Archive for July 19th, 2010

The Plural of Octopus

(YouTube link) Every time we blog about an octopus, or rather, more than one octopus, we can count on a debate in the comments about the proper plural form for the animal. Here's the real scoop from Kory Stamper, who...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/the-plural-of-octopus/

Horton Plains Slender Loris

The Horton Plains slender loris has never been photographed before, and was thought to have been extinct before a rare sighting in 2002. Now a team of researchers led by Saman Gamage have captured the tiny primate on...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/horton-plains-slender-loris/

Baby Seal Pinata

What kind of twisted mind came up with a baby harp seal as a pinata for kids to whack with a stick? It's OK to laugh, since it is only paper, filled with blood-red candies ready to spill out when the clubbing is done....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/baby-seal-pinata/

Congressional Fallout Shelter

From the 1958 until 1992, the Greenbriar Resort in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia sat on top of a secret. Underneath was a huge fallout shelter designed to accommodate members of the US Congress and their aides...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/congressional-fallout-shelter/

Flash Opera in Philadelphia

(YouTube Link) An Italian festival in Reading Terminal Market was the scene of lyrical vibrato as The Opera Company of Philadelphia's singers performed Verdi's "Brindisi from La Traviata" live and among the crowd. C...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/flash-opera-in-philadelphia/

The Mysterious Numerical Radio Stations

In some recesses of the radio spectrum, you can listen to strange broadcasts that consist entirely of people reading numbers. For years, people have speculated about the purpose of these unlicensed, unidentified radio s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/the-mysterious-numbers-radio-stations/

The Plastic Bottle Island

This man has given up his job, family and possessions to build an island that floats on plastic bottles he's found and used as buoys! Talk about recycling to good use!recycling, islands...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/the-plastic-bottle-island/

The People Who Filter the Internet

Many websites, such as YouTube, let users flag grotesque or illegal images that violate the hosts' terms of service agreements. But that's a lot of nasty content. Every wonder who actually checks everything th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/the-people-who-filter-the-internet/

New Vaginal Gel Reduces HIV Infection Rates by 54%

A trial of a powerful new microbicidal vaginal gel reduced the HIV infection rate of test subjects by 54%. The gel is a 1% solution of the antiretroviral drug tenofovir, which stops HIV replication. At Scientific A...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/new-vaginal-gel-reduces-hiv-infection-rates-by-54/

New Anti-Aircraft, Anti-Missile Laser

The US defense company Raytheon debuted its new anti-aircraft and anti-missile laser system at the Farnborough Airshow in the UK. It will function as a supplement to the ship-mounted Phalanx system, an automated Gat...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/new-anti-aircraft-anti-missile-laser/

Salt Shaker/Dandruff Shampoo Ad

The advertising agency of Grey G2/Group in Düsseldorf, Germany made this salt shaker as a promotional item for a line of anti-dandruff shampoo by Pantene. When salt remains on the top, it looks like the model has d...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/salt-shakerdandruff-shampoo-ad/

Moka Coffee Pot Kitchen Timer

Time to Cook Moka Pot Timer - $7.45 Coffee Percolator Timer Pepper Mill Timer...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/moka-coffee-pot-kitchen-timer/

Millennium Falcon Guitar

What kind of guitar would Han Solo play a solo with? This Millennium Falcon Guitar, of course! Its maker, Travis S., told our pal Urlesque blog:Tell us about the guitar's construction.I used...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/millenium-falcon-guitar/

Fantastic Light Stencils by TigTab

Butterflies. Photo: TigTab [Flickr]Tangled Web. Photo: TigTab [Flickr]Kodama Party. Photo: TigTab [Flickr]We've posted about light graffiti before on Neatorama, but here's something fresh and new: Flickr artist TigTab us...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/fantastic-light-stencils-by-tigtab/

Is a Naked Mannequin Obscene?

Apparently so, according to Beatrice Police Department, who covered up a store window display when the pants on a mannequin inside had fallen down:Police say they tried to contact the store’s owner, Kevin Krame...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/is-a-naked-mannequin-obscene/

Formula for the Perfect Handshake

Declaring war on limp fish, bone crusher, politician and other types of handshakes, Chevrolet UK commissioned a study to determine the perfect handshake. After all, there's nothing more impo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/formula-for-the-perfect-handshake/

24 Types of Libertarians vs. 24 Types of Authoritarians

After cartoonist Barry Deutsch created a cartoon depicting 24 Types of Libertarians, you knew that libertarians wouldn't take that lying down. Libertarian Davi Barker retorted with this re-mix: 24 Types of Authoritarians...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/24-types-of-libertarians-vs-24-types-of-authoritarians/

Dress Made from 1,000 Newspaper Cranes

Who says that newspaper is out of style? Yuliya Kyrpo created this stunning dress, complete with a flowing peacock train, from 1,000 paper cranes folded from old newspapers: Link - via Inhabitatdress, origami, newspaper,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/dress-made-from-1000-newspaper-cranes/

Cows & Cows & Cows

(YouTube link) The latest animation from the fertile mind of Cyriak, who loves making cows do decidedly un-cow things. Link -via The Daily Whatanimation, cows, cyriak...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/cows-cows-cows/

How Close Could a Person Get to the Sun and Survive?

How close could you get to the sun before burning up? Alessandra Calderin of Popular Science asked NASA engineer Ralph McNutt: The sun is about 93 million miles away from Earth, and if we think of that dista...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/how-close-could-a-person-get-to-the-sun-and-survive/

Photographing the Elements

Wikipedia user alchemist-hp is on a quest to take beautiful color photographs of every naturally occurring element. Pictured above is bismuth. At the link, you can view his German-language clickable periodic table...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/photographing-the-elements/

The Baseball Myth

The following article is reprinted from The Best of Uncle John' Bathroom Reader. According to traditional baseball lore, our national pastime was invented by Abner Doubleday, in Cooperstown, New York. Was it?...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/the-baseball-myth/

Doctor Plugs Baby's Brain With Glue

It is no doubt that the field of medicine has come a long way. Not long ago things like bioprosthetic valves and laser surgery to remove kidney stones would have been a foreign thought for most. Yet, with all the astoun...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/doctor-plugs-babys-brain-with-glue/

TypeFace/Off (Brands II)

Today's Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss continues the popular Typeface/Off series with more brands and products you should be able to guess by the font only. Beware, the words say Mental Floss, not the produc...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/typefaceoff-brands-ii/

The Buddha's Hand

The Buddha's Hand is an unusual fruit rarely found in American grocery stores, but common to parts of China and India. It's so named because its fingers are said to represent the hands of the Buddha praying: ...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/the-buddhas-hand/

How to Make Glow Sticks

(YouTube Link) Glow sticks are a mixture of bis (2,4,6-trichlorophenyl) oxalate, a few other chemicals that serve as a base, and a fluorescent dye. This video by Nurd Rage provides detailed instructions on how to m...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/how-to-make-glow-sticks/

Toy Story Movie Trivia

It's been 15 years since the first Toy Story came out. I have to say, I can't think of many movies with great sequels, let alone movies that are still good by the time #3 rolls around. But from everything I've b...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/toy-story-movie-trivia/

The Windmill Farmer

Neatorama author JohnnyCat received a bit of inspiration in the form of an animated short story. For the past few days, I’ve been seriously considering getting trained to be a wind turbine specialist. There’s a scho...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/the-windmill-farmer/

Short++

(vimeo link) Elevator shoes that work like a real elevator -going up and down as needed, controlled by an iPhone app. -via Nag on the LakeGadgets, Hacks amp Mods, silly, shoes...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/short/

How Do You Pronounce "Often"?

Do you pronounce "often" with the "t"? Boston Globe columnist Jan Freeman noticed that although the "t" fell silent in the 15th century, it appears to be coming back, at least among college students. It may sound pretent...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/19/how-do-you-pronounce-often/








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