Archive for July 9th, 2010

6 People Who Turned a Life of Crime Into Legitimate Careers

People can pick up skills in the strangest places. Georgia Durante learned evasive driving techniques when she was married to a mobster and drove a getaway car. Years of evading the police had taught Georgia how to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/09/6-people-who-turned-a-life-of-crime-into-legitimate-careers/

Doce Ballet

(vimeo link) This is a sweet ballet -meaning the dancers are fruits, cupcakes, bonbons, and Gummi bears! This stop-motion video was created by Maira Fridman. -via Things I Think Are Kinda Cooldance, Food, animation, s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/09/doce-ballet/

Custard-Like Liquid Armor Solidifies Instantly

Four years ago, we wrote that the US Army was developing body armor that is normally a liquid, but turns into a solid when it's hit. Britain's military researchers have come up with something similar, but now there's cl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/09/liquid-armor-solidifies-instantly/

Snoop Dogg Tried to Rent the Entire Nation of Liechtenstein to Shoot a Music Video

Rapper Snoop Dogg tried to rent the entire Principality of Liechtenstein -- all 62 square miles of it -- in order to record a music video: Snoop was reportedly trying to shoot a music video in the tiny Western Eur...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/09/snoop-dogg-tried-to-rent-the-entire-nation-of-liechtenstein-to-shoot-a-music-video/

New Business in China Lets Women Vent Their Frustrations by Breaking Things

A shop in a mall in Shenyang, China, lets women vent their frustrations by smashing household items: The venting store located in the fourth floor of a shopping mall has a sign "No Men" at the door. The store i...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/09/new-business-in-china-lets-women-vent-their-frustrations-by-breaking-things/

Revenge of Comic Sans: Cleveland Cavaliers' Online Rant

After losing basketball star LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert posted an online rant about "the betrayal." Soon after, the Internet is abuzz, not because of what he wrote, but because of Dan's...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/09/revenge-of-comic-sans-cleveland-cavaliers-online-rant/

How Twitter Saved a Man's Face

When 26-year-old Patrick Johnson woke up to discover that half his face had gone numb and was drooping did he a) immediately go to the hospital b) call his doctor or c) tweet about it?Patrick noticed his face was dro...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/09/how-twitter-saved-a-mans-face/

"Ironing Is Woman's Work"

That's what 29-year-old Robert Edward Tyrrell Jr. told his mom, and when she refused, he pulled out his gun and took her hostage:"He wanted her to do some ironing, and when she said ‘no,' they got into an...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/09/ironing-is-womans-work/

The Beerbot

One day, robots will rise up and exterminate all humanity, but until then, they can get us beer from the fridge. Just for fun (either that or to heap additional indignity), the robotics wizards at Willow Garage have prog...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/09/the-beerbot/

Mapping Nuclear Bomb Explosions

Quick question for you: how many nukes have ever been detonated? A few? A couple dozens? How about over 2,000.Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto created a video clip mapping every single nuclear explosion from 1945 to 1998:*...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/09/mapping-nuclear-bomb-explosions/

Is Our Electrical Grid Dying?

The Vincent substation along California's State Route 14 is crucial to bringing wind and solar power to the Los Angeles Basin. Photo: Joe McNallyIf you think about it, it's a marvel of modern engineering that m...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/09/is-our-electrical-grid-dying/

Convert Your Phone Number to Words...

...or to gobbledegook, depending on what your phone number is.  The website "PhoneSpell" will convert strings of 3-16 numbers to their phone-dial-equivalent letter combinations. The sequence 632867262, for example, c...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/09/convert-your-phone-number-to-words/

Oil Spill Coloring Page

California-based artist Justin White (Jublin) made a coloring page so that kids can enjoy the unnatural wonders of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. He colored it in here, if you'd like to see one completed version....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/09/oil-spill-coloring-page/

Knitted Meat

Stephanie Casper, a design student at the Pratt Institute, knitted a few meats. They're shrink-wrapped, so as long as they haven't been out of the fridge too long, they're probably safe to cook and eat. Link via...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/09/knitted-meat/

Newly Discovered Antibody Neutralizes 91% of HIV Strains

AIDS researchers discovered an antibody in one patient that is able to defeat 91% of all known strains of HIV: The HIV antibodies were discovered in the cells of a 60-year-old African-American gay man, known in the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/09/newly-discovered-antibody-neutralizes-91-of-hiv-strains/

Frida Kahlo in Aluminum Cans

Phoenix-based artist Emily Costello made this portrait of Frida Kahlo out of (apparently) pieces of aluminum cans. It currently hangs in the Halperin & Lake Collection. She plans to create a similar portrait of a M...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/09/frida-kahlo-in-aluminum-cans/

Chicago's New Eye Sculpture

The work of art is called dimply, "Eye." The sculptor is Tony Tasset, who modeled it on his own eye. Folks in Chicago get to see this 30-foot-tall eyeball until the end of October. Watch it being built in a video at...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/09/chicagos-new-eye-sculpture/

Jailbreak

(Live Leak link) This cockatoo's name is Billy, but they should have named him Houdini! -via redditBird, escape, lock, cockatoo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/09/jailbreak/

10 Things You Need to Know about Indian Reservation Gambling

Have you ever visited a casino on a Native American reservation? David Israel hasn't yet, but he likes to go prepared, so he found out as much as he could about the history and laws of Native American casinos. Here's a s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/09/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-indian-reservation-gambling/

Pulsate

Pulsate is a web toy that doesn't serve any great purpose besides possibly amusing you for a few moments. Click on the field to create circles. As they expand and contract, they'll make music as they bump against each ot...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/09/pulsate/

Sleeping on the Job

Sleeping while at work is generally considered to be unacceptable behavior by most U.S. employers.  With some types of work falling asleep can be dangerous, while with other types such as office work, falling aslee...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/09/sleeping-on-the-job/
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