Archive for December 21st, 2010

The Year Kenny Loggins Ruined Christmas

Allie at Hyperbole and a Half tells about the time she decided to rewrite the story of Jesus' birth to give it more pizzazz. The production included a flying baby Jesus, two drunk wise men, and Kenny Loggins. And alt...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/21/the-year-kenny-loggins-ruined-christmas/

Yoshi Mech

Donald, an electrical engineer in El Paso, Texas, made this mech inspired by Yoshi from Super Mario Bros. You can see more pictures at the link, as well as similar past projects at his website. Link via...

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World's Smallest Periodic Table Is Engraved on a Single Hair

Researchers at the University of Nottingham created a special birthday present for Martyn Poliakoff, a professor of chemistry. It's a periodic table of the elments inscribed on the surface of a hair from Poliakoff:Prof...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/21/worlds-smallest-periodic-table-is-engraved-on-a-single-hair/

Unicorn Cow

It has been reported that a cow in China has grown a horn in the center of its forehead: Farmer Jia Kebing noticed a small bump on this cow's forehead when it was born two years ago but didn't expect it to grow into a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/21/unicorn-cow/

Shinchi Maruyama's Water Sculptures

Photographer Shinchi Maruyama throws handfuls of water and takes high speed pictures of them to create the impression of fluid sculptures hanging in the air. From an interview with the artist: It seems th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/21/shinchi-maruyamas-water-sculptures/

Real Doctor Makes Diagnoses for Fantasy Football

Five years ago, Stephania Bell was an orthopedicist who played fantasy football as a hobby. She had an edge in that her professional medical knowledge let her make better estimates of how well players would recover from...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/21/real-doctor-makes-diagnoses-for-fantasy-football/

NYC QR Code Hunt Winners!

Meet your winners! These two did the entire QR code hunt in a staggering 30 minutes! Congrats and enjoy the Ford Fiesta! Special thanks to Jason English, Hannah, Carl Johnson, Tom Toce, Becky Hayes, Team Detroi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/21/nyc-qr-code-hunt-winners/

How Different Age Groups Celebrate Christmas

Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal has us pegged. A series of comics details how celebrations differ by age and family composition. Since I am always 20 years behind, I fit exactly in the "30-somethings with kids" category...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/21/how-different-age-groups-celebrate-christmas/

The Plastic Bag Monster of Ljubljana

This monster art project situated in the city square of Ljubljana, Slovenia (with tentacles trailing down the streets) was created from 40,000 plastic bags and 7,500 discarded plastic cups collected from the local sc...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/21/the-plastic-bag-monster-of-ljubljana/

Something

(YouTube link) The new animation from Cyriak Harris might induce nightmares, if you are susceptible to suggestion. You've been warned. -via Laughing Squid animation, cyriak...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/21/something/

The Origin of Rudolph

Most folks know Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer from the 1964 Rankin-Bass TV special, or from the 1949 version of the song sung by Gene Autry. But Rudolph was born as a coloring book. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/21/the-origin-of-rudolph/

Injured Dog Mothers Litter Plus One

Esperanza was a stray dog at a reserve in Alberta, Canada who got hit by a car. Her rear leg was badly injured, but she kept right on with her family responsibilities. She had six babies, after all -five puppies and a ki...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/21/injured-dog-mothers-litter-plus-one/

Solstice Lunar Eclipse

(vimeo link) In case you couldn't stay up all night and watch it, or you are someplace where it wasn't visible, here is the video of last night's lunar eclipse. Four hours of moonlight are compressed into two minute...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/21/solstice-lunar-eclipse/

QR Code Hunt Starting Locations!

As promised, here are your four starting locations, brought to you by the good folks at our favorite NYC pizza chain, Two Boots! Two Boots 74 Bleecker Street New York, NY 10012 Two Boot...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/21/qr-code-hunt-starting-locations/

Neato-Puzzle #11

It's time for another puzzle from our pals at Conceptis Puzzles! Yes, every week, we'll be offering a different logic puzzle, today featuring a 9x9 Pic-A-Pix puzzle. Each puzzle consists of a blank grid with clues on t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/21/neato-puzzle-11/

Classic Macintosh Icons as Prints

Susan Kare, a San Francisco-based computer iconographer who has "designed thousands of software icons that have become familiar to anyone who uses a computer", has now made her famous classic Macintosh icons availabl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/21/classic-macintosh-icons-as-prints/

Flipped Portrait Photos

Thorsten Schmidtkord, a photographer from Düsseldorf in Germany, has taken taken a bunch of portrait photos and then manipulated them, so that the top of the head is where the chin should have been. He has also remo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/21/flipped-portrait-photos/
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