Archive for August 12th, 2010

When Acronyms Go Bad

The name is just right - it describes your company perfectly, but before you order up the business cards, perhaps you should Google the acronym. Our pal mental_floss has 10 examples of innocuous names that turned out to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/12/when-acronyms-go-bad/

Need A Girlfriend? There's an App for That!

Psst! Need a girlfriend? There's an app for that! Well, a virtual girlfriend anyhow. Nelson Abalos of Pixelated Geek blog interviews the Angelina Amerson, the producer of MyVirtualGirlfriend:...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/12/need-a-girlfriend-theres-an-app-for-that/

Perimeter Quadrocopter Drone Has Cute Mailbox as House

A sweet, innocent-looking mailbox? Wait till you see what's inside. It's actually a house and charging station for a perimeter quadrocopter drone:The Scandicraft is a Norwegian quadrocopter drone that has its own lit...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/12/perimeter-quadrocopter-drone-has-cute-mailbox-as-house/

Robotic Wheelchair Follows You Around

(Video Link) Researchers at the Human-Robot Interaction Center of Saitama University in Japan have developed a wheelchair that tracks and follows ambulatory companions. Sensors gauge the distance and direction of a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/12/robotic-wheelchair-follows-you-around/

Squirrels + Corn = Funnest Squirrel Video You'll See Today!

What do you get when you leave a yummy corn on the cob to a backyard full of fat squirrels? Mark Svoboda of Richmond, Virginia shot what is surely one of the funnest squirrel videos you'll see today! Squirrels + Corn...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/12/squirrels-corn-funnest-squirrel-video-youll-see-today/

Tower Bridge of London LEGO Kit

This one is pretty nifty: LEGO has a new kit that lets you build the Tower Bridge of London (complete with the iconic red Double Decker bus and the Black Cab) out of LEGO bricks. LinkLego, Bridge, London, bus, tower brid...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/12/tower-bridge-of-london-lego-kit/

What Means Most To An Engineer?

What means the most to an engineer? That's the question posed by this ad for (a now defunct company) RCA. Apparently, keeping their engineers happy did not prevent the demise of the company. Linkengineer, RCA...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/12/what-means-most-to-an-engineer/

China Miéville-Inspired Art

I've been meaning to read China Miéville ever since Perdido Street Station was recommended in this Bathroom Reader post 10 Sci-Fi Books That Even Non-Geeks Would Love on Neatorama a while back (I'm slowly...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/12/china-miville-inspired-art/

New Gadget Adds Electric Motor to Any Bicycle

Researchers at MIT developed the Copenhagen Wheel -- an electric motor that they say can attach to almost any bicycle. The team says: There is no external wiring or bulky battery packs, making it retrofittable in...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/12/new-gadget-adds-electric-motor-to-any-bicycle/

Annotated Walking Dead Google Map

Jason McDonald, a fan of Robert Kirkman's Walking Dead series has mapped out major events from the comic book series. Markers on this interactive map illustrate exactly where all the action goes down. It's...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/12/annotated-walking-dead-google-map/

Visual Illusions

Perception of color by the human eye is surprisingly dependent on colors surrounding the object in question.   All of the hearts in the checkerboard above are exactly the same cyan color, even though they appear to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/12/visual-illusions/

New Archaeological Find Pushes Back First Tool Use 1 Million Years

Archaeologists working in Ethiopia have discovered grooves in animal bones indicating that they had been subjected to work with stone tools. If this conclusion is accurate, the earliest tool use by hominids dates back t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/12/new-archaeological-find-pushes-back-first-tool-use-1-million-years/

Justin Beiber Water Bottle Remix

The internet's been loaded with video of Justin Beiber being hit in the head with a water bottle at one of his concerts, but like most internet fads, it wasn't truly funny until it was remixed with autotune. Now you...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/12/justin-beiber-water-bottle-remix/

The World's Largest Clock

On Wednesday, the largest clock in the world began operating. It is mounted 400 meters into the sky on a skyscraper dominating the skyline of the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca. Measuring 43 meters across, it's hoped that...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/12/a-plan-to-build-the-worlds-largest-clock/

World Population Map by Longitude

Harvard University graduate student Bill Rankin owns the site Radical Cartography. It's filled with unique and imaginative maps, such as the above world map plotting relative population by lines of longitud...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/12/world-population-map-by-longitude/

What Is It? Game 149

Hooray! It's time for our weekly What Is It? Game! Can you guess what this strange swirly object above is?Place your guess in the comment section below. One guess per comment, please - though you can enter as many as you...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/12/what-is-it-game-149/

6 Common Baby Names that Might Hurt You

1. Naaktgeboren When Napoleon seized the Netherlands in 1810, he demanded that all Dutchmen take last names, just as the French had done decades prior. Problem was, the Dutch had lived full and happy...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/12/6-common-baby-names-that-might-hurt-you/

Photo Booth Engagement

When Ithyle proposed to Angela he did it in a photo booth and made sure that the memorable moment was immortalized by the machine and the series of photographs that it takes. Link - via Jordan Ferneyengaged...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/12/photo-booth-engagement/
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