Archive for July 21st, 2011

Lego Animals Take Over The Bronx Zoo

After the Bronx Zoo lost their cobra earlier this year, they decided to invest in some animals that won't be able to escape. Just kidding, the Lego critters are a special art installation, placed just outside the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/lego-animals-take-over-the-bronx-zoo/

A Less Official (More Accurate) Comic Con Bingo

Stacy just posted a Comedy Central take on Comic Con Bingo, but personally, as a frequent attendee, I find the Last Gasp Bookstore's Bingo board to be a little more accurate. So far I'm sill looking for a furry and a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/a-less-official-more-accurate-comic-con-bingo/

Comic-Con Bingo

Those of you lucky enough to be at Comic-Con right now (I'm looking at you, Jill Harness) should not have time to be bored. But if you are, Comedy Central has a great solution for you - Comic-Con Bingo. Even if you p...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/comic-con-bingo/

Plot Device

(Video Link) A young filmmaker needs an idea for a movie to launch his career. But he's coming up dry. Then, while browsing Amazon.com, he sees a "Plot Device" for sale. What is it? He doesn't know but buys it anywa...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/you-can-buy-one-online/

Big Giant Head

Jaume Plensa, an artist from Spain, has a motif of monumental, rounded heads. He uses a wide variety of materials, from polyester resin to stainless steel. Pictured above is one of a pair resting in the countryside,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/big-giant-head/

Police Start Giving Angry Drunk People Lollipops to Calm Them Down

The city of Victoria, British Columbia, is taking a new approach to handling drunken, out-of-control revelers causing trouble in public places. The police hand such people lollipops. Councillor Charlayne Thornton-Joe exp...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/police-start-giving-angry-drunk-people-lollipops-to-calm-them-down/

Dancing Squid about to Get Eaten

(Video Link) This fascinating scene takes place in a restaurant in Hakodate, Japan. The squid is actually dead, but the sodium in the soy sauce causes its muscles to contract. YouTube user richayanami writes: Dan...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/dancing-squid-about-to-get-eaten/

Art from Maps

Ingrid Dabringer likes to "...elevate the mundane. The Mundane is so saturated with meaning if we just take an extra second to dwell on it." Among other expressions of this desire, she finds the forms for human figu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/art-from-maps/

Tortoise Gets a New Leg, Sort Of

(YouTube link) Gamera, a 12-year-old African spur-thighed tortoise, recently underwent an amputation of his front left leg after suffering a life-threatening "severe thermal injury and tissue damage from an unknown...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/tortoise-gets-a-new-leg-sort-of/

How Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Works

Popular crime-scene shows like CSI and Dexter can give viewers the impression that they're well-educated armchair scientists, but anyone in a forensics lab will tell you that we don't know jack. The folks at Forensic...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/how-bloodstain-pattern-analysis-works/

French Fry Lip Balm

French Fry Lip Balm - $2.95 Attention french fry lovers everywhere! Behold the French Fry Lip Balm from the NeatoShop.  This lip balm is perfect for those times when you just can't get to your favorite fry joint.  P...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/french-fry-lip-balm/

The ISS's Last View of the Space Shuttle

The space shuttle Atlantis ended its final mission today when it landed in Florida just before 6AM ET. This photograph, showing the shuttle's final descent path, was taken this morning by the Expedition 28 c...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/the-isss-last-view-of-the-space-shuttle/

Miss USA Contestants Debate Math

A while back we posted a video of actual Miss USA contestants being asked “Should Evolution Be Taught in Schools?” Now someone has posed an even greater question to some would be “Miss USA contestants.” Shoul...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/miss-usa-contestants-debate-math/

Ghost Town From 1974

The population of the city of Nicosia dropped everything and evacuated the war torn zone. Now 37 years later these photos have emerged of the city in its current state. See full gallery at the link. In 1974, the Cyp...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/ghost-town-from-1974/

The Crooked Forest

In Poland there is a small forest of pine trees that grow with a bend in the middle of their trunk and no one knows why. They kind of look like a cartoon tree that is trying to avoid being chopped down, bending whene...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/the-crooked-forest/

Tank Survives a Nuclear Blast

This is an unbelievable story of a tank that was used by the British to conduct nuclear tests and not only survived the blast, but went on to be used in several high profile missions. That’s one tough tank. *str...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/tank-survives-a-nuclear-blast/

Slow Motion Paint Ball Fight

How do you top off building your own potato cannon style paint ball launchers? You film it in high def slow motion and create an epic fight with your friends. See the full video at the link. http://geeks.thedailyw...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/slow-motion-paint-ball-fight/

The Ramen Rater

Ramen noodles aren't just for preschoolers and starving college students anymore! But before you select yours, consult the Ramen Rater. The Ramen Rater has sampled and critiqued 451 unique varieties of instant ramen...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/the-ramen-rater/

The Fun of Urban Foraging

Who says you can't go on a nature hike just because you're in a big city? There's plenty of edible plants growing right there in the streets of Washington, DC! During two expeditions on Friday, adventurous eaters, amate...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/the-fun-of-urban-foraging/

Daschund Saves Owner and Inspires Recovery

Tom McKinney of Yuba City, California fell off a ladder and couldn't move. His neck was broken. His 10-year-old daschund Chelse was the one who found him. No one else was around, so McKinney told Chelse to get help -and...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/daschund-saves-owner-and-inspires-recovery/

No More Naked Scanner Images?

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced they will install new software in their body scanners that will somewhat protect travelers' dignity. A software upgrade that the TSA has been testing in airport...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/no-more-naked-scanner-images/

The Seven Best American Movie Trilogies

When a movie becomes a hit, the studio's natural tendency is to do the same thing again. However, making a sequel that is anywhere near as good as the original film is hit-or-miss. Making a third mo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/the-seven-best-american-movie-trilogies/

Lightsaber Chopsticks

Lightsaber Chopsticks - $20.95 Is your favorite Asian meal lacking something epic?  Bring the force back to your dinner table with the Lightsaber Chopsticks from the NeatoShop.   This out of this world set features th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/lightsaber-chopsticks/

Musical Weather Data Sculptures

Musical Buoy in Search Towards a New Shore (Dedicated to Melvin Maddocks) Wood, data, reed | 2009 TED Global Fellow Nathalie Meibach's sculptures are a little complicated. On the surface they look like pumped-...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/musical-weather-data-sculptures/

Charlie Brown and Snoopy: A Brief History

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website.The comic strip Peanuts was originally called Li'l Folks. The great Charles M...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/charlie-brown-and-snoopy-a-brief-history/

Billionaire Makes His Name Visible from Space

Shiekh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan of the UAE, owner of the largest pickup truck in the world, would like to leave his mark on the world. He'd prefer to do so in a way that's visible from space, so he had workers dig...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/billionaire-has-name-carved-into-the-earth-to-make-it-visible-from-space/

Rainbow Sponge Mania

(Video link) A woman in a TV show is getting very, very excited about creating various patterns on paper, using colors and sponges. Maybe something for Yosemitebear to check out. via Pusharainbow...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/rainbow-sponge-mania/

Wet Phone? There’s A Bag For That

We’ve all experienced the pain and heartbreak associated with water-related electronics tragedies. From cell phones dropped in the toilet to laptops caught in the rain, getting your electronic devices wet used to spell...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/wet-phone-theres-a-bag-for-that/

Photo Data Makes It A Snap To See What They Did

One of the most amazing things about digital photography is that each image is also a file, storing the information contained in each shot along with the photo, so you can load it up and see aperture settings, shutter sp...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/photo-data-makes-it-a-snap-to-see-what-they-did/

Glow Stick Goo For Your Guts

A new rave scene is about to kick off in your local doctors office, but this time the glow sticks won’t be the only things that are glowing-your guts will be too. That’s because researchers at Albert Einstein College...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/07/21/glow-stick-goo-for-your-guts/




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