Archive for May 7th, 2013

23 Words That Survived Since the Ice Age

Map shows the regions with languages descending from the 7 Eurasiatic language families (Image: Pagel et al./PNAS) We're all just part of a big, happy, linguistic family. Evolutionary...

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6 Life Lessons from Dogs

Once you get past their unseemly preoccupation with poop, dogs have a lot of wisdom to teach you. Patrick Moberg illustrated six life lessons that our best friends have to share with us. You can view them at the link.Lin...

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Old Spock vs. New Spock

[http://youtu.be/WPkByAkAdZs] (YouTube link)Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto appear together in an Audi ad. There are plenty of Star Trek references, of course, and even a bit of "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" thrown in f...

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How to Bring the Conversation Back to Your Upcoming Wedding

Photo: Maksim Shmejlov/Shutterstock The problem with talking to other people is that often times, the topic of conversation drifts away from what's truly important: your...

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Lord of the Rings Night Light

Gollum Night LightAragorn Night LightFrodo Night LightLord of the Rings Night Light (sold individually)Middle-earth during the daytime is a beautiful place, but let's face it, at night the place can be kind of creepy. Ke...

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How Dogs See Their Humans

Also: rabbit poop is the greatest food ever invented. Don't let your Friendbeast keep it from you. Matthew Inman made two panels illustrating how his dog views him and he views his dog. To see the latter, click on the li...

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The Legend of the QWERTY Keyboard

How did the keyboard layout we are used to, known as QWERTY after the first letters in the top row, come about? The earliest typewriters didn't use it, but it became the layout that typists learned. Christopher Latham Sh...

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Hairy Bat Tongue

Micrograph: Cally Harper You're looking at a scanning electron microscope image of a Pallas's long-tongued bat. The hairs act as a "mop" to scoop up nectar. Cally Harper and...

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Two Months of Breaking Ice

[http://youtu.be/BNZu1uxNvlo] (YouTube link)Cassandra Brooks spent two months aboard the Nathaniel B. Palmer, an icebreaker traveling the Ross Sea of Antarctica. She tells about the different kinds of ice as we...

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Statistical Analysis of Movie Scripts

With hundreds of millions of dollars in production costs, it's no wonder that Hollywood studios worry about whether their movies will be hits or flops. Will the viewers like that particular fight...

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Brainteaser: Book on the Floor

Old Jay held up a Bathroom Reader and said, "I'll bet you I can place this book on the floor and none of you will be able to jump over it." Brian replied, "I'll take your bet, but you're not allowed to put the book under...

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Adorable Baby Duck Trying to Stay Awake

[http://youtu.be/LGrpsZ7BsQA] So sweepy ... and soo cute! Watch Dexter the baby duck try to stay awake the best it could. Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] - via Laughing Squidduck, sl...

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15 Famous People Who Used to Teach

In celebration of National Teacher Day, mental_floss has a look at celebrities with a teaching background. You'd be surprised at who headed a classroom before they got the opportunity to do something easier like playing...

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Functional Wooden Record

The fidelity is not particularly strong, but the tunes that Amanda Ghassaei etched into this wooden record are clearly identifiable. She used a laser cutter to do it:These records were cut on an Epilog 120 Watt Legend EX...

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Legal Issues in Pop Culture

When the zombie apocalypse comes, it may be difficult to consult a lawyer or judge about the consequences of killing zombies. Is it murder to kill a zombie?From a legal standpoint, the most important issue is whether or...

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Iron Man Be The Hero Apron

 Iron Man Be The Hero ApronAre you a genius in the kitchen. Protect yourself from and your clothes from villainous spills with the Iron Man Be The Hero Apron from the NeatoShop. This full-length, adult-sized apron i...

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Hello Kitty Sesame Street Fondant Cake Toppers

"How could you eat something that adorable?" That's what my wife asked me as I loaded this picture. Good question. Sugar High's fondant cake toppers are works of art to be preserved, not eaten.Link -via Between the Pages...

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Charles Ramsey Explains What Happened in Cleveland

[http://youtu.be/axCn04iXkBg] (YouTube link)The good news is that three women who have been missing for a decade were found in a house in Cleveland. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight all went missing in sep...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/05/07/Charles-Ramsey-Explains-What-Happened-in-Cleveland/

Chesterfield Park Bench

You can experience elegance even on a simple park bench. Dutch designer Joost Goudriaan made this bench to look like an upholstered and padded Chesterfield sofa. Link | Designer's Websitebenches, Joost Goudriaa...

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Pringles in Your Ear

The following is an article from the Annals of Improbable Research.The sounds of crisp chips (crisps) and stale chips (crisps) by Marc Abrahams, Improbable Research staff Crispness is associated with crunchiness...

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What It's Like To Ship 3.2 Million Bees Across State Lines

There aren't enough honeybees in the wild to pollinate all the commercial crops these days, so John Kraus steps in as a migratory beekeeper. He sends hives of bees to agricultural areas that need them during each crop's...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/05/07/What-Its-Like-To-Ship-32-Million-Bees-Across-State-Lines/

Pizza Receipt: Order Changed Because the Game Is Tied

This photo is circulating the intertubes. According to rumor, a fan of the Vancouver Canucks, a hockey team, ordered a pizza for pickup. But when the game became tied between the Canucks and the San Jose Sharks, the fan...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/05/07/Pizza-Receipt-Order-Changed-Because-the-Game-Is-Tied/

The Government Already has Quantum Internet For 2 Years

While the rest of us were busy talking about the potential of quantum networks, which would allow for perfectly secure communication based on the laws of quantum mechanics, the gub'ment has...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/05/07/The-Government-Already-has-Quantum-Internet-For-2-Years/

Virtual Reality Simulator of a Guillotine

Let them eat virtual cake! Exile Game Jam used the Oculus Rift virtual reality system to build a guillotine simulator. As you can see from the video, it's convincing enough to startle and frighten the test subjects.Video...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/05/07/Virtual-Reality-Simulator-of-a-Guillotine/

Classic Gamer

Classic Gamer T-shirt by Donnie I have a soft spot for classic video games, so I love this new Classic Gamer T-shirt from Donnie, over at the NeatoShop. If you prefer 8-bit...

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