Archive for June 29th, 2010

Dell Computer: Math is Hard!

Dell computers have discovered what your prototypical high school student already knows: math is hard, and sometimes it can melt your brain.After the math department at the University of Texas noticed some of its Del...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/29/dell-computer-math-is-hard/

5 Cups of Coffee a Day Fight Alzheimer's Disease

The Good News: Scientists have discovered that coffee can help protect the brain against Alzheimer's disease.Florida Alzheimer's Disease Research Center researcher (and coffee lover) Gary Arendash and co...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/29/5-cups-of-coffee-a-day-fight-alzheimers-disease/

The Catwoman Robber

If you see this woman, do not approach. Do not try to apprehend her yourself. She should be considered armed and dangerous. Instead, you should call ... Batman?Police in Queens, New York is looking for a robber with the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/29/the-catwoman-robber/

The Great Tortoise Escape

Two days after Maddie Tibble and her family moved to a new house, their family pet, a tortoise named Lottie, escaped. Two years later, they found the runaway tortoise ... one and a half mile away from home!Doubtless...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/29/the-great-tortoise-escape/

Mustache Makes Molly More Attractive to Mates

What do Tom Selleck, Frank Zappa, and Mexican Molly have in common? Turns out that all three understand the power of the mustache in attracting mates: Scientists were unsure why male Mexican mollies wear an extravaga...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/29/mustache-makes-molly-more-attractive-to-mates/

Terrafugia Flying Car

It's 2010, WHERE'S MY FLYING CAR? Actually, we may not have to wait much longer. A startup company called Terrafugia is close to producing a street-legal airplane:The vehicle received a unique exemption from the U.S....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/29/terrafugia-flying-car/

A Toy to Help Kids Learn Braille

Art student Danielle Pecora from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn designed this ball to help children learn how to read Braille: Looking a bit like a stiff Koosh ball, it has 26 magnetic pegs, each depicting a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/29/a-toy-to-help-kids-learn-braille/

District 11

(Atom link) Soccer fans have invaded South Africa -and they won't go home! Local authorities had no choice but to segregate them and confine them to an area that came to be called District 11.parody, South Africa, D...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/29/district-11/

Honest Driver Returns Cash to Newlyweds

David and Ashley Marasco of Bridgeville, Pennsylvania were driving away from their wedding reception when a motorist pointed out a photo album that had been left on top of their trunk. An envelope containing $3,600 in ca...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/29/honest-driver-returns-cash-to-newlyweds/

Salmon Vodka

(YouTube link) You've probably heard of bacon vodka, but salmon vodka? Would you try this flavor if you had the chance?Alaska, vodka, salmon...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/29/salmon-vodka/

Lobster Relish Jell-O

From Davis Dainty Dishes (1948) by Davis Gelatine [Photo: Shelf Life Taste Test]Unlike the bacon pancake post that Miss Cellania wrote last week, certain things that are delicious really don't belong together. C...

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Booktails: Cocktails from Literature

"Shaken, not stirred" is synonymous with James Bond, but do you actually know what cocktail he was referring to? Asylum blog has compiled a list of classic drinks associated with literature and how to make 'em....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/29/booktails-cocktails-from-literature/

Monster Scroll

The Bakemono Zukushi scroll was painted in Japan sometime in the 18-19th centuries by an unknown artist. There are 24 legendary Japanese monsters depicted on the scroll. Pink Tentacle has scans of them, including the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/29/monster-scroll/

Brain Slug Headband

Etsy seller ScavengingWoodrats (a name I love) crochets these cute little brain slugs you've seen in the TV series Futurama! They are mounted on a thin headband to secure them in place. Available in two size...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/29/brain-slug-headband/

Fluffy McCloud

(vimeo link) A sweet little cloud tries to do the right thing. This animation was Conor Finnegan's graduate film project at IADT National Film School. -via Swiss Missanimation, cloud...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/29/fluffy-mccloud/

Portable Office

Tim Vinke made this portable office, which he calls "Kruikantoor". It's carved out of EPS foam and has two chairs, a light, a desk, storage space, and an electrical hook-up. It has wheels so workers can move it whe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/29/portable-office/

A Remarkable Case of Polydactyly

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu7Db5On00U] YouTube link. Neatorama has previously featured reports of polydactyly in a newborn and in a professional baseball player.   The most interesting aspects of the ca...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/29/a-remarkable-case-of-polydactyly/

Cat Lassie Is Unconcerned with Your Suffering

(YouTube Link) Why was Lassie made with a dog rather than a cat? Because Timmy would have died in the first episode otherwise. This is allegedly a sketch from a short-lived comedy show called The Downer...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/29/cat-lassie-is-unconcerned-with-your-suffering/

WIN with How Did You Know?

Once again, Neatorama is teaming up with mental_floss to give away prizes from the NeatoShop and a mental_floss t-shirt in the How Did You Know? contest! There's a different competition (with a prize) each day for fi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/29/win-with-how-did-you-know/

Zach Climbs a Mountain

(YouTube link) Zach Anner presents part two of his look at Austin, Texas, in which he scales Mt. Bonnell (so to speak). See part one also. -via Gorilla Mask Previously: Zach's Audition and Thank Yo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/29/zach-climbs-a-mountain/

Counting Heads In India

More than 1 billion people of diverse cultures, languages and religions are united by India's national borders. Between 2010 and 2011, the country's census will not only count and categorize them by gender, religio...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/29/counting-heads-in-india/

Virtual Reality Haircut Simulator

(YouTube Link) Air-Hair, developed by the Tokyo Institute of Technology, is a virtual reality haircut simulator. The user trims hair that s/he can only see on a screen. A motor in the pair of scissors creates resi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/29/virtual-reality-haircut-simulator/

Programmable Origami

(YouTube Link) Researchers at Harvard are trying to create programmable matter -- meaning matter than can take any shape on command. At this very early stage of development, they've come up with a flat sheet of mat...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/29/programmable-origami/

Inside a Birdhouse

(YouTube Link) This cute video shows that there's a lot more inside a birdhouse than is evident from the outside. It's a commercial for squash juice. Squash juice? Yes. Apparently some people drink squash juice....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/29/inside-a-birdhouse/

Chakra Chair

Chakras are centers of energy and consciousness within the human body according to various Hindu traditions. There are six basic, physical chakras as well as a higher, spiritual one. This chair, designed by Karim R...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/29/chakra-chair/

Country Hip Hop Dancing

(YouTube Link) Yes, it's real! This surreal fusion of country line dancing and hip hop from 1995 was created by aerobics instructor Diane Horner. She says "You can even add your shoulders if you want. That's the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/29/country-hip-hop-dancing/

It’s Time to Design Slow, Colorful and Asymmetrical Cars

In the fall of 1983 I experienced a prophetic flash: At some time in the future, automobile chassis design would no longer be constrained by a rule that dictates that a car body be bilaterally symmetrical. Of course,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/29/its-time-to-design-slow-colorful-and-asymmetrical-cars/

The Girl Who Must Eat Every 15 Minutes To Stay Alive

Most of us struggle to keep our weight down, but not Lizzie Velasquez. The 21-year-old woman from Austin, Texas actually has to eat every 15 minutes to say alive:Miss Velasquez has a rare condition which prevents her...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/29/the-girl-who-must-eat-every-15-minutes-to-stay-alive/






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