Archive for October 5th, 2010

Researchers Discover Totally Unique Language in the Himalayas

Linguists working in a remote area of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh discovered a language spoken by 800 people that is totally unlike any language that's ever been cataloged. It's called Koro. "Their language...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/05/researchers-discover-totally-unique-language-in-the-himalayas/

Combots Cup V

Hardcore homemade robots will go head-to-head in a fight to the finish at Combots Cup V, the annual championship for combat robots. On October 23rd and 24th in San Mateo, California, robots from one to 220 pounds wil...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/05/combots-cup-v/

Pac-Man Notebook

(YouTube link) This clever stop-motion ad for Moleskine notebooks promotes their anniversary line of Pac-Man notebooks. Link -via The Daily Whatstopmotion, pacman...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/05/pac-man-notebook/

Saccharine Wedding Video Features Laser Kisses

(Video Link) This wedding video shows the bride and groom meeting in the woods, exchanging kisses with sparkly special effects. It's sweet, romantic, and kitschy all at the same time. via Buzzfeedweddings...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/05/saccharine-wedding-video-features-laser-kisses/

Grunting in Tennis Improves Your Game

Researchers have found that it may be advantageous for tennis players to grunt as they swing because the grunt may confuse opposing players about in which direction the ball is moving: For those clips that included a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/05/grunting-in-tennis-improves-your-game/

What Your Facebook Portrait Says about You

Comedian and graphic designer Doogie Horner took a whimsical look at Facebook portraits. In a large infographic at Fast Company, he presented his analysis of what your portrait photo says about your persona...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/05/what-your-facebook-portrait-says-about-you/

Fossilization Machine Accelerates the Petrification Process

Austin Houldsworth is an "interactive artist". He wanted to see if it was possible to speed up the fossilization process from a few million years to a few months, and built a machine that he thought might do the job...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/05/fossilization-machine-accelerates-the-petrification-process/

Candle Weeps Wax Tears as It Burns

D.L. & Co., a manufacturer of luxury crafts, makes a candle that cries tears as it burns. It's called "Deirdre", after the Irish pre-Christian folktale "Deirdre of the Sorrows." There are four more photos at the li...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/05/candle-weeps-wax-tears-as-it-burns/

Milling Machine Plays MacGyver Theme

(Video Link) Courtesy of YouTube user teemune comes this video of a milling machine programmed to play the theme song to MacGyver. Here's how it's described in the video notes: Visa made a program that...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/05/milling-machine-plays-macgyver-theme/

Self-Aiming Sniper Rifle

DARPA and Lockheed Martin are developing a sniper rifle that, if successful, will partially aim itself: It will measure atmospheric conditions, account for the weapon’s maximum effective range and include GPS coordi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/05/self-aiming-sniper-rifle/

Iron Man Crocodile

(Video Link) YouTube user MorRokko dressed her pet dwarf caiman in an Iron Man costume. She writes: I wuv my caimen. He is probably the only crocodilian in the world that would let me do this. via UrlesqueIr...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/05/iron-man-crocodile/

Lifesaver Bazooka

The Longreach Buoyancy Deployment System is a gadget in development that fires a buoyant life preserver at people stranded in the water up to 150 meters away: Longreach is also equipped with Para-Flares for night-...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/05/lifesaver-bazooka/

Scary Clown Ride Sparks Protest

Alton Towers is a popular theme park in Staffordshire, England. The resort recently opened a thrill ride called the Carnival of Screams, featuring "killer clowns" that reach for visitors. However, the new attraction is t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/05/scary-clown-ride-sparks-protest/

Tipping Properly in Every Food Scenario

Americans know that you are supposed to tip a waiter at a full-service restaurant 15-20% for good service. There is no obligation to tip at all unless the restaurant makes it mandatory, as they sometimes do for large gro...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/05/tipping-properly-in-every-food-scenario/

Baby Skunk

(YouTube link) YouTube user lizardgirl797 raised a litter of nine baby skunks. This one, named Goober, was her favorite. -via Metafilter, where you can find more skunk video links.skunk...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/05/baby-skunk/

Woman Mistakes Superglue for Eyedrops

It's a classic but tragic mistake. Irmgard Holm of Phoenix, Arizona has several eye drop medications because of cataract surgery, but what she grabbed was a bottle of superglue. "The bottles are identical and I am not y...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/05/woman-mistakes-superglue-for-eyedrops/

Ig Nobel and Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize committee has announced the 2010 Nobel Prize laureates for Physics. The honor will be shared by Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov "for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material g...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/05/ig-nobel-and-nobel-prize/

7 Weird and Disgusting Medical Procedures

If you thought bloodletting, maggots and leeches were all outdated in our modern world, you were wrong. In fact, they are only a handful of the many bizarro medical treatments that will leave you both disgusted and fasci...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/05/7-weird-and-disgusting-medical-procedures/

How to Write 85,000 Books

A literary-technical tour de force, and the man behind it by Marc Abrahams, Improbable Research staff Philip M. Parker is the world’s fastest book author, and given that he has been at it o...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/05/how-to-write-85000-books/






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