Archive for March 15th, 2011

Cubebot

Cubebot (small) - $24.95Forget CGI! David Weeks created the Cubebot, a wonderful wooden "transforming" puzzle out of cherry wood. The cube you see on the right "unfolds" into the posable robot.The tri...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/cubebot/

Lightsabers Are Real And Other Science Fiction Brits Believed as Science Facts

From the it-must-be-real-cuz-I-saw-it-in-the-movies department, here's the shocking (or not so shocking, depending on your level of faith in humanity) results from a recent survey of British adults, as conducted by Birmi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/lightsabers-are-real-and-other-science-fiction-brits-believed-as-science-facts/

Meet Zheng Guigui, The Fingerless Piano Player

Are you having a woe-is-me moment? Take a quick look at this video clip of 19-year-old Chinese girl named Zheng Guigui playing Souvenirs d'enfance by Claude Lachapelle on the piano (after learning to play for on...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/meet-zheng-guigui-the-fingerless-piano-player/

Google Wants to Build Better Bosses

Can you algorithmically optimize a company's management team? Well, after building the web's most dominant search engine and self-driving car, Google's gonna try to tackle the next frontier: they're going to build better...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/google-want-to-build-better-bosses/

Beat Deafness

Can't dance to save your life? People may think you're just klutzy, but perhaps it's something a bit more. Maybe you're a bit beat deaf:The Go-Go's had a 1982 hit record with "We Got the Beat," but a 23-yea...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/beat-deafness/

Helen Keller's Pocket Watch

Shown above is a very unusual watch owned by Helen Keller - it was originally made to tell the time by touch alone. Carlene Stephens of the National Museum of American History writes: This unusual watch, originally m...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/helen-kellers-pocket-watch/

Dog Rides a Bicycle

No, your eyes aren't deceiving you. That is a dog riding a bicycle in China. Sure beats running after the bike day after day!The Presurfer has the video clip (turn down your sound, though): Linkdog, China, bicycle...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/dog-rides-a-bicycle/

Woman Fought Off the Car Clamp in a 30 Hour Standoff

No one wants a parking ticket, but not everyone has the fortitude (and bladder stamina, if you know what I mean) to fight one quite like this young woman. She fought the clamp ... and won!A YOUNG carer from Salisbury...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/woman-fought-off-the-car-clamp-in-a-30-hour-standoff/

Super Mario Bros. as an Indie Film

(Video Link) Angst, drug addiction, and unrequited love. Super Mario Bros., as Joe Nicolosi discovered, has always had the potential to be an indie film. This trailer was shown at the current SXSW festiv...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/super-mario-bros-as-an-indie-film/

Fast Food Final Fantasy

This great shot of two (presumably) cosplayers was shot by Steve Burt at Anime Expo 2008 in Los Angeles. Ronald Sephiroth battles Colonel Cloud. If Wendy joined in, what Final Fantasy character would she b...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/fast-food-final-fantasy/

Deep-Sea Anglerfish LED Light

Deep-Sea Anglerfish LED Light - $15.95 The Deep-Sea Anglerfish LED Light from the NeatoShop is so cool that you are captivated by its awesomeness.  You can't help but to come in for a closer look.  Chomp! Gulp!  If y...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/deep-sea-anglerfish-led-light/

New Government Building Won't Be Named After Harry Baals

What outrage! After all his years in civil service as mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Harry Baals is denied the honor of having a government building named after him:Harry Baals is the runaway favorite in online voting...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/new-government-building-wont-be-named-after-harry-baals/

Wonderfully Bizarre Gloves by Claire Watson

Artist Claire Watson created a series of wonderfully bizarre artwork out of gloves. Take a look at the series, titled "Kid Gloves," on her website: Link - via Laughing Squidgloves, Claire Watson...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/wonderfully-bizarre-gloves-by-claire-watson/

What Every Man Thinks About Apart From Sex

What Every Man Thinks About Apart From Sex is a groundbreaking work by comedian Sheridan Simove. Sales of his book has recently eclipsed a Harry Potter title and Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code," so he must be o...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/what-every-man-thinks-about-apart-from-sex/

Man Had Fourth Amendment Written on Chest, Challenged TSA

Aaron Tobey, not a big fan of the TSA, wrote an abbreviated version of the Fourth Amendment on his body and stripped to his shorts to protest airport security measures. He's now suing:Aaron Tobey claims in a civil ri...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/man-had-fourth-amendment-written-on-chest-challenged-tsa/

Luxury Nursing Home in Portugal

Photo: Fernando Guerra, FG+SG Architectural PhotographyWhere do hipsters go when they grow old? My bet would be this nursing home in Portugal. All kidding aside, it's quite impressive:Up until this day, when we think...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/luxury-nursing-home-in-portugal/

Why Borders Failed

My neighborhood Borders is closing - it's a big blow to our local mall and movie theater complex. The rumor of Borders bankruptcy had swirled around for a while before it actually happened,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/why-borders-failed/

Voyager and Borg Wedding Cakes

May they live long and prosper! Star Trek fan Pamela recently got assimilated married. Two wedding cakes graced the event, one a recreation of the starship Voyager and the other a Borg Cube. See another pict...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/voyager-and-borg-wedding-cakes/

Chatroulette Love Song

(YouTube link) Remember Chatroulette? Once in a great while, something really good can happen. I wonder how many "strangers" these guys rejected before they found Diana. -via reddit Music, Song, internet, Chatroulle...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/chatroulette-love-song/

Showing His Heart

As this emperor penguin chick matures to adulthood, his "bib" took the shape we are all familiar with. Wildlife photographer Sue Flood said this chick is the only one she's ever seen with such markings. Link -via Arb...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/showing-his-heart/

Jeopardy Blog Question

(YouTube link) Well, of course a humorous sign could never be posted on more than one blog, could it? This video was labeled as a "Fail", which may be true for the contestant, but it's a win for Jason Kottke. I wond...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/jeopardy-blog-question/

Stop-Motion Chess Game

  (YouTube Link) This claymation chess game is a re-enactment of the famous one between Roesch and Schlage in Hamburg in 1910 which was also featured in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. This video,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/stop-motion-chess-game/

Lil Sherlock Pacifier

Lil Sherlock Pacifier - $4.95 With the Lil Sherlock Pacifier from the NeatoShop your baby can now have that well groomed mustache he longs for.  Finally there is a pacifier that is as sophisticated and stylish as your...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/lil-sherlock-pacifier/

Crocheted Cyanide & Happiness Figures

Are you familiar with Kris Wilson's delightfully morbid webcomic Cyanide & Happiness? It's great. Almost equally inspired are Annette Morrison's crocheted figures from that webcomic. Link via Technabobc...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/crocheted-cyanide-happiness-figures/

Hoof Shoes

If you need just the right item to complete your "What were you thinking?" outfit, I suggest these hoof shoes, available in ankle and knee lengths. These £1,300 ($2802) shoes feature synthetic hooves, but are made from...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/hoof-shoes/

Penguins Walking Around a Jetliner

(Video Link) Three days ago, on a Southwest Airlines flight from San Francisco to San Diego, penguins waddled around the plane. SeaWorld was transporting them to a convention and the penguins' attendants decided to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/penguins-walking-around-a-jetliner/

The Cyclotrope

(vimeo link) This is something you can honestly call mechanical animation. Tim Wheatley made his own zoetrope out of a bicycle wheel! -via @LettersofNoteanimation, bicycle, zoetrope...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/the-cyclotrope/

Proposal On Stage with Robots

Chicago actress Nina O'Keefe is currently starring in the play Heddatron, which is about a woman who is kidnapped by robots. Her boyfriend, Erik Schroeder, works for a different theater company, but was called o...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/proposal-on-stage-with-robots/

Shuttle Astronaut Urine Ejected into Space

German astronomer Jens Hackmann shot this picture of what is thought to be the last waste water dump from the space shuttle Discovery on March 8 before re-entry. This waste water would, of course, include a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/shuttle-astronaut-urine-ejected-into-space-for-the-last-time/

Coke vs. Pepsi: The Pioneers

by Alice Shirrell Kaswell, Improbable Research staff The nagging question “Which is better, Coca-Cola or Pepsi-Cola?” sprang from an earlier, more basic question: “Can anyone tell the difference?” Profe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/03/15/coke-vs-pepsi-the-pioneers/




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