Archive for September 23rd, 2010

Banknote Vignettes

Before the dollar bill we all know and use today, paper money in the United States used to have amazingly detailed art called banknote vignettes (they're detailed not necessarily for the sake of art, but mainly for secur...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/23/banknote-vignettes/

So You Want To Be Chuck E. Cheese

[YouTube Clip]Having a bad day? At least you're not the poor schmuck who's sitting with eyes glued to the screen watching the training video on how to become Chuck E. Cheese ... oh wait ... at least they get paid to watc...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/23/so-you-want-to-be-chuck-e-cheese/

Kitten Massage Therapy

(YouTube link) Nothing hits the spot like a kitten masseuse! These two are named Chloe and Bugsy, filmed when they were orphans at the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA). http://www.orphankittenrescu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/23/kitten-massage-therapy/

The Odd Tales of 5 People Named After Brands or Products

The recent internet rediscovery of Marijuana Pepsi Sawyer reminds us of a few other poor souls whose parents were at a loss when filling in the birth certificate. Flavorwire tracked Sawyer and a few others down and tells...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/23/the-odd-tales-of-5-people-named-after-brands-or-products/

Nine Cocktails from One Shaker

(Video Link) "Layering" is a when a bartender mixes drinks (or components thereof) on top of each other in a container without mixing them. Here's a video of one skilled bartender layering and pouring nine cocktail...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/23/nine-cocktails-from-one-shaker/

Interview with Kasey McMahon (Win Free Tix to Re Evolution!)

By now, most of you are probably familiar with Kasey McMahon's work from our posts here on the blog. Now she's busy preparing for a very exciting project called Re Evolution here in Los Angeles—a sort of science/tech...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/23/interview-with-kasey-mcmahon-win-free-tix-to-re-evolution/

These Fashions Are Yesterday's News

What's black and white and read all over? These whimsical newspaper dresses are gorgeous and environmentally sustainable too. Challenged by the makers of Yesterday's News cat litter, Samantha Pleet, Bahar Sha...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/23/these-fashions-are-yesterdays-news/

2010 National Geographic Photography Contest

Flying over the Hindu Kush Mountains in Helmand Province Afghanistan on a cold February day. Shown is Sgt Joseph Wilson at the tail gun surveying the landscape on a CH-53E Marine helicopter. Photo and caption: J...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/23/2010-national-geographic-photography-contest/

Woman Fights Off Bear with Zucchini

A bear attacked a dog in Frenchtown, Montana. The dog's owner fended off the bear using a zucchini: When the woman, whom police did not name, tried to separate the animals, the bear bit her in the leg. Maricelli s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/23/woman-fights-off-bear-with-zucchini/

Wood Burned Superheroes

Artist Daniel Croiser's medium is wood burning. He's particularly fond of depicting superheroes, such as the above Swamp Thing. Some of Crosier's works have been featured as comic book covers. At the link, you can...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/23/wood-burned-superheroes/

World's Oldest Man Shares His Advice and Memories

(Video Link) Walter Breuning of Great Falls, Montana turned 114 years old today. He's the oldest man in the world. In this video, Breuning shares his memories of growing up in the 19th Century, experiencing hard e...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/23/worlds-oldest-man-shares-his-advice-and-memories/

George Lucas Stole Chewbacca, But It’s Okay

We looked at some of the influences George Lucas used to create Star Wars earlier today, but there many parts of the Star Wars universe yet to be explored. Michael Heilemann took an in-depth look at the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/23/george-lucas-stole-chewbacca-but-its-okay/

Marwencol: the Movie

(YouTube link)We posted previously about Mark Hogancamp and the miniature world he created called Marwencol (actually more than once). The documentary film about Hogancamp and his project, also called Mar...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/23/marwencol-the-movie/

America's True History of Religious Tolerance

You might think that modern America is losing ground on one of its founding principles: religious freedom. But the concept was never universal. Since the first settlers, people are all for the freedom of their own*/e...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/23/americas-true-history-of-religious-tolerance/

Hares Can Get Pregnant while Pregnant

More than 2,000 years ago, the Greek intellectual Aristotle suspected that the European brown hare could get pregnant while already pregnant. Now scientists in Germany have concluded that he was right: The researcher...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/23/hares-can-get-pregnant-while-pregnant/

Parrot Arrested for Serving as Lookout for Drug Cartel

(Video Link) Lorenzo, a parrot, was seized by Colombian police after he was trained to serve as a lookout for drug dealers. He was taught to call out if police approached: According to environmental authorities,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/23/parrot-arrested-for-serving-as-lookout-for-drug-cartel/

8-Bit Wooden Art

Artist Jeff Swenty stains and glues together square pieces of wood to create wall hangings that look like characters and scenes from classic video games. Pictured above is Swenty's homage to Pitfall. His o...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/23/8-bit-wooden-art/

Pot Theft Reported to Police

(YouTube link) James Gordon Watson was upset that someone had stolen one of his marijuana plants, so he called the RCMP to report the theft. The police responded by confiscating his other four plants. There...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/23/pot-theft-reported-to-police/

Forensic Science in the Roaring Twenties

In 1926, Francesco Travia was caught dumping parts of a dead woman. The rest of her was in his apartment. The Brooklyn police thought the murder case was open-and-shut. The New York City medical examiner, Dr Charles Nor...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/23/forensic-science-in-the-roaring-twenties/

Six Scientists List the Most Realistic Works of Science Fiction within Their Fields

Annalee Newitz of io9 asked six prestigious scientists to provide examples of realistic works of science fiction. Dave Goldberg, a physicist at Drexel, argued that the first Terminator movie provided t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/23/six-scientists-list-the-most-realistic-works-of-science-fiction-within-their-fields/

What Is It? Game 151

W00t! It's time for our collaboration with the always amusing What Is It? Blog. Can you guess what the strange tool above is used for?Place your guess in the comment section below. One guess per comment, please, though y...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/23/what-is-it-game-151/

In The Beginning: Star Wars

A long time ago, in a state far out west, George Lucas created Star Wars. Striking Back One of our favorite Star Wars fan sites Spokybug.com (and yes, we have favorites) has this to say about the origins o...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/09/23/in-the-beginning-star-wars/




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