Archive for July 13th, 2010

Estimating The Length of Celery

A few more fun submissions came in today for our GTFO talent contest. Check out this young neatoramanaut who can accurately estimate the length of things to the nearest centimeter just by touching it. SO... where's Y...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/13/estimating-the-length-of-celery/

Old Spice Guy Responds to Internet Users

(YouTube link) Isaiah Mustafa, the Old Spice spokesman, has been busy at YouTube today responding to messages on reddit, Digg, and Twitter. His response to Matthew Sinclair made me laugh out loud! You can see more per...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/13/old-spice-guy-responds-to-internet-users/

Physicist: Gravity Doesn't Really Exist

Yesterday, Neatorama told you that time may be slowing down. Today, we'll tell you that gravity doesn't really exist.Well that's what Erik Verlinde, a string theorist and professor of physics at the University of Amsterd...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/13/physicist-gravity-doesnt-really-exist/

Bowling Alley Wedding

Twenty-eight-year-old Rachel Sifuentes is getting married and like for many of us, money is tight. But in Rachel's case, creativity is not in short supply. When the going gets tight, the frugal get going to the bowling a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/13/bowling-alley-wedding/

Who The Hell Is Alvin Greene?

When the Democratic primary race was announced last month, the party's first choice, a retired judge that ran an agressive campaign with a huge war chest, lost to an unknown man.And thus began a fascinating tale that is...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/13/who-the-hell-is-alvin-greene/

Why Escaping in a Garbage Truck is a Bad Idea

There's a good reason that all those Hollywood movies show prisoners escaping in laundry trucks. An inmate who escaped an El Paso jail in a garbage truck found out the hard way:After escaping through the garbage disp...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/13/why-escaping-in-a-garbage-truck-is-a-bad-idea/

Crocheted Car Cozy

Flickr user StartTheDay, a photographer from Britain, spotted this Smart Car sporting a crocheted cozy. It was created by Magda Sayeg for the Il Lusso Essenziale art festival in Rome. Link via The Presurfer | Art...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/13/crocheted-car-cozy/

World War II Is Full of Plot Holes, Fire the Writing Staff

LiveJournal user squid314 has posted a great rant. He loves Babylon 5 because the story is pretty consistent, but hates Doctor Who because it isn't. He rips into Doctor Who good and hard, but...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/13/world-war-ii-is-full-of-plot-holes-fire-the-writing-staff/

Amazonian Wild Cats Use Mimicry To Outsmart Monkey Prey

Wild Amazonian cats mimic the vocalizations of small animals in order to lure them for dinner. However they don't tell the tiny beasts that they are going to be the main course. Researchers first recorded the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/13/amazonian-wild-cats-use-mimicry-to-outsmart-monkey-prey/

Win an iPad? GTFO! Five Days Left!

Neatorama is giving away an iPad in conjunction with reddit in the Great Talent, Fantastic or Otherwise (GTFO) video contest! Get your talent recorded on video as soon as possible, as the deadline for entry is July 18th....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/13/win-an-ipad-gtfo-five-days-left/

Dancing on Hitler's Grave

Adolek Kohn's dance at Auschwitz was a powerful and joyful statement, but it wasn't the first of its kind. Groucho Marx visited his mother's home town of Dornum, Germany in 1958. He found that the Nazis had destroyed Jew...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/13/dancing-on-hitlers-grave/

Knitting Clock

Industrial designer Siren Elise Wilhelmsen made a clock that knits a 2-meter scarf over the course of one year. It's called "365", and its purpose is: [...]to give a physical manifestation to the change of ti...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/13/knitting-clock/

TypeFace/Off: Magazines & Newspapers

Today's Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss is a continuation of the popular Typeface/Off series. We've tried to guess movies and TV shows by their title fonts; now we can try to figure out what magazines and newspapers a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/13/typefaceoff-magazines-newspapers/

The Weirdest Ways To Celebrate Ice Cream Month

July is National Ice Cream Month and it is indeed a great month to enjoy a cool scoop of your favorite flavors. If  you’re looking to expand your tasting horizons to some of the stranger flavors in the ice cre...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/13/the-weirdest-ways-to-celebrate-ice-cream-month/

Interview with a Robot

Take a walk down the uncanny valley with Bina48, a robot designed to be a "friend" with conversational skills. New York Times reporter Amy Harmon interviewed the robot itself (or is it "herself"?) to see how conversa...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/13/interview-with-a-robot/

74 MPG for Just $9,000?

This car is called the T25. Designed by Formula One engineer Gordon Murray, it weighs only 1,200 pounds and can seat three people (although one or two would be more comfortable). It is expected to get 74 miles to the gal...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/13/74-mpg-for-just-9000/

Caption and Win!

You might recognize this face, but it's only a small part of the picture in NeatoGeek's Caption Contest. Take a look, put on your thinking cap, select a t-shirt you'd like to win from the NeatoShop, and leave a comment a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/13/caption-and-win/

Cutting Edge Office Wear

The title of this article, Cutting Edge Office Wear, is intentional word play. It ties in with the fact that thirty-five years ago, I predicted that there would be a fashion trend of clipped, torn or ripped cloth...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/13/cutting-edge-office-wear/

App Magnets

App Magnets - $12.95If you're pining for apps, but can't afford them expensive smart phones, then take heart: you can still get organized with this clever set of App Magnets - that's right, they're square refrigerator ma...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/13/app-magnets/

The Secret of Sports: It's In The Belly Button!

Why do blacks excel at running track and whites dominate in the swimming pool? Scientists discovered the secret to why some athletes are so good at their sports: it's in their belly buttons!What's important is not wh...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/13/the-secret-of-sports-its-in-the-belly-button/

The Scientific Difference Between a Yuppie and a Hippie

What's the difference between a yuppie and a hippie? Science to the rescue! Psychologists Mark Pezzo, Jordan Litman and Stephanie Pezzo discovered that yuppies and hippes are quite...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/13/the-scientific-difference-between-a-yuppie-and-a-hippie/

Cardboard Stereo Speakers

Photo: Marino ThorlaciusModern loudspeakers are usually very sleek and futuristic-looking - so it's quite refreshing to see these pair of speakers by Israeli designer Sruli Recht, as commissioned by Joey Roth.Costas Voya...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/13/cardboard-stereo-speakers/

Spider Cow

Photo: Air Force One [Flickr] | More CowparadeForget Spider Pig! Here comes Spider Cow! Flickr user Stefano Petroni snapped this photo of Spider mucca (that's Italian for cow - duh!) by Dominique Fidanza in Piazzale Flam...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/13/spider-cow/

Why You Should be a Slacker: Perfectionists Die Earlier

Are you a perfectionist? You may just be on your way to an early grave:Those with high perfectionism scores, meaning they placed high expectations on themselves to be perfect, had a 51-percent increased risk of death...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/13/why-you-should-be-a-slacker-perfectionists-die-earlier/

The United States of Obesity

For the fifth year running, Mississippi clinched yet another unwanted distinction of being the fattest state of 2010. A whopping 70% of Mississippians are overweight, with more than 33% of them being downright obese.The...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/13/the-united-states-of-obesity/






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