Archive for June 11th, 2011

30 Years of Helping Disabled Gamers

Retired engineer Ken Yankelevitz has been making custom video game controllers for quadriplegics for 30 years. He designs joysticks and other devices that can be controlled by a tongue, a puff of air, or whatever method...

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"Welcome to the Jungle" on Two Cellos

[http://youtu.be/3V7EugoweM4] (Video Link)Here's Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic performing the Guns 'n' Roses classic "Welcome to the Jungle" on a pair of cellos. We've previously featured their rendition of Michael Jacks...

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Space Girl

(YouTube link) Mama told me not to trust those Martians! The song is from The Imagined Village. The clips are from various space movies and TV shows that you'll find listed at the YouTube page. -via BuzzfeedSpace, m...

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T-Rex Skeleton in Balloons

Larry Moss calls his website "Airigami", or "the fine art of folding air". He's crafted numerous complex works from balloons, such as the above tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. Moss also recreates classic works of art, su...

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Bronies: Adult Men Who Like to Watch My Little Pony

A "brony" is an adult male fan of the children's cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. These are not rare men, but a legion of dedicated fans with websites and news services devoted to the cartoon: E...

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Superheroes at Home

Gregg Segal, a photographer, gained unprecedented access to several superheroes who allowed him to take pictures of their mundane, household lives. Segal writes: I followed the super heroes home to highlight the c...

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Stained Glass AK-47

deviantART user shanti1971 made this piece entitled "The End of the Revolution". That's a poppy sticking out of the end of the barrel. The poppy is a traditional symbol of remembrance for the war dead, especially tho...

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Monsters Magnetic Figures

Monsters Magnetic Figures - $14.95 Are you looking for a monsterrific toy for a monster-loving boy or girl? You need the Monsters Magnetic Figures from the NeatoShop.  This great mix and match set comes with 4 creepy...

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Hedgehog of Death

Used to play dress up with your doll ... er, action figure? Well, I betcha you didn't do it exactly like this. The mad genius designers over at IC4DESIGN (neat opening sequence, btw!) created this prototype sculpture...

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Norway Trains Its Diplomats in Black Metal

Black metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music that, to an extent, originated in Norway. It's gaining increasing popularity across the world and is an emerging symbol of Norwegian culture. So to ensure that Norway's...

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Escher-Inspired Origami

Everyone recognizes M.C. Escher's famously impossible staircases, angles that inspire confusion and wonder. His most famous works have been referenced in pop culture since forever, and now the challenge to recreate t...

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Orangutan Saves Distressed Baby Bird

(YouTube link) An orangutan saves a tired baby chick with a leaf, then inspects it afterward to makes sure it's all right. There's not a ton of info available about this video (for instance, which zoo this is or whe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/06/11/orangutan-saves-distressed-baby-bird/

Man Takes Wife to Visit Family

Ned Nefer is very much in love with his wife, Teagan--so much so that he's pushing the 6-foot wooden mannequin across upstate New York to spend a weekend in the woods with her. Nefer, 38, says he's married to a mannequi...

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Beethoven's Love Letters

This letter to an unnamed "Immortal Beloved" was found in the personal papers of Ludwig van Beethoven after his death in 1827. Though there's debate over whom the letters were written to, there's not much debate abou...

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Interesting Modern Bank Designs

Typically a stolid brick-and-mortar institution, these new architectural designs (some built, some in progress) are taking banking to a new level of cool. From Tokyo to Oslo (my favorite), these banks incorporate ope...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/06/11/interesting-modern-bank-designs/

Contortionist Thief Hid in a Suitcase

Their plan was certainly creative. The thief, a skilled contortionist, would hide inside a suitcase. An accomplice would arrange for that suitcase to be placed inside the baggage compartment of a bus traveling from G...

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This Week at Neatorama

This week we welcomed our first contribution from actor and comedian Eddie Deezen, whom you might remember from the movies Grease or WarGames. Snap, Crackle, and Pop filled us in on the Rice Krispies ma...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/06/11/this-week-at-neatorama-55/

Inside the Ghost Ships of the Mothball Fleet

The Mothball Fleet is the group of decommissioned Navy ships stored at Suisun Bay, just north of San Francisco. These ships served in conflicts going back to World War II, and now they are gradually being scrapped. P...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/06/11/inside-the-ghost-ships-of-the-mothball-fleet/

The Porkka Playboys

(YouTube link) Every musical group eventually plays a very small venue -but inside a Volkswagen? The Finnish group Porkka Playboys manages the feat, playing Bohemian Rhapsody and pulling out an astonishing variety o...

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