Archive for March 8th, 2011

Public Art Installation: What Do You Want to Do before You Die?

Artist Candy Chang has displayed an enormous chalkboard at 900 Marigny Street in New Orleans. On it, she's printed the phrase "Before I die I want to _______" several dozen times. Just walk up, grab a piece of chal...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/08/public-art-installation-what-do-you-want-to-do-before-you-die/

Foot-Handle for Public Restrooms

Finally! I don't want to touch the inside handle of the door of a public restroom. Normally I'll grab it with some paper towel. But this is a good solution, especially for those restrooms that have hot air blowers...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/08/foot-handle-for-public-restrooms/

A Musical Composition Based on Pi

(Video Link) Michael Blake assigned note values to numerals and played pi to the first 31 decimal places. He starts with a simply piano melody, but then he brings in an accordion, a xylophone, a ukulele, a banjo, a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/08/a-musical-composition-based-on-pi/

Ward Shelley's Chart of the History of Science Fiction

Artist Ward Shelley creates enormous, sprawling timelines that show the development of different ideas or cultural trends. Pictured above is a small selection from his chart illustrating the history of science ficti...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/08/ward-shelleys-chart-of-the-history-of-science-fiction/

Chick Reusable Tote Bag

Chick Reusable Tote Bag - $4.95 Do you have trouble remembering your reusable bags when you go shopping?  That's because your bags aren't as cute as the Chick Reusable Tote Bag from the NeatoShop.  You could never for...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/08/chick-reusable-tote-bag/

The Year 2000, As Predicted in 1910

In 1910, a French illustrator named Villemard created a series of postcards which imagined life in the year 2000. He speculated that we would use motorized roller skates, firefighters would fly on batwings, and mach...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/08/the-year-2000-as-predicted-in-1910/

Charlie Sheen's Tiger Blood

Where does Charlie Sheen get his tiger blood from? Not just any tiger will do. Sheen needs a source with an already mangled biochemistry, as Seth Patrick illustrates. http://sethpatrick.com/tiger-blood/ via Popp...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/08/charlie-sheens-tiger-blood/

Huge Volcanic Fissure in Hawaii

(Video Link) Mt. Kilauea on the Big Island of Hawaii is erupting at the moment. Here's aerial footage of lava spilling into a huge fissure. The helicopter in the upper part of the shot gives you a sense of the sca...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/08/huge-volcanic-fissure-in-hawaii/

Intruder Locks Himself in Bathroom, Calls Police for Protection from Homeowner

The suspect wasn't doing anything odd, really. He just broke into a house and started taking a shower. No big deal. The homeowner found him there and demanded to know what he was doing. The intruder, fearing for his...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/08/intruder-locks-himself-in-bathroom-calls-police-for-protection-from-homeowner/

40 Hilarious Passive-Aggressive Office Notes

After reading these notes to anonymous troublemakers -and every office has one or two of those types- I realize how glad I am to work from home, despite the relatively minor annoyances. At least now when someone stea...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/08/40-hilarious-passive-aggressive-office-notes/

The Danger of a Solar Storm

A rather large solar flare occurred on February 14th, which signals the beginning of cycle of flares that will reach its peak, called a solar maximum, in about two years. How bad can they get? The worst solar flare on re...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/08/the-danger-of-a-solar-storm/

Chicken Chasing: A Cajun Mardi Gras Tradition

In the Cajun communities of western Louisiana, Mardi Gras is celebrated a little differently from the parades and balls held in the cities. People have just as much fun participating in the Courir de Mardi Gras, or Fat T...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/08/chicken-chasing-a-cajun-mardi-gras-tradition/

Carnival Bateria

You might not be able to fly down to Rio for Carnival, but you can hear and feel a “bateria,” a samba school drum section, in this web toy from Brazil. Enjoy the rhythm, or toggle on and off the sections to hear...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/08/carnival-bateria/

Cadbury Egg Catapult

Cadbury's advertising for this year's Creme Eggs brings us a game in which you use a catapult to toss eggs at Google Maps locations. After flailing about somewhat (fun in itself), I finally managed to "egg" my own ho...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/08/cadbury-egg-catapult/

Misery Bear for Red Nose Day

(YouTube link) BBC Comedy regular Misery Bear tries to cheer himself up by participating in Red Nose Day, an annual event to benefit Comic Relief. Along the way, he meets Kate Moss and we see Misery live up to his n...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/08/misery-bear-for-red-nose-day/

Woman Keeps Pet Crocodiles

Vicki Lowing lives in Australia with her three pet crocodiles. She adopted Johnie, her first crocodile, fifteen years ago. Johnie is now 6 feet long! Lowing tells how the crocodile would get into bed with her and her the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/08/woman-keeps-pet-crocodiles/

How Smoke Detectors Work

(YouTube link) Bill Hammack, the Engineer Guy, explains how a smoke detector works. It's pretty geeky, which makes me marvel at the people who designed these things. Smoke detectors are very handy! Every time ours g...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/08/how-smoke-detectors-work/

The Tar Pits!

The Tar Pits -  $2.45 Do you feel stuck in your current situation? Are you slowly sinking into the abyss? Get the The Tar Pits from the NeatoShop and put the fun back in your life. The Tar Pits from the NeatoShop...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/08/the-tar-pits/

Time for a Shave: Does Facial Hair Interfere With Visual Speech Intelligibility?

The following is an article from the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research. by Susanne Fuchs1, Melanie Weirich1, Christian Kroos2, Natalie Fecher1, Daniel Pape3, and Sabine Koppetsch4 If on...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/08/time-for-a-shave-does-facial-hair-interfere-with-visual-speech-intelligibility/

Drawing Every Building in New York

"All the Buildings in New York" is the name of a blog where James Gulliver Hancock, an illustrator originally from Australia and currently based in Brooklyn, New York, will post creations from his ongoing project to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/08/drawing-every-building-in-new-york/
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