Archive for January 31st, 2011

Atari Mug: You Never Forget Your First

Certainly not me. I remember my first like it was yesterday. Oh, when I first laid eyes on you Dig Dug, my heart went pitter patter. Nothing else compares, not even Pole Position.This clever Atari Mug: You Never Forget Y...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/atari-mug-you-never-forget-your-first/

Bleeding Tooth Fungus and Other Creepy Plants That Shouldn't Exist

David Dietle wrote a highly entertaining post on Cracked about the 10 Creepy Plants That Shouldn't Exist. The list starts off with a bang with this one:#10. Bleeding Tooth FungusThe bleeding...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/bleeding-tooth-fungus-and-other-creepy-plants-that-shouldnt-exist/

Men of Tears

Real men don't cry ... or do they? Lee Glickstein and Pete van Dyk founded a group dedicated to promoting crying as a therapeutic practice:A few moments before 4 p.m. on a recent Wednesday, nine men ages 25 to 67, fi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/men-of-tears/

Quantum Physics Shell Game

What do you get when quantum physicists learn to play a con game? A paper in Nature Physics, of course! We won't pretend to understand a word in this report at Physorg, but we hope it will one day bring on a quantum supe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/quantum-physics-shell-game/

Literal.ly: a Photo Blog about Literal Things

Our pal Oddee has launched a new photo site called Literal.ly (yes, like bit.ly, the domain name is Libyan), dedicated to pictures taken literally. Some of the photos are quite clever, some have been going 'round the Net...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/literal-ly-a-photo-blog-about-literal-things/

Crochet Tom Servo

Sure, we all miss MST (MST3K - Mystery Science Theater 3000). But the show lives on forever in our hearts, on our DVD shelves, and through our geektastic arts & crafts. Craftster user MageAkyla has created her...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/crochet-tom-servo/

Indy Explains Egypt

Confused about the situation in Egypt? It's understandable, there's a lot going on and with the Internet clampdown you're left in the hands of the news organizations, which already had their hands full with coverage...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/indy-explains-egypt/

NYC Subway Map Turned into a Musical Instrument

(Video Link) Alexander Chen took Massimo Vignelli's iconic 1972 map of the New York City subway system and turned it into a musical instrument. The routes are treated like strings, and whenever a train intersects a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/nyc-subway-map-turned-into-a-musical-instrument/

Motohiko Odani's Twisty Sculptures

Japanese artist Motohiko Odani makes gloriously fluid sculptures. I can't quite figure out what material he uses. This unicorn sculpture lies at the center of an exhibit of his work called "Phantom Limb" at the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/motohiko-odanis-twisty-sculptures/

Hole-Punch Clouds

P. Wesley Tyler, Jr. captured this spooky image. What you're looking at a hole-punch cloud: Hole-punch clouds are miniature snowstorms that can occur in thin, subfreezing cloud layers. The lack of fine particl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/hole-punch-clouds/

Octopus in a Beer Bottle

(Video Link) An octopus seen off the coast of Blairgowrie, Australia, was able to enter and exit the narrow opening of a beer bottle. I can respect an octopus that can handle his beer. via Geekologieoctopi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/octopus-in-a-beer-bottle/

Heart Spatula

Heart Spatula - $9.95 Valentine's Day is almost here! Are you still looking for that perfect gift for your sweetie? Well, nothing says I love when you cook me dinner like the Heart Spatula from the NeatoShop. Be sure t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/heart-spatula/

Hearing Aid is Attached to Your Teeth

A company called Sonitus Medical recently acquired FDA approval for its new hearing aid system. It's called SoundBite, and involves two machines: one that slips behind the user's ear, and another that fits on the molars...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/hearing-aid-is-attached-to-your-teeth/

Tron Wars

(YouTube link) Tron and Star Wars: two classic sci-fi film franchises. Both were considerably better a few decades ago, yet are fueled by such creative ideas - not to mention rabid fans - that they remain eternally aw...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/tron-wars/

Real Life Buster Sword

The Buster Sword is a special weapon that appears in Final Fantasy VII. Flickr user Michaelcthulhu either made or commissioned a realistic version of one. In the linked video, he does his best to swing it...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/real-life-buster-sword/

Stanley Fish Lists the Best Sentences in the English Language

Literary theorist and columnist Stanley Fish has listed and described what he regards as the five greatest sentences ever composed in the English language. Among them is this selection from John Bunyan's 1678 work *...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/stanley-fish-lists-the-best-sentences-in-the-english-language/

Neighbors Neuter Prized Cat

Michelle Curtis of New Zealand has a very prized cat for a pet. Her cat, Buddy, is Siamese-Bengal. Buddy went missing for a few days. When he was returned Michelle was horrified to find out that neighbors had neutered...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/neighbors-neuter-rare-cat/

30 Facebook Ad Parodies

The folks at Urlesque have been busy making ads for Facebook. No, not to sell anything; these are just for laughs! Anyone with a Facebook Account can create advertisements on Facebook. You could legitimately advertise y...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/30-facebook-ad-parodies/

Doctor Accepts Donations Only

Dr. Keith Swanson of Atlantic, Iowa was going to retire and work for free over seas. Instead his wife talked him into opening a "donations only" clinic. This way he could do his charity work right in his home town. To...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/doctor-accepts-donations-only/

The Littlest Storm Trooper

Yan Fortin, the webmaster at Geeks Are Sexy, has been working on a secret project for the past nine months and today unveiled ...his new clone! No, we can't leave it at that, because his mama deserves credit a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/the-littlest-storm-trooper/

Clue: Arrested Development Edition

Sure, there's always money in the banana stand - but where's the murder weapon? In the stair car? Perhaps hidden in the walls of the model home? Gone but not forgotten, Arrested Development lives on in the strange...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/clue-arrested-development-edition/

Wild Bald Eagle Sets Up Camp Next To Captive Bald Eagle

YouTube Link The Orange County Zoo in California has a new and unexpected attraction. A wild bald eagle has moved into a tree above the cage of the zoo's captive bald eagle Olivia. Bald eagles are spotted from time...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/wild-bald-eagle-sets-up-camp-next-to-captive-bald-eagle/

Red Rose Towel Treat

This Valentine's Day, give your loved ones something better than flowers. The Red Rose Towel Treat from the NeatoShop is a red rose that she can actually use: it's a cleverly folded cotton wash cloth! At $4.95, it's a gi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/red-rose-towel-treat/

Dexter Dining Room

Photo: Adam ChinitzHere's an idea for your next dinner party: a Dexter-themed dining room by designer Amy Lau:Amy Lau has captured, tongue-in-cheek, the essence of Dexter, the Miami P.D. blood-splatter expert by day/...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/dexter-dining-room/

Homemade Solar Death Ray

Eric Jacqmain covered an ordinary fiberglass satellite dish with 5,800 mirror tiles to create a home-made death ray that can "melt steel, vaporize aluminum, boil concrete and turn dirt into lava" with the inten...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/homemade-solar-death-ray/

Ear Picking

Photo: LiiPo Ching/Mercury NewsForget luxurious shampoos, relaxing shaves, and facial treatments at spas. These beauty treatments don't come close to the Vietnamese art of ear picking:"It brings a lot of happine...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/ear-picking/

High-Tech Paper Towel Dispenser

Whaaat? You're still using a roll of paper towel? Here's the high-tech version of the good ol' paper towel stand. Behold, the CleanCut Paper Towel Dispenser, a machine that can cut paper towels to any length you want, re...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/high-tech-paper-towel-dispenser/

Pac-Man Cupcakes

Photo: hello naomi [Flickr]Nom nom nom ... waka waka waka? There are a lot of Pac-Man-inspired cakes out there, but these Pac-Man wedding cupcakes by Baker Hello Naomi (previously featured on Neatorama) are quite ambitio...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/pac-man-cupcakes/

InQuickER: Appointment-Based ER Visit

Old and busted: waiting half-a-day to see the doctor in the Emergency Room.The new hotness: InQuickER (get it?), a pay-to-be-seen-faster system that lets you make an appointment to go to the ER. Fees for the service,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/inquicker-appointment-based-er-visit/

Extreme Vacation: Descending Into an Active Volcano

Photo: Bradley AmbroseTired of your boring ol' vacation? Try extreme vacations, which will definitely make you feel alive, if they don't kill you first. National Geographic has a gallery of 20 of the most extreme, hair-r...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/01/31/extreme-vacation-descending-into-an-active-volcano/




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