Archive for December 8th, 2010

The Little Mermaid/World of Warcraft Parody

(Video Link) World of Filkcraft created this song about the WoW lifestyle to the tune of "Part of Your World" from the Disney movie The Little Mermaid. It's called "Part of Your Guild." via Nerd Bastard...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/08/the-little-mermaidworld-of-warcraft-parody/

The Geography of Relationships Measured by Phone Calls

Researchers in the US and UK wanted to evaluate whether or not the regional boundaries established by governments reflected how people interacted on an individual level. They used 12 billion telephone calls placed o...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/08/the-geography-of-relationships-measured-by-phone-calls/

Shopping Cart Holiday Tree

14 years ago artist Anthony Schmitt designed his first shopping cart holiday tree at the Frank O. Gehry designed Edgemar mall in Santa Monica California. It was inspired by the aluminum trees of the 1960's and the pl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/08/shopping-cart-holiday-tree/

Eggnog Soap

Eggnog Soap - $5.95 It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas around here. Now you too can bathe in the holiday spirit with Eggnog Soap from the NeatoShop. Be sure to check out the NeatoShop's selection of unusu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/08/eggnog-soap/

NASA’s 3D Tour of the Known Universe

NASA scientists collected images from the Hubble space telescope and other sources and knitted them together to give us a visual representation of all the known galaxies in the universe, from the perspective of our tiny...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/08/nasas-3d-tour-of-the-known-universe/

Song of Healing

(YouTube link) YouTube member Sp0ntanius performs the "Song of Healing" from the video game The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. Not only does he play all the parts on wine glasses well, but as you watch the video, w...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/08/song-of-healing/

Frog and Toad Bladders Hunt and Remove Foreign Objects

Zoologists implanted frogs with radio transmitters. The result was that most of the transmitters were found in the frogs' bladders or fully excreted. Further experimentation indicated that certain species of frogs and...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/08/frog-and-toad-bladders-hunt-and-remove-foreign-objects/

Salsa Dancing Dog

(YouTube link) A short video clip of a dog that appears to be dancing salsa and doing some great moves to the song "Salsa Dura" by the New York City based band La Excelencia. Linkdance...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/08/salsa-dancing-dog/

Let Darth Vader Warm Your Hands

Star Wars fans will soon be able to heat up their frozen fingers with a Darth Vader inspired hand warmer. To charge the device, simply connect it to a USB port and the Dark Lord of the Sith will soon provide you w...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/08/let-darth-vader-warm-your-hands/

Legal Advice for Superheroes

Law and the Multiverse is a blog by attorneys James Daily and Ryan Davidson. It examines, from a realistic perspective, the legal ramifications of life depicted in superhero comics books. They go into great de...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/08/legal-advice-for-superheroes/

Could Robots Replace Triage Nurses in Emergency Rooms?

Researchers at Vanderbilt University are trying to develop robots that could perform the evaluative functions of triage nurses and doctors at hospital emergency rooms: They envision robots, dubbed TriageBots, which wo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/08/could-robots-replace-triage-nurses-in-emergency-rooms/

Private Company Launches Payload into Space

The company SpaceX has been developing and launching rockets for a few years. But it was only today that the company launched its first commercial payload into orbit: The launching was the first of three financed...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/08/private-company-launches-payload-into-space/

Nintendo Guitar

GetLoFi built a functional six-string electric guitar from a NES console. You can view a video of it being played (as a musical instrument) at the link. Link via Nerdcore Previously: Nintendo Famicom Guitarnin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/08/nintendo-guitar/

Man Ticketed for Speeding by the Same Cop in Britain and New Zealand

A man emigrated from London to New Zealand. Shortly after arriving, he was ticked for speeding. He recognized the police officer as Constable Andy Flitton, who had ticketed him for speeding in London two years before....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/08/man-ticketed-for-speeding-by-the-same-cop-in-britain-and-new-zealand/

Prosthetic Tentacle

Kaylene Kau is a recent graduate of the industrial design program at the University of Washington. She built a prosthetic arm. But instead of trying to replicate the functions of a human hand, she built a functiona...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/08/prosthetic-tentacle/

License Plate Fruit Bowls

Etsy seller Will Hollman turns old road signs and license plates into decorative fruit bowls. The legs are made from carriage bolts and the entire assembly is coated with metal lacquer. Link via DudeCraft | Artis...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/08/license-plate-fruit-bowls/

Star Wars Secrets Pour out on Twitter with #Wookieeleaks Tag

For several months, the #wookieeleaks tag on Twitter has been the source of many unveiled secrets in the Star Wars universe. Lately, the activity has greatly increased. blastr has a list of some o...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/08/star-wars-secrets-pour-out-on-twitter-with-wookieleaks-tag/

The Magic 8-Ball Quiz

Did you ever own a Magic 8-Ball? Inside the ball, there's a 20-sided die called an icosahedron that displayed one of 20 answers to your questions when it floated into the window. "Yes" is a given, but how many of the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/08/the-magic-8-ball-quiz/

Penguin Dilemma

(YouTube link) Carole Anne and Ron caught video of some penguins wandering about in the Falkland Islands. These two seem to have a small conundrum. Penguin: Ooh, look, the ground is gone here! Penguin: It's wate...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/08/penguin-dilemma/

Robot Restaurant

A popular new restaurant in China is staffed by robots! Located in Jiang, China’s Shandong Province, the Dalu Rebot Restaurant opened on the 5th of December and can cater to about 100 customers, featuring two robot re...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/08/robot-restaurant/

Mal and Chad's Fill in the Bubble Frenzy 13

It's Fill in the Bubble Frenzy with boy genius Mal and his talking dog Chad! What is he saying in this empty speech bubble? Tell us and you might win any T-shirt available in the NeatoShop -take a look around, p...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/08/mal-and-chads-fill-in-the-bubble-frenzy-13/

7 Awe-Inspiring Aircraft Hangars

The biggest rooms in the world are those built to store aircraft. Not only are they huge, but some have interesting stories to go with them. For example, the Arium hangar in Germany was built for the production and o...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/08/7-awe-inspiring-aircraft-hangars/

10 Ways Pokémon Pikachu Powers Up Pop Culture

Imagine riding to kindergarten in a bus that looks like Pikachu -you would learn to love school right off the bat! This is just one of the ways the Pokémon character has settled into pop culture all over. Check out...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/08/10-ways-pokemon-pikachu-powers-up-pop-culture/

Neatorama Facts: Christmas At Disneyland

Living in Southern California tends to mean that any dreams of a white Christmas will pretty much stay that way unless you head out of town. There is one magical area though where tourists and locals alike can gather to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/08/neatorama-facts-christmas-at-disneyland/

The Comeback Story of the Octothorpe

A tongue-in-cheek opinion piece in the National Post celebrates the return of the octothorpe. Some called it the pound sign, or a "capital 3". The Big O is a sign with deep historical and cultural roots, part of our her...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/08/the-comeback-story-of-the-octothorpe/

The 25 Greatest Internet Memes of 2010

Ah, the memories of a year chock-full of useless and incomprehensible things to occupy your time. These are the internet memes of 2010, causing a laugh or two as they fly around the web. If by chance you've missed an...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/08/the-25-greatest-internet-memes-of-2010/




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