Archive for June 18th, 2010

National Mustache Champion

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFMdlKSreMw] [YouTube - Link] Larry McClure won the Best Mustache award in the inaugural National Beard and Mustache championships, and his 31 inch (tip to tip) mustache is und...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/18/national-mustache-champion/

Chair Fakery

I must say I don't always understand the purpose of certain furniture designs. My best guess is, much like the models who walk down the runway in ridiculous outfits, they are simply meant to serve as inspiration for...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/18/chair-fakery/

How Scientists See the World

The (apparently anonymous) artist responsible for the webcomic Abstruse Goose expresses the ordinary mysteries revealed to the scientifically literate mind. At the bottom of the comic, he quotes Carl Sagan...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/18/how-scientists-see-the-world/

Finding Edward Hopper's Nighthawks

Many of us are familiar with American artist Edward Hopper's evocative painting of folks hanging out at a diner in New York City. It has been speculated that the location of this cafe is Multry Square. Jeremiah Moss seek...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/18/finding-edward-hoppers-nighthawks/

Robots Play Glockenspiel and Violin

(YouTube Link) Artist and engineer Joan Vallvé made robots that can play the violin and the glockenspiel. They're on exhibit this weekend at Sónar, a music festival in Barcelona: The "Violí MIDI" and "Met...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/18/robots-play-glockenspiel-and-violin/

Singer Sets World Record for Lowest Vocal Note

(YouTube Link) Roger Menees of Anna, Illinois has set a new world record for the lowest sound ever sung by a human: Mr Menees, a coach driver for gospel and rock musicians, managed the feat on Feb 11 at his C...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/18/singer-sets-world-record-for-lowest-vocal-note/

Hello Kitty Motor Oil

Well, of course. What else would one put in a Hello Kitty Ferrari? This product is allegedly on sale in Japan for ¥2980. I hear that it improves cutepower by 12%. Link via CrunchGear | Photo: New LaunchesHello...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/18/hello-kitty-motor-oil/

Why Our Brains Are Fooled by Illusions

The short answer is that our brains are programmed to see the world in three dimensions instead of two. There are more details at Discover magazine, as well as a gallery of colorful optical illusions. F...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/18/why-our-brains-are-fooled-by-illusions/

The Dog Who Saved the World Cup for England

In 1966, England was preparing to host the World Cup games when someone stole the championship Jules Rimet Trophy out from under their noses! Police received a ransom note and met with the contact -and arrested him. But...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/18/the-dog-who-saved-the-world-cup-for-england/

Diverting the Mississippi Could Help Protect Marshlands

One way to keep oil from the Gulf of Mexico from creeping into Louisiana's marshlands would be to keep water flowing from the opposite direction. Scientists think rerouting a small part of the Mississippi river would do...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/18/diverting-the-mississippi-could-help-protect-marshlands/

Things I Learned from Chuck Jones

Today is the official opening of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Orange, California. In honor of the occasion, Baierman listed some of the many things he (and the rest of us) learned from watching the cartoon ch...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/18/things-i-learned-from-chuck-jones/

Fed up with Lunch: The School Lunch Project

Did you ever want to know what the kids in the US public school system were eating for lunch everyday? A public school teacher started the blog "Fed up with lunch: The school lunch project" where she photographed and a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/18/fed-up-with-lunch-the-school-lunch-project/

A Brief Survey of Architecture and Album Covers

Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti [Atlantic, 1975] Architectural album covers inspired by David Byrne's recent TED talk. What spaces do musicians picture when they are making their music? What is the inte...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/18/a-brief-survey-of-architecture-and-album-covers/

The Not-So-Sunny Side of America's Island State

What's not to love about Hawaii? Well, no place is perfect, but knowing the seamier side of the state is not likely to cause you to cancel your dream vacation. Gangster's Paradise Hawaii c...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/18/the-not-so-sunny-side-of-americas-island-state/
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