Archive for February 22nd, 2013

The Insect Fear Film Festival

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is staging the 30th annual Insect Fear Film Festival on Saturday, February 23rd. All films will feature insects, spiders, or scorpions. They aren't necessarily new movies, a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/02/22/The-Insect-Fear-Film-Festival/

Hello Kitty Deluxe Easter Mix

Hello Kitty Deluxe Easter Mix Hippity. Hoppity. Easter is on the way. Are you looking for the purr-fect addition to your Easter basket? You need the Hello Kitty Deluxe Easter Mix from the NeatoShop. This fantastic m...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/02/22/Hello-Kitty-Deluxe-Easter-Mix/

Medieval Manuscript Peed on by a Cat

Cursed cats! They are so fond of disrupting human work, especially medieval manuscript composition. In 1420, a scribe in what is now the Netherlands discovered that a cat had urinated on a page that he had written. He ad...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/02/22/Medieval-Manuscript-Peed-on-by-a-Cat/

Waffles Shot First

John loves waffles, but me? I'm afraid of them because they're dangerous, as this woman in St. Petersburg, Florida, found out the hard way. You see, waffles shoot first:...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/02/22/Waffles-Shot-First/

To This Day

[http://youtu.be/ltun92DfnPY] (YouTube link)Shane Koyczan eloquently describes how childhood bullying leaves lifetime scars in this spoken word poem. A huge numbers of artists helped with this project, you can see who th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/02/22/To-This-Day/

Industrial Chess

Though he made them with just nuts and bolts, Balázs's chess pieces are immediately recognizable. He writes, "You can imagine the shopkeeper's face when I told him I need only one of each screw...." Do you recogni...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/02/22/Industrial-Chess/

The Toxic Mice Air Drop

Sixty years ago, the brown tree snake hitched a ride on US military ships to Guam. With no predators to check their population, the snakes multiplied in the jungle of the island and proceede...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/02/22/The-Toxic-Mice-Air-Drop/

Vaguely Rude Place Names Of The World

From Shag Point, New Zealand, to Humptulips, Washington state, this map fills you in on rude-sounding place names. Quite a few of them are due to language differences, and others are due to the changing meanings of words...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/02/22/Vaguely-Rude-Place-Names-Of-The-World/

Decomposing Body Found in Hotel's Water Tank

Photo: Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters What does a decomposing body taste like? Guests at the Hotel Cecil in Los Angeles found out the answer to that gruesome question when they unknowingly d...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/02/22/Decomposing-Body-Found-in-Hotels-Water-Tank/

Pigeon Mask

Pigeon MaskDo you feel pigeons have gotten a bad rap? Do you love the bird that others blatantly refer to as a rat with wings? Celebrate this glorious stout-bodied flying animal with the Pigeon Mask from the NeatoShop. T...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/02/22/Pigeon-Mask/

Hundreds Turn Out for Veteran's Funeral

James ‘Jimmy’ McConnell, a former Royal Marine, died with no surviving family members. The staff at the nursing home in Southsea, Portsmouth, England, where he lived knew little about McConnell and were conce...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/02/22/Hundreds-Turn-Out-for-Marines-Funeral/

Cheese-Covered Sticky Buns

They're called golfeados--a unique Venezuelan take on sticky buns. They're baked with grated sugar cane, pecorino cheese and anise seed in the dough. Once they're out of the oven, the baker slaps a slice of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/02/22/Cheese-Covered-Sticky-Buns/

The Missed Connections Map

For her scholarly research article, Missed Connections - Seen but not spoken to: An atlast of where we're (almost) finding love published in this month's issue of Psychology Today, Dorothy Gam...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/02/22/The-Missed-Connections-Map/

Pope Madness 2013

People will make a tournament bracket out of anything, and the process of selecting the next Pope is just too tempting to resist -especially as it will be held in March. This bracket is divided into  four regions, i...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/02/22/Pope-Madness-2013/

New Punctuation Marks We Absolutely Need

If only the Captain had one of these, he could've avoided that whole "What we've got here is a failure to communicate" bit in Cool Hand Luke. Well, Mike...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/02/22/New-Punctuation-Marks-We-Absolutely-Need/

Swiss Army Keys

Redditor colonelcrunch ingeniously replaced blades in his penknife with his car keys. It could lead to fun pranks, such as fooling first-time passengers into thinking that he's trying to steal his own car.To find out how...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/02/22/Swiss-Army-Keys/

A Fiery Dance on the Sun

[http://youtu.be/HFT7ATLQQx8] (YouTube link)This solar flare was recorded on July 19, 2012. The color has been added because otherwise we could look at it -you know what they say about looking at the sun. Dr. Phil Plait...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/02/22/A-Fiery-Dance-on-the-Sun/

Devil Duckie Luggage Tags

Devil Duckie Luggage Tags Do you have a devil of a time trying to find your luggage on the baggage carousel? You need the Devil Duckie Luggage Tag from the NeatoShop. This frightfully fun set includes 2 luggage...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/02/22/Devil-Duckie-Luggage-Tags/

Innovative Idea for Libraries: Loaning Roku Boxes

The Roku company produces digital media receivers that let people route streaming audio and video to their television sets. Last year, the Ephrata Public Library in Pennsylvania began loaning Roku boxes to patrons. The p...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/02/22/Innovative-Idea-for-Libraries-Loaning-Roku-Boxes/

The Tat is Fixed

Our long nightmare is over -one of the worst tattoos that ever went viral has now been fixed. The unnamed owner of the poorly-done tattoo of his late wife's face did his research and approached master artist Scott Versag...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/02/22/The-Tat-is-Fixed/

How Bad Are You at Twitter? Pretty Bad

In which Doghouse Diaries compiles the worst offenses of Twitter usage #notabigdeal. Retweet if you agree. Then read the rest of the test at the link and calculate your score.LinkTwitter...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/02/22/How-Bad-Are-You-at-Twitter-Pretty-Bad/

10 Foods That (Thankfully) Flopped

No, we don't miss them, but it's fun to read about these failed food products. What were they thinking? 1. The Chicken Dinner Candy BarFortunately for gastrointestinal tracts worldwide, this candy bar didn't a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/02/22/10-Foods-That-Thankfully-Flopped/

A Cow Wearing Pants

Well, I should think so! Young lady, you are not leaving this barn without looking decent. Call it research if you like, but as this article from a 1937 issue of Modern Mechanix reminds us, even...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/02/22/A-Cow-Wearing-Pants/

How to Curl Hair

[http://youtu.be/LdVuSvZOqXM] (YouTube link)Thirteen-year-old Tori Locklear was making a tutorial about curling hair last October when things went really wrong. A few months later, she got up the nerve to put the results...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/02/22/How-to-Curl-Hair/

Brick from the Roman Empire Discovered in Washington State

Chemical analysis indicates that this brick--embelished with a cat's pawprints--is of Roman origin. How did it end up in the western United States? It is likely that the Hudson's Bay Company, a British corporation that e...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/02/22/Brick-from-Roman-Empire-Discovered-in-Washington-State/

Dig In Pail Measuring Cups & Shovel Measuring Spoon Set

Shovel Measuring Spoon SetDig In Pail Measuring CupsDo you wish spending a day in the kitchen was like spending a day at the beach? Now it can be with the Shovel Measuring Spoons and the Dig In Pail Measuring Cups from t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/02/22/Dig-In-Pail-Measuring-Cups-Shovel-Measuring-Spoon-Set/

Why Black Dolls Matter

Collectors Weekly has a pretty comprehensive article on the evolution of black dolls, from homemade dolls to racist caricatures to darker versions of white doll molds to specialty doll companies to what's available today...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/02/22/Why-Black-Dolls-Matter/

The Shortest Possible Game of Monopoly is 4 Turns Long

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHJkTz6Ej3U](Video Link)Got 21 seconds to spare? You can play a complete game of Monopoly. Dan Myers worked out the shortest theoretically possible game between two players. The winner ban...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/02/22/The-Shortest-Possible-Game-of-Monopoly-is-4-Turns-Long/




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