Archive for April 3rd, 2011

World's First Cell Phone Call

On April 3rd, 1973, 38 years ago today, Martin Cooper made a phone call while walking down the street in New York City. At the time, he was the general manager of Motorola's communications division. He had promoted the i...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/03/worlds-first-cell-phone-call/

Brilliant Idea: To Get Tiny Hat to Stay On Head, Use Superglue

(Video Link) If you'd like to hear stories about the dark side of humanity -- or just the stupid side -- talk to ER nurses. Oh, the tales that they can tell! Here's a comparatively mild example. Shawn needed to g...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/03/brilliant-idea-to-get-tiny-hat-to-stay-on-head-use-superglue/

What Determined the Length of an Audio CD?

What determined the length of the audio CD developed by Sony? It was based on the length of the longest recording of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Tyler Cowen quotes from Tim Büthe and Walter Mattli's book The New G...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/03/what-determined-the-length-of-an-audio-cd/

Homemade Shotgun Built out of a Pipe and a Stapler

(Video Link) YouTube user GatheringSticks is quite a garage machinist! He's built a functional single-shot 12 gauge shotgun from a pipe and a stapler. The firing pin is a sharpened drill bit and the shoulder rest...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/03/homemade-shotgun-built-out-of-a-pipe-and-a-stapler/

Golden Ray Migration

In 2008, Sandra Critelli shot this excellent photo of Golden Rays off the Mexican coast: She said: "It was an unreal image, very difficult to describe. The surface of the water was covered by warm and different sh...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/03/golden-ray-migration/

Frog Legs Twitch When Dashed with Salt

(Video Link) YouTube user thearchipelago went frog gigging and brought back these three whoppers. When he adds salt to the raw meat, they start twitching wildly. Why does this happen? Marshall Brain of How St...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/03/frog-legs-twitch-when-dashed-with-salt/

Beer Saves Horse's Life

Australian Steve Clibborn had just about given up any hope that his champion horse Diamond Mojo would survive a bout of colic. As a last, desperate move, he resorted to old bush wisdom about feeding horses beer. It wor...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/03/beer-saves-horses-life/

Spider-boarding

Hipsters may consider dogboarding to be way cooler than horseboarding, but both pale in comparizon to "spider-boarding" - a technique that has been used by mantidfly larvae for millions of years. The larvae of most...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/03/spider-boarding/

Switchblade Folding Pocket Comb

Switchblade Folding Pocket Comb - $4.95 Do you secretly wish you were a rebel with perfectly slicked back hair?  Recapture the wild youth you never had with the Switchblade Folding Pocket Comb from the NeatoShop! Pre...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/03/switchblade-folding-pocket-comb/

Pinhole Hasselblad

Kelly Angood has created this screen-printed cardboard Hasselblad lookalike. It's a fully functional 35mm pinhole camera. You can make your own from the A4 sized, 8 page PDF available at the artist's site and when you're...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/03/pinhole-hasselblad/

Lego Ship In a Bottle

(YouTube Link) Julia Morley has built a tiny Lego ship in a bottle and made a time lapse video of the process. I admire the meticulous effort taken to create this modern twist on a traditional craft but even Morley...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/03/lego-ship-in-a-bottle/
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