Archive for January 26th, 2011

Shaolin Monk Throws Needle Through Glass

There's the silent, contemplate-y monks, and then there's the Shaolin Monks, who attain spiritual harmony by mastering the sort of skills you tend to see in Mortal Kombat.  I mean, they can't freeze you or anything, but...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/26/shaolin-monk-throws-needle-through-glass/

Undersea Nuclear Explosion

Well, we bombed the Moon, so I don't know why anyone would be surprised that we'd nuke the ocean too.  Although I imagine it was a rather unpleasant experience for the passengers and crew of the ship that got swallowed...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/26/undersea-nuclear-explosion/

The Most Insane Action Scene Ever!

(YouTube link) A sequence from the Bollywood sci-fi movie Robot. Just when you think it can't get any more bizarre, it does just that. Overdubbed in Russian (I think), but knowing the language won't help. -...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/26/the-most-insane-action-scene-ever/

Woman Earns Master's Degree in Beatles Studies

Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy is the first recipient of a new graduate studies program at Liverpool Hope University that focuses on the work of The Beatles: The launch of the unique MA in Beatles, Popular Music and Society...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/26/woman-earns-masters-degree-in-beatles-studies/

Where Are These Hippies Now?

You have probably seen this picture before, with the caption "Would you have invested in this company?" The people in this 1978 portrait were the early staff of Microsoft. You know Bill Gates in the bottom left corne...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/26/where-are-these-hippies-now/

Ending Left Turns

UPS saved a lot of money by eliminating left turns from its delivery routes. Would this practice be effective on a larger scale? At Smithsonian, Sarah Zielinski writes: UPS minimizes left turns for its deli...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/26/ending-left-turns/

Armored Cat

Your cat doesn't have a helmet? Why not? deviantART user Diarment made one for his cat Hugo. It's reminiscent of Princess Leia's slave girl costume, if Leia had been a cat. Link via Super Punchcats, armor, Prin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/26/armored-cat/

Dictator-Style Self Portraits

In a series that he calls Kim Jong Phil, artist Phillip Toledano depicted himself as a heroic leader, much as North Korea's propaganda art shows dictator Kim Jong-il. He explained that this is a natural thing for an...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/26/dictator-style-self-portraits/

Should Heat Generated by Crematorium Be Used to Warm a Swimming Pool?

In Redditch, UK, there's a recreation center next to a large crematorium. The latter generates a lot of heat, which is currently going to waste. So why not make use of it? Redditch council in Worcestershire says it...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/26/should-heat-generated-by-crematorium-be-used-to-a-warm-swimming-pool/

Hitler's Bodyguard

Adolf Hitler's last surviving bodyguard, Rochus Misch, announced that he is no longer able to respond to his voluminous fan mail. Fan mail? Rochus Misch is 93 and uses a walking frame to move around his apartment. He to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/26/hitlers-bodyguard/

Propensity of Cussing in the United States

Cartographer Daniel Huffman measured the propensity of six swear words in tweets by geographic location within the 48 contiguous states. So this map is actually adjusted for population. Redder areas swear a lot mor...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/26/propensity-of-cussing-in-the-united-states/

Perfect Dexter Parody

(Video Link) If you're not familiar with the television show Dexter, this parody by the comedy company Landline TV will bring you up to speed in about a minute. Summing up the character Debra Morgan with t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/26/perfect-dexter-parody/

Bottle Magic Sweepstakes

Our friends at Conceptis Puzzles are giving you a chance to win a personal, custom-made Bottle Magic bottle (or Impossible Bottles, as popularized by math teacher and magician Harry Eng). The puzzle solution will...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/26/bottle-magic-sweepstakes/

Figural TARDIS Mug

If you're a big Doctor Who fan, this ceramic mug is perfect for sipping coffee or hot chocolate while watching the Time Lord save the world from the latest batch of villains. The 3-dimensional Figural TARDIS Mug is shape...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/26/figural-tardis-mug/

How Is This Possible?

In the famous 1971 footage from Apollo 15, astronaut David R. Scott dropped a hammer and a feather at the same time on the surface of the Moon, thus confirming Galileo's hypothesis that gravity accelerates all objects at...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/26/how-is-this-possible/

Scaring Japanese Kids into Obedience (Bonus: Scarring Them For Life!)

Have you ever threatened your unruly kid to listen lest a monster will get 'em? Well, the Japanese aren't into empty threats: The costumes depicted the monster of the local "namahage" tradition, where peopl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/26/scaring-japanese-kids-into-obedience-bonus-scarring-them-for-life/

UK's Youngest Grandfather

A man from South Wales was fuming that his 14-year-old daughter got pregnant, but he couldn't stay mad for long because 1) he became a father himself at 14, and 2) At 29, he's just broken the UK record for youngest grand...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/26/uks-youngest-grandfather/

Funny and Rude UK Place Names

You knew there were some provocative place names in the United Kingdom. Now we have a definitive (and long) list of funny place names in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland all in one place. Here is a small sa...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/26/funny-and-rude-uk-place-names/

Grand Piano on a Sand Bar

Some Miami residents couldn't believe their eyes when they saw a grand piano out in Biscayne Bay, perched atop a sandbar. How and why the piano got there is a mystery. A grand piano weighs at least 650 pounds and is unw...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/26/grand-piano-on-a-sand-bar/

Up! (1965)

(YouTube link) What if Disney had produced the movie Up! in 1965? YouTube member whoiseyevan, who gave us Ghost Busters 1954 and Raiders of the Lost Ark 1951 produced a trailer for a 1960s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/26/up-1965/

Mason Jar Chandelier

What you see here is a chandelier made of wide-mouth Mason canning jars! Laura and David handcraft these one at a time to the customer's specifications. Not only is it a conversation piece full of Southern charm, but...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/26/mason-jar-chandelier/

Underground Animals: Cool Cave Critters, Part One

Cave animals just might be some of the strangest animals on Earth. Adapted to living somewhere with little to no light and practically no vegetation, these animals have evolved to survive in extreme environments and the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/26/underground-animals-cool-cave-critters-part-one/

Slacklining at the Totem Pole

(YouTube link) Jen, who must be made of pure steel, walks a slack line at Tasmania's sea stack known as the Totem Pole. After you marvel at his focus, strength, and balance (not to mention bravery), consider one oth...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/26/slacklining-at-the-totem-pole/






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