Archive for December 31st, 2012

2012 In 4 Minutes

[http://youtu.be/5W-yS6IcJO0] (YouTube link)Ryan James Yezak  edited together the events of 2012 into one quick-moving video -and there are a lot of events crammed in here!  -via Buzzfeed2012, year end...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/31/2012-In-4-Minutes/

Boba Fett Star Wars Hooded Bathrobe

Boba Fett Star Wars Hooded Bathrobe (front and back shown)Are you looking for the perfect robe to slip into after an exhausting day of bounty hunting? You need the Boba Fett Star Wars Hooded Bathrobe from the NeatoShop....

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/31/Boba-Fett-Star-Wars-Hooded-Bathrobe/

The Blind Dog and His Seeing-Eye Cat

Here's a story sure to melt your heart. When Judy Godfrey-Brown's 8-year-old dog Terfel got cataracts and became blind, an unexpected animal came to its rescue. He got a seeing-eye cat!...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/31/The-Blind-Dog-and-His-Seeing-Eye-Cat/

A History of Sequins from King Tut to the King of Pop

Thank goodness for New Year's Eve parties, because for many of us, it's the only excuse all year to wear a sequined dress! Sequins have been catching eyes since as least the time of King Tut. The monarch's tomb held clot...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/31/A-History-of-Sequins-from-King-Tut-to-the-King-of-Pop/

Urban Double Take

Mentalgassi, an art collective based in Berlin, Germany, recently installed pieces for a yearly Spanish photography festival. The group uses large photographs in outdoor urban settings, referencing objects in the en...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/31/Urban-Double-Take/

Little Shop of Horrors Skeleton by Tim Price

Tim Price of Forgotten Boneyard specializes in creating otherworldly skeleton sculptures from real animal skeletons. Take this one above, titled Audrii muscipula, which uses Mink vert...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/31/Little-Shop-of-Horrors-Skeleton-by-Tim-Price/

Mario Warfare Episode 2

(YouTube Link)We waited in anticipation for this series to debut, having nothing but a trailer to whet our appetite, and now like they promised Beat Down Boogie is bringing the goods with episode 2 of Mario War...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/31/Mario-Warfare-Episode-2/

The Best Pickpocket in the World

Photo: Martin Schoeller The first time magician Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller met Apollo Robbins, he was unimpressed. After all, pickpocket acts are a dime-a-dozen and Ji...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/31/The-Best-Pickpocket-in-the-World/

Ringing in 1950

[http://youtu.be/wYeiJv9NbW8] (YouTube link)This New Year greeting was shown in theaters among the pre-feature shorts in December of 1949. (via Nag on the Lake)New year's Eve, vintage, New Year 1950...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/31/Ringing-in-1950/

Pandacillin? Giant Panda May be New Source for Antibiotics

Giant pandas may look cute and all, frolickin' in the wild and chewin' bamboo leaves and such, but they may just be the latest warrior in our fight against drug-resistant superbugs. T...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/31/Pandacillin-Giant-Panda-May-be-New-Source-for-Antibiotics/

NeatoShop Contest Results: Life in the Year 2013

Tomorrow, we begin a new year! Last week, I asked Neatorama's psychic readers to make predictions about life in the year 2013. Here are our three winners, along with their prizes:The Professor won our Micro-Max 19-in-1 m...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/31/NeatoShop-Contest-Life-in-the-Year-2013/

Classic Games Cake

Nicole of Cake Haute Couture made a cake featuring five different classic video games: Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Frogger, Tetris, and Pong -one on each side, and on the top, too! See more pictures at That's Nerdalicious! Lin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/31/Classic-Games-Cake/

Pig Tooth Fair Pillow

Pig Tooth Fairy PillowThis little piggy went to the NeatoShop. This little piggy wanted a good home. This little piggy was a Tooth Fairy Pillow. This little piggy knew you needed one. And so this little piggy traveled we...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/31/Pig-Tooth-Fair-Pillow/

Predator And Xenomorph Share A Moment

Sometimes cruising the galaxy looking for your next kill can get you down, and all you really want is a big old hug.Even races which are at war with each other can find time to talk about peace and embrace in the fact th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/30/Predator-And-Xenomorph-Share-A-Moment/

Cherry Pie Jello Shots

Michelle's jello shots are wrapped around a real graham cracker pie crust. They were pretty easy to make. Just pour black cherry jello and flavored vodka into pie crusts, then chill overnight. She's made similar jello sh...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/31/Cherry-Pie-Jello-Shots/

GravityLight

[http://youtu.be/1dd9NIlhvlI] (YouTube link)What an ingenious idea! Clocks have been powered by gravity for centuries, so why not lights? The investment fund for this project already has about six times what they asked f...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/31/GravityLight/

Iron Man Cocktail Dress

Inspired by a sketch by Kelsey Michelle, Spwinkles sewed this cute dress:It's been fun seeing their in-progress shots and I am so happy to finally post my (99.9%) completed outfit. Been working on it on and off for month...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/31/Iron-Man-Cocktail-Dress/

Vi Hart Makes Paper Snowflakes

[http://youtu.be/8EmhGOQ-DNQ] (YouTube link)My 15-year-old daughter is hosting an informal New Year's Eve party tonight, and she has the house festooned with paper snowflakes hanging from the ceiling already. Frenetic ma...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/31/Vi-Hart-Makes-Paper-Snowflakes/

The Order of the Occult Hand: A Secret Society of Journalists

How do journalists get into this mysterious group? They must sneak the phrase "It was as if an occult hand had..." past their editors and into published articles. The Order emerged sometime during the 1960s, perhaps when...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/31/The-Order-of-the-Occult-Hand-A-Secret-Society-of-Journalists/

New Year's Eve Bingo

If you're going to a party tonight, you'll want to keep your eyes out for all the possible squares you can cover in this holiday edition of Bingo from Jennifer Lewis at Flavorwire. There are four different cards you can...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/31/New-Years-Eve-Bingo/

Don't Trust Heisenbark

In some circles, he goes by the name "Walter Bite."He's become reckless since his cancer diagnosis and decided he has nothing left to live for.His companion, Jesse Pinkdog, may be a drug-slinger, but at least he's a sens...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/31/Dont-Trust-Heisenbark/

Carbide Shooting: A Dutch New Year's Eve Tradition

[youtube iegD2Rfpev8](Video Link)In the Netherlands, New Year's Eve means partying hard. And partying hard means carbidschieten--detonating calcium carbide in a milk churn:Basically, a small chunk of calciu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/31/Carbide-Shooting-A-Dutch-New-Years-Eve-Tradition/

Classic New Year’s Eve Rock Posters

At some point, rock concert posters became works of art, and the ultimate souvenir of a memorable experience. Artists took even more pains with concerts that occurred on New Year's Eve. Collectors Weekly has a collection...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/31/Classic-New-Years-Eve-Rock-Posters/

Darth Vader Stress Ball

Darth Vader Stress Ball Does the stress of defending the galaxy have you at wits end? You need the Darth Vader Stress Ball from the NeatoShop. Forcefully squeeze Darth Vader's head and feel the tension magically dis...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/31/Darth-Vader-Stress-Ball/

Head-Mounted CPU Fan

Is your own biological central processing unit working hard? Make sure that it doesn't overheat by installing an external fan. Flickr member marginal_220's cooler has already proven to be an effective heat sink.Link -via...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/31/Head-Mounted-CPU-Fan/

The Mysterious Disappearance Of The Russian Crown Jewels

A recently-discovered book at the U.S. Geological Survey Library in Reston, Virginia is supposedly a 1922 catalog of the Russian crown jewels, which once belonged to the Romanov family and fell into the hands of revoluti...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/31/The-Mysterious-Disappearance-Of-The-Russian-Crown-Jewels/

Minimalist Group Portraits Of Cult Movie Characters

Illustrator Ale Giorgini creates works which are so densely packed with cult movie characters it's hard to find all the characters present in each frame.Ale's style is reminiscent of the Genndy Tartakovsky cartoon Samura...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/31/Minimalist-Group-Portraits-Of-Cult-Movie-Characters/

The Principality of Poyais

In the 1820s, many Europeans saw the value of investing in the exploration and exploitation of the New World. Governments were being organized up and down the map, and natural resources were there for the taking. People...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/31/The-Principality-of-Poyais/

Vintage Illustrations Of Alice In Wonderland By Salvador Dali

Just when you thought Alice in Wonderland couldn't get any more psychedelic, we drop these illustrations by Dali on you and your mind is officially blown!Here's more about this amazing series by Dali:In 1969,*/st...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/31/Vintage-Illustrations-Of-Alice-In-Wonderland-By-Salvador-Dali/

Short Story: The Mini

The following is an article from Uncle John's Heavy Duty Bathroom Reader.1959 Mini (Image credit: Wikipedia user DeFacto)For more than 40 years, the Mini was one of the most recognizable cars on Earth. But becau...

http://www.neatorama.com/2012/12/31/Short-Story-The-Mini/








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