Archive for July 20th, 2010

Parasailing Donkey

(Break.com link) A leisure firm in Golubitskaya on the Azov Sea launched a donkey into the air on a parasail as a promotional stunt. After the video was released, Russian police began investigating the matter and ma...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/20/parasailing-donkey/

Eighteen Monkeys in his Pants

Authorities at the international airport in Mexico city detained a man because of a strange bulge under his t-shirt. A search revealed that he had 18 tiny monkeys hidden in a girdle underneath! The Public Safety Departm...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/20/eighteen-monkeys-in-his-pants/

Cargo Ship Turned Away Due to Spiders

The cargo ship M.V. Altavia began to offload cargo in the U.S. territory of Guam when thousands of spiders of different species emerged from the cargo! Stevedores immediately refused to bring anything else off t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/20/cargo-ship-turned-away-due-to-spiders/

Amazing Physics Engine

(Video Link) This video demonstrates a physical motion simulation program developed by the start-up company Lagoa Technologies. It shows columns of dirt smashing into the ground and scattering, as well as other eff...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/20/amazing-physics-engine/

Paying Girls to Prevent HIV Infections

Behold the power of the moolah. The World Bank has just released new studies that show they can significantly lower the infection rates of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases by paying people to do (or not do) so...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/20/paying-girls-to-prevent-hiv-infections/

The Early Days of Mickey and Minnie Mouse

Ever wonder how Mickey and Minnie Mouse looked like in the early days? Here are a few photos of the Disney favorites from the early days of Disneyland:Mickey and Minnie Mouse, 1934Before the opening of Disneyland, people...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/20/the-early-days-of-mickey-and-minnie-mouse/

Ice Cream Truck for Dogs

A new business in Britain sells ice cream to dogs from a truck. The K99 Van travels around, plays the Scooby Doo theme, and selling ice cream that is safe for dogs to consume: Head chef behind the K99's reci...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/20/ice-cream-truck-for-dogs/

Man Robs Bank with Bouquet of Flowers

A man in New York City successfully robbed a bank. His weapon of choice was a bunch of flowers: A security camera photo published by the police showed the suspect standing at the cashier's window holding the bouquet...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/20/robber-tries-to-rob-bank-with-bouquet-of-flowers/

NeatoGeek Caption Contest

The new caption contest is up at NeatoGeek! The best caption for this week's sci-fi picture will win a t-shirt of your choice from the NeatoShop. Firefly fans might have a bit of an edge in this competition, but...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/20/neatogeek-caption-contest/

Projector Ring

We've previously featured Luke Jerram's glass sculptures of deadly viruses. On a more pleasant note, Jerram is getting married. He worked with jeweler Tamrakar to make his own wedding ring. It contains tiny slides...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/20/projector-ring/

Platypus Rescued from Pipe

How many humans does it take to pull a platypus from a sewer pipe? About 27 were there when the creature was pulled from a pipe at the Penrith Sewage Treatment Plant in Sydney, Australia. After Sydney Water staff gently...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/20/platypus-rescued-from-pipe/

A Train That Lays Tracks

(YouTube link) Trains go where other vehicles can't, but only if there are tracks in those places. So it only makes sense to lay train tracks with a train! The P811-S Track Renewal Train does just that. This train fin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/20/a-train-that-lays-tracks/

Teenager Uses Craigslist to Swap Cell Phone for Porsche

Steven Ortiz, a 17-year old boy, used Craigslist to trade his old cell phone for an iPod Touch. He traded that gadget for something better, which he then traded for something even better. After a total of fourteen trad...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/20/teenage-uses-craigslist-to-swap-cell-phone-for-porsche/

The Ruins of Cumberland Island

Dungeness Mansion on Cumberland Island off the coast of Georgia looks, to all intents and purposes, like a European ruin.  However, this little visited island ruin has a long history of its own.  In fact it is...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/20/the-ruins-of-cumberland-island/

Mirror Makes Wall Look Like a Door Opening

It looks like a door opening in a concrete wall, right? It's not. This is a flat mirror designed by Sarah Dayo that creates that optical illusion. She writes: Sometimes we cannot help but to try and catch a gli...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/20/mirror-makes-wall-look-like-a-door-opening/

Japanese Wooden Tub Racing

200 people in Ito City, Japan, raced small wooden tubs down a 1,300 foot river. Rowing with rice paddles, participants tried to move quickly without tipping over the tubs. This unusual sport is a local tradition, and I...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/20/japanese-wooden-tub-racing/

The Solar Powered Aircraft That Could Stay Aloft for 14 Days

We've previously mentioned that the solar powered aircraft Solar Impulse was able to remain in the air for a full day. The similarly powered Zephyr, designed by the company QinetiQ, has now stayed in the air for mor...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/20/the-solar-powered-aircraft-that-could-stay-aloft-for-14-days/

Snakes in a MRI Machine

Two scientists placed human subjects and snakes inside a MRI machine to measure how the human body responds to fear. Scientific American reports how they did it, and why: You are in an MRI machine. Your head...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/20/snakes-in-a-mri-machine/

If I Were an Architect

For a time in the late 1950s while I was an undergraduate in college, I studied architecture. I wanted badly to be an architect. Yet the world is a better place than it might have been had I taken up the field!  The f...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/20/if-i-were-an-architect/

Stack the Bones

Stack the Bones - $19.95Stack the Bones by Chris Collicott is a classic stacking game, much like the popular Jenga®, except that the individual blocks are shaped like bones: Link | More Toy & Games from the Neato...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/20/stack-the-bones-2/
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