Archive for August 2nd, 2010

How Stan Lee Defied the Censors and Made Comic Book History

Remember all the hullabaloo about Net censorship? Well, a while ago, comic books went through the same thing. In 1954, a censor called the Comics Code Authority was created to quell public concerns over inappropriate mat...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/how-stan-lee-defied-the-censors-and-made-comic-book-history/

Sharky Tea Infuser and Other Unusual Kitchen Gadgets

Dark Roasted Blend has a fantastic post (as usual) about weird and wonderful kitchen gadgets you didn't know you need. This one above, the Sharky Tea Infuser by Argentinian designer Pablo Matteoda, will surely add a lot...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/sharky-tea-infuser-and-other-unusual-kitchen-gadgets/

Wild Uses for those New-Shoe Packets

You know those silica gel packs that are always in new shoe boxes and vitamin packets? Turns out there's an amazing number of clever re-uses for them. Coolest one: Keep garden seeds fresh. Wildest one: Keep your gun coll...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/wild-uses-for-those-new-shoe-packets/

The Compass Skirt

This skirt, designed by Meredith Scheff, is called the StarBoard North Skirt. When you are facing north, little LEDs in the skirt light up! Actually, the part of the skirt that is facing north is always lit, so diffe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/the-compass-skirt/

Human Turd Scale

If you ever wondered exactly how much you poop every day, then this invention is for you: the human turd scale. Yes, you read that right: a scale that weighs your excrement.United States patent 1493222 is for "A...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/human-turd-scale/

Dante's Internet

This image of unknown provenance is going around the Internet. In reflection of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, it depicts a cosmology of Hell for Internet users. You can view a larger size at the link....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/dantes-internet/

Venus Flytrap Sea Anemone

Photo: I. MacDonald, D.L. Felder and D.K. CampThat wonderful monster of the deep, dear Neatoramanauts, is the Venus flytrap sea anemone (Actinoscyphia sp.) from the Gulf of Mexico. Its name is derived from two l...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/venus-flytrap-sea-anemone/

Amazing Facts From mental_floss

You all know by now that our friend mental_floss makes excellent magazines, but this month's issue, their 50th, is particularly awesome.Here's an example of the golden nuggets of trivia you can expect from mental_floss,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/amazing-facts-from-mental_floss/

Paintings by a Congenitally Blind Man

Esref Armagan was born blind to an impoverished Turkish family. First, using a Braille stylus, he etches an outline of his drawing... When he is satisfied with his drawing, he starts to apply the oils with his fingers....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/paintings-by-a-congenitally-blind-man/

Canned Pancake-Flavored Milkshake

A Japanese food manufacturer called Morinaga produces canned milkshakes that are flavored like pancakes: Morinaga, on the other hand, simply strives to imitate the taste of breakfast (and a Morinaga Hotcake breakf...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/canned-pancake-flavored-milkshake/

Real-time Weather Information from Google Earth

Weather has been available on Google Earth for several years, but the latest version has the capacity to show real-time weather information. To see it, you must first enable the clouds layer, and th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/real-time-weather-information-from-google-earth/

Truly Elite Shoppers Avoid Logos

A study to be published in the Journal of Consumer Research indicates that high-end fashion items have inconspicuous labels and logos because that's what elite shoppers prefer. Rather than rely on obvious logos, expensi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/truly-elite-shoppers-avoid-logos/

Star Trek Baby Uniforms

Star Trek Infant Snapsuits - $17.95 ea.What better way to prepare your younglings to become a lifelong geek than dressing them up in these cute Star Trek uniform infant snapsuits from the NeatoShop? You can even select t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/star-trek-baby-uniforms/

Luxurious Porta-Potties

Chelsea Clinton recently got married in a truly grand spectacle, and TMZ has pictures and diagrams of some of the luxurious porta-potties that were available for guests. Featuring stereo music and running hot w...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/luxurious-porta-potties/

Mouth Eyes

Artist Jessica Harrison is currently working on a practice-based PhD in Sculpture (apparently, there is such a thing) and while her artwork is intriguing, it is absolutely undeniable that she makes one of the strangest...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/mouth-eyes/

Toast Defibrillator

If you've got to revive old bread, stat, you'll need the right tool: the Toast/E/R toaster defibrillator from designer Shay Carmon: Link | Shay's website - via Nerd Approvedbread, toast, defibrillator, Shay Carmon...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/toast-defibrillator/

Astronaut Carving in a 16th Century Cathedral

Catedral Nueva in Salamanca, Spain, was constructed between the 16th and 18th century - so how did an unmistakable carving of an astronaut end up amongst the baroque curlicue carvings and gothic monsters on the cathedral...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/astronaut-carving-in-a-16th-century-cathedral/

Cute Pixar Animation: Presto!

Presto! is an animated short about a magician and his bunny rabbit by Pixar presented in theaters right before the main attraction (WALL-E). If you haven't seen it before, it's well worth the 5 minutes.Written and direct...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/cute-pixar-animation-presto/

Star Wars Imperial Recruitment Posters

Well, how else do you think the Evil Empire recruits its foot soldiers? Here are some imperial propaganda posters from Feng Zhu, an illustrator who has worked on Star Wars movie for Lucasfilm: LinkStar Wars, poster, prop...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/star-wars-imperial-recruitment-posters/

Darth Vader as Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail

You know it had to be done: Nick Kougioulis edited the classic Black Knight scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail to include our favorite villain, Darth Vader.Link [embedded YouTube - did you catch the land speeder...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/darth-vader-as-black-knight-in-monty-python-and-the-holy-grail/

Half Full Glass

Half Full Glass - $11.95Is your glass half full or half empty? Well, pessimists and optimists alike will surely agree that the Half Full Glass from the NeatoShop is definitely neat-o! Except if they're engineers. Then, t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/half-full-glass/

Weird Science 25th Anniversary Quiz

It's been 25 years since the John Hughes movie Weird Science premiered. It is the subject of today's Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss, which tests your memory of the film that catered precisely to the fantasie...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/weird-science-25th-anniversary-quiz/

Wire Frame Motorcycle and Sidecar

Chinese artist Shi Jindian made a wire frame replica of the Chiangjiang 750, a Chinese knock-off of a the classic BMW R71 motorcycle: Shi Jindian’s sculptures are made of steel, yet they are light, transparent,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/wire-frame-motorcycle-and-sidecar/

Interactive Zombie Movie

Deliver Me To Hell is an interactive zombie movie that contains the things you love: zombies, violence, mild gore, scantily-clad women, iphones, and pizza. You decide which directions the plot takes, and if...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/interactive-zombie-movie/

Turning CAPTCHAs into Art

You're probably familiar with CAPTCHAs -- images of letters and numbers that websites use to verify that users are people, not automated programs. The Tumblr blog CAPTCHArt is filled with user-submitted cartoons ins...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/turning-captchas-into-art/

Zach Anner's Website

(YouTube link) It seems that Zach Anner's life is taking some momentous turns. Too bad we don't know what they are. Fans will be glad to see he now has his own website. Link Previously at Neatorama:*/stro...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/zach-anners-website/

Bubble Boy

This looks like a lot of fun, but watching the video is a lot less messy than doing it yourself. Some of the bubbles this guy made are at least 15 feet across! Note the video is in slow-motion, on second loo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/bubble-boy/

Sausage Jelly

Minnesotastan found a strange photograph on a Japanese site with no information. Commenters looked around and suggested this is "sausage jelly", which is the egg case of the snail Polinices sordidus, commonl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/sausage-jelly/

World in Focus Photo Contest

Do you have some nice vacation pictures? Can you take some? National Geographic Traveler is sponsoring the World in Focus Photo Contest with both amateur and professional divisions. Get this- the grand prize in the a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/world-in-focus-photo-contest/

Horizontal Wind Turbine

This is the The Aerogenerator X Vertical Axis Wind Turbine, a design concept that will generate more wind power than current vertical designs. It is 885 feet wide and will rotate three times a minute over the ocean....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/02/horizontal-wind-turbine/








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