Archive for November 19th, 2010

The World's Fastest Roller Coaster

Formula Rossa, the new roller coaster in Abu Dhabi  travels 1.2 miles in only a minute and a half, reaching speeds of up to 150mph! But what else would you expect for a theme park called Ferrari World? Harnessing the s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/19/the-worlds-fastest-roller-coaster/

Automatically Hardening Body Armor

Deflexion, developed by Dow Corning, is a material that is normally soft. When something hits it, the material instantly hardens, and then returns to its previous flexibility. So far, it's being used to make body a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/19/automatically-hardening-body-armor/

What Happens inside a Microwave?

(Video Link) Marc Kossover attached neon light bulbs to a sheet of acrylic and put it inside a microwave. As the oven operated and microwaves flowed across the panel, the lights lit up. http://kossover.squarespa...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/19/what-happens-inside-a-microwave/

Shetland Pony Grand National

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrIqW6iBcns] YouTube link. This steeplechase features children riding Shetland ponies. Since its inception this yearly series of races, which culminates at Olympia, has raised...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/19/shetland-pony-grand-national/

Katsumi Hayakawa's Paper Art

Tokyo-based artist Katsumi Hayakawa makes intricate 3D paper sculptures. At the link, you can see photographs from an exhibition of her work at the Gallery MoMo Roppongi in Tokyo. http://katsumihayakawa.com/exhib...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/19/katsumi-hayakawas-paper-art/

Circular Bookcase/Chair

Thomas Mills made this piece of furniture which he calls "Long Form Library." It's a combination bookcase and reading chair: As you sit within the cradle, it rocks gently back and forth. Don’t get going too fas...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/19/circular-bookcasechair/

Conch Shell Trumpet Played for First Time in 3,000 Years

Archaeologists found twenty intact conch shell trumpets at a site in the Andes Mountains. They tested them to determine how they could be played and what sounds they could make: As an expert shell musician blew...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/19/conch-shell-trumpet-played-for-first-time-in-3000-years/

The Size of Web Empires

Webempire is a tool that imagines what websites would look like if their traffic reflected their populations. Neatorama would be the same size as Malta, and could fill the Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/19/the-size-of-web-empires/

Concrete Case Mod

The Best Case Scenario forum user D.Heiße has created a number of unique case mods, including one in a tree trunk and one shaped like a sine curve. His most recent endeavor was to make one out of concrete....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/19/concrete-case-mod/

Bath Station

(YouTube link) Gliding through the Bath train station on a Saturday morning with a high-speed camera pointed out the window, capturing everything in detail. No plot, little action, and sadly, no music, but this vide...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/19/bath-station/

Waiting for Black Friday

Lorie and Ryan Davenport are camped out in front of Best Buy in St. Petersburg, Florida, so they will be first in line for the Black Friday sale a full week from today. They switch off heir duties with another couple, an...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/19/waiting-for-black-friday/

Every Arnold Schwarzenegger Scream

(Video Link) Oliver Noble of Film Drunk compiled every scream that Arnold Schwarzenegger uttered during his film career, from Conan the Barbarian in 1982 to Collateral Damage in 2002. Con...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/19/every-arnold-schwarzenegger-scream/

Portrait of Darth Vader Created with Star Wars Script

David Johns created a portrait of Darth Vader using the script of Star Wars as his medium. At the link, you can zoom in to see what's written in different parts of the image. http://johnsythinks.com/da...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/19/portrait-of-darth-vader-created-with-star-wars-script/

10 Buildings Shaped Like What They Sell

Foolproof advertising is when your entire building brags about your product -and it's visible from far away. Still, it may tend to limit your customers when you sell the location. Mental_floss takes a look a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/19/10-buildings-shaped-like-what-they-sell/

The Apostrophe Quiz

How well do you use apostrophes? Test yourself with this simple 10 sentence quiz. You can check each answer as you go, which may improve your performance on the later sentences. Yes, I guessed all of them correctly, even...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/19/the-apostrophe-quiz/

Next Generation Puppets

(vimeo link) Emily Gobeille and Theo Watson hacked an Xbox Kinect and created a puppet show made of light! Get this -it was one day's work. Engadget has a little more about the tech involved. Link -via The...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/19/next-generation-puppets/

10 Worthless Wizards

Think having a wizard for a friend will make all your troubles go away? Think again -possessing the power of magic doesn't always mean one possesses competence!  Take Orko, for example: One of He-Man's running gags is...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/19/10-worthless-wizards/

Building in a Flood-prone Region

This Friday’s Museum of Possibilities offers some unusual architectural designs for buildings located in flood-prone zones, such as low-lying areas along the Gulf Coast. Ideally, regions that are bel...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/19/building-in-a-flood-prone-region/

Segway of the Sky

I have dreamed of owning a jetpack since I was a kid and now it looks as if my dream might come true. New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Company plans to produce 800 recreational-use jetpacks per year. On just 5 gallons o...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/19/segway-of-the-sky/

Super Mamika!

Sacha Goldberger took a fanciful series of photographs of his grandmother Frederika in a super hero costume. The 91-year-old was delighted with the project. You see her here stopping traffic; other photos show Super Mam...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/19/super-mamika/
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