Archive for April 4th, 2011

Gmail Motion April Fool's Hoax Made Real

Remember the Gmail Motion April Fool's joke that John featured before? Well, Evan Suma and his colleagues at Mark Bolas' MxR Lab at University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technology decided to make it...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/gmail-motion-april-fools-hoax-made-real/

Solar System Scope

This clever Flash-based Solar System Scope website is probably the only time you can safely say "grab Uranus and wiggle it around" in polite company. Take a look and tell me isn't that the geekiest bit of fun y...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/solar-system-scope/

Yoga Cats

That's it. Pack up your bags and go home, because the LOLCats have grown up and the Internet is now complete. Ladies and gentlemen, we present: Yoga Cats by Daniel Borris (What? Not a cat lover? How about Yoga Dogs?)Look...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/yoga-cats/

Mini Motorcycle Mama

In  1937 tiny Sally Halterman didn't let her stature hold her back. Despite weighing in at only one-third the weight of her Harley Davidson Sally was the first woman to be granted a license to operate a motorcycle in t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/mini-motorcycle-mama/

5 Tech-Related Ways to Reuse an Altoids Tin

There have been many creative reuses for Altoids tins posted here but these take it up a techie notch. Above is the The MintyBoost! USB charger. It can add hours of power to any device that uses a USB connection--cameras...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/5-tech-related-ways-to-reuse-an-altoids-tin/

Jim Henson's Incredibly Violent Coffee Commercials

(Video Link) In the 1950s, before the Muppets, Jim Henson produced these commercials for Wilkins Coffee. They are, uh, very blunt. To summarize, the message is "Buy our coffee, or we'll kill you." The brand appea...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/jim-hensons-incredibly-violent-coffee-commercials/

Will Ferrell's Sexy Hot Tan Sunscreen

Will Ferrell's Sexy Hot Tan Sunscreen - $11.95 It's spring break!   Have you packed your super cool, make the girls swoon, sunscreen for the trip?  No!!! You better head on over to the NeatoShop before it's too l...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/will-ferrells-sexy-hot-tan-sunscreen-2/

Hot Wheels Loop in Highway

As part of an advertising campaign for Hot Wheels, a construction crew in Bogotá, Colombia, installed a facade for a loop. From the side, it resembles the loop tracks that Mattel has sold for years. You'll have to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/hot-wheels-loop-installed-in-highway/

Japanese Dog Who Survived Three Weeks at Sea after the Tsunami Reunited with Owner

(Video Link) Ban, a two-year old dog from Japan, survived three weeks at sea on a rooftop after the recent earthquake and tsunami. He was rescued from the Japanese Coast Guard and, as you can see in this video, reu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/japanese-dog-who-survived-three-weeks-at-sea-after-the-tsunami-reunited-with-owner/

8 Once Amazing Sci Fi Technologies Now Inferior to Real Life Gadgets

We don't have flying cars, but otherwise, it can be hard for science fiction to keep up with the pace of modern technology. Evan Hoovler of blastr has a list of eight technological wonders from science fict...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/8-once-amazing-sci-fi-technologies-now-inferior-to-real-life-gadgets/

When Cows Attack

Forget Jaws! The real danger is far closer to home: statistics reveal that more Americans are killed each year by something far more dangerous .... the cow. The next time you're nervously scanning the surfac...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/when-cows-attack/

Gravitational Field Map of Earth

Earth may be round, but not its gravitational field! After two years in orbit, the European Space Agency's Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer satellite has revealed the clearest picture of earth's...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/gravitional-field-map-of-earth/

Cartoon Music Keeps Kids Longer in a Candy Store

Photo: ShutterstockI'm sure we all have heard the idiom "like a kid in a candy store" - but has anyone ever conducted an actual experiment with kids in a candy store? Like, for instance, does music played in th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/cartoon-music-keeps-kids-longer-in-a-candy-store/

Using CAPTCHA to Decipher Old Text

If you think that CAPTCHA, the squiggly lines you have to decipher in order to login or place your comments on many websites, are only there to keep out spammers, think again!There is actually another use of the annoying...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/using-captcha-to-decipher-old-text/

The Governator

(YouTube link) You didn't really believe that Arnold Schwarzeneggar was going to retire after he left the governor's office, did you? This concept may be both a TV show and a movie, as well as a comic book....

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/the-governator/

The 8 Best Easter Toys (To Give Your Kids Nightmares)

Is there something about a cute bunny rabbit that brings out the perverse side of toy designers? You'd think so by looking at these! The bunnies on this list are scary, bloody, or dead, and may be disturbing to some...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/the-8-best-easter-toys-to-give-your-kids-nightmares/

Giant Rabbit of Minorca

Paleontologist Josep Quintana Cardona of the Mediterranean island of Minorca and colleagues have discovered the fossils of the largest rabbit that ever lived on Earth: The new hunk of a rabbit, now named Nuralagus re...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/giant-rabbit-of-minorca/

Cupcake Apron

Cupcake Apron - $29.95 Mother's Day is almost here! Are you looking for a fun and practical Mother's Day gift for your favorite Mom? Check out the delectable Cupcake Apron from the NeatoShop.  It's sweet and sassy ju...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/cupcake-apron/

Who Said What in the White House

Mental_floss is celebrating the migration of the site to a new, malware-free, high security server! And that means the return of Lunchtime Quizzes. Today's quiz features questions from the game Who Said What in t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/who-said-what-in-the-white-house/

Chowchilla Revisited

In 1976, three young men kidnapped a school bus full of children in Chowchillla, California. The 26 children and the driver were forced at gunpoint into a truck that was buried at a rock quarry. The bus driver, Ed Ray, a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/chowchilla-revisited/

Identical Cousins

Can you distinguish which man in this picture is Czar Nicholas II of Russia, and which is King George V of England? The two monarchs were cousins born only three years apart. Can't decide? The answer is at The Orname...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/identical-cousins/

Getting to Know Americans

New York University has advice for international students in dealing with US Americans. A handy guide is posted on their website. Americans generally believe the ideal person is self-reliant. Most Americans see themselv...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/getting-to-know-americans/

Spitalfields Nippers

Photographer Horace Warner took hundreds of pictures of street urchins in the East End neighborhood of Spitalfields in 1912. At the time, it was one of London's harshest slum areas, but has been gentrified in the pas...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/spitalfields-nippers/

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 should we name this one? The commenters suggesting the funni...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/name-that-weird-invention-26/

The Art of Tron: Legacy

Software artist Josh Nimoy spent a half year writing software to generate special effects for the Tron: Legacy movie from last year. At his portfolio website he has now published information and some very cool pic...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/the-art-of-tron-legacy/

The Painted Lady

The following is an article from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges Into History Again. How a lady and her hat scandalized Paris. In 1905, a painting shown in Paris shocked the public...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/the-painted-lady/

The Dark Side of the Loom

Aldo Cavini Benedetti took this photo that just might remind you of a certain album cover. Link -via reddit (Image credit: Flickr user aldoaldoz)pink floyd, Dark Side of the Moon...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/the-dark-side-of-the-loom/

Ravens Fight ... Then Make Up

Wanna know the secret of raven relationships? It's "never go to the nest angry."A study by Orlaith Fraser of the University of Vienna in Austria revealed that a pair of ravens that got into a fight with one ano...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/ravens-fight-then-make-up/

WTF Stamp

WTF Stamp - $8.95It's Monday, so come to the office prepared to battle interoffice memo shenanigans with the WTF Stamp from the NeatoShop. Got an outrageous expense report? Deal with it decisively in just a fraction of a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/wtf-stamp/

PETA Offers $1 Million Prize for Lab-Grown Meat

No stranger to controversy and publicity stunts, PETA is back - and this time, the animal rights group is putting money where its mouth is: PETA is offering a $1 million reward to the first scientist to produce and bring...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/04/peta-offers-1-million-prize-for-lab-grown-meat/










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