Archive for November 10th, 2010

Fighter Lands, Turns Around, and Takes Off in Under a Minute

(Video Link) During the Cold War, the Swedish Air Force wanted to be able to land its fighter jets on roads and short airstrips throughout the country. The Saab Viggen fighter was therefore designed to land and tak...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/10/fighter-lands-turns-around-and-takes-off-in-under-a-minute/

Blasted Tower Falls the Wrong Way

(video link) A 275-foot smokestack was demolished and fell the wrong wrong way today in Springfield, Ohio. The tower brought down power lines and crushed equipment. There were no injuries, but 8,000 people were left...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/10/blasted-tower-falls-the-wrong-way/

My Little Pony Soldering Unicorn

Her name is Sparkles, and she (he?) will bring hearts and other metal objects together at 370°F. This My Little Pony mod was created by Matt Pinner. Link via Make | Photo: Crash SpaceMy Little Ponies, soldering,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/10/my-little-pony-soldering-unicorn/

Gold Olive Branch Left on the Moon

The Apollo 11 astronauts left a variety of items on the moon.  In addition to the flag, the plaque, and the silicon disk with goodwill statements, they left the item shown above.  It is a small replica of an olive...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/10/gold-olive-branch-left-on-the-moon/

11 Prisons Turned Into Hotels

Prisons make the perfect hotels?  One wouldn't think so but here are some examples of hellish old prisons from around the world that have been converted into hotels.  Ranging from your basic hostels to ultr...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/10/11-prisons-turned-into-hotels/

Tape Measure Tape Dispenser

SUCK UK & CO of London England has designed the perfect re-purposing of the classic tape measure into a sticky tape dispenser.  Just in time for the Holidays this clever idea allows you easy access, dispensin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/10/tape-measure-tape-dispenser/

When Hubcaps Transform Into Giant Creatures

In his manic studio, 43-year-old Ptolemy Elrington works full-time creating glorious animal sculptures from hubcaps of all kinds, though he especially likes those from BMW and Mercedes vehicles. These are all put tog...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/10/when-hubcaps-transform-into-giant-creatures/

Vintage Toys at Auction

Think a minute -when did the first remote-control robot hit the market? It was way back in 1957 in Japan. This is a Radicon Robot, still in good shape 53 years later. It sold for almost $9,000 on eBay! But it is far...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/10/vintage-toys-at-auction/

24-Carat Gold Toilet Brush

Luxury home furnishings designer Windisch Nameek made a toilet brush and holder that's plated with 24-carat gold. The vendor suggests that the advantage to gold is that it won't pit, tarnish, or corrode. So it's a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/10/24-carat-gold-toilet-brush/

Ants in a Scanner

(Video Link) Filmmaker François Vautier put an ant colony inside a scanner and took a picture once a week every week for five years. This time-lapse video shows the colony gradually filling and eroding the machine...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/10/ants-in-a-scanner/

A Cometarium

Harvard University's Putnam Gallery has a collection of historical scientific instruments. Pictured above is Benjamin Martin's cometarium, which dates back to about 1766. Here's what it did: This apparatus was d...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/10/a-cometarium/

Hybrid Apple

deviantART user wolkentanzer split two apples and stapled sections together. Presumably this was part of some junior mad scientist research. Link via Geekosystemapples, deviantART...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/10/hybrid-apple/

Why Did You Buy Me That?

If you've ever received a disappointing, odd, or incomprehensible gift, you can make yourself feel better about it by checking out the blog Why Did You Buy Me That? (subtitled "a collection of the worst gifts ever re...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/10/why-did-you-buy-me-that/

The Downside of Saving Energy

Holy Juan spotted this sign in a public restroom. There's always a downside to doing the green thing, but if you're good at sound effects, you can get away with it! LinkFunny, energy, sign, hand dryer...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/10/the-downside-of-saving-energy/

Exercise Wheel for Dogs

GoPet, a company that manufactures dog exercise equipment, makes a dog-sized hamster wheel. The company stresses that this design is both healthy for the dog and environmentally-friendly. There's a video at the lin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/10/exercise-wheel-for-dogs/

New York City Marathon

(YouTube link) It's a river of people! Over 40,000 runners participated in the New York City Marathon last weekend. Thanks to time-lapse videography, you can watch most of them get started. -via Buzzfeedmarathon, ne...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/10/new-york-city-marathon/

Earthquake Twists Railroad Tracks

On September 4th, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand. Pictured above is a railroad track that crossed the fault line near Rolleston. Geographer Dave Petley of the American Geophysical Union writes: Th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/10/earthquake-twists-railroad-tracks/

Virtual Real Estate Sale Record Broken with $335,000 Purchase

It's possible to make real money in virtual worlds, as one user of the MMOG Entropia Universe recently experienced. He sold a set of virtual real estate properties for $335,000: Jacobs, who goes by the in-ga...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/10/virtual-real-estate-sale-record-broken-with-335000-purchase/

Why a Diet of Twinkies Makes Sense

Kansas State University professor Mark Haub ate a Twinkies every three hours for ten weeks and lost 27 pounds! His cholesterol numbers improved as well. Haub put himself through this horrible regimen to prove a point: we...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/10/why-a-diet-of-twinkies-makes-sense/

5 Animals That Use Their Own Language

Animals communicate with each other in ways we can't imagine, but there are a few we've figured out. Oh, we can't translate everything yet, but we know how some do it. Environmental Graffiti looks at five animal...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/10/5-animals-that-use-their-own-language/

Cricket Has the World's Biggest Testicles

Relative to bodyweight, the male tuberous bushcricket has the largest testicles of any animal on Earth: The sperm-producing organs account for 14 percent of the body mass of males of this bushcricket species. The...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/10/cricket-has-the-worlds-biggest-testicles/

Commuter Theater

The show must go on, even though the actors don't get paid, and even though the audience is there for only a few seconds each week. A group of performers in Chicago stage a skit on a rooftop for the commuters on the the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/10/commuter-theater/

The Smallest Car in the World

Perry Watkins makes custom cars, such as one that looks like a dining room set. His latest project was to build the world's smallest street legal car, and the result has been certified as such by Guinness World Records....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/10/the-smallest-car-in-the-world/

The Mythologies Behind Harry Potter

I don’t know about you guys, but I am super excited to catch the new Harry Potter movie! While critics of the series often complain that Rowling didn’t come up with most of the magical aspects of the story he...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/10/the-mythologies-behind-harry-potter/

Top 10 Unusual Cemeteries

If you were to be buried in one of the unusual cemeteries in this list, people would visit your grave whether they cared about you or not! Some are beautiful, some scary, and some are just plain weird. One that I would r...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/10/top-10-unusual-cemeteries/

Darth Vader Cookie Jar

Darth Vader Cookie Jar - $99.95Om nom nom nom ... who knew that joining the Dark Side would be this yummy? Here's what the Sith Lord uses to keep all those cookies: the Darth Vader Cookie Jar from the NeatoShop. Each lim...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/10/darth-vader-cookie-jar/






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