Archive for January 24th, 2011

"Call It In The Air"

When we participate in the flipping of a coin, the command given is to predict the outcome as "heads or tails."  For centuries most American and British coins have featured a bust or profile of a head of state on on...

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Minor Miracle Mug

Need coffee to do its miraculous job every morning waking you up?This Minor Miracle Mug has a special imprinted bottom that will give you an inspiring vision after you finish your morning coffee. How do you spell pareido...

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Goose and Bull Love Each Other

A goose and a bull near Grisborne, New Zealand, have been attached to each other for ten years: The friendship between a Highland cattle beast and a goose was forged in January 2001 in the paddocks of Knapdale Eco Lod...

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Modular Pocket Knife

I searched for a long time before I found the multi-tool that I really wanted. But I'm still not completely satisfied because I don't need the fish scaler that comes with it. The design company Quirky may have the...

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Snowmobile Thingy Pushes a Single Skiier

The Skizee was originally designed for the ski patrol, but it can also serve recreational purposes. The 10.5 hp 4-stroke engine can propel a skiier to high speeds, as you can see in the video at the link. Naturally...

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Anatomical Heart Cake

Cake artist Lily Vanilli makes cakes that look like human hearts. Musician Tim Wheeler featured one in one of his music videos, which you can watch at the link. In the video, he devours the cake, and it's surprisin...

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Super Mario Bros.: The Ballet

Children at the Maria Imaculada School in Porto Alegre, Brazil, put on a Super Mario-themed classical ballet. It was entitled "The Abduction of Princess Peach." I'm waiting until they do Grand Theft Au...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/24/super-mario-bros-the-ballet/

Comparing US States with the Economies of Other Countries

The Economist created a map of the United States that matches each state with a national economy of comparable size as measured by Gross Domestic Product in 2009. It's interactive. So at the link, you can hover you...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/24/comparing-us-states-with-the-economies-of-other-countries/

Bus Drives Through Waterfall

(Video Link) So, a river blocks a bus route in Nicaragua. Does that stop the driver? No. He's going straight through. via The Presurferbuses, Nicaragua...

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Single-Fingered Dinosaur Discovered

80 million years ago, the Linhenykus monodactylus scratched its lottery tickets with only one finger: Meat-eating dinosaurs were very good at finding food, thus their evolutionary success over some 165 mi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/24/single-fingered-dinosaur-discovered/

Architectural Firm Proposes Buildings on Rails

Tired of your neighbors? Swedish architecture firm Jagnafalt Milton may have a solution. It recently won a competition to develop the Norwegian city of Åndalsnes. The company proposes erecting buildings on railro...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/24/architectural-firm-proposes-buildings-on-rails/

High Heeled Flippers

So you're going scuba diving for pirate treasure, and shortly thereafter, to a ritzy gallery opening. To save time between the two events, you can wear these high heeled flippers by Belgian artist Paul Schietekat....

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Block of Wood on Top of an Iceberg: How Did It Get There?

Photo: Jodie SmithAustralia's ABC News Onlin reporter Karen Barlow (Twitter @kjbar) went aboard the icebreaker Aurora Australis on a journey to Antarctica when she came across this bit of oddity: a piece of wood sitting...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/24/block-of-wood-on-top-of-an-iceberg-how-did-it-get-there/

Santa Barbara Turns the Bench on Panhandling Problem

Like any city in the United States, Santa Barbara, California, is coping with a burgeoning panhandling problem. But what's unusual is the city's way to turn the table on this vexing problem:Cities have tried many way...

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Why IKEA Store is a Maze: To Trap Shoppers

Ever been lost in an IKEA store? It's not your fault - turns out the store was actually designed like a maze. Why? Elementary, my dear Watson: it's so you shop more!The home furnishing chain’s mazy layouts are...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/24/why-ikea-store-is-a-maze-to-trap-shoppers/

Mysterious Sculpture Appeared Overnight on Woman's Front Yard

[YouTube Clip]When Boulder, Colorado, resident Donna Coughlin glanced out of her window in the middle of the night, she saw something quite strange: someone had put a 500-lb sculpture in her front yard.It came in the...

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The Princess Industrial Complex

Having written about girls' adolescence, journalist Peggy Orenstein is quite the expert in parenting of young girls. Her attempt in raising her daughter free of the girlie-girl stereotype, however, was nuked when - in wh...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/24/the-princess-industrial-complex/

TARDIS Emergency Fund Keychain

TARDIS Emergency Fund Keychain - $12.95 Need emergency cash? Any Time Lord knows that it pays to be prepared - so get yourself this nifty TARDIS Emergency Fund Keychain from the NeatoShop that lets you store money in cas...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/24/tardis-emergency-fund-keychain/

I Can Has NMA Treatment?

(YouTube link) Ben Huh, who found success with I Can Has Cheezburger and its many spinoff sites, recently secured $30 million in investment funding. That may sound like success, but the real sign that you'v...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/24/i-can-has-nma-treatment/

The Most Popular Websites

Can you name the most popular websites in the United States? That's the challenge in today's Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss. You have two minutes to name the top ten (you don't have to type the URL). There are really...

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Na

Sing along with this flow chart from xkcd! I guess it shows my age when I can sing all these except Katamari Damacy. Link songs, xkcd, flow chart, na...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/24/na/

50 Comedy Spoilers in 3 Minutes

(YouTube link) The Fine Brothers are back with more movie spoilers -if you can keep up! If you don't want to know how these comedy films end, you might want to skip this, but you've probably seen them all. Anyway, t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/24/50-comedy-spoilers-in-3-minutes/

Adorable Baby Bear

Isn't he sweet? You may have seen this picture around the web the last few days. No, It's not a tiny polar bear -it's plush! And you can make one yourself, with a pattern from Etsy seller Tatiana Scalozub. Link -via...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/24/adorable-baby-bear/

Razzie Nominations

We'll have to wait until tomorrow to see what movies are nominated for the Oscars, but the 2010 Razzie nominations are out. Who will win the awards for the worst movies of the year? The nominees for Worst Pictur...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/24/razzie-nominations/

The Fight for Safe Milk: Pasteurization

The following is an article from Uncle John's Giant 10th Anniversary Bathroom Reader. Last week, we told you about the battle to end the sale of adulterated milk. Part II is the story of the fight to pasteurize th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/24/the-fight-for-safe-milk-pasteurization/

Perspective and Hope

Minnesotastan put this graph with his town's historical average high and low temperatures on his refrigerator to remind the family that they will get better, as they always do. The arrows are moved along every week....

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/24/perspective-and-hope/

Unstuck in Time

A veteran of the Iraq War compares his readjustment to civilian life with that of the character Billy Pilgrim in Kurt Vonnegut's semi-autobiographical novel Slaughterhouse Five. Vonnegut wrote of becoming "unstu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/24/unstuck-in-time/

Space Hoppers in Venice

(vimeo link) Shelley Jones and Marko Anstice take a trip through Venice in this stop-motion video by bayougirl. I sure wish those things really worked like that! ...except for the end, of course. -via Nag on the Lak...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/24/space-hoppers-in-venice/

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 Museum of Possibilities posts. Can you come up with a name for this one? The commenters suggesti...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/24/name-that-weird-invention-16/
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