Archive for January 3rd, 2011

Fiddler on the Roof/You Got Served Mashup

(Video Link) Tevye may work as a dairyman, but he was born to dance. YouTube user ACDPresents, a film student, made this carefully-timed video for an editing class. It mashes up video from 1971 musical Fiddler...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/03/fiddler-on-the-roofyou-got-served-mashup/

Timecard: Digital Heirloom Shows Timeline of the Dearly Departed

What happens to all of your digital web accounts when you die? All those Flickr photos, for instance. Well, Richard Banks, who works on a project called Technology Heirloom for Microsoft Research, created a device meant...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/03/timecard-digital-heirloom-shows-timeline-of-the-dearly-departed/

Battleship USB Hub

Battleship USB Hub - $17.95This desktop USB hub designed by Giffin'termeer over at the NeatoShop is cleverly shaped like a battleship straight out of Battleship game we play as kids. So who says that your USB hu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/03/battleship-usb-hub/

Boring 2010: The Conference for Really Boring Stuff

No where else would a talk titled "Like Listening to Paint Dry" by William Barrett, which is composed solely of reciting every single one of 415 colors (yawn!) listed in a paint catalog, would be a hit other th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/03/boring-2010-the-conference-for-really-boring-stuff/

Engkey, the English Teacherbot in Korea

Imagine the classroom of the future, where students greet their teacherbot every morning? Well, that may come sooner than we'd like to think: the Korea Institute of Science and Technology has developed Engkey, a robot to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/03/engkey-the-english-teacherbot-in-korea/

Why Humans Are Getting Dumber: Our Brains Are Shrinking!

Got a crotchety old guy who kept telling you that youngsters today are getting dumber by the minute (right before he told you to get off his lawn)? Well, he may be onto something: scientists discovered that our brains ar...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/03/why-humans-are-getting-dumber-our-brains-are-shrinking/

43 Languages, One Message

(YouTube link) Hear New Year greetings in languages used all over the world. WojtekNYC assembled this with help from friends at Columbia University and the International House. If you can contribute any translation...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/03/43-languages-one-message/

Wizard Constable

BitLit, Neatorama's fiction blog, is posting a new story! Chapter one of Wizard Constable by Tom Van Natta is now online. Jorac’s an ordinary city constable in the city of Vaggert; he’s allergic to magic bu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/03/wizard-constable/

The Haines Shoe House

(YouTube link) The Shoe House in Hellam, Pennsylvania was built in 1948 by shoe salesman Colonel Mahlon M. Haines, who styled himself as "the Shoe Wizard". Not only is the house shaped like a shoe, but each window h...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/03/the-haines-shoe-house/

Rabbit New Year Cards

Although the Lunar New Year doesn't begin until February third, 2011 will be the Year of the Rabbit. Pink Tentacle welcomed the year by posting several beautiful antique bunny illustrations from the Museum of Fine Ar...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/03/rabbit-new-year-cards/

The Top Dinosaur Discoveries of 2010

The biggest dinosaur discoveries of the year include dinosauromorphs, or dinosaur precursors, plus dinosaur diets, dino nurseries, and dinosaur colors. Shown is the feathered dinosaur Anchiornis, whose color...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/03/the-top-dinosaur-discoveries-of-2010/

Sixties Seventies

This Italian photo site documents the fashions of the 1960s and '70s -miniskirts, bellbottoms, platform shoes, hot pants, go-go boots, and that hair! You'll see some famous faces among the models. Elements of these s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/03/sixties-seventies/

Distraction

Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the internet. – @AdviceToWriters Ain't that the truth! And it's a occupational hazard when your job is to offer internet distractions to everyone. This T...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/03/distraction/

Cthulhu Ski Hat

Stay warm and scare children on the slopes with this crocheted Cthulhu ski hat from Etsy seller CraftyPA! There is an opening for your mouth under the tentacles. Available in red, too! Link -via Buzzfeedcrochet, etsy...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/03/cthulhu-ski-hat/

Revisiting the Big Place

Scout checked out Rye Playland, the amusement park where Tom Hanks found the Zoltar machine in the movie Big. However, Zoltar has been replaced by another machine that can make you big. There are more...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/03/revisiting-the-big-place/

The Alcowebizer

The Alcowebizer is a generator that simulates what a website would look like if you were under the influence of alcohol. Enter the address of a website, then you can adjust the look according to your blood-alcohol le...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/03/the-alcowebizer/

Name That Weird Invention!

It's time for the Name That Weird Invention! contest. Steven M. Johnson comes up with all sorts of crazy ideas in his weekly Museum of Possibilities posts. Can you come up with a name for this one? The commenters s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/03/name-that-weird-invention-15/

Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!

Have any of you been to the town of Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! lately? It's in Quebec. Linkfunny name, city, Canada...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/03/saint-louis-du-ha-ha/

16th Century Rhinoplasty

Gaspare Tagliacozzi, professor of surgery at the University of Bologna in Italy, published a book titled De Curtorum Chirurgia Per Insitionem (The Surgery of Defects by Implantations) in 1597. It describes proce...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/03/16th-century-rhinoplasty/

Cold Cases

The following is an article from the book History's Lists from Uncle John's Bathroom Reader. Rumor has it that Amelia Earhart and the grassy-knoll gunman have been found in a bar in Atlantis. Whew -three mysteries...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/03/cold-cases/

John Kenn's Post-It Notes Monster Drawings

John Kenn of Don Kenn Gallery, who writes and direct TV shows for kids, has quite the unexpected and fantastic hobby. He draws monsters ... on Post-It Notes! As he says, "It is a little window into a different world...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/03/john-kenns-post-it-notes-monster-drawings/

The Greatest College Prank Ever Pulled

It's been called the greatest college prank ever pulled: in 1961 Rose Bowl, a team of Caltech students altered the University of Washington's halftime flip-card routine so it'd spell out "CALTECH."Here's how th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/03/the-greatest-college-prank-ever-pulled/

Placebos Can Work Even Without Deception

Placebos work because people who take it believe that they're actually medicine, right? I mean, that's the basic tenet of every modern medical studies, which use placebos as controls.But can placebos work without any dec...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/03/placebos-can-work-even-without-deception/

Don't Panic and Take a Deep Breath? Bad Idea!

Keep calm, don't panic and take a deep breath ... you're about to learn that the age-old advice to stop yourself from panicking, namely taking deep breaths, is actually wrong. Turns out, taking a deep breath for people p...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/03/dont-panic-and-take-a-deep-breath-bad-idea/

The Sith Lord on Vacation

Image: abell [Flickr]In this vinyl collectible "Lord on Vacation" by Abell Octovan and Surya Sunburn, the Sith Lord will surely come back from his vacation all rested and ready to be disturbed in someone's lack...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/03/the-sith-lord-on-vacation/




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