Archive for January 3rd, 2012

World's First Hybrid Shark

Well, it's not laser shark but nature is definitely taking a step towards the ultimate formation of the Sharktopus. Behold, ladies and gentlemen: the world's first hybrid shark! Scientists said on Tuesday that they ha...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/01/03/worlds-first-hybrid-shark/

Princess Platter

Princess Platter - $19.95 Are you looking for the perfect dish set for your precious little princess? You need the Princess Platter from the NeatoShop. This fantastic princess castle set includes: Plate Bowl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/01/03/princess-platter/

Evidence of Batman

In 2006, a street artist who goes by the name Posterchild left signs in Toronto that would lead reasonably intelligent residents to conclude that the Batman had left Gotham City. I mean, if you saw a Batarang stuck i...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/01/03/evidence-of-batman/

Hyperion Battlecruiser From Starcraft 2 Built Out Of LEGO

This amazing LEGO sculpture of a Hyperion Battlecruiser from the video game Starcraft 2 was made by Sven Jungo, who used over 15000 LEGO bricks to build the highly detailed starship and must throw his back out every...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/01/03/hyperion-battlecruiser-from-starcraft-2-built-out-of-legos/

11 New Animal Species Discovered In 2011

When it comes to "discovering" new species of animals, I think it's more about having found where they've been hiding themselves from humanity and less about discovering brand new species. I mean, most of the anim...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/01/03/11-new-animal-species-discovered-in-2011/

A Preview Of Animated Features Being Released In 2012

(YouTube Link) With the start of a new calendar year, movie studios have started rolling out teasers and previews for their upcoming features, to ensure that ticket sales are high. Personally, I don't really care abo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/01/03/a-preview-of-animated-features-being-released-in-2012/

Robot Brushes Cat

(YouTube link) The Tweeting Cat Toy is handy for keeping up with your cat's activities while you're gone, but wouldn't it be nice to pet your cat or even groom him from a remote location? Taylor Veltrop hooked togethe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/01/03/robot-brushes-cat/

Why Some World War II Planes Were Painted Pink

There's a good reason why this Spitfire is painted pink. It helped its pilot hide in the clouds. Esther Inglis-Arkell explains how: To make sure they were rarely seen from above, these planes were painted to fly just...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/01/03/why-some-world-war-ii-planes-were-painted-pink/

Wartime Trade Between Belligerents of War Materials

It is not unknown in the annals of history for warring powers to continue to trade with each other, on a limited basis, during active hostilities. But journalist Adam Hochschild found a remarkable episode of it during Wo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/01/03/wartime-trade-between-belligerents-of-actual-war-materials/

Bicycle Sprint Race Moves at Snail's Pace

(Video Link) This is the most fascinating video that you will see all day, and possibly all week. Two champion cyclists try to be the fastest at this thousand-meter race by moving the slowest. In fact, the two compe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/01/03/bicycle-sprint-race-moves-at-snails-pace/

Navy Drone Comes Equipped with Its Own Baby Drones

Guess what? I got a fever! And the only prescription.. is more drones! Thankfully, the US Navy has developed the Cicada Mark III disposable drone. Technicians have equipped the Tempest Unmanned Aerial Vehicle with tw...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/01/03/navy-drone-comes-equipped-with-its-own-baby-drones/

2011 As a Single, Year-Long Exposure from a Pinhole Camera

Snapshots normally capture narrow slices of time, but photographer Michael Chrisman preserved an entire year. He aimed a pinhole camera at Toronto's skyline and exposed the photosensitive paper inside on January 1, 2...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/01/03/2011-as-a-single-year-long-exposure-from-a-pinhole-camera/

How to Make a Rifle Cartridge Case Pen

You can buy a pen like this, but the more ambitious tinkerers among you may try to make their own. Instructables user Mrballeng shows you how to make a reliable click ballpoint pen with two .30-06 cases. Find photos,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/01/03/how-to-make-a-rifle-cartridge-case-pen/

Tooth-Shaped Cupcakes

Erica has a sweet tooth, and that's a good thing because she's a dental student. She made these cupcakes and you can, too, by following her instructions at the link. When you see the Baron, remember the tooth! The to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/01/03/tooth-shaped-cupcakes/

Perfect SAT Score For Sale

Psst! Wanna get a good score on the SAT? Forget studying - the (criminally) smart way is to buy the perfect score. Here's the story by Alison Stewart at 60 Minutes of how one really sma...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/01/03/perfect-sat-score-for-sale/

Quantum WipeOut

(YouTube link) Inspired by the video game WipeOut, researchers at the Japan Institute of Science and Technology incorporated quantum levitation into a miniature race track. Or it's viral marketing for the game.  -via...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/01/03/quantum-wipeout/

Ball Cutter Fish

Men, want to go swimming in Papua New Guinea? Pray you don't encounter this lil' fella, lovingly named the "ball cutter" fish by the locals for the obvious reason:...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/01/03/ball-cutter-fish/

Neatoramanauts Are Community

If you're not following @neatorama on Twitter, you don't know what you're missing! There you'll find all kinds of neato things we don't always feature here on the blog, like special contests! Oh, and if that...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/01/03/neatoramanauts-are-community-3/

Screwed by Wall Street Corkscrew

Have you taken a look at your 401(k) recently? Did you find that you were plundered by the pin-striped pirates of the stock market? Well, a bottle of wine would make you feel better, espe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/01/03/screwed-by-wall-street-corkscrew/

Kitty Twitty Cat Toy Lets Your Cat Tweet You Any Time It Wants

Marc de Vinck's wife misses her new cat when she goes to work and always bug him for updates. So what's a geek to do? Chester is a spunky little stray who’s always...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/01/03/kitty-twitty-cat-toy-lets-your-cat-tweet-you-any-time-it-wants/

Pigs Love Mud and Other Obvious Scientific Findings

Some things may be obvious to you and me, but - surprise! - that's not good enough for research scientists. After all, questioning assumptions and testing hypotheses are what science...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/01/03/pigs-love-mud-and-other-obvious-scientific-findings/

Man Finds Dead Mouse in Mountain Dew, Sues Pepsi Co. Pepsi Co. Argues That Mice Dissolve in Mountain Dew.

And they would know, wouldn't they? In 2009, a man found a dead mouse in his can of Mountain Dew and sued the company. The company argued that the claim is impossible, as no mouse corpse could have survived the corrosive...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/01/03/man-finds-dead-mouse-in-mountain-dew-sues-pepsi-co-pepsi-co-argues-that-mice-dissolve-in-mountain-dew/

A Tribute to the Jaws Ride

(YouTube link) Yesterday, after 22 years, Universal officially closed down the Jaws ride at Universal Orlando for good. Inside the Magic produced a tribute video to the now-bygone ride. For those who never got to expe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/01/03/a-tribute-to-the-jaws-ride/

The New Steve Jobs Action Figure is Uncanny

The tech world is talking about the new Steve Jobs action figure from Inicons that is eerily realistic. It comes with a ton of accessories, but no iPhone or iPad. The figure should be available in late February for...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/01/03/the-new-steve-jobs-action-figure-is-uncanny/

13 Simpsons Jokes That Actually Came True

Four years ago, we published an article called Life Imitates The Simpsons, containing six plots from the TV show The Simpsons which later happened in the real world. In the years since, many more *e...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/01/03/13-simpsons-jokes-that-actually-came-true/

TV Theme Medley

(YouTube link) There are 15, or possibly more, TV show themes in this medley by the Koren Ensemble. So far, I haven't found a cheat list, and there's no way I could name them all. See, I didn't even know the Paula Col...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/01/03/tv-theme-medley/

How to Write a Ph.D. Dissertation

E. Robert Schulman and C. Virginia Cox Charlottesville, Virginia Abstract In this paper we demonstrate that writing a Ph.D. dissertation can have many benefits. Not onl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/01/03/how-to-write-a-ph-d-dissertation/




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