Archive for November 1st, 2010

The Brutal Truth Behind Boxing Kangaroos

Photo: Julian Robinson [Flickr]The term "Boxing kangaroo" brought to my mind a cartoon image of a kangaroo with boxing gloves, but in the wild, these roo fights are less like boxing and more like brutal knife fights. Pho...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/01/the-brutal-truth-behind-boxing-kangaroos/

Pit Bull Parkour

(YouTube Link) TreT  is a four and a half year old American Staffordshire Terrier who happens to be a brilliant athlete. Linkparkour, pit bulls...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/01/pit-bull-parkour/

How Many Bloopers Can a News Crew Stuff into a Single Minute?

(YouTube Link) There are at least five distinct and substantial mistakes in the opening minute of this newscast by the ABC affiliate in San Diego. It was time for them to call "Do over!" and start over again. vi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/01/how-many-bloopers-can-a-news-crew-stuff-into-a-single-minute/

Gun-Shaped Remote Control for a Lamp

Bitplay is a Japanese design firm that tries to make ordinary household objects into fun games. Pictured above is "Bang!", a lamp turns on and off by pressing the trigger on its gun-shaped remote control. When you...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/01/gun-shaped-remote-control-for-a-lamp/

Toilet Colors over Time

Ed Del Grande, a plumber, has an advice column in The Seattle Times. He responded to one query about home toilets by describing how the color of a toilet may indicate its vintage: 1920s: Rich pastels like au...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/01/toilet-colors-over-time/

Political Machines

(YouTube link)Surely you remember the useless machine, which did nothing but turn itself off (previously and previously). Here is a variation that made me laugh, from Saskview. -Thanks, Brett!Funny, political,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/01/political-machines/

Mixing and Unmixing Colors in Fluids

(Video Link) Popular science educator Steve Spangler made this video to demonstrate laminar flow, which the Larousse Dictionary of Science and Technology defines as: A type of fluid flow in which adjacen...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/01/mixing-and-unmixing-colors-in-fluids/

Giant Clothespin Sculpture

Mehmet Ali Uysal, a professor of art at Middle East Technical University created this giant clothespin sculpture. It was built for the Festival of the Five Seasons in Chaudfontaine Park, which appears to be in a tow...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/01/giant-clothespin-sculpture/

Helicopter Ghost Chases Trick-or-Treaters

(Video Link) YouTube user UtahAerials attached a ghost-like object to a remote controlled helicopter and used it to chase trick-or-treaters that came to his house. A camera mounted on the helicopter captured the sc...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/01/helicopter-ghost-chases-trick-or-treaters/

University Offers Class on Lady Gaga

Mathieu Deflem, a professor of sociology at the University of South Carolina, is offering a class on Lady Gaga: The synopsis for the course reads: "The central objective is to unravel some of the sociologically releva...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/01/university-offers-class-on-lady-gaga/

Bicycle Wheels on Fire

(Video Link) This video appears to be viral advertising for Neil Pryde, a bicycle manufacturer in Germany. It shows people riding bicycles in a parking garage while their tires are on fire. via Nerdcore | Compan...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/01/bicycle-wheels-on-fire/

Perpetually Capsizing Boat Sculpture

Artist Julian Berthier made this sculpture. It looks like a capsizing boat, but there's no hull beneath the waterline: the floating sculpture is made from a large sailboat that has been modified to appear as if i...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/01/perpetually-capsizing-boat-sculpture/

Old Coot Salt & Pepper Shakers

Coot & Toilet and Coot & Beer Salt and Pepper Shakers - $11.95Got a loveable old coot in the family? Here's the perfect little gift for those Over-the-Hill birthday parties: Coot & Toilet and Coot & Beer...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/01/old-coot-salt-pepper-shakers/

Talk Show Flops

TV has seen a lot of talk shows come and go -some going faster than others. That can really hurt if it's one of your favorite celebrities trying out the talk show format. If you remember those less-than-successful se...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/01/talk-show-flops/

Movie Trivia: Back to the Future

Can you believe it's been 25 years since we first went back in time? Well, maybe you can if you've seen all of the press coverage recently. With the trilogy just released on Blu-Ray, we thought it was a good time to do...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/01/movie-trivia-back-to-the-future/

Swiss Family Robinson Tree Found

Illustrator Kevin Kidney once reminisced about the wonderful tree that was the center of the Disney film The Swiss Family Robinson. One of his readers responded by not only tracking down the location of the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/01/swiss-family-robinson-tree-found/

So You Want To Get a PhD In The Humanities

How would you advise a student who decides she wants to go for a PhD in English literature? Not that it matters; the student doesn't really want advice, just a written recommendation. Despite the computer genera...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/01/so-you-want-to-get-a-phd-in-the-humanities/

12 Impressive Chopsticks

Chopsticks can be just two plain sticks, or they could be works of art, clever conversation pieces, or engineered to make eating simpler. You'll find some of each (except for the plain sticks) in a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/01/12-impressive-chopsticks/

Cruise Ship Squeezes under Bridge with 20 Inches to Spare

The Allure of the Seas, a new $1 billion cruise liner built in Finland, passed under a bridge in Denmark with only 20 inches of clearance: Hans Nilsen, an official at the Korsoer Naval Station, said the passa...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/01/cruise-ship-squeezes-under-bridge-with-1-5-inches-to-spare/

Don't Waste That Pumpkin!

Pure Organic has an infographic with several ideas for what to do with your Jack-o-Lantern after Halloween. How about giving it to the birds? Instead of throwing your pumpkin away, fill it with bird seed and let it serv...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/01/dont-waste-that-pumpkin/

Miniature Chemistry Lab

The tallest piece in this set is only three inches tall! Kiva Ford makes hand-blown miniatures of many types of glassware and jewelry. Personally, I am a sucker for the cobalt blue glass creations. See more at the Et...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/01/miniature-chemistry-lab/

Taikhar Chuluu

A large rock stands out in the middle of a plain in Mongolia. The Taikhar chuluu is covered with inscriptions dating back as far as Turkic rule in Mongolia. Those inscriptions were followed by more in the Mongol language...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/01/taikhar-chuluu/

Airport Camping

Allie Brosch, the mastermind behind Hyperbole and a Half, sends out entertaining but infrequent Tweets. This one was illustrated as a Twaggie, which (like all Twaggies) can be made into a t-shirt if you like. LinkTsh...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/01/airport-camping/

Human Oil (and Other Hoaxes)

The following is an article from Uncle John's Triumphant 20th Anniversary Bathroom Reader. These hoaxes are so absurd, it's hard to believe that anyone was fooled ...but lots of people were. WHAT A...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/01/human-oil-and-other-hoaxes/






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