Archive for August 18th, 2010

Simon's Cat vs. Box

Every cat that has ever been introduced to a box does this, without fail. Simon's cat is simply here to demonstrate. (YouTube Link)box, Simons cat...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/18/simons-cat-vs-box/

Personal Watercraft Looks Like a Shark Jumping out of the Water

More than three years ago, we wrote about a boat that is shaped like a dolphin. The Seabreacher is now available in shark form, too. So you can roam around shores and terrify beachgoers: It looks like a great wh...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/18/personal-watercraft-looks-like-a-shark-jumping-out-of-the-water/

The Gravest Threat to Your Job Isn't Illegal Immigrants: It's The Robots!

An important piece of data to the question of when we will welcome our new robot overlords is just how many robots are there in the world right now? (Answer: about 1,000,000 - still a puny number compared to humans, so G...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/18/the-gravest-threat-to-your-job-isnt-illegal-immigrants-its-the-robots/

The Best Lando T-Shirt Ever!

It was Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando, Florida, last week, so you know what this means: Star Wars cakes over at our pal Cake Wrecks and Star Wars geekery at Epbot! Check out what Jen has lined up for your viewing ple...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/18/the-best-lando-t-shirt-ever/

SWAT Team Summoned over Samurai Sword Umbrella

Over in the NeatoShop, we sell an umbrella that has a handle similar to those found on Japanese samurai swords. One college student in Atlanta owns one (although he didn't get it from us), and when poli...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/18/police-summoned-over-samurai-sword-umbrella/

Chinese Tattoo Translation Service

Tian offers the blog Hanzi Smatter as a public service to people who have Chinese characters tattooed on their bodies, but aren't sure what they mean. Email him a picture, and he'll translate it for you. The p...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/18/chinese-tattoo-translation-service/

I Want To Believe, The Alien Version

I Want To Believe, The Alien Version - $14.95Here's a new T-shirt design from one of our favorite artists, Mike Jacobsen of See Mike Draw. I think there's amazing potential for alien-version cartoon and movie of our most...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/18/i-want-to-believe-the-alien-version/

Tranzor Z Cake

I have only one comment on this awesome Tranzor Z groom's cake by Whipped Bakeshop in Philadelphia: MOAR PLZ!Our first sweet is a surprise groom’s cake. Here’s Tranzor Z fully assembled and awaiting his e...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/18/tranzor-z-cake/

$35 Tablet Computer in Action

How much does that iPad cost again? It's going to have stiff competition from this $35 Tablet computer from India.The $35 tablet computer made headlines a few weeks ago, and some had dismissed it as vaporware. Now, NDTV...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/18/35-tablet-computer-in-action/

Target Ain't People

Angry at Target's donation of over $150K to Tom Emmer*, a conservative candidate for Governor of Minnesota (here are the reasons), a flash mob descended on the big box retailer and ... sang! Here's Target Ain't Peopl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/18/target-aint-people/

Pablo Tour: Visiting Colombia for Narco-Tourism

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But what about if life gives you the bullet-ridden estate of cocaine king Pablo Escobar? Here's what the city of Medellin, Colombia, decided to do: a macabre narco-tourism calle...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/18/pablo-tour-visiting-colombia-for-narco-tourism/

Can We Date? Flowchart

As their tagline says, "Experts answer what they know. The Non-Expert answers anything." So, when a The Morning News reader asked whether it's okay to date a relative, Erik Bryan and Jennifer Daniel created a f...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/18/can-we-date-flowchart/

Attack of the Fifty Foot Dinosaur!

Residents of the quiet English seaside town of Southsea were startled when they discovered they had a new resident.  Towering over them at fifty feet and over seventy in length the reproduction of an Ultrasaurus (wh...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/18/attack-of-the-fifty-foot-dinosaur/

Beloit College Class of 2014 Mindset List

Every year, Professors Tom McBride and Ron Nief of Beloit College put together a "Mindset List" for the entering freshmen:For students entering college this fall, e-mail is too slow,phones have never had cords...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/18/beloit-college-class-of-2014-mindset-list/

The Kidney Kingpin of India

When Eleni Dagiasi flew from Athens to Delhi for a kidney transplant, little did she know that her trip would involve a raid by the police. Turns out, the man she trusted to perform a kidney transplant surgery was known...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/18/the-kidney-kingpin-of-india/

Danny and Annie

(vimeo link) The PBS series POV is airing a series of animations made from stories told to StoryCorps. You saw the first one here entitled Q&A last spring. The latest story involves Danny Perasa and his wife Ann...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/18/danny-and-annie/

"The Majestic Plastic Bag" mockumentary

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLgh9h2ePYw] YouTube link. "Filmed in the style of a nature documentary and narrated by Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons, this "mockumentary", though lighthearted in tone, hamme...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/18/the-majestic-plastic-bag-mockumentary/

Whale Made from Inflated Garbage Bags

Artist Matt Jones made "Bertrand" -- a model of a whale created from garbage bags: We breathed life into Bertrand, but sadly, he didn't take flight. He tragically insisted upon beaching himself, and we ended up pu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/18/whale-made-from-inflated-garbage-bags/

Math Art

For many of us, the first time we appreciated the art of math was when we played with a Spirograph. However, it's a long way from addition and subtraction to epicycloids, and very few of us actually study math t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/18/math-art/

Zipper Boat

Yasuhiro Suzuki built a boat that looks like a zipper pull. When piloted through the water, the resulting wake resembles an opening fly. The boat was on display at this year's Setouchi International Art Festival....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/18/zipper-boat/

Mal and Chad's Fill in the Bubble Frenzy 2

The first Fill in the Bubble Frenzy with boy genius Mal and his talking dog Chad last week had a great reception -98 comments! Let's see how you fill in the empty speech bubble this week. The best entry will win...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/18/mal-and-chads-fill-in-the-bubble-frenzy-2/

How Jelly Belly Invents Flavor

Sometimes the taste of one of these beans brings on a sweet Proustian memory related to an almost forgotten flavor from the past. Other times the memory is not so sweet. The smell of the four cheese pizza jelly bean...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/18/how-jelly-belly-invents-flavor/




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