Archive for September 17th, 2010

The Squirrel in our Window

Kenneth Feldman and Michelle Dortignac saw a squirrel build a nest against the outside of a window in their apartment. Through the glass, they were able to watch every move the squirrel made as she gave birth and car...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/17/the-squirrel-in-our-window/

The Apple of My i

You would think today's Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss would be easy -if you're an Apple fan. Test your Apple knowledge with ten questions about the history of the company and its products. It's not...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/17/the-apple-of-my-i/

Crime Victim Successfully Defends Himself with Banjo

A man in the Kansas City area was attacked with a knife and frying pan. He responded by swinging a banjo at his attacker's head: Police say the Monday banjo blow to the head stopped the assailant, who was treated for...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/17/crime-victim-successfully-defends-himself-with-banjo/

The USPS is Cracking Down on "Media Mail"

The United States Postal Service offers substantial shipping discounts for materials sent at Media Mail rates.  The predictable result, especially during an economic downturn,  is that retailers and the general public...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/17/the-usps-is-cracking-down-on-media-mail/

Things We Say Wrong

(YouTube link) OK now, how many grammar mistakes can you spot in this video? I am always on my kids' backs about running their words together or using words like "tooken." However, I've also learned that if you go o...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/17/things-we-say-wrong/

Panoramas from the Stratosphere

Francesco Bonomi launched a high-altitude balloon last year which took 1144 photos and 15 minutes of video recordings. From that data, he constructed three panoramas (linked at the bottom of the post) from different...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/17/panoramas-from-the-stratosphere/

Failed Break-in Leads to Surprise Reunion

Police responded to a report of a man trying to break into a house in Bloomington, Illinois last weekend. It was determined that 21-year-old Christopher Kunder was trying to get into his own house to surprise his mother...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/17/failed-break-in-leads-to-surprise-reunion/

Star Trek Cremation Urn

Remember the Star Trek casket? It appears to be no longer available, but the same company is ready to launch the sale of Star Trek Urns for fans who choose to be cremated when they reach the final f...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/17/star-trek-cremation-urn/

Bearded Lady Reunited with Son

Richard Lorenc never knew his biological mother, and began searching for her at age 33. The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services provided him with a name six weeks later: Lorenc's mother is 62-year-old...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/17/bearded-lady-reunited-with-son/

Big Toothy Bird

Scientists have unearthed the fossilized remains of a prehistoric bird with a wingspan of 17 feet! The Latin name given to the new species, Pelagornis chilensis means “huge pseudoteeth” because it had bony t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/17/big-toothy-bird/

Human-powered Appliances

There are a few good reasons – and many fairly silly reasons -- why one might wish to convert a washing machine to pedal power. But perhaps the rationale for doing so is building lately. Many of us in the Western ind...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/17/human-powered-appliances/






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