Archive for February 7th, 2011

No Robocop Statue for Detroit

The Mayor of Detroit has been crowd-sourcing ideas to reinvigorate the Motor City - and he actually received a pretty cool suggestion, no doubt inspired at least in part by Philadelphia's statue of their hometown movie h...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/no-robocop-statue-for-detroit/

Hello, I'll Be Your Wait-Monkey This Evening

(YouTube link) Would you like me to read you the specials? Well, that's unfortunate because I'm a monkey in a ladymask! Yeah, bet you haven't seen anything this weird since that stranger gave you those "aspirin" at th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/hello-ill-be-your-wait-monkey-this-evening/

Custom Painted Firearms

Hard Corps Weaponry is a studio that specializes in the custom painting of guns, including this nifty FNP9 in a John Deere theme. Other guns in the gallery include a Hello Kitty shotgun, a Miami Hurricanes Glock 23,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/custom-painted-firearms/

Hip Hop Panda Gets Groove On

(YouTube link) This is one of those stories where the headline sort of says it all. Well, here's some context - it's not CGI, it's not a 3D Pixar movie, and it walks a fine line between adorable and menacing. An Atla...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/hip-hop-panda-gets-groove-on/

Spinner Heart Paperweight

Spinner Heart Paperweight - $11.95 Are you having trouble making decisions this Valentine's Day?  The Spinner Heart Paperweight from the NeatoShop was made for you. Give this little number a spin and you will never h...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/spinner-heart-paperweight/

Christina Aguilera Steps on Lines, Weird Al's Toes

Yeah, so Christina Aguilera's interpretation of the National Anthem was a pretty surreal moment. I actually enjoyed the show, as did will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, who tweeted "Xtina sing'n wonderful", a sort of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/christina-aguilera-steps-on-lines-weird-als-toes/

Save the Tree Octopus!

Did you know that: Tree octopuses have eyesight comparable to humans. Besides allowing them to see their prey and environment, it helps them in inter-octopus relations. Although they are not social animals like us...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/save-the-tree-octopus/

Mad Men Ad on Side of Skyscraper

The ad agency DraftFCB in New Zealand made this clever ad in imitation of the falling scene in the opening credits of Mad Men. Link via Super Punch | Agency WebsiteMad Men...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/mad-men-ad-on-side-of-skyscraper/

AT-AT Model Made from Old Computer Parts

Sage Werbock is a performing strongman who specializes in hauling enormous weights with his nipples. No, seriously, that's what his website indicates, although I didn't explore that section of it too far. You can d...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/at-at-model-made-from-old-computer-parts/

The 6 Stupidest Job Interview Questions

Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal doesn't mince words in his cartoon rants, and this set on stupid job interview questions is no exception. To this question, I once answered "My inability to answer questions l...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/the-6-stupidest-job-interview-questions/

The Dog Chapel

In 1998, after flirting with death, folk artist Stephen Huneck decided to "build a chapel, one that celebrated the spiritual bond we have with our dogs, and that would be open to dogs and people. People of any faith...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/the-dog-chapel/

Head Shaving Helmet

(Video Link) Boris, a friend of YouTube user mattinbrooklyn made a helmet that will shave a person's head in twenty seconds. Activating it spreads shaving cream over the head. Then four electric razors inside pass...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/head-shaving-helmet/

The Complete Story of Star Wars Retold with Icons

Graphic designer Wayne Dorrington depicted the entire plot to Episode IV of Star Wars using only nonverbal symbols. You can view the entire piece at the link. The trench run scene is almost as exciting as...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/the-complete-story-of-star-wars-retold-with-icons/

Psychologists: Women Perform Worse on Math Tests When Men Stare at Their Chests

Researchers conducted a study in which they asked college undergraduate students to leer at members of the opposite sex. They found that when women were ogled by strange men, their performance on math tests were worse c...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/psychologists-women-perform-worse-on-math-tests-when-men-stare-at-their-chests/

The Giant Talking Lamp of Malmö

This 5.8 meter (19 feet) tall lamp is known as The Giant Lamp of Lilla Torg Square. It's a brightly shining popular tourist attraction that visits the many squares of  the Swedish city of Malmö throughout the year b...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/the-giant-talking-lamp-of-malmo/

Old Couple Sure Can Dance

So, think you can dance? Well, this old couple shows all the young whippersnappers how to properly execute a flawless dance routine, to Whitney Houston's classic. Hello, America's Got Talent, are you listening?See the cl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/old-couple-sure-can-dance/

Snowshoes for Cars

For our fellow Neatoramanauts still digging themselves out of the epic snowstorm in part of the United States, we present: Snowshoes for Cars. From the 1931 issue of Modern Mechanics:As shown in the photo at the righ...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/snowshoes-for-cars/

Big Vortex: Power Plant with a Ski Slope

You don't usually associate power plant with fun, but that's exactly what Tim and Jan Edler of architecture and design studio Realities:United had in mind. Behold the Big Vortex, a waste-to-energy power-plant for Copenha...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/big-vortex-power-plant-with-a-ski-slope/

Best Airport Lounges in the World

Still crammed in a packed airport terminals awaiting your flight with fellow commoners? You're missing out! Michael Gros of WorldMate Travelog wrote a list of the best business and first-class lounges from airports aroun...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/best-airport-lounges-in-the-world/

Scold's Bridle: Medieval Punishment for Gossiping and Quarrelsome Women

Photo: science Museum LondonThat's the "Scold's Bridle," a gruesome mask used as punishment for "rude, clamorous woman," who are considered to be spending too much gossiping or quarreling in the Medie...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/scolds-bridle-medieval-punishment-for-gossiping-and-quarrelsome-women/

Wicked Witch of the East Door Stop

The Wicked Witch of the East Door Stop -  $27.95 Do you know someone who is hard to shop for? The Wicked Witch of the East Door Stop from the NeatoShop, because even a real witch can appreciate a great pair of shoes....

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/wicked-witch-of-the-east-door-stop/

Douglas Adams and the Cult of 42

We know that 42 is the answer to life, the universe, and everything, but how did Douglas Adams come up with it? In this excerpt from the book 42: Douglas Adams' Amazingly Accurate Answer to Life, the Universe and Eve...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/douglas-adams-and-the-cult-of-42/

The Streamlined Car of the Future

(YouTube link) "If you're looking for a 1960 model, this may well be it." Those were big words back in 1948, when this short documentary was produced by Popular Mechanics. Which will it be: a three-wheeled golf cart...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/the-streamlined-car-of-the-future/

This is a Shop

Flickr user NiferCritter thought this was such a neat scene that she knew photographic evidence was required. I passed a storefront window w/ such an oddity of things, that it needed to post a sign that it was indee...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/this-is-a-shop/

Green Bay Celebrates on MST3K

(YouTube link) The guys from MST3K recognize fans celebrating a Super Bowl win in the crowd behavior seen in the 1975 film Giant Spider Invasion. The Packers were a recurring joke in the series. -via Buzzfe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/green-bay-celebrates-on-mst3k/

Apocalypse Moby

What happens when you mashup Moby Dick and Apocalypse Now? You get a movie script by Perry Hall, available in its entirety in a .pdf. MAN (GENERAL AHAB) Blood and thunder! Mobys gone off the reserva...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/apocalypse-moby/

Wind Turbine Erection

(YouTube link) Those of you who been around Neatorama for a while know that infrequent author Johnny Cat, our own Don Quixote, went to school to study windmills. He is now close to finishing his classes, and ready t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/wind-turbine-erection/

Celebrity Graffiti

Famous faces in public places, but these aren't advertising bill boards. Web Urbanist rounded up pictures of street art that incorporates celebrities you know and maybe love. This image of Jack Nicholson was painted...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/celebrity-graffiti/

Inside Insides

Andy Ellison posts animated images of food on his site Inside Insides. What you see here is an MRI of an onion. The bright spot that appears is actually a bruise! You can also see MRI scans of bell peppers, green bea...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/inside-insides/

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. What inspiration does this scene suggest to you? The commenters s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/02/07/name-that-weird-invention-18/




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