Archive for October 18th, 2010

How the Allies Used Math to Figure out Nazi Germany's Tank Production

During World War II, the Allies tried to estimate the number of tanks produced by Nazi Germany. But these estimates often contradicted each other. So they asked statisticians to come up with a solution. The statistici...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/18/how-the-allies-used-math-to-figure-out-nazi-germanys-tank-production/

Woman Who Says "I'm Too Rich to Go to Jail" Is Proven Incorrect

A woman at the Stoneybrook Country Club in Estero, Florida believed that she could not be arrested for getting into a fight: When deputies placed Hincapie under arrest, she allegedly said, "You are in trouble because...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/18/woman-who-says-im-too-rich-to-go-to-jail-is-proven-incorrect/

Thief Steals Researcher's Laptop But Returns Data

A thief stole a laptop computer belonging to a professor at Umeå University in Sweden. The computer contained 10 years of research which he had not bothered to back up. A few days later, he received a USB flash drive...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/18/thief-steals-researchers-laptop-but-returns-data/

Implantable LED Tattoos

Last year, I mentioned speculation by some scientists that it might be possible to create LED tattoos. There's been progress in the field since that time. Researchers have developed arrays that are 2.5 micrometers thic...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/18/implantable-led-tattoos/

Singing, Dancing Robot

(Video Link) AIST's new HRP-4C robot does a fairly good impersonation of human body movements. This 5'2" fembot was unveiled at the Digital Contents Expo in Tokyo. The only thing that it needs is a steady energy s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/18/singing-dancing-robot/

Bohemian Rhapsody on Slide Whistles

The music in this video is much better than you'd expect. After all, how many slide whistle virtuosos do you know? The kazoo is featured as well, and some guitar work. It's all performed by multiple versions of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/18/bohemian-rhapsody-on-slide-whistles/

10 Obscure, DIY Geeky Costumes for Halloween

No matter how much effort you put into a costume, it goes south when you find you are one of ten Batmen at a party -or even worse, a costume contest. Geeks Are Sexy has some ideas for costumes taken from movies, games, a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/18/10-obscure-diy-geeky-costumes-for-halloween/

Who You Gonna Call?

It's the time of year to pull out the movie Ghostbusters and watch it again! If you've done that already, you should do well on today's Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss. I scored only 64%, despite the fact tha...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/18/who-you-gonna-call/

Battleship in Real Life

Artist Tim Doyle imagined the Milton-Bradley game Battleship in real life. He created this print for the "Toys in the Attic" 2010 fundraiser. Link via Super Punch | Toys in the Attic WebsiteBattleship ga...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/18/battleship-in-real-life/

The 6 Most Awful Comic Book Toys and Action Figures

blastr has pictures and descriptions of six toys and collectibles that should never have made. I don't know why the above Spider-Man toilet seat was included. It's totally stylin'. Linkspiderman...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/18/the-6-most-awful-comic-book-toys-and-action-figures/

A Gallery of Exoplanets

It was only in 1995 that astronomers found measurable evidence of specific exoplanets, or planets outside our solar system. Now we have actual images of some exoplanets, as well as artist renderings of the data collected...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/18/a-gallery-of-exoplanets/

Turner's Cube

The Turner's Cube is a classic machinists' training exercise for the lathe milling machine. Students are handed one and told to reproduce it. At the link, you can see many examples as well as instructions on how to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/18/turners-cube/

Name That Weird Invention!

Steven M. Johnson comes up with all sorts of wacky inventions in his weekly Museum of Possibilities posts, but something's missing from his strange gadgets: names. Can you come up with a name for this one? The co...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/18/name-that-weird-invention-4/

Balance Beam Moves

(YouTube link) Neatoramanaut Algonquin recorded his sister showing off gymnastics moves on the porch. The descriptions reads: "Nadia Comaneci has serious competition towards this gifted gymnast." She's a good sport...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/18/balance-beam-moves/

The World's Longest Enchilada

People in Iztapalapa, a borough of Mexico City, assembled the longest enchilada in the world. It measured 70 meters long and weighed 1,416 kg: Guinness record official Ralph Hannah announced that it was the world's b...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/18/the-worlds-longest-enchilada/

10 Nastiest Cocktails In Human History

Some mixed drinks are designed to taste bad, others are given gross names. Why? That's just what happens when people try to be funny in their mixology experiments. The result is something that you might not want to try u...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/18/10-nastiest-cocktails-in-human-history/

Understanding Alphanumeric Phone Numbers

Minnesotastan found a delightfully thorough post about alphanumeric phone numbers that were in use through the biggest part of the 20th century. Remember the Glenn Miller song "Pennsylvania 6-5000"? That was a phone numb...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/18/understanding-alphanumeric-phone-numbers/

Monopoly Game Set Made of Gold

Jeweler Sidney Mobell spent a year crafting a Monopoly game set made out of gold: An 18-karat gold version of the famous Parker Brothers board game will be on display beginning Friday at the Museum of American Finance...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/18/monopoly-game-set-made-of-gold/

Zombie Battle

(YouTube link) Japanese kids bravely fight a zombie that invaded their home. Watch the subtitles for some adorable dialog. Give your opinion: child abuse, character building, or just plain fun? -via Metafilterkids,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/18/zombie-battle/

Brunch

The connotation of the word "brunch" probably has more to do with who uses it than the timing of your meal. If you have "breakfast" at 10AM, no one would think anything of it, but if someone says they had "brunch", y...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/18/brunch/

Early Typewriter: The Malling-Hansen Writing Ball

Rasmus Hans Johan Malling-Hansen, the director of Denmark's institute for the hearing impaired in Copenhagen, patented this typewriter in 1870. Here's how it worked: The writing ball consists of a semi-sphere wit...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/18/early-typewriter-the-malling-hansen-writing-ball/

Human 8-bit Music Video

For their song "Americanarama", the Canadian group Hollerado put together 24 friends on a scaffolding with flash cards. It took a lot of practice, but the final video sequence was recorded in one continuous take. Watch a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/18/human-8-bit-music-video/

Bram Stoker's Dracula

The following is an article from Uncle John’s All-Purpose Extra Strength Bathroom Reader. It was a dark and stormy night... no, it really was. And that was the perfect setting for telling one of the scaries...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/10/18/bram-stokers-dracula/
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