Archive for August 23rd, 2010

An Awesome Book: Interview and Book Giveaway

Over at NeatoBambino, we've got an interview/book giveaway goin' on. My lovely wife Tiffany interviewed Dallas Clayton, a Los Angeles-based children's book author who self-published a book about dreaming big called An Aw...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/an-awesome-book-interview-and-book-giveaway/

Why Doesn't Batman Just Kill The Joker?

First Joker commits a crime, then Batman catches him and locks him up. Then, Joker invariably escapes and the cycle starts anew. So, wouldn't it be far easier if Batman just killed his archnemesis? What's stopping him?Th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/why-doesnt-batman-just-kill-the-joker/

Traffic Jam in China Lasted 9 Days

Think your commute is bad? This should make you fell a lot better: a massive traffic jam outside Beijing stretched 100 km (62 mi.) and lasted 9 days!Vehicles, mostly lorries bound for Beijing, are in a queue for abou...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/traffic-jam-in-china-lasted-9-days/

Colleges Shoo Away Helicopter Parents

As they welcome the incoming freshman class, colleges across the United States are finding that nowadays they have to do something they never had to do before: kick the helicopter parents out.In order to separate dot...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/colleges-shoo-away-helicopter-parents/

The Rise and Fall of Quicksand

At one time, it was a staple in movies and cartoons. Step in quicksand, and you'll never get out -unless the hero saves you! That trope has fallen out of favor in the last couple of decades because it was perceived as ov...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/the-rise-and-fall-of-quicksand/

Hello Kitty Crossovers by Joseph Senior

Joseph Senior photoshopped Hello Kitty into a variety of pop culture crossover / mashup. Can't beat the Darth Kitty with a ribbon bow helmet! Toysrevil has more: Link - via The JailbreakPhotoshop, mashup, Hello Kitty, da...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/hello-kitty-crossovers-by-joseph-senior/

ArcAttack: A Truly Electrifying Rock and Roll Band

What do you get when you mash together rock 'n roll, lightning-proof MIDI guitar, Faraday cage suit and Tesla coil?Here's ArcAttack, a truly electrifying band: Creators of the original Singing Tesla Coils, the crew o...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/arcattack-a-truly-electrifying-rock-and-roll-band/

China's Red Army + Michael Jackson's Beat It = Epic Mashup

Can the Red Army beat Michael Jackson in singing? Do the Chinese like rice?Here's a masterful, nay, epic synchronization of a 1976 video of the Red Army performing the Long March Song Cycle with Michael Jackson's "B...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/chinas-red-army-michael-jacksons-beat-it-epic-mashup/

Plush Funnel Cake

If you love funnel cake, but hate its effects on your waistline, then this adorable, bendable funnel cake plush might just be the perfect substitution. Link Via CraftzineFood, Toys, Cute, crafts, plushies, noms, f...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/plush-funnel-cake/

Science Cookie Cutters

Finally all of you Neatonauts can return to the science of baking with these delightful chemistry cookie cutters. There are four designs in a set and the pack is only $14.95. What a perfect way to geek up your next p...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/science-cookie-cutters/

Balloon Chic?

Rie Hosokai, aka Daisy Balloon, is a couture fashion designer that makes stylish outfits from balloons. The pictures on her site are wonderful. Link Via TokyoMangoArt, Fashion, design, couture, balloons...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/balloon-chic/

Cannabis Electric Car

Half a century ago Henry Ford built a car out of hemp and resin but the idea didn't catch on. Now Canadian company, Motive Industries, is building the Kestrel, a prototype electric car made from cannabis fiber. The...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/cannabis-electric-car/

Accidental Photobomb Catches Thief in the Act

This is a photo of the Myers family posing in front of the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison. In a background is a thief taking their stuff. We then started to walk away when I realized my bag was missing. I w...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/accidental-photobomb-catches-thief-in-the-act/

Flamethrower Trombone

(Video Link) Jonathon Crawford attached a propane tank, a barbecue ignition system, and a temperature gauge to his trombone. Now it's a playable flamethrower. via Geekologietrombone, flamethrower...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/flamethrower-trombone/

A Cozy, Temporary Guest Room

When Nikki of WhiMSy Love had a friend staying over for a short bit, she wanted to make her living area more inviting than just the standard airbed. As you can see, the solution was not only cute and clever, but darn...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/a-cozy-temporary-guest-room/

Star Wars MIMOBOT USB Flash Drive

Darth Vader Unmasked MIMOBOT USB Flash Drive - $29.95 Just landed at the NeatoShop from a galaxy far, far away are the Star Wars MIMOBOT USB Flash Drives. From Darth Vader t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/star-wars-mimobot-usb-flash-drive/

Name That Crayola Color

How much attention did you pay to Crayola crayon colors when you were a kid (or parent)? Today's Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss, will test your memory, or maybe your guessing skills! Match the crayon scrawl to the co...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/name-that-crayola-color/

Cruelty Caught on Tape

(YouTube link) Lola just wanted to make friends, but ended up stuck in a trash bin for 15 hours before her owners, Darryl Mann and Stephanie Andrews-Mann found her. Their CCTV footage shows how she got there. Link -...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/cruel-prank-caught-on-tape/

Russian Folks of the 1860s

Flickr user Beniah Brawn has many sets of fascinating vintage photographs. Russian Types is a collection of early portraits of Moscow and St. Petersburg residents. During the 1860s, several photographers based in Mo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/russian-folks-of-the-1860s/

A Useful Sign

When you're traveling down the road with kids who are playing the alphabet game {wiki}, you would be extremely fortunate to happen upon this sign. Does anyone know if this is a real sign, and where it might be? Links...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/a-useful-sign/

Cork

An article at the Guardian makes the point that the trend of screw top caps replacing wine corks may endanger the few remaining cork tree orchards as farmers move to more profitable crops. Along the way, we get a fascina...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/cork/

Judge Wapner Root Beer

Judge Joseph Wapner, who gained fame on the TV show The People's Court, is alive and well at age 90 (he even made a guest appearance on the show last year). He's lent his name to a drink company, so you, too...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/judge-wapner-root-beer/

Kodachrome Test 1922

(YouTube link) This color footage was filmed even before movies had sound, and 13 years before a color feature film was released. George Eastman House is the repository for many of the early tests made by the Eastm...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/kodachrome-test-1922/

Awesomeness Reminders

Are you awesome and yet your awesomeness seems constantly unrecognized? There's a business that will serve your need for affirmation: With AwesomenessReminders, a real person will call you every day to tell you how m...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/awesomeness-reminders/

PlayStation Controller Coffee Table

Australian student Mark M. made this coffee table as a high school capstone project: I made the whole controller out of Plywood, MDF and Veneer on Veneer. I used the MDF for the R and L legs and the Veneer on Vene...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/playstation-controller-coffee-table/

Golden Girls Nesting Dolls

Artist Ginger Williams makes matryoshka -- nesting dolls. She's been inspired by pop culture to create nesting dolls for The Golden Girls, The Karate Kid, Guns 'N' Roses, Saved by the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/golden-girls-nesting-dolls/

Pixelated Motorbike

Artist Justin Harder created a pixelated motorbike, helmet, and chest protector out of wood. It's modeled after one that appeared in the Nintendo game ExciteBike. At the link, you can view process photos s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/pixelated-motorbike/

Mario Kart Power-Ups Appear in City Bike Lane

(Video Link) The bike lane in North Williams Avenue in Portland, Oregon now sports power-ups from the video game Mario Kart. Presumably driving over them will make the bicyclist variously very fast, spin o...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/mario-kart-power-ups-appear-in-city-bike-lane/

What Is Biodiversity?

(Vimeo Link) The word biodiversity is one we hear often but can we explain what it means? Created by  students at the Vancouver Film School, this cool animation makes biodiversity easier to understand. Linkbiodivers...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/what-is-biodiversity/

The Biggest Cult Movie of All Time

The following is an article from Uncle John's Supremely Satisfying Bathroom Reader. Imagine the boy next door trading in his Levi's for fishnet stockings, his all-American sister sporting a sexy Fren...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/08/23/the-biggest-cult-movie-of-all-time/
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