Archive for September 19th, 2011

Siemens Abandoning Nuclear Energy

As the largest engineering company in Europe, Siemens has decided to abandon its investments in nuclear power in response to political aversion towards nuclear power. Despite having built all 17 of Germany's nuclear...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/19/siemens-abandoning-nuclear-energy/

Beluga's Bubble Halo

Photographer Hiroya Minakuchi captured this beluga whale at the Shimane Aquarium in Japan. To create the halo, she blows air from her mouth to create a current, and then blows from her airhole into the current to cre...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/19/belugas-bubble-halo/

Tie the Knot Wedding Invitation

I like this simple but cute wedding invitation design by Cristina Moralejo. As you open it, you tie the proverbial knot. Link -via Fubizwedding invitations...

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Batman Interrogates the Wrong Clown

(Video Link) Well, over time, the Joker did change his appearance. I mean, Cesar Romero and Heath Ledger didn't look alike at all. So some confusion is inevitable for a busy vigilante.batman...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/19/batman-interrogates-the-wrong-clown/

Thomas Doyle’s Post-Apocalyptic Dioramas

I'm not sure how Thomas Doyle envisions the end of the world, but his dioramas depict clear separations between that which is destroyed and that which remains intact. His whole series called "Distillation" is hauntin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/19/thomas-doyles-post-apocalyptic-dioramas/

Jogging Suit with a Built-in MP3 Player

Rafael Rozenkranz designed a washable jogging suit that has a MP3 player built into it. A kinetic generator powers the player, which is controlled with large buttons on the chest. Best of all, the skintight suit will...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/19/jogging-suit-with-a-built-in-mp3-player/

How to Talk Like a Somali Pirate

All day, every September 19th, we celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day by basically saying "Arrrr!" But that sort of language is from another time and place (mainly Hollywood) -modern day pirates don't talk like that. Real p...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/19/how-to-talk-like-a-somali-pirate/

Kitten and Printer

(YouTube link) In yet another episode of the ongoing battle between cats and printers, a kitten is evicted from its comfy perch by a tactless printer. -via The Daily WhatCat, kitten, printer...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/19/kitten-and-printer/

Elephant Balancing on the Tip of Its Trunk

You can find this amusing sculpture by Miquel Barceló in Union Square in New York City. It stands 26 feet tall and weighs 7 tons. Why an elephant, let alone one in this position? The artist explained, "A tree looks...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/19/elephant-balancing-on-the-tip-of-its-trunk/

Retro Muppet Concert Posters

Ooh, this one is fantastic: a set of retro Muppet concert posters by Michael De Pippo, who wrote: I love the Muppets. And with the movie coming out in the next couple...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/19/retro-muppet-concert-posters/

Bottle Cap Self-Portrait

Chicago-based artist Mary Ellen Croteau made this self-portrait out of translucent plastic bottle caps. When carefully stacked in different combinations, they produce a wide array of colors. This entire mosaic is eig...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/19/bottle-cap-self-portrait/

The Secret to Success

Everyone wants to be successful - yet obviously not many are - so it's natural to ask whether there's a secret to success. Do having high IQ, rich parents, and going to college prep sc...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/19/the-secret-to-success/

Intercontinental Ballistic Microfinance by Kiva

Kiva, the microfinance organization that lets people loan money through the Internet to small businesses and individuals from around the world, started with 7 loans back in 2005. Since...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/19/intercontinental-ballistic-microfinance-by-kiva/

Did Zombies Plague Medieval Ireland?

Perhaps. Archaeologists discovered two medieval skeletons buried with large stones shoved into their mouths, as a precaution against them rising from their graves like zombies:...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/19/did-zombies-plague-medieval-ireland/

Octopus Mug

Octopus Mug - $9.95 Are you looking for the perfect coffee mug to go with your new and extremely suave Tentacle Mustache? You need the Octopus Mug from the NeatoShop. This fantastic porcelain mug features a 3D octopus...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/19/octopus-mug/

It's Never Too Late to Start ... First Grade!

Meet Apostol Stoyanov, a real life Billy Madison. The 78-year-old Bulgarian man has just started off the new school year like hundreds of children young enough to be his great-grandc...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/19/its-never-too-late-to-start-first-grade/

Road Frustration Index

How bad is traffic right now across the United States? Thanks to Audi, we now have Road Frustration Index, a real-time map of how frustrated drivers in your city are, at any given mome...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/19/road-frustration-index/

Toy Story, Toy Story 2 or Toy Story 3?

There have been three movies (so far) in Disney/Pixar's Toy Story franchise. Can you distinguish quotes from each film? This Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss might be confusing if you've seen all three movies...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/19/toy-story-toy-story-2-or-toy-story-3/

The Myth of Honeyguiding

The bird known as the greater honeyguide got its name because it will lead people to beehives. You may have also heard that honeyguides will lead honey badgers to beehives. There was even a wildlife documentary that...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/19/the-myth-of-honeyguiding/

Modernized Metaphor

Cartoonist Kevin Coffee illustrated a Tweet from @Boymeeetsworld to produce this Twaggie for the modern world. LinkTwitter, tweet, Angry Birds, Taggie...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/19/modernized-metaphor/

Permanent Record

Fifteen years ago, Paul Lukas came into possession of school records for 395 students who attended the Manhattan Trade School for Girls in the 1920s. The records are more than just grades; they are snapshot of what like...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/19/permanent-record/

Fireplace Flame Coloring Kit

United Nuclear is always a fun place to shop for high voltage equipment, chemicals, and radioactive supplies (you know, mad scientist stuff). Here's something to impress your guests -colored flames! The kit contains...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/19/fireplace-flame-coloring-kit/

The Secret to Classic Children's Books

What do Maurice Sendak, Dr. Seuss, and Shel Silverstein have in common? Yes, they all wrote bestselling children's stories and they all have new books coming out soon, but the secret to their success is that their writin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/19/the-secret-to-classic-childrens-books/

Osaka Water Clock

(YouTube link) The train station in Osaka, Japan has a computerized fountain that spells out the time, announcements, and pictures in falling water. If you spend too much time waiting for the clock to display, you'l...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/19/osaka-water-clock/

Bulb Cam

There is a light bulb at the fire station in Livermore, California that has been burning for 110 years. It has only been turned off for short periods, but unlike every other incandescent bulb, the filament has n...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/19/bulb-cam/

Snoballimus Prime

You expect junk food to have movie tie-ins, but this one goes the extra mile for silliness. Hostess has two new color schemes in their snack cake line for Transformers 3: the pictured Snoballimus, colored li...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/19/snoballimus-prime/

Ruth Belville, the Woman Who Sold Time

From 1836 to 1940, the Bellville family of London operated a business of letting people know the time. Ruth Bellville, the most famous member of that family, walked around London with a high grade watch that had been set...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/19/ruth-belville-the-woman-who-sold-time/

Myth-Adventure: The True Story of Captain Kidd

The following is an article from Uncle John's Supremely Satisfying Bathroom Reader. Here at the BRI, we're huge fans of Richard Zak's books. They're great bathroom reading. He has a new book coming...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/19/myth-adventure-the-true-story-of-captain-kidd/

6 Things The Film Industry Wants To Keep Secret

Did you know the Star Wars films still haven't made a profit? That's because the studio distributes the film although the distribution branch is considered a separate company. The distributor charges the studio (itself)...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/19/6-things-the-film-industry-wants-to-keep-secret/

Brilliantly Stupid Sign Graffiti

From Pedobears chasing children to "Stop Hammertime," some graffiti artists have a great sense of humor. Happy Place has a lengthy collection of these reinterpreted signs for your viewing pleasure. LinkFunny, sill...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/19/brilliantly-stupid-sign-graffiti/








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