Archive for January 20th, 2011

Pedal-Powered Snowplow

Craig Smith of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, made a snowplow that he can drive with a modified bicycle: A lever pulls up or lets down the plow with a rope and pulley. Pulling the lever all the way back cantilevers the rop...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/pedal-powered-snowplow/

I Like the Feel of Grapes Down My Pants

(Video Link) But really, who doesn't? Tom Rainford, an animation student at the Winchester School of Art, talks about what he likes and doesn't like about grocery shopping. He doesn't like fish counter workers who...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/i-like-the-feel-of-grapes-down-my-pants/

San Francisco Bus Shelters Now Come Equipped with Video Games

Are you getting bored waiting for the bus? If you live in San Francisco, you may get to play video games while you wait. Yahoo! has installed large touch screens in twenty bus shelters in that city: As part of t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/san-francisco-bus-shelters-now-come-equipped-with-video-games/

The Art of Cement Throwing

(Video Link) These South African construction workers have mad skillz for throwing and catching piles of cement, shovel and all. They don't appear to drop any! via The PresurferSouth Africa...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/the-art-of-cement-throwing/

As an Experiment, Man Wears Jeans for 15 Months Without Washing Them

Josh Le of the University of Alberta did what is fairly normal among college students, but somehow found a way to get famous for it. He wore the same pair of jeans for 15 months without ever washing them. Le's excuse f...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/as-an-experiment-man-wears-jeans-for-15-months-without-washing-them/

Sculptures from Canned Food

Canstruction Vancouver is an annual art fair which invites people to make sculptures out of canned food. The materials are then donated to a food bank. At the link, you can view submissions from the 2009 exhibition...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/sculptures-from-canned-food/

Interactive Map of the Most Common Surnames in the United States

National Geographic has a large interactive map of surnames in the United States. The most common surname for a given area is listed in each location. The relative size represents the commonality of the na...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/interactive-map-of-the-most-common-surnames-in-the-us/

Minimalist Record Player

Designer R.D. Silver made this record player that has been stripped down to its most essential components, but still functions: It’s called “Turnstyle” and it’s made up of the motor, the needle, the speake...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/minimalist-record-player-2/

Reagan to the Rescue!

Now that the mainstream media is crowing that Obama's approval rating has been bouncing back, what's a good ol' conservative to do? Time to trot out the Gipper!Here's Reagan to the Rescue Tumblr blog, which described its...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/reagan-to-the-rescue/

Chess Piece Wine Stopper

Got a chess-playing wine afficionado? Then we've got the perfect gift for you: the Chess Piece Wine Stopper ($15.95) from the NeatoShop.The pair of wine bottle stoppers are natural cork with chess piece tops (Knight and...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/chess-piece-wine-stopper/

Hermit Crab Eviction

Getting evicted from your house isn't something that happens only to humans. Sophie Mowles and colleagues filmed one such eviction event in hermit crabs:To evict a fellow crab from a coveted shell, the attacker will...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/hermit-crab-eviction/

Apocowlypse: 200 Cows Dropped Dead

First it was the birds, then some fish. Now, 200 dead cows turned up last week in Illinois. Is the Apocowlypse coming? The 200 dead cattle were discovered on a farm field on 4th Street in Amherst. Sunday, the bodies...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/apocowlypse-200-cows-dropped-dead/

Alcohol Placebos Can Impair Memory

It's common knowledge that drinking alcohol can impair your memory but what about simply suggesting that you've drunk alcohol?Turns out, alcohol placebos can also impair your memory and judgment:Subjects dra...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/alcohol-placebos-can-impair-memory/

Housework is Dangerous to Your Health: The Perfect Excuse to Avoid Chores

Don't like to do chores? Well, now you've got valid *medical* excuse not to do so. Turns out that doing housework may be dangerous to your health:Researchers in the US have discovered that in busy people housework su...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/housework-is-dangerous-to-your-health-the-perfect-excuse-to-avoid-chores/

Man Rode Luggage Carousel to Make Flight

Denied by the TSA because he forgot his ID and desperate to make his flight, a young man decided to ride the luggage carousel:Edward Hall III, 24, (pictured) tried to make a United Airlines flight set to depart at 8:...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/man-rode-luggage-carousel-to-make-flight/

Fake Coachella Posters

The line-up for the annual Coachella festival was leaked a few days ago, and dozens of parody posters featuring everything from deceased artists to the most horrific music combinations have been designed. Urlesque co...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/fake-coachella-posters/

Survival Training, Ferret Style

At one time, the black-footed ferret was one of the rarest animals in the world. They were native to the Great Plains, but thought to be extinct. Then in 1981, 18 ferrets were found and rounded up for their own safety. C...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/survival-training-ferret-style/

Discography of Your Favorite Band

It doesn't matter what band it is or what era they are from, chances are that at least some of this time line by Grant Snider will apply to them, sooner or later. Link -via redditMusic, albums, band, records, CD...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/discography-of-your-favorite-band/

Roger Ebert's New Chin

Film critic Roger Ebert's jawbone was partially removed due to cancer in 2006. Through his recovery and several failed attempts at reconstruction, he lost the ability to speak, eat, or drink, but he continued to revi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/roger-eberts-new-chin/

Police Detain Drunken Owl

Police officers in Pforzheim, Germany were called Tuesday to investigate an owl that appeared to be sick. "A woman walking her dog alerted the police after seeing the bird sitting by the side of the road oblivious to pa...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/police-detain-drunken-owl/

What Is It? game 161

It is once again time for our collaboration with the always amusing What Is It? Blog. Can you guess what the pictured item is for? You'll have to state a specific purpose for this one. Place your guess in the comm...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/what-is-it-game-161/

Around the World in Religious Traditions

VIAGRA FOR YOUR AFTERLIFE (Image credit: Flickr user sweart) Packing for the hereafter just got easier. According to a Chinese tradition, when a person dies, mourners should burn replicas of household...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/around-the-world-in-religious-traditions/

Mighty Wallets: Map Series

(L) The L Mighty Wallet (M) The Underground Mighty Wallet (R) NYC Subway Map Mighty Wallet - $14.95You'll never be lost at the subway with these Mighty Wallets from the NeatoShop! The clever and super-strong Tyvek-made w...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/mighty-wallets-map-series/

Impossible Motions 2 by Kokichi Sugihara

Remember our post about the "magnetic slope" illusion that won the 2010 Illusion of the Year competition?Well, the maker of that optical illusion, math professor Kokichi Sugihara of Meiji Institute for Advanced...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/impossible-motions-2-by-kokichi-sugihara/

Slime Mold Packs Own Bacteria Lunch to Colonize New Areas

The amoeba species Dictyostelium discoideum slime mold (or dicty, as scientists lovingly call it) is one fascinating organism. For instance, its life cycle involves unicellular amoeba, then a multicellular slug...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/slime-mold-packs-own-bacteria-lunch-to-colonize-new-areas/

The Illustrated Bill Murray

Brandon Schaefer created this poster of Bill Murray using elements found in the various movies starring the actor. Can you name them all?http://nineteeneightyeight.com/index.php/la/standup2/prints-brandonschaefer-billmur...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/the-illustrated-bill-murray/

Dot Dot Dot: Epic Game Review Animated

When Mick Lauer (Newgrounds user RicePirate) discovered a review of the satirical Super PSTW Action RPG Flash game by irritated gamer axman13 and voice track by Deven Mack (D-Mac-Double), he was compelled to turn this ep...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/dot-dot-dot-epic-game-review-animated/

TARDIS Door

Image: Normal Jean [Flickr] - via EPBOTMusician, artist, Jean of all trades and - obviously - Doctor Who fan, Normal Jean transformed her front door into a TARDIS.See also: Doctor Who? What?Spinning TARDIS | Mor...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/tardis-door/

Inception Burrito

You knew that it was just a matter of time till someone invented an Inception-themed food. Well, that time is now: Elie Ayrouth of Food Beast blog created the Inception Taco. He used 5 different Del Taco menu items to cr...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/inception-burrito/

Daisy Chaining Printers of Different Technological Eras to Print a Book

In the art installation called Just in Time, or A Short History of Production, French artist Xavier Antin printed a book using a chain of four desktop printers of varying technologies from 1880 to 1976, using the output...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/20/daisy-chaining-printers-of-different-technological-eras-to-print-a-book/










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