Archive for March 10th, 2011

The 3-Year Glitch is the New 7-Year Itch

It used to be that couples lose romantic interest in each other after seven years of marriage. Thanks to modern life, however, the "seven-year itch" has been upgraded to the "...

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How Sea Stars Move

The Ark in Space has the weirdest video clip of sea stars you'll see today. Ever wonder how they move? It's suprisingly creepy (pun intended)This is a great piece of time lapse photography, showing a sea star (or sta...

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Being an Anime Fan in 80's New York City

Before Comic-Con made cosplay chic, being a manga geek was hard work. Michael Pinto of Fanboy has an interesting trip down memory lane about being an anime fan in New York City back in the 80s:You know how when you g...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/10/being-an-anime-fan-in-80s-new-york-city/

The Painted Trees

Artist Curtis Killorn has a unique way of making dead trees come to life. Well, artistically, anyways. He said: "I paint dead trees in bright colors in the mountains of Colorado as public art. ... The trees tha...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/10/the-painted-trees/

The Fingerprints Left by iPad Apps

George Kokkinidis of Design Language News is like a modern day tracker, but instead of deciphering spoor in the wilderness, he's investigating the only fragments that remain from using touch interface: our fingerprints.*...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/10/the-fingerprints-left-by-ipad-apps/

Counting Glow-in-the-Dark Sheep

Counting Sheep - Glow in the Dark - $29.95Can't sleep? Well, you can try counting sheep ... which is a lot easier if you can actually see 'em in the dark. Well, these "Counting Sheep" figurines from the NeatoSh...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/10/counting-glow-in-the-dark-sheep/

The Origins of Control-Alt-Delete

Ever wonder why PC users can issue the three-finger salute to reboot the computer? IBM programmer David Bradley explains the origin of the computer command Control-Alt-Delete, in this interview (complete with a zinger to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/10/the-origins-of-control-alt-delete/

Is America a Nation in Decline?

If you listen to the pundits on TV and radio (on both sides of the political spectrum), it seems like this country is going to hell in a handbasket with jets strapped to our backs. But are they actually right? Fareed Zak...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/10/is-america-a-nation-in-decline/

The Raw Beauty of Hand Forged Steel Knife

Forget the "amazing" Ginsu knife you see on late night TV! Here's the ultimate in the raw power (and some would say, beauty) of cutlery: the hand forged steel knife from Lüneburg Black Forge. Equally at ho...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/10/the-raw-beauty-of-hand-forged-steel-knife/

Artistic Whirlwind

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxRT60-kw78] YouTube link. Some Neatorama readers will have seen a recent video of an art installation created by placing a group of fans in such a way as to create a vortex of a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/10/artistic-whirlwind/

Brilliant Dog and Ordinary Cat

(Video Link) In the mood for some dark humor? Too bad, you're getting it anyway. In a wonderfully paced short film, Graham Annable tells the tale of a remarkable dog. I won't say anything else, lest I give away t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/10/brilliant-dog-and-ordinary-cat/

Seeing Eye Dog for Blind Man Goes Blind, Gets Own Seeing Eye Dog

Graham Waspe had been aided by his guide dog Edward for six years. When Edward himself began to lose his sight, Mr. Waspe acquired a new guide dog, Opal, who helps not only him, but Edward as well: Mr Waspe's new dog...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/10/seeing-eye-dog-for-blind-man-goes-blind-gets-own-seeing-eye-dog/

1:1 Model of Car Sculpted out of Play-Doh

To promote its new Chevrolet Orlando, General Motors had artists sculpt a full-size model of its new car. The company then placed it on a street in London: The company crafted a full-scale Play-Doh model of the M...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/10/11-model-of-car-sculpted-out-of-play-doh/

Giant Knit LEGO Brick Doorstop

Ordinary LEGO bricks just aren't heavy enough to hold back a door (although you can wedge them in between the door and the floor). So Instructables user lizzyastro knitted a cover for a brick, using bottle...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/10/giant-knit-lego-brick-doorstop/

Artist Buys Cheap Landscapes, Adds Monsters

Chris McMahon calls them "involuntary collaborations". He buys fairly dull landscapes at yardsales and then adds monsters to them. To give credit to the first artist, he just adds his own name in the bottom right c...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/10/artist-buys-cheap-landscapes-adds-monsters/

Kirkbride Asylum Plans

Up to the 19th Century mentally ill people were sometimes chained naked in squalid conditions in places like London’s Bethlehem hospital which became synonymous with chaos (its name being contracted to bedlam) and...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/10/kirkbride-asylum-plans/

Woman Places Classified Ad For Kidney

A Kentucky Woman placed an unusual ad in her local paper. Margot Kirchner is on the lookout for a used, but well running kidney. "Delightful woman in mid-40s, in need of kidney. If interested, please call Margot Kirchne...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/10/woman-places-classified-ad-for-kidney/

Boba Fett Lamp & Alarm Clock

Boba Fett Lamp & Alarm Clock - $49.95 Do you have trouble getting up in the morning? Does Boba Fett just light up your life? You need the  Boba Fett Lamp & Alarm Clock from the NeatoShop! Oh, it's also MP3 Sp...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/10/boba-fett-lamp-alarm-clock/

How Music Industry Greed, Not MP3 or Piracy, Killed the Music CD

Before MP3, there was the music CD. (Note to younger Neatorama readers: ask your parents about it. It's those shiny round discs that look just like DVDs.)Remember those? And remember why you don't buy them anymore? Well,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/10/how-music-industry-greed-not-mp3-or-piracy-killed-the-music-cd/

Women Who Post A Lot of Facebook Photos of Themselves Are Attention Seekers

Why do some women post a lot of photos of themselves on Facebook? A new study shows that it's because they are "more likely to base their self-worth on appearance and use social networking to compete for attention.&...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/10/women-who-post-a-lot-of-facebook-photos-of-themselves-are-attention-seekers/

First Impressions of the USA

Jenny and Dave usually write about impressions of India on their American sensibilities. Now they are turning the tables, and blogging about how the United States appears to those who arrive for the first time from India...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/10/first-impressions-of-the-usa/

The Physics of Stout Foam

Did you know that the foam on a can of Guinness comes from a widget? It's a ball of nitrogen that is released into the stout when the can is opened. Now that you know, widgets may be on the way out. Nitrogen-infused sto...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/10/the-physics-of-stout-foam/

Old West Photographs

Photographer John C.H. Grabill took pictures of the American West between 1887 and 1892, and sent 188 of those photographs to the Library of Congress for copyright protection. Those photographs are now in the public...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/10/old-west-photographs/

Colorful Spill

A truck full of commercial ink crashed on an I-95 ramp in the Boston area yesterday, spilling the very expensive ink all over the highway. No one was injured in the wreck. The ink reached two storm drains, but it is...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/10/colorful-spill/

What Is It? game 168

It is once again time for our collaboration with the always amusing What Is It? Blog. Do you know what this thing is? Can you give us a wild guess? Place your guess in the comment section below. One guess per comm...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/10/what-is-it-game-168/

You vs. the Computer in Rock-Paper-Scissors

Over at the website for The New York Times, they have added a rock-paper-scissors game where you play against a computer, which is getting better and better at predicting what your next move will be. Compute...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/10/you-vs-the-computer-in-rock-paper-scissors/

Puppy vs. Ice Cube

(Video link) A little puppy is up against a cool and slippery opponent. For more neat puppy videos, see these previous posts: Horse and Puppy Puppy Confused by His Own Reflection Puppy, It's Time to Wa...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/10/puppy-vs-ice-cube/

The Hidden Meanings of Tattoos

The real stories behind popular body-art symbols. The Jerusalem Cross and the Dragon: A Royal Fad England's King Edward VII started the royal tattoo craze in 1862. During...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/10/the-hidden-meanings-of-tattoos/

URL Hunter

URL Hunter is a game played entirely in your browser's address bar! You are the "O", trying to eat the "a"s (animals), but it's harder than you might think. Use the arrow keys to move and the space bar to consume -bu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/10/url-hunter/






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