Archive for December 20th, 2013

Losing Ourselves in Holiday Windows

Just yesterday I was telling my daughter about how Macy's, Gimbels, and other New York City stores would build elaborate displays in their windows to draw Christmas shoppers. People go the city from all over to see what...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/Losing-Ourselves-in-Holiday-Windows/

A Game Designer Thinks That He Can Improve on Chess's 1,500-Year Old Rules

(Chess Nerd t-shirt now on sale at the NeatoShop)We’ve previously seen some clever variations on the game of chess--not simply different pieces, but different rules and boards.MIT graduate David Sirlin designs game...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/A-Game-Designer-Thinks-That-He-Can-Improve-on-Chesss-1500-Year-Old-Rules/

The Cubli

[http://youtu.be/n_6p-1J551Y] (YouTube link)This is very weird to watch. The Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control in Zurich has developed a cube that can stand on its own corner without any outside help. It can also...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/The-Cubli/

Film Noir Themed Art Series Created With Packing Tape

Sometimes artists use strange mediums simply to make a stir and raise publicity, but when an artist discovers a new medium that really works well, and looks really cool at the same time, you know they’re about to c...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/Film-Noir-Themed-Art-Series-Created-With-Duct-Tape/

Thief Tries to Sell Stolen Goods to Their Owner

Daniel Ciamara of Blackburn, Lancashire, England, took a Blu-ray player and a supply of movies to a computer shop and offered them for sale. David Harrison was the clerk on duty and looked through the collection. He noti...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/Thief-Tries-to-Sell-Stolen-Goods-to-Their-Owner/

Santa Claus Parkour

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcGz7BJQ-00](Video Link)The reindeer have the flu! How will Santa deliver all of the children's presents? He'll use his fantastic parkour skills. Ronnie Shalvis, the parkour/freerunning pe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/Santa-Claus-Parkour/

Luke Skywalker and Wampa Christmas Sweater

Happy Hothidays from your friendly neighborhood wampa! Remember to hang up your human stockings so that Hotha Claus will leave you presents when he visits. Just make sure that your stocking is fully disarmed and left wit...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/Luke-Skywalker-and-Wampa-Christmas-Sweater/

Deep Tea Diver Tea Infuser

Deep Tea Diver Tea InfuserDive into winter with a warm cup tea and the Deep Tea Diver Tea Infuser from the NeatoShop. This great little tea accessory is shaped like a tiny deep sea diver. He is made from food-safe silico...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/Deep-Tea-Diver-Tea-Infuser-3/

Lil Bub's Magical Yule Log Video

[http://youtu.be/ZuHZSbPJhaY] (YouTube link)There are plenty of Yule log videos on the internet, so people who don't have a fireplace can have something comforting to stare at while enjoying the holidays with family and...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/Lil-Bubs-Magical-Yule-Log-Video/

10 Awesome Pieces of Decor You Can Make With Your Kids

Christmas is a great time to spend time with your family -especially your kids. If you're looking for some classy decor that you can actually make with your children, you won't want to miss our newest Homes and Hues arti...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/10-Awesome-Pieces-of-Decor-You-Can-Make-With-Your-Kids/

Bill Gates Was My Secret Santa

Rachel (NY1227) joined in reddit's annual Secret Santa exchange, and received a really nice box in the mail. As she opened it and looked through the gifts, she saw it was from a redditor named Bill. The box contained sev...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/Bill-Gates-Was-My-Secret-Santa/

Fan Creates Scenes From An Earthbound Sequel That Never Was

When the classic video game Earthbound arrived in America in 1994 fans were blown away by the storyline, about a little boy saving the Earth from alien invaders, the satirical humor and the fact that Earthbound made ever...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/Fan-Creates-Scenes-From-An-Earthbound-Sequel-That-Never-Was/

An Engineer's Guide to Cats 2.0 - The Sequel

[http://youtu.be/zsl_auoGuy4] (YouTube link)Surely you remember Paul and T.J. from their video An Engineer's Guide to Cats we posted five years ago. They are back with a sequel! Here they present their particularly geeky...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/An-Engineers-Guide-to-Cats-20-The-Sequel/

Amish Vampires in Space Is a Real Book

And now I have to read it. Don't you? That title is irresistible. It blends some of the most gripping fiction genres: supernatural horror and science fiction. I’m into alternate history, myself, so...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/Amish-Vampires-in-Space-Is-a-Real-Book/

Iceland’s Most Secluded House

Most likely you've seen a picture of this house all by itself on the bowl-shaped top of an island. This place really exists, even though you are forgiven for thinking it was Photoshopped. But the stories that go along wi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/Icelands-Most-Secluded-House/

Anchorman, As Told By Cats

(Video Link)If you couldn't already tell, we at Neatorama are pretty excited about the new Anchorman movie. We already covered fan art based on the film and 20 things you might not know about the mov...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/Anchorman-As-Told-By-Cats/

Outrageous Christmas Cards By John Cessna

When John Cessna's mother told him to act like a grown up and send a Christmas card out to his family and friends back in 2008, he did what any immature grown up would do- he took pictures of himself fall down drunk and...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/Outrageous-Christmas-Cards-By-John-Cessna/

Brock Davis's Funny Vine Videos

Brock Davis is brilliant in his ability to create amusing artworks by making small changes to pre-existing materials. He can turn a hot dog into an angry dog, a cucumber into a shark or a sprig of broccoli into a tree ho...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/Brock-Daviss-Funny-Vine-Videos/

A Good Scare Scooby-Doo Salt & Pepper Shakers

A Good Scare Scooby-Doo Salt & Pepper ShakersZoinks! The holidays are here. Are you still looking for a gift for your best buddy? Get your Scooby-Doo loving pal the A Good Scare Scooby-Doo Salt & Pepper Shakers f...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/A-Good-Scare-Scooby-Doo-Salt-Pepper-Shakers/

Nothing Says "America" Like Double Shiny Bacon

McDonald's France just launched a new line of "American-themed" burgers that are supposedly served on Americanized breads. Granted, bagels are at least a little American -though we don't usually eat cheeseburgers on them...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/Nothing-Says-America-Like-Double-Shiny-Bacon/

Downhill Through the Woods

[http://youtu.be/2aXFPZjCsok] (YouTube link)There's a reason they say to stay on the trail when skiing downhill. French pro skier Candide Thovex and Aziz Benkrich bring us GoPro footage as they shuss through the woods an...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/Downhill-Through-the-Woods/

Optimus Prime Made Out Of Gingerbread

People sure love to get creative with gingerbread these days, and even though a lot of the creations that make their way onto the internet aren’t actually edible they sure look cool.This delighted gal built one Aut...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/Optimus-Prime-Made-Out-Of-Gingerbread/

Mini Eggnog Cheesecakes With A Gingerbread Crust

I don't know about the rest of you Neatoramanauts, but I simply can't get enough Christmas flavors during the holiday season -especially eggnog. That's why I'm always looking for recipes that allow me to enjoy these spec...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/Mini-Eggnog-Cheesecakes-With-A-Gingerbread-Crust/

How Dogs Make Decisions

Dogs are man's best friend in the sense that they're like the old fraternity brother who was always socially crude in college and never grew out of it. Lick your own butt? Carpe diem, dude. Abstruse Goos...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/How-Dogs-Make-Decisions/

Animated Short- Kim Jong Un Versus Christmas

(Video Link)When western decadence threatens the celebration of the greatest North Korean holiday National Hand Stand Day, the mighty and glorious leader Kim Jung Un springs into action to save his poor people from the e...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/Animated-Short-Kim-Jong-Un-Versus-Christmas/

Chasing the Cicada: Exploring the Darkest Corridors of the Internet

When an unsuspecting researcher followed a mysterious command on a 4chan board, he found himself drawn into a scavenger hunt that led him down the darkest corridors of the internet and stretched across the globe....

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/Chasing-the-Cicada-Exploring-the-Darkest-Corridors-of-the-Internet/

Batman & Ramen

When Jason Todd--the second Robin--died, Batman took it really hard. He retreated into himself and the Batcave. Alfred would have made him decent meals--even tasty ones. But Batman preferred to be alone. And as he never...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/Batman-Ramen/

JibJab 2013 Year in Review: "What A Year!"

[http://youtu.be/7vNy05_3QV4] (YouTube link)Jib-Jab presents their annual year-in-review video, full of singing, dancing, all-animated versions of the movers and shakers of 2013. From Pope Francis to Ylvis to the Royal b...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/JibJab-2013-Year-in-Review-What-A-Year/

Vintage Advert Featuring Jimi Hendrix Dressed As Santa Claus

All that Purple Haze must have gone to Jimi Hendrix’s head when he agreed to pose for this advertisement dressed as Santa Claus back in 1967, but I guess he was so used to living in an Electric Ladyland that he did...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/Jimi-Hendrix-Dressed-As-Santa-Claus/

The Hobbit Night Light

The Hobbit Night LightCan't get into the hobbit of walking around shrouded in darkness? Let The Hobbit Night Light from the NeatoShop guide your way. This precious night light features an automatic light sensor and swive...

http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/20/The-Hobbit-Night-Light-2/




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