Archive for June 14th, 2012

The Adventures of the Random House

Random House has a problem. There's so much security in the building that writers are afraid to bring manuscripts in person. Maureen Johnson decided to send hers by FedEx. But the FedEx agent, a young man, said they coul...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/14/the-adventures-of-the-random-house/

Thin Crust Necronomicon

Jennifer's pizza has both forbidden knowledge and black olives. What's not to love? The Gastronomicon will drive your taste buds insane with delight. If you'd like to make your own, you can find Jennifer'...

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Jawa Plush

Jawa 8" Talking Plush - $31.95 (sold individually) Are you a passionate scavenger always on the look out for neat things? You need the Jawa 8" Talking Plush from the NeatoShop. This adorable little guy has light up ey...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/14/jawa-plush/

A Taxi Service in Which Passengers Rate Drivers -- And Vice Versa

A new company called Uber simplifies the process of hailing a cab. Just activate an app on your smartphone, and Uber will send a car to your location. You won't even have to handle any money: Uber calculates the total...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/14/a-taxi-service-in-which-passengers-rate-drivers-and-vice-versa/

Did a Meteorite Crash Cause Tomatoes to Become Red?

Why are tomatoes red? Research by Dutch scientists discovered that a stressful event millions of years ago, like a meteorite crash, triggered the change in the plant's genome:...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/14/did-a-meteorite-crash-cause-tomatoes-to-become-red/

CAT Scan of a Cat

CAT scan, despite its name*, doesn't really involve any cat. Well, Manxiu Ma and collages from the Human Brain Mapping Center at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing are fixing t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/14/cat-scan-of-a-cat/

WikiWars

(YouTube link) Whenever there's a human activity, someone will make a sport out of it. WikiWars is a race through Wikipedia to connect two unrelated terms, and it is quite competitive. To win a WikiWars round, one mu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/14/wikiwars/

Math Proves That Bieber Fever is One of the Most Contagious Diseases Ever

Inset photo: Georges Biard/Wikimedia Commons Did your adolescent daughter just got Bieber fever? Well, don't blame yourself. Mathematicians have just proven that Justin Bieber...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/14/math-proves-that-bieber-fever-is-one-of-the-most-contagious-diseases-ever/

Twinkie Sushi

The Twinkie, nature's perfect food, can be used for almost any culinary purpose. Here's a recipe for a sushi-like production. You'll need fruit roll-ups, dried mango, candied fruits and dried fruits. And, of course,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/14/twinkie-sushi/

Meet Bella, the Planking Dog

Think that planking is just for humans? Meet Bella, the Boston Terrier that can outplank any one of youse: Link [embedded YouTube] dog, planking...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/14/meet-bella-the-planking-dog/

Armored Vest Shoots Bullets When Wearer Raises Hands

"Put your hands up!" "Okay!" BAM! This specialized self-defense device appeared in a 1929 issue of Modern Mechanix. Samuel Schwarz designed it so that when the user raises his hands, he pulls...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/14/armored-vest-shoots-bullets-when-wearer-raises-hands/

7-Eleven Double Big Gulp Slimmin' Down to 150% of Human Stomach Capacity

Two years ago, we told you that the 64-ounce 7-Eleven Double Big Gulp is actually twice as large as the average human stomach. Well, 7-Eleven is slimming it down to a 50-ounc...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/14/7-eleven-double-big-gulp-slimmin-down-to-150-of-human-stomach-capacity/

The Cupcake Tank

Meet the yummiest army tank ever: it's made of 5,000 chocolate cupcakes, and it fires cupcakes 20 feet into the air! The cupcake tank was made by Georgetown Cupcake to celebrate...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/14/the-cupcake-tank/

Half-Ton Scrap Metal Transformer Wine Rack

Discreet affirmations of grace and style are the mark of a wine connoisseur. This is how you should present your wine in a way that communicates your breeding and upbringing. Now for sale on Craigslist: a 32...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/14/half-ton-scrap-metal-transformer-wine-rack/

Internet Explorer 7 Tax

Are you still using IE7 browser? Then you'd be paying an extra "tax" if you shop at Australian online retailer Kogan.com: Chief executive Ruslan Kogan told the BBC...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/14/internet-explorer-7-tax/

Basic Equipment

For some people, pockets aren't enough for their daily carry needs. So get a shoeshine box. Artist Robert Ulincy repurposed one for this curious assembly of objects. Link -via Nag on the Lake Previously by this...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/14/basic-equipment/

R2-D2 Star Wars Lunch Kit With Sound

  R2-D2 Star Wars Lunch Kit With Sound - $21.95 Are you looking for a trustworthy place to store your favorite meal? You need the R2-D2 Star Wars Lunch Kit With Sound from the NeatoShop. This friendly lunch ba...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/14/r2-d2-star-wars-lunch-kit-with-sound/

Robot Learns Language Like a Baby

When the robocalypse happens, and you find yourself begging for your life at the foot of our new robot overlords, and when the robot denies your request in fluent English, and you find...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/14/robot-learns-language-like-a-baby/

Summer Reading Flowchart

With school out and jobs for teenagers pretty scarce, reading for pleasure is mandatory on hot summer days. Teach.com has compiled a list of 101 suggested books for high school students, and assembled a handy flowcha...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/14/summer-reading-flowchart/

Game of Thrones Put George W. Bush's Head on a Spike

Oops! The creators of the Game of Thrones on HBO were caught using a likeness of George W. Bush as a decapitated head on a spike. Gizmodo wrote: If you keep your eyes peeled when...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/14/game-of-thrones-put-george-w-bushs-head-on-a-spike/

10 Bizarre Schools Around The Country

Parents in Manhattan are complaining about the lack of structure at a school founded by the Blue Man Group. You'd think they would have checked out the curriculum before handing over the tuition -what did they think a sc...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/14/10-bizarre-schools-around-the-country/

You, Plus Your Closest 100 Trillion Bacterial Friends

Support Bacteria T-Shirt from the NeatoShop "You" isn't just you. It's actually you plus ... oh, about 100 trillion bacteria living in and on your body. Actually, th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/14/you-plus-your-closest-100-trillion-bacterial-friends/

13 Bizarre Real Estate Investment Opportunities

Some properties have a lot of promise only if you have some imagination. Sure, you can buy a house, and probably pretty cheaply right now, but what about a boat dock, a school, or something historic that can be conve...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/14/13-bizarre-real-estate-investment-opportunities/

The Unnatural History of the Dixie Cup

Paper cups were the first widely-available product that was meant to be used once and then discarded, and it was a life saver of the time. Before the Dixie Cup, water was dispensed to everyone using a common cup or d...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/14/the-unnatural-history-of-the-dixie-cup/

Looks Like an Exciting Wedding is Planned

Redditor tifypoo posted her aunt and uncle's wedding announcement, or possible a "save the date" card. Either way, it's awesome! However, not everyone could have pulled this off. You have to have the legs for it. Lin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/14/looks-like-an-exciting-wedding-is-planned/

The Oldest Known Recording of a US President's Voice

Benjamin Harrison was President of the United States from 1889-1893. In the first year of his presidency, he recorded the following statement onto an Edison phonograph wax cylinder: As president of the United States,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/14/the-oldest-known-recording-of-a-us-president/

Neatorama Facebook Page Sets New Record

A neat photo we posted yesterday on our Facebook page received more than 5,000 likes, 2,000 shares and 150 comments. If you're not following us over there, you're missing a lot of the fun! Facebook, social media...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/14/neatorama-facebook-page-sets-new-record/

Gigantic Donut Pool Float

Gigantic Donut Pool Float - $20.95 Summer is just about here. Are you hungry for some fun in the sun? You need the Gigantic Donut Pool Float from the NeatoShop. This deliciously funny inner tube is shaped like your fa...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/14/gigantic-donut-pool-float/

When The Muppets and X-Men Collide

Miss Piggy actually makes a pretty decent Phoenix, after all, she certainly is fiery and powerful, but Beaker as Mageito, that one I'm not so sure about. What do you guys think of Ken Haeser's casting decisions? Lin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/14/when-the-muppets-and-x-men-collide/

7 Tiny Books That Packed a Big Punch

At 1,456 pages, War and Peace makes a big impression … and a great doorstop. But books don’t have to weigh a lot to be heavy hitters. Here are seven tiny tomes—all fewer than 100 pages—that sparked revolution...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/06/14/7-tiny-books-that-packed-a-big-punch/








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