Archive for November 22nd, 2010

How Do You Pave a Road with a 31º Slope?

(Video Link) The turns in the racetrack at Daytona International Speedway bank at a 31º slope. Conventional road paving techniques won't work at that angle. Here's how it's done: Unlike repaving a street in yo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/22/how-do-you-pave-a-road-with-a-31%c2%ba-slope/

Laser-Guided Slingshot

We've previously featured the clever gadgets of Kipkay, including his DIY Laser Pointer, his DIY Star Trek Phaser, and his Potato Gatling Gun. One of his latest projects was a slingshot with a laser sighting system....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/22/laser-guided-slingshot/

Pop Culture vs. Philosophy

Raynor Ganan discovered, to his dismay, that Google Image Search tends to identify "John Locke" as a LOST character, rather than as an English philosopher. It was this discussion that prompted his investiga...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/22/pop-culture-vs-philosophy/

Spoon Organ

(Video Link) Matt Mets made this musical instrument for the Make Tokyo Meeting this past weekend. It can be played by touching the spoons as though they were keys on an organ. You can find the schematics and t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/22/spoon-organ/

Super Squirrel

eBay user ni0vek offers this taxidermic squirrel changing into his superhero outfit. He sells other interesting items in his store, such as three moles playing poker. Link via Great White Snarksquirrel, taxidermy...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/22/super-squirrel/

Was It Really Cheating?

(Video Link) Professor Richard Quinn of the University of Central Florida recently discovered that 200 students in a class of 600 cheated on a test. They got a copy of the publisher's testbank and studied from it....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/22/was-it-really-cheating/

The Most Colorful Cities in the World

I live in a bright yellow house in a mostly brown or brick neighborhood, so I am drawn to these colorful neighborhoods around the world. This picture is from Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa. See all 20 colorful citi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/22/the-most-colorful-cities-in-the-world/

Penguin Gets Prosthetic Beak

Tungo the penguin was found on a beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil unable to eat because his beak had been shattered, probably by a boat propeller. Veterinarians at the local zoo made him a new acrylic beak, fashioned...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/22/penguin-gets-prosthetic-beak/

The Choles-troll

Of all the trolls, the worst is the Choles-troll. He is the central character of this illustrated "bedtime story for adults" at The Museum Of Modern Fiction. Link -Thanks, josef lee! health, fairy tale...

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Missing Unicorn

New York City artist Camomile Hixon added some interest to the many missing pet posters she saw by hanging one requesting help with a missing unicorn. Actually, friends helped her post 2,000 of the missing unicorn poster...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/22/missing-unicorn/

LEGO Office Art

English Russia has pictures of the offices at the Russian LEGO headquarters. Look who greets you upon entering! They have whimsical LEGO creations in almost every room. I think my favorite may be the monkey. Link -Th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/22/lego-office-art/

Altoids Martini Kit

(Video Link) Instructables user spookylean turned an Altoids mint box into a portable martini kit. This way, he's prepared for a martini emergency. He writes: All you will need to be prepared in any em...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/22/altoids-martini-kit/

Flying Squid

So far, they don't have opposable thumbs or laser eyes, but some squid can jump out of the water. Specifically, the Caribbean reef squid can leap 50 times its own body length: Marine biologist Silvia Maciá was b...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/22/flying-squid/

Babies On Board

Brian Boyko admired the one-man four-part harmonies of YouTube member trudbol and the four-part one-woman harmonies of gwenatav. They both performed the song "Baby on Board" from the TV show The Simpsons. So in...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/22/babies-on-board/

TARDIS Socks

Tara Wheeler knits Doctor Who paraphernalia, especially the scarves worn by the Fourth Doctor. She's also created TARDIS socks. Since they're bigger on the inside than the outside, they have a slimming eff...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/22/tardis-socks/

25 Years of Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Windows turned 25 last Saturday. Computer World has a visual guide to its interface from version 1.0 to 7. Pictured above is a screenshot from 2.0, which debuted in the fall of 1987: New featu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/22/25-years-of-microsoft-windows/

Please Wear Underpants Beneath Your Kilt

The Scottish Tartans Authority, an organization which provides guidance for Scottish traditions, says that it's time for kilt-wearers to begin wearing underpants: The Scottish Tartans Authority has decreed that refusi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/22/please-wear-underpants-beneath-your-kilt/

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/2010/11/22/name-that-weird-invention-9/

First Rock and Roll Song Identified

Joseph Burns, a rock historian at Southeastern Louisiana University, thinks that "That's All Right Mama" by Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup is the first rock and roll song: "An argument can be made for and against every song...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/22/first-rock-and-roll-song-identified/

5 Famous Scientists Dismissed as Morons in Their Time

Anthony Jurado and Nessa B. Wilson of Cracked wrote an article about five scientists who are respected today, but were considered fools in their own time. These include the physician Ignaz Semmelweis, who sugge...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/22/5-famous-scientists-dismissed-as-morons-in-their-time/

You Fix the Budget

In this interactive puzzle from The New York Times, you are presented with the US budget deficits for 2015 and 2030. You are also given a lot of ideas for cutting the budget or raising funds, from which you...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/22/you-fix-the-budget/

Introductions

(YouTube link) David Balboa put together a supercut of movie introductions, 250 in all. No, not the introduction to the movie, but people pointing out who is who and what is what. This becomes hypnotizing as you wat...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/22/introductions/

Cooking with Thermite

Oh no! The family will be here anytime and you forgot to cook the turkey! What to do? I don't think the Butterball hotline has the solution you're looking for. What heats up faster than a microwave? Thermite! No...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/22/cooking-with-thermite/

12 Abandoned Skyscrapers

Skyscrapers are a huge investment to build, are placed on pricey urban real estate, and contain lots of rental space, so you might be surprised that any are completely unused. Some are victims of poor planning; other...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/22/12-abandoned-skyscrapers/

A Computer Chip the Size of a Molecule

The governments of Singapore and the European Union are trying to develop a computer chip the size of a single molecule. From Singapore's press release on the subject: A*STAR’s IMRE and 10 EU research organisations...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/22/a-computer-chip-the-size-of-a-molecule/

Let's Talk Turkey!

The following is an article from The Best of the Best of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader. If you think the radio talk shows get a lot of strange calls, take a look at some of the questions that the folks at the Butte...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/11/22/lets-talk-turkey/
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