Archive for October 5th, 2013

Arachnophobic Entomologists

You've heard it said that real courage is when you're scared but go ahead and do what you have to do anyway. But why would someone who's afraid of spiders became a bug scientist? Retired spider researcher Richard Vetter...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/10/05/Arachnophobic-Entomologists/

60 Newly Discovered Species in a Rainforest

(Photo: Trond Larsen/Conservation International)This is a juvenile planthopper. It's about 5 millimeters long. Many planthoppers secrete a waxy substance which forms into long strands. These strands, which can break...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/10/05/60-Newly-Discovered-Species-in-a-Rainforest/

Gentlemen Hognose Snakes

[http://youtu.be/E6GKOz1Rx4s] (YouTube link)Shannon Hammer made a little top hat and handlebar mustache -for her snakes! First we see Sir Snowball, then Sir Sledge, both showing off their accoutrements. How did she get t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/10/05/Gentlemen-Hognose-Snakes/

Fruit Cake Socks

 Fruit Cake SocksThe Fruit Cake socks are the perfect fashion accessory for someone who is a little sweet, a little nuts, and sometimes finds themselves drenched in scotch. We aren't judging. The Fruit Cake Soc...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/10/05/Fruit-Cake-Socks/

Elephant Has Spork for Mouth

Illustration: Tomasz Jedrzejowski - via WIRED Do you remember the story of the blind men and the elephant? In that story, a group of blind men felt various parts of an elephant to describe the animal. The...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/10/05/Elephant-Has-Spork-for-Mouth/

Space Camp for Grown-Ups

(Photo: Charles Atkeison)You might not make it into space during your lifetime, but you might get to Space Camp. Since 1982, this NASA program at the US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama has promoted space...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/10/05/Space-Camp-for-Grown-Ups/

Twitter Bios and What They Really Say

The New York Times calls Twitter bios "a postmodern art form." What? I never paid much attention to the little blurbs on anyone's Twitter profile, because I rarely go to a profile, and I sorta know the folks there alread...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/10/05/Twitter-Bios-and-What-They-Really-Say/

Epic Grinds' Meat Marvels

Sonic the Hedgehog and Miles "Tails" Prower ... in meat Who needs clay to sculpt when you've got meat? Seattle's Uwajimaya grocery store meat manager Kieran Gormley is the food artist behin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/10/05/Epic-Grinds-Meat-Marvels/

Ripped Joker Tattoo

Peter Tikos, an artist in Hungary, made this stunning tattoo of the Joker. The Joker dies eventually. But he always gets the last laugh.Batman, The Joker, tattoos...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/10/05/Ripped-Joker-Tattoo/

The Lonely Astronaut

[http://youtu.be/VZagpd38gKw] (YouTube link)Imagine that you're living on the ISS when the government furloughs 97% of NASA employees because of a shutdown. Furloughed employees are not allowed to answer their official e...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/10/05/The-Lonely-Astronaut/

Hilariously Over-the-Top Ad Promotes Learning First Aid

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vxVofQKeA4](Video Link)Did you get a boo-boo? Here's a band-aid. Attacked by a wild bear? Here's a band-aid.Sometimes a band-aid isn't enough. The Australian Red Cross wants you to learn...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/10/05/Hilariously-Over-the-Top-Ad-Promotes-Learning-First-Aid/

Furloughed Employee's Secret Message: Please Pay Us

The political circus that is the United States Government shutdown continues ... and since urgent exhortations by everyone don't seem to have an effect, employees of the National Weather Service in Anchorage, Al...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/10/05/Furloughed-Employees-Secret-Message-Please-Pay-Us/

Tall Infographics

Randall Munroe of xkcd is as exasperated as we are about infographics. Why make an image when it's so much more user-friendly to put your information in text with links? You can always add nice pictures and graphs. -via...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/10/05/Tall-Infographics/

Drunk My Little Pony Thieves Get What's Coming to Them

[https://youtu.be/G3-jU6XfXYI](Video Link)Danish brony Thomas Dambo built a huge wooden pony. He was rightfully proud of his craftsmanship. Then one night his neighbors got drunk and stole it. Thomas guessed who was resp...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/10/05/Drunk-My-Little-Pony-Thieves-Get-Whats-Coming-to-Them/

Ass Face

Ass FaceAre you proud of the fact that you can be a real ass sometimes? Let the world know that you may be a butt head, but you are a butt head with an amazing sense of humor. Halloween is the perfect time to don the Ass...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/10/05/Ass-Face/

Teen Arrested for Grand Theft at Goodwill Store

Andrew Anderson worked at a Goodwill store in East Naples, Florida, until he was arrested for grand theft. Anderson had been giving discounts to the poorest people who came into the store. The 19-year-old explained that...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/10/05/Teen-Arrested-for-Grand-Theft-at-Goodwill-Store/

Introducing WildCat

[http://youtu.be/wE3fmFTtP9g] (YouTube link)Boston Dynamics has been working on the Cheetah robot for DARPA, and the infernal machine is now unleashed, with its new name WildCat. Watch it use several different gaits as i...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/10/05/Introducing-WildCat/

30-40 Things That a Man Is Supposed to Own

These listicles are fairly common, but I came across two striking ones recently. First, at BuzzFeed (via Glenn Reynolds), Justin Abarca writes 40 Things Every Self-Respecting Man Over 30 Should Own....

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/10/05/30-40-Things-That-a-Man-Is-Supposed-to-Own/

This Week at Neatorama

Now that we are well into October, I hope you are checking out the Halloween blog for all kinds of spooky stuff to get you ready for the holiday. Our parade of featured costumes from our readers has been...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/10/05/This-Week-at-Neatorama-173/

Working in a Public Library

I can laugh at John McNamee's comic, but only because I don't work in a public library anymore.It may be for the best. Some public libraries are building freestanding erotica genre sections and providing...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/10/05/Working-in-a-Public-Library/

Harpa: Iceland’s Opera House

This asymmetrical glass building on the oceanfront in Reykjavík, Iceland, is the Harpa. Mike Powell of For 91 Days likens it to a shimmering iceberg on the shore. The huge opera house was built with funds from pri...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/10/05/Harpa-Icelands-Opera-House/

Study: To Improve Your Social Skills, Read Complex Fiction

(Photo: Jemimus)Spending time in the works of Milton, Faulkner or other great fiction writers doesn't just make you more knowledgeable of literature. It may actually improve your social skills.David Comer Kidd and Emanue...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/10/05/Study-To-Improve-Your-Social-Skills-Read-Complex-Fiction/

Luke vs Vader Light Switch Wall Plate

Luke, I'm your father ... now join the dark side, turn off the light and go to bed! Etsy seller KeepCalmandTurnItOn has this custom Star Wars light switch plate that is perfect in any wretched...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/10/05/Luke-vs-Vader-Light-Switch-Wall-Plate/
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