Archive for July 21st, 2010

Tarp Surfing

(YouTube Link) Whenever you feel the need to surf, but you're too far away from the ocean, simply call a friend, get a hold on a giant blue tarp, grab your skateboard and start surfing. Linksurfing...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/21/tarp-surfing/

Fingerstache

Fingerstache - $4.95 | More Gag GiftsWhat is it about the fingerstache that captured the fancy of the hip crowd of the web? Of course, kids have been drawing mustaches on their fingers (or upper lips, much to the conster...

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The First Bookmobile in the United States

This is a photograph of what is alleged to be the first American bookmobile. It was built in 1905 by the public library of Washington County, Maryland. Mary Titcomb, the librarian responsible for its creation, desc...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/21/the-first-bookmobile-in-the-united-states/

Life Insurance For Astronauts

During the Apollo space program, astronauts were apparently ineligible for traditional life insurance.  So they and NASA came up with an innovative solution. The answer was provided by NASA in the form of 'Insuranc...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/21/life-insurance-for-astronauts/

Fragments of Gluten that Trigger Celiac Disease Isolated

If you have an immune system disorder called celiac disease or are allergic to gluten (or know that someone who is), then you know that eating the wrong thing can lead to severe pain. Even though the role of gluten in ce...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/21/fragments-of-gluten-that-trigger-celiac-disease-isolated/

Lawsuit by Teacher with Rabbit Phobia Thrown Out

If you have a rabbit phobia, it's best that you don't teach high school. Here's what happened to one teacher in Germany:A German court on Tuesday threw out the case of a schoolteacher against a pupil who allegedly to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/21/lawsuit-by-teacher-with-rabbit-phobia-thrown-out/

Is Breaking a Website's Terms of Service a Crime?

Yes, according to the law - and we should all pause to think of the implication. After all, haven't you ever clicked "I accept" without reading the pages and pages of legal fine prints? There may be a clause th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/21/is-breaking-a-websites-terms-of-service-a-crime/

Photorealistic Sculptures of Jamie Salmon

Fragment #3Jaime Salmon is a contemporary sculptor specializing in photorealistic sculptures using silicone, pigment, fiberglass, acrylic and human hair.This one above, titled Fragment #3 (2008), is so hauntingly real th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/21/photorealistic-sculptures-of-jamie-salmon/

Floppy Disk Drive Stands Up to Avoid Spills

London-based designer Chambers Judd modified the floppy disk drive pictured above. Normally it lies flat, but the moment that it comes in contact with a liquid, little legs raise it up out of danger. Video at the l...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/21/floppy-disk-drive-stands-up-to-avoid-spills/

Astronomers Discover Stars Previously Thought to Be Too Massive to Exist

Researchers led by Paul Crowther, professor of Astrophysics at the University of Sheffield, UK, have discovered a cluster of young stars that are about twice as big as the maximum size that astrophysicists thought co...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/21/astronomers-discover-stars-previously-thought-to-be-too-massive-to-exist/

Walking Robot Breaks Distance Record

Ranger, a robot built by researchers at Cornell University, broke a walking record for an untethered robot when it walked more than fourteen miles in eleven hours without recharging: Guided by students with a remote c...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/21/walking-robot-breaks-distance-record/

How to Wash a Cat

(YouTube Link) This short film is an instructional video on how to bathe a cat. It's roughly based on Bud Herron's essay "Cat Bathing as a Martial Art" and provides sound warnings on the dangers of wet, enraged cat...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/21/how-to-wash-a-cat/

Prisoners Escape after Guards Place Dummy in Guardtower Instead of an Actual Guard

Police in Argentina are on the lookout for two escaped prisoners. Due to a manpower shortage, only two of the fifteen guard towers at a prison were manned. One had a crudely-made dummy inside which did not fool the pri...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/21/prisoners-escape-after-guards-place-dummy-in-guardtowe-instead-of-an-actual-guard/

"Free. Free. A Trip. To Mars. For 900. Empty Jars."

Older readers of Neatorama will remember an era when Burma-Shave signs entertained drivers on the nation's highways (the complete text of all the jingles has been assembled at Burma-Shave.org.) The company also po...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/21/free-free-a-trip-to-mars-for-900-empty-jars/

Driverless Vans Traveling from Italy to China

We've previously mentioned that engineers in various firms have been developing cars that can drive themselves. A group of Italian engineers is putting their automated car to a rather rigorous test: driving from Italy t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/21/driverless-vans-traveling-from-italy-to-china/

Man Gets Livestock Citation For Ceramic Chickens

Robert Sosebee of Austell, Georgia came home to find he had been ticketed for keeping livestock in the city. But he doesn't own any chickens, except for a couple of ceramic hens decorating his lawn. Sosebee believes tha...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/21/man-gets-livestock-citation-for-ceramic-chickens/

70-year-old Fights Off Intruder with his Cane

Charles Jenkins of Indianapolis, Indiana was awakened from sleep Tuesday morning by a loud crash. He found an intruder climbing through the living room window. Jenkins said he grabbed his cane and hit the intruder in th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/21/70-year-old-fights-off-intruder-with-his-cane/

Missing Class Ring Found 41 Years Later

Gary Detro lost his high school class ring at a football game in Sherman, Texas during his senior year. That was in 1969, and he never found it. Until now. Fast forward to July, 2010. Crews working on Bearcat Stadium's...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/21/missing-class-ring-found-41-years-later/

Piano Used By The Beatles For Sale

This beat up piano doesn't look like much but it was once played by the Beatles and Pink Floyd among others at the Abbey Road's  Studio 3. It goes on the auction block on August 15 and is expected to fetch £150,000. *...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/21/piano-used-by-the-beatles-for-sale/

10 Things You Didn't Know About Ghostbusters

The 1984 film Ghostbusters starred Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, and Dan Akroyd as paranormal exterminators in New York City (later joined by Ernie Hudson). The script was written by Ramis and Akroyd. The movie was...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/21/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-ghostbusters/

Legendary Partying

Legendary Partying Pint Glass - $7.95Here's a fun pint glass to give your recent graduates as an inspiration to go out to the real world and find themselves a job. From the witty humor of Someecards: LinkSee also: You're...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/21/legendary-partying/

Painting On Water

Taking the concept of watercoloring literally, this unnamed artist creates wonderful images by painting directly on water. (Bonus: Trippy flute music)Link [Embedded YouTube Clip]Note: Some of you may know this as the tra...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/21/painting-on-water/

Billboards Record and Track Viewers Today, Minority Report Tomorrow?

Remember the scene from Minority Report where billboards recognize an individual and display ads tailored to his or her preference?Well, it's inching nearer to reality in Tokyo, Japan: Digital advertising billboards bei...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/21/billboards-record-and-track-viewers-today-minority-report-tomorrow/

Why Going "Green" is Actually Bad for the Environment

If you think that going "green" is going to save the Earth, think again. It turns out that eco-conscious people are more likely to overconsume, thanks to human nature:Lucas Davis, an energy economist at the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/21/why-going-green-is-actually-bad-for-the-environment/

Wil Wheaton's 8-Bit Family Crest

I'm so jealous! Wil Wheaton got himself a family crest made in the style of 8-bit video game, by artist Chris "Moustachio" Hope of J!nx:The actual Wheaton family crest, while historically accurate, isn̵...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/21/wil-wheatons-8-bit-family-crest/

A Village With No Roads

Roads? We don't need no stinking roads! Actually - the village of Giethoorn in the Netherlands looks very lovely without any road whatsoever:Can you imagine a village with no roads? There is such an unique place in t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/21/a-village-with-no-roads/

Scammer Photoshopped Self Into Extra Jail Time

Once a scammer, always a scammer, I suppose. Daryl Simon had a brilliant idea to persuade the judge into giving him a lighter sentence for defrauding people: provide photos of himself doing charity work.The problem? He p...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/21/scammer-photoshopped-self-for-extra-jail-time/

USB Hubman

If you need more USB ports for all your gizmos and gadgets (who doesn't?), this little dude may help. The USB Hubman lets you plug in 4 USB devices into one original USB port.Best of all, he provides the service with a s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/21/usb-hubman/

How Do Squirrels and Other Critters Stay Cool?

During the hot summer heatwave, while the rest of us are thinking of swimming pools and ice cream, Brian Palmer of Slate is thinking of squirrels. More specifically, do squirrels and pigeo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/21/how-do-squirrels-and-other-critters-stay-cool/

Princess Bride Remixed as a Horror Movie Trailer

The Princess Bride remixed into a horror trailer? Inconceivable! Actually, it's quite well done. Take a look at Miss Cellania: http://misscellania.squarespace.com/miss-cellania/2010/7/20/the-princess-bride-horror-trailer...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/21/princess-bride-remixed-as-a-horror-movie-trailer/
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