet

deviantART user Hallincogenius made a pair of feet that look like high-heeled shoes. They're sculpted from raku clay and glazed. LinkdeviantART...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/31/high-heeled-feet/

92-year-old Escapes Captivity

A good set of dentures came in handy for 92-year-old Lester Matteson. The Washington state man endured was tied up by two men who came to his door claiming car trouble. The men taped Lester's legs to his kitchen chair....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/31/92-year-old-escapes-captivity/

Scenes Cut from Paperback Covers

Artist Thomas Allen cuts images from book covers to create 3D scenes: With simple lightning and the use of simple tools (i.e., scissors and razor-sharp knives), figures are cut out, bent and juxtapose in ways that...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/31/scenes-cut-from-paperback-covers/

7 Celebrities Who Made It Big Thanks To Soul Train

Watching old episodes of Soul Train is always a good time. The outrageous outfits, the wonderful and wacky dance moves, the cool music acts and the sweet, soulful voice of Mr. Don Cornelius make up one excellent...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/31/7-celebrities-who-made-it-big-thanks-to-soul-train/

The Last Mud Horse Fisherman

A mud horse is a wooden sledge that is pushed by a fisherman across tidal flats. Adrian Sellick of Bridgewater Bay, UK, may be the last man in the world skilled in this fishing technique: Mr Sellick was first taken o...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/31/the-last-mud-horse-fisherman/

The End of Kodachrome

After 75 years, the color film Kodachrome is neither sold nor processed. The last place that developed Kodachrome photographs was Dwayne's Photo in Parsons, Kansas. Over the past year, photographers from all over the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/30/the-end-of-kodachrome/

Pool Played with Bowling Balls

Steve Wienecke of Fredericktown, Missouri invented a game that he calls "Knokkers". It's similar to pool, but played on a surface scaled four times larger than a regulation pool table and with six-pound bowling ball...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/30/pool-played-with-bowling-balls/

Would The Wonder Years Be a Good Video Game?

(Video Link) In this video, Dan Meth imagines 80s-era Nintendo games based on the Chernobyl disaster, the movie Rain Man, The Arsenio Hall Show, and other icons of the 1980s. If you have any cheat...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/30/would-the-wonder-years-be-a-good-video-game/

Ski Mask Self-Portrait

Last year, we featured Andrew Salomone's portrait of Bill Cosby in Jello shots. More recently, he used an electronic knitting machine to make a self-portrait in the form of a ski mask: The balaclava is knit from...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/30/ski-mask-self-portrait/

Doctor Who Nesting Dolls

Molly Lewis made these nesting dolls as a present for her boyfriend. They depict all eleven Doctors from Doctor Who and a TARDIS. Link via TechnabobDoctor Who, Russian nesting dolls...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/30/doctor-who-nesting-dolls/

Adorable Baby Turtles Climbing Vertical Rock Face

(YouTube Link) YouTube user kakashi Julia spotted these baby turtles at a shopping mall in Malaysia. They're remarkably agile climbers. via Geekosystemturtles...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/30/adorable-baby-turtles-climbing-vertical-rock-face/

World's Happiest Penguin

(YouTube link) While some complain about the snow, this little guy dances for joy! Or maybe he just really likes the song "Auld Lang Syne." It's a Happy Feet New Year! -Thanks, özi!dance, penguin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/30/worlds-happiest-penguin/

20-Shot Revolver

This is a unique single-action revolver patented by Henry S. Josselyn in 1866. Information on this gun is scarce, but it would appear to fire twenty rounds without reloading simply by cycling a new round on the flexibl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/30/20-shot-revolver/

The Last Text

(YouTube link) AT&T produced this documentary about what happens when overconfident drivers think they can multitask -sending text messages while driving. It's not worth it. -via MetafilterAccident, psa, text, t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/30/the-last-text/

What Is It? game 158

It's time for our giveaway collaboration with the always amusing What Is It? Blog! Can you guess what this object is? Or maybe you know and don't have to guess! Place your guess in the comment section bel...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/30/what-is-it-game-158/

The Laconia Incident

What happens in war when an enemy rescues endangered civilians? In 1942, a German U-boat sunk a ship carrying 400 Allied troops, dozens of civilians, and (unknown to the Germans) 1800 Italian POWs. The attack left a coup...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/30/the-laconia-incident/

Polar Bears vs. Cameras

(YouTube link) The only safe way to film polar bears is by remote control cameras, but curious bears are onto the trick! The BBC aired footage of the mayhem last night. Link -via reddit...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/30/polar-bears-vs-cameras/

The Best Maru Moments of 2010

The author of Catsparella sifted through a year of Maru's blog and excerpted some of the best photographs and videos of 2010. Each entry has a link to the original blog post. I particularly liked Maru's response to Y...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/30/the-best-maru-moments-of-2010/

The Secret Life of the Banjo

If you're like most Americans, you probably picture one of two things when you hear the banjo -Kermit the Frog strumming away in the swamp or the inbred boy from Deliverance. How can one instrument conjure up im...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/30/the-secret-life-of-the-banjo/

Man in a Blizzard

(YouTube link) Man in a Blizzard, also possibly at one time called Idiot with a Tripod, is Jamie Stuart's observations during the blizzard that hit New York City. It was filmed on Saturday, edited...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/30/man-in-a-blizzard/

Sealed with a Kiss -and Neuroscience

One of our New Year traditions is to kiss someone at midnight. No pressure there, right? A kiss is a great way to start out a new year on a high note, and there is a biological basis for the urge. A kiss works toward thr...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/30/sealed-with-a-kiss-and-neuroscience/

Graphic Violence

(YouTube link) Two guys with a conflict turn into street art and behave like video game characters. This really neat animation was produced by CorridorDigital. -via Laughing Squidgraffiti, animation, street art...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/29/graphic-violence/










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