Archive for April 25th, 2011

Impressive and Illegal Pieces of Defaced Currency

You know when you were a kid and would absentmindedly doodle smiley faces on dollar bills? Well it seems now there is a whole artistic community of currency defacers out there. Maybe part of the national budget crisis...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/impressive-and-illegal-pieces-of-defaced-currency/

Death Star Planetarium

Death Star Planetarium - $29.95 Do you know someone who has trouble falling asleep at night?  Maybe they would sleep better under the Star Wars Galaxy. The Death Star Planetarium from the NeatoShop allows you to tra...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/death-star-planetarium/

Chemistry Set with No Chemicals

You have to wonder about the culture that creates a market for a toy like this. If you are afraid of your children using chemicals, why would you be interested in a chemistry set at all? Link -via The Daily What kid...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/chemistry-set-with-no-chemicals/

Turn Your Name Into a Face

[caption id="attachment_45165" align="alignleft" width="150" caption=""Neatorama""][/caption] Say hello to “Neatorama.”  (To the left.) At Turn Your Name Into a Face dotcom users are invited to submi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/turn-your-name-into-a-face/

10 Famous Movie Scenes Recreated in Lego

(YouTube link) They have been hawking Indiana Jones and Star Wars themed Lego video games for years now. Now thanks to Custard Productions on YouTube, we get a taste of what it would be like to mash up some of our f...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/10-famous-movie-scenes-recreated-in-lego/

Baby Geese Swimming in Dog's Water Bowl

(Video Link) They'd prefer a pond. But this will have to do for now. The dog seems rather mellow about it. via Ace of Spades HQgeese, gosling...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/baby-geese-swimming-in-dogs-water-bowl/

Infographics in Real Life

Jose Duarte, a graphic designer, has lately been presenting information using physical objects. These balloons, for example, represent the number of Internet users in (from left to right) China, the EU, India, Brazi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/infographics-in-real-life/

Stuffed Animal Dress

New Orleans-based crafter Miss Malaprop made a dress covered with stuffed animals for the most recent Mardi Gras. She accidentally sewed through her finger with a sewing machine needle while making it, but "Either w...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/stuffed-animal-dress/

Snow White Tattoo

The whole Snow White story -- well, the Disney version, anyway -- is told in this lovely back tattoo. I'm not completely sure who's responsible, but it's been attributed to an artist named Ping who lives in Taiwan....

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/snow-white-tattoo/

Sauna Pants

Saunas are great, but they're not very portable. Here's a gadget that tries to solve that problem. The sauna pants wrap around your nether regions and give them the Finnish treatment. http://www.amazon.com/gp/pr...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/sauna-pants/

A Travel Trailer Light Enough to Be Hauled by a Mobility Scooter

The Environmental Transport Association (UK) developed the QTvan -- a travel trailer that can serve as a shelter for users of mobility scooters. It contains a bed, a 19" television screen, and a kettle. Available op...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/a-travel-trailer-light-enough-to-be-hauled-by-a-mobility-scooter/

Gatling Gun Slingshot

(Video Link) Garage genius Jörg Sprave, who invented the machete-firing crossbow, has made a multi-shot slingshot that repeats like a Gatling gun: The Slingshot Channel took the challenge to design a rubber powe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/gatling-gun-slingshot/

Brush Acme Pen

Brush Acme Pen - $64.95 Are you looking for a fun graduation present for your favorite Art Major?  You need the Brush Acme Pen from the NeatoShop.  This gift is a stroke of genius! Be sure to check out all the fabulo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/brush-acme-pen/

Chinese Street Sweeper

A little ingenuity and a lot of brooms will get you this Chinese street sweeper: Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] - via ArbroathChina, street sweeper...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/chinese-street-sweeper/

When Getting a Parking Ticket is Cool

...OK, maybe not cool, but this art project takes the sting away from seeing a telltale envelope stuck under your wiper blades. The Parking Ticket Emotional Reclamation Project (PTERP) writes a little note e...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/when-getting-a-parking-ticket-is-cool/

Flowchart: Should You Have Hot Cocoa?

Should you have hot cocoa? William Sisskind of Socrates' Closet crated the flowchart to determine the answer of this weighty question: Linkflowchart, hot cocoa...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/flowchart-should-you-have-hot-cocoa/

Can One Become a Pro Golfer by Practicing for 10,000 Hours?

In his bestseller Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell posited a theory that anyone can become great at anything as long as they put 10,000 hours honing the skill.Well, Dan McLaughlin decided to put the 10,00...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/can-one-become-a-pro-golfer-by-practicing-for-10000-hours/

Diatom Kiss

Oceanographer Paul Hargreaves and artist Faye Darling used an electron microscope to capture this image of a diatom - a tiny single-celled marine algae - that looks exactly like lips.The Telegraph has more: Linklips, dia...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/diatom-kiss/

The First TV Remote Control

We take TV remote control for granted, but did you know that the first TV with remote control was made 50 years ago? Here's an ad for RCA Victor's wireless wizard remote control (billed as the greatest advance in televis...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/the-first-tv-remote-control/

Your GPS Is Wrong!

The Internet is packed with examples of motorists getting into trouble for trusting their GPS navigation - so color me glad to see someone creative enough to tack on a "Your GPS Is Wrong!" sign to warn people o...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/your-gps-is-wrong/

How Plastic Bottles are Made

(YouTube link) How many plastic containers does your family go through? Multiply that by millions of families, and you see why they have to be made so fast that this video is slowed down to show us how it's done. Th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/how-plastic-bottles-are-made/

Can You Name the Vice-Presidents?

There have been 47 people to hold the office of vice-president of the United States so far. How many can you name in ten minutes? That's the challenge in today's Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss. I guessed I'd probably...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/can-you-name-the-vice-presidents/

What's Inside The Box: Thor

Howdy, Neatoramanauts - it's your lucky day! A mysterious box Thor Box showed up at the NeatoPlex last week. What's inside the box? Well, we don't know! Here's where you come in.Let's play a game of What's Inside The Box...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/whats-inside-the-box-thor/

Little Red Riding Hood Tea For Two Otogicco Teapot

Little Red Riding Hood Tea For Two Otogicco Teapot - $49.95 Mother's Day is on the way. Are you planning a trip over the hill and through the woods to Grandmother's house?  Don't forget to bring her an adorable prese...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/little-red-riding-hood-tea-for-two-otogicco-teapot/

Petting a Gray Whale in the Wild

Dr. Nigella Hillgarth, director of the Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, took this picture during an outing last month off the coast of Baja California. The Young Gray Whale came up to our B...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/petting-a-gray-whale-in-the-wild/

The Physics of the Curveball

Why is a curveball so hard to hit? Some say it presents an optical illusion to the batter. Others say it really does curve. Lyman Briggs of the National Bureau of Standards aimed to settle the matter. This was a period...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/the-physics-of-the-curveball/

Drinking from the Balsa Tree

The tree named Ochroma pyramidale is better known as the balsa tree, from which we get lightweight wood to make model airplanes. But its flowers are more valuable to many species in Panama, because they bloo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/drinking-from-the-balsa-tree/

The Source of All Knowledge

Bruno Miguel snapped this photograph of Yoda, just moments before he became a Jedi Master. Now you know where he got his infinite wisdom. The best part is that the Yoda in the picture came from the NeatoShop! Link *e...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/the-source-of-all-knowledge/

The Final Journey Home

Larry Marten wanted to build a coffin for his father as one last gift. Making the finely-crafted coffin, complete with parts saved from his father's life, was easy compared to negotiating the bureaucracy involved in bury...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/the-final-journey-home/

Shakespeare Finds Inspiration

William Shakespeare has writer's block! In this story, his little stick figure friends, Romeo and Juliet, try to help out, but inspiration only comes when they give up. Shakesperean Tragedy (a comedy) was th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/04/25/shakespeare-finds-inspiration/










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