Archive for August 2nd, 2011

The Giant Rat with Poison-Filled Hair

At around 14 inches in length, the giant African crested rat is big, but not really dangerous-looking. Though researchers knew that the rodent was deadly, no one knew exactly how. But recently,  they've discovered the s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/the-giant-rat-with-poison-filled-hair/

Famous People Who Disappeared

We all know about Jimmy Hoffa, who "vanished so quickly and so thoroughly that his vanishing would eventually become something of a punch line," and Amelia Earhart, whose remains were maybe found, but there'...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/famous-people-who-disappeared/

The King of Hard Currency

Sea captain David O’Keefe spent 30 years on the islands of Yap in the western Pacific. In that time, he established a successful trading company, married two wives (with another waiting in America), introduced alcohol...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/the-king-of-hard-currency/

Oblivion Fan-made Sequence

(YouTube link) Mr. Mochi is an Oblivion machinima (computer-generated production), but he isn't your everyday, garden variety game character. To be honest, he is utterly ridiculous. But gaming doesn't have to always...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/oblivion-fan-made-sequence/

Four Neglected Wild West Figures

You've heard of Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, and Wild Bill Hickok, but there were plenty of other colorful figures who left their mark on the Wild West. This list tells us about four that you may never had heard of, like T...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/four-neglected-wild-west-figures/

Star Trek Enterprise Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Star Trek Enterprise Stainless Steel Water Bottle - $11.95 Attention Star Trek fans! Behold the Star Trek Enterprise Stainless Steel Water Bottle from the NeatoShop.  Now it is time to boldly go to the gym. Be sure...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/star-trek-enterprise-stainless-steel-water-bottle/

Calvin and Hobbes by OaKoAk

We've posted about the clever street art of French artist OaKoAk before on Neatorama, but I couldn't resist this one of Calvin and Hobbes: Link - via My Modern Met str...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/calvin-and-hobbes-by-oakoak/

Smoking Hot R2-D2 Terra Cotta Ash Tray

Photo: Jason Schmidt This isn't the droid you're looking for ... unless you're a smoker looking for some really cool bootleg R2-D2 terra cotta ash tray! It's owned by French f...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/smoking-hot-r2-d2-terra-cotta-ash-tray/

Canned Air From Prague

Need something to go with your dehydrated bottle of water? Here's Canned Air from Prague! The design of the label is simple and clear, clear as the morning sky ov...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/canned-air-from-prague/

Literary Circles of Influence

You could probably guess that Shakespeare had some sort of creative influence on Jane Austen, but this handy infographic from Longshot magazine carries it a bit further, linking Tolstoy to Jim Morrison and L...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/literary-circles-of-influence/

Films on Fridges

To most people a 20-foot-high pile of discarded refrigerators in Hackney, London, is an eyesore. But to Lindsey Scannapieco, the so-called "Fridge Mountain" (which was so tal...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/films-on-fridges/

The Scent of Lithuania

Quick, what comes to mind when we mention "Lithuania." Nothing (besides a mayor who destroys illegally parked car)? See, that's the problem that three businessmen fr...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/the-scent-of-lithuania/

Shoes That Grow Into Trees

After you're done with these sneakers from Dutch footwear maker OAT Shoes, don't throw 'em away. Bury 'em in the ground, instead. Don't worry - you're supposed to do that:...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/shoes-that-grow-into-trees/

Mammals in Space

The Soviet Union launched fruit flies into space in 1947. I did not know that until today. Since then, we've sent many living species up into space for exploration and experimental purposes, and eight of those were m...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/mammals-in-space/

The Catchiest Viral Internet Songs of All Time

Spanning from over a decade ago to this summer's memes, Ranker has gathered together 35 catchy viral musical videos that swept the internet. You can relive the good old days of "All Your Base" and "Peanut Butter Jell...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/the-catchiest-viral-internet-songs-of-all-time/

The Gnat-ogre

The gnat-ogre, Holcocephalus fuscus, is a tiny insect that eats even tiner insects. You've got to look really close to ever see them, although they may be in your back yard. Aptly named, gnat-ogres are...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/the-gnat-ogre/

Arfsolut Vodka Plush Dog Toy

Arfsolut Vodka Plush Dog Toy - $11.95 Do you have a trendsetting dog who appreciates the finer things in life? Get him the Arfsolout Vodka Plush Toy from the NeatoShop.  Your sophisticated pooch will love this squeak...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/arfsolut-vodka-plush-dog-toy/

Stories About Animals Who Gain Human Intelligence

The Planet of the Apes franchise is rebooting this week and for most science fiction fans the original film is a classic. However there are many other great stories of animals who become “uplifted” to human level int...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/stories-about-animals-who-gain-human-intelligence/

Man Can Hear His Own Eyeballs Move

A common experience is to hear faint beat of your own heart, normally after a vigorous workout. However for Stephen Mabbut, the noise of his own eyeballs moving in his head was so loud and audible it was driving him mad....

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/man-can-hear-his-own-eyeballs-move/

This Page is No Longer Active

(vimeo link) Here's another contender for the title of coolest error page. The site Nosh is about food, but the video on its 404 page is about... a dead page, of course. Link -via redditerror, error page...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/this-page-is-no-longer-active/

Video Spy Glasses Raise Over 300K on Kickstarter

If you’re like me then you always wanted your own pair of covert spy glasses just like in a James Bond movie. Apparently a lot of people out there do as well because one company was able to raise over three hundred tho...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/video-spy-glasses-raise-over-300k-on-kickstarter/

Break Into a Building Using Lego

This neat scene from a 1979 Danish film “The Olsen Gang Never Surrenders” shows an electronic Lego device that expertly sneaks into a building, making its way up a flight of stairs. I don’t know who the Olsen Gan...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/break-into-a-building-using-lego/

10 Creepiest Abandoned Morgues on Earth

Abandoned places can be creepy. Morgues are always creepy to most people. Put them together, and you've got some really creepy places -and even more so when you know their history. Environmental Graffiti has...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/10-creepiest-abandoned-morgues-on-earth/

Fat Fish Weaned Off of Chocolate

Most people have trouble not stuffing their face and gaining a few extra pounds on chocolate. But have you ever heard of a fish with the same problem? Apparently the fish outgrew its tank, getting fed a daily diet of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/fat-fish-weaned-off-of-chocolate/

Person Pinball

(YouTube link) Pinball gets a new twist when you play on the street, with people as the balls and bumpers! This stop-motion video is from the 2011 Animation Block Party Film Festival in New York City. -via The Daily...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/person-pinball/

“What, Not How”: The Case of Specifications of the New York Bagel

by Daniel M. Berry Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo Waterloo, Ontario, Canada In software engineering, we are told that a software requirements specification should specify what...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/what-not-how-the-case-of-specifications-of-the-new-york-bagel/

10 Reasons Bear Week Would Be Better

Shark Week is cool, but I've always thought that having a yearly shark week seemed a little silly -after all, how much more are you really going to learn from one year to the next? College Humor has 10 reasons why having...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/10-reasons-bear-week-would-be-better/

NatGeo Traveler Photo Contest Winners

National Geographic Traveler magazine has announced the winners of their 2011 photo contest! First place went to the photo shown here, taken by Ben Canales at Crater Lake National Park. Read the story behind the pict...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/natgeo-traveler-photo-contest-winners/

Is Cancer A New Parasite Species?

According to a new scientific paper, cancer might actually be a newly evolved species of parasite based on the fact that the cells depend on their hosts for food, but otherwise act independently and to the detriment of t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/is-cancer-a-new-parasite-species/

Super Super Mario Brothers Art

Every city has graffiti, but awesomely geeky street art like these ones on BuzzFeed are few and far between. Enjoy more skilled Mario graffiti at the link. LinkArt, mario, graffiti, super mario, video games...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/08/02/super-super-mario-brothers-art/










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