Archive for November 15th, 2010

Recirculating Gravy Fountain

The finish is crude, but that just adds to the charm. Anyway, the concept is brilliant: an eternal fountain of warm gravy. Instructables user turkey tek rigged this arrangement based on a peristaltic pump...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/recirculating-gravy-fountain/

Brazilian Landslide Destroys Port

(YouTube link) On October 17th, a landslide destroyed the pier at Chibatão Port on the Amazon River in Brazil. This video from a security camera shows the destruction as it happened. The river had been at it lowest...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/brazilian-landslide-destroys-port/

Women in Sport

As the 19th century turned into the 20th century, woman tried their hands at sports that they were previously prohibited from participating in. See vintage photographs of women playing soccer, baseball, cricket, bowl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/women-in-sport/

Gold Nanoparticles Could Turn Trees into Streetlights

Scientists in Taiwan discovered that placing gold nanoparticles in plants made them glow, which could turn them into an effective form of nighttime illumination: By implanting the gold nanoparticles into the leaves of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/gold-nanoparticles-could-turn-trees-into-streetlights/

Mustaches: What A Difference They Make

Throughout history, scores of famous figures, renowned characters and admired personalities have had one thing in common. They all wore with pride that most masculine of marks, the mustache.  Originally created as...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/mustaches-what-a-difference-they-make/

Toy Story Engagement Ring Box

Model maker Michal Miszta crafted an engagement ring box with a Toy Story theme: I was helping the cupid recently, commissioned by romantic guy to craft the engagement ring box related to Disney/Pixar Toy...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/toy-story-engagement-ring-box/

The True Story of the Bridge on the River Kwai

You've probably seen the 1957 move The Bridge On the River Kwai, but you might not know how much of the film was real and how much was fictionalized. The real history of how the railway between Burma and China w...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/the-true-story-of-the-bridge-on-the-river-kwai/

Man Buys First Batman Comic for 10¢ in 1939, Now Offers to Sell It

In 1939, Robert Irwin bought the first comic book in which Batman appeared. It cost him 10 cents -- that's $1.57 adjusted for inflation. He's now put it up for auction, and current bidding has exceeded $400,000: Whe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/man-buys-first-batman-comic-for-10%c2%a2-in-1939-now-offers-to-sell-it/

Watch Closely

When you see it, you'll either be mildly amused or madly amused, depending on whether you like animated GIFs. More from If We Don't, Remember Me tumblr blog - via Kottkeanimated gif, Fargo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/watch-closely/

Monty Python's Crimson Permanent Assurance in LEGO

Photo: gotoAndLego [Flickr]In Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, Monty Python brought the words "corporate raiders" to its logical conclusion by turning staid office workers into fearsome pirates that perform...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/monty-pythons-crimson-permanent-assurance-in-lego/

Beer Brewing Rube Goldberg Machine

(Video Link) Brewing beer is, as you can see, an incredibly complex process. The brewery Trumer International put together this video showing how it's done. Link via Make | Company WebsiteBeer, Rube Goldberg, br...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/beer-brewing-rube-goldberg-machine/

Cartoons of Star Trek Characters Made without Looking at the Paper

Kevin Breakstone makes cartoons of characters from Deadwood and Star Trek: The Next Generation without looking at what he's doing: Blind contour drawings are made by not looking at the page while...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/cartoons-of-star-trek-characters-made-without-looking-at-the-paper/

Giant WWI Crowd Pictures

Over 90 years ago, Arthur Mole and John Thomas created a series of amazing images to inspire American patriotism.  They photographed these enormous 'Living Photographs' at military bases throughout the country by ca...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/giant-wwi-crowd-pictures/

A Giant Domed, Underground City for Siberia

A Russian architectural firm called Ab Ellis has unveiled its proposal to turn an old diamond mine in Siberia into a huge domed city that stretches 1,700 feet below ground. Eco-City 2020 could house 100,000 people a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/a-giant-domed-underground-city-for-siberia/

Crocodile vs. Mother Elephant

A couple of weeks ago, we posted a story about a crocodile attacking a baby elephant. That news article said that crocodiles don't normally attack elephants. Maybe something has changed, because it's happened again -...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/crocodile-vs-mother-elephant/

20 Obsolete English Words That Should Make a Comeback

Heather Carreiro of Matador Abroad suggests twenty English language words that she thinks should return to common usage. Here are two examples from her list: 9. Brabble Verb – “To quarrel about trifle...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/20-obsolete-english-words-that-should-make-a-comeback/

The Repo Man of the Seas

Last March, we blogged about a man who repossesses stolen jetliners. Max Hardberger does something similar, but with commercial ships. Here's how, years ago, he got a ship called the Naruda out of Haiti: He...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/the-repo-man-of-the-seas/

Your Hormone Cream May Endanger Your Pet or Child

Topical creams and gels containing hormones may produce side effects in other family members. All it takes is frequent skin-to-skin contact with an arm, shoulder or leg that’s been slathered with a product containing...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/your-hormone-cream-may-endanger-your-pet-or-child/

The "Serpent"

Although it looks like a fantasy instrument that might have been designed to accompany vacuum cleaners in a Gerard Hoffnung music festival, the serpent is a bona fide wind instrument, with a pedigree dating back over...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/the-serpent/

Double Dare Quiz

Remember the Nickelodeon game show Double Dare? Sure, you watched it for the slime, but if you remember more than that, you may do well on today's Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss. I scored 20%, because I am c...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/double-dare-quiz/

Silversterchläuse

Minnesotastan found this 1944 photograph titled "Alter Silvester in Urnäsch" at FOTOGRAFÍA and did some investigating. Silvester means New Years Eve, so the child is not asking for treats on Halloween, as one might ass...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/silversterchlause/

Batvan

Bloggers from Speedhunters attended a custom van show at Fuji Speedway in Japan. Among the amazing vehicles on display was this Batman-themed van. You can view pictures of many more custom vans at the link...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/batvan/

Airless Tires for Moon Vehicles

Goodyear has developed for NASA a new airless tire made of springs that can be used on future moon missions: The tire, constructed out of 800 load bearing springs, is designed to carry much heavier vehicles (up to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/airless-tires-for-moon-vehicles/

Johnny Cat Climbs Today

Neatorama author Johnny Cat stopped blogging for a while because he is busy training to become a wind turbine specialist. He recently started posting updates at his blog The Litter Box, where we find that he is going to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/johnny-cat-climbs-today/

The Shadow Scholar

The author of The Shadow Scholar makes a living writing custom papers for college students, from admissions essays to graduate theses. He makes more money than most of the professors who assign the work. You've never he...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/the-shadow-scholar/

Pandas Playing in the Snow

When you need a little pick-me-up, there's nothing like pictures of pandas! This collection shows the joy of juveniles playing in the snow. Link -via Rue the DayPictures, snow, pandas...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/pandas-playing-in-the-snow/

Photographs and Audio Recordings from Mecca in 1885

Dutch adventurer Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje traveled to the Muslim holy city of Mecca in 1885, photographing what he saw and recording sounds using an invention of Thomas Edison: Snouck's extraordinary collection...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/photographs-and-audio-recordings-from-mecca-in-1885/

Gun Safe with a Powered Rotating Racks

Gun safes are normally built with fixed racks for long arms and shelves for handguns. As a result, the firearm that a user wishes to remove may be at the back, behind several others. Bruce Pendleton was dissatisfie...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/gun-safe-with-a-powered-lazy-susan/

Baby Giraffe and Ostrich Playing

(Video Link) This video of undetermined provenance shows a baby giraffe and an ostrich playing. At least the giraffe is playing. I'm not sure about the ostrich. via Ace of Spades HQgiraffes, ostrich...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/baby-giraffe-and-ostrich-playing/

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 comm...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/15/name-that-weird-invention-8/










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