Archive for December 22nd, 2010

How to Make a Pentagonal Trapezohedron

These are ten-sided fuzzy dice for geeks to hang in their car. Each is a decahedron known as a pentagonal trapezohedron. And you can make them yourself, with instructions from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories. Linkdiy...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/22/how-to-make-a-pentagonal-trapezohedron/

Active Duty US Army Ranger Named #3 Pastry Chef in the World

Master Sergeant Mark Morgan of the U.S. Army Rangers is, according to the World Association of Chefs, among the three best pastry chefs in the world. He won this affirmation in Luxembourg at a competition held every fou...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/22/active-duty-us-army-ranger-named-3-pastry-chef-in-the-world/

German University Has Slides

The Technische Universitat in Munich has slides on campus. TreeHugger has pictures of this and other enormous slides that are increasingly appearing in non-playground environments. Link via DVICEslides...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/22/german-university-has-slides/

The Best Viral Videos Of 2010: A Retrospective

(video link) Videogum put together their annual retrospective of the best viral videos of the year. The edit is a delight in itself, as you see big memes and their spinoffs as well, all sewn together by the catchies...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/22/the-best-viral-videos-of-2010-a-retrospective/

Carbon Fiber Toilet Seat

Sure, an ordinary toilet seat can withstand most, uh, loads. But if you need a toilet seat that can really take punishment without breaking, try this one made out of 550,000 psi tensile carbon fiber. Link via Jal...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/22/carbon-fiber-toilet-seat/

Marching Band Forms Moving Football Player

(Video Link) The marching band of the University of Hawaii performed this carefully choreographed piece during halftime at a recent game against the University of Southern California. The band members formed a stic...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/22/marching-band-forms-moving-football-player/

Baby Preacher

This video clip of the Baby Preacher has been around for a while, but it's the first time I've seen it. It's basically a toddler who has got the mechanics of (megachurch) preaching down pat.Hit play or go to Link [YouTub...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/22/baby-preacher/

Office Bed Chair

Our pal Sean Fallon of Nerd Approved must be off his rockers. He wrote an article about the Worst Christmas Gifts for MSN, in which he inexplicably included this AWESOME office bed chair (looks like something Steve Johns...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/22/office-bed-chair/

Hand-drawn Timeline of Inception by Christopher Nolan

The nifty hand-drawn graph above is Christopher Nolan's graph detailing the timeline of Inception. If you don't understand it, you're in good company - but that shouldn't stop you from enjoying the movie.Link - via Boing...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/22/hand-drawn-timeline-of-inception-by-christopher-nolan/

Desk DOTS

A lot of you have played with magnetic cubicle toys like the BuckyBalls and Ball of Whacks from the NeatoShop. But what happens if you combine a few more sets ... oh, say a wheelbarrow-ful of magnets?Here's what Terrence...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/22/desk-dots/

Cities as Math Equations

Every city is different - New York and Los Angeles are night and day in terms of layout, population dynamics and economy - but are they similar enough that they can be described mathematic...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/22/cities-as-math-equations/

2,000-year-old Pills

In 1989, a shipwreck from about 130 B.C. was discovered. Divers retrieved dishes and other artifacts. One surprising discovery was a chest of vials and containers with tablets in them, some still dry! Evolutionary geneti...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/22/2000-year-old-pills/

Festive Holiday Kids

(YouTube Link) Nothing says "Merry Christmas" like bouncing baby goats! -via ArbroathChristmas, kids, goats...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/22/festive-holiday-kids/

"Canine Assistants" in Doctors' Offices

An article at The Wall Street Journal discusses the growing trend of physicians having dogs in their offices to interact with patients. Some patients pat Gus while they talk to Dr. Ramsey. A few talk to Gus instead. An...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/22/canine-assistants-in-doctors-offices/

Squid Ware

Who wouldn't love a coffee mug with a cephalopod handle? Etsy seller skybirdarts makes them in all colors, as well as cookie jars, teapots, and other ceramic vessels featuring squid and octopuses. Link -Thanks, M...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/22/squid-ware/

Pearl Removed from Ear -41 Years Later

Calvin Wright of Athens, Georgia went to a hospital for bronchitis and received a thorough examination. A nurse found something stuck in his ear. It was removed and found to be a pearl that Wright didn't know was there!...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/22/pearl-removed-from-ear-41-years-later/

Christmas Ornament Mobiles

They look like a floating Christmas trees! These are mobiles: tree ornaments suspended from above by invisible filament. So easy to put gifts underneath! Link to pictures. Link to instructions. -via Laughing Squiddiy...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/22/christmas-ornament-mobiles/

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater In Gingerbread

Melodie and her friend, Brenton, designed this gorgeous piece of edible architecture using Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater as a model. It took over 12 hours to design and  40 hours to build and decorate and used 12...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/22/frank-lloyd-wrights-gingerbread-fallingwater/

15 Facts You Might Not Know about Stargate SG-1

Stargate is a science fiction franchise comprised of a movie and no less than three television shows totaling seventeen seasons of broadcast time. The 1994 movie by Roland Emmerich was a huge success and led to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/22/15-facts-you-might-not-know-about-stargate-sg-1/

Why the Other Line Moves Faster

(YouTube link) The Engineer Guy, Bill Hammack (previously at Neatorama) explains why standing in line at the checkout counter is so frustrating, especially during Christmas shopping season. He also tells of a better...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/22/why-the-other-line-moves-faster/

RIP Naked Mole Rat Old Man

A naked mole rat named Old Man was found dead last Thursday at his home at the Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies in San Antonio, Texas. He was believed to be 32 years old. Old Man spent three decades assi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/22/rip-naked-mole-rat-old-man/






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