Archive for February 17th, 2014

Crisis: America Faces National Clown Shortage Emergency

(Photo: Melissa Wiese)I do not wish to unduly alarm you, dear readers. But nor do I want for our attention to deviate from an emerging crisis: America is running out of clowns.The largest clown professional organizations...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/02/17/Crisis-America-Faces-National-Clown-Shortage-Emergency/

Armadillo Dances to “Billie Jean”

[http://youtu.be/EsmxsX7fo9I] (YouTube link)An armadillo was spotted gathering leaves. I don’t know why, maybe she’s building a nest or something. Anyway, theataraxian decided she needed a proper soundtrack t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/02/17/Armadillo-Dances-to-Billie-Jean/

Dragon-Mounted Writing Desk

The Gospel of Mark is the shortest of the four canonical gospels, perhaps because it was written under demanding conditions. Here's a medieval manuscript illumination showing Mark in a portable writing desk. It is conven...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/02/17/Dragon-Mounted-Writing-Desk/

Massive Multi-cosplayer Movie Mashup Marriage Proposal

[http://youtu.be/rEpn4KDtndc] (YouTube link)When Victor Delgado wanted to propose to his girlfriend Liz, he got a few friends involved. The result was a sci-fi action movie that mashed up your favorite film franchises in...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/02/17/Massive-Multi-cosplayer-Movie-Mashup-Marriage-Proposal/

Slovakian Hockey Player Butt Checks Opponent

Yesterday, Slovakia and Russia faced off in a preliminary hockey game at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Jan Laco played the goalie position. When the puck slipped behind him, a Russian player dashed for it.Then Oh. My. Go...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/02/17/Slovakian-Hockey-Player-Butt-Checks-Opponent/

Reindeer Get Reflecting Antlers

In Lapland, where reindeer herds are kept as livestock, yet graze freely most of the year, a new technique is being used to reduce the number of reindeer struck by cars at night. I cannot make the Finnish Sami la...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/02/17/Reindeer-Get-Reflecting-Antlers/

Frozen Potatoes for the Social Media Generation

The Birds Eye frozen food company is ready to roll out a new product: potatoes cut into the shapes of hashtags, asterisks, emotions, and the @ symbol. The product will be called either Mashtags or Mas#tags, depending on...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/02/17/Frozen-Potatoes-for-the-Social-Media-Generation/

Kitty Litter for Cat-epillar

Finally! The perfect kitty litter for the exotic pet that's all the rage: the cat-epillar (or is it longcat?) Via Cheezburgerlongcat, kitty litter...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/02/17/Kitty-Litter-for-Cat-epillar/

Bunny Stampede

[http://youtu.be/QwGYeVpaC9g] (YouTube link)Yu Yu found herself playing the part of the Pied Piper to a herd of bunny rabbits! Ōkunoshima is the Japanese island that was once a chemical weapons production facility, but...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/02/17/Bunny-Stampede/

Bathing in a Garbage Bin in Sochi

No bath tubs in the Mountain Village... So just chillin' in a garbage bin doing a hot Epsom salt 'bath'! #NoExcuses pic.twitter.com/HwdyaPUO7K— Heather Moyse (@HeatherMoyse) February 16, 2014 N...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/02/17/Bathing-in-a-Garbage-Bin-in-Sochi/

Frequency

Randall Munroe has gathered a whole bunch of events and made gifs showing how frequently they happen. You’ll have to go to xkcd to see it in action. While you might find yourself wasting too much t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/02/17/Frequency/

Sewer Blocked by Big Pooh

Oh, bother. We've recently discovered why the sewers of East Kilbride, Scotland, got a bit backed up: a large Pooh blocking the pipes. But you can't blame the bear, he's probably just looking for honey in...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/02/17/Sewer-Blocked-by-Big-Pooh/

15 Things You Might Not Know About Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure opened in theaters 25 years ago today. Does that make you feel old? If so, you are not alone. In honor of the occasion, let’s all step into the phone booth and tr...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/02/17/15-Things-You-Might-Not-Know-About-Bill-Teds-Excellent-Adventure/

Woman Jailed For Not Returning Jennifer Lopez Movie Monster-In-Law

We don't know which is the worse crime: renting Jennifer Lopez's 2005 movie Monster-In-Law or not returning it. According to Fox Carolina, the Pickens County Sheriff's Office has arrested Kayla Michelle Finley,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/02/17/Woman-Jailed-For-Not-Returning-Jennifer-Lopez-Movie-iMonster-In-Lawi/

The JunkYard Music Box

[http://youtu.be/jzsoyO2NprQ] (YouTube link)Musical instrument builder Tom Kaufmann shows us the JunkYard Music Box, a massive musical installation he took to ArtPrize 2012 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It’s an &ldquo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/02/17/The-JunkYard-Music-Box/

Whodunit: One Drop of Blood

The following is a Whodunit by Hy Conrad featuring Jonah Bixby, a twelve-year-old crime solver and son of a police detective. Can you solve the crime?(Image credit: Flickr user Emergency Brake)"Please, Mom, may...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/02/17/Whodunit-One-Drop-of-Blood/

Identical Quads Born in Mississippi

Kimberly Fugate was expecting triplets, which was unusual enough, as she was about to turn 42 years old and had used no fertility drugs. But when she underwent a cesarian section on February 8, doctors found four baby gi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/02/17/Identical-Quads-Born-in-Mississippi/

Why You Should Never Let Your Cat Drive

[http://youtu.be/2_uCf7dK6Gk] (YouTube link)The audio on this video is loud and distorted -you may want to turn the volume down a bit.When you have a traffic accident, the first thing you do is switch places with the unl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/02/17/Why-You-Should-Never-Let-Your-Cat-Drive/

Teddy Roosevelt: 90-pound Weakling?

This Presidents Day article is from the book Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Plunges Into the Presidency.Legendary for his tremendous energy and physical activity as president, Teddy Roosevelt might have been t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/02/17/Teddy-Roosevelt-90-pound-Weakling/

Neatolinks: Burgers, Olympic Tug of War, Bizarre Models and Real Iron Men

The Weirdest Models Around (Oddee)Did You Know Tug of War Was An Olympic Sport (Mental Floss)Grilled Apple Burgers? Why Not? (Consumerist)The Military Wants to Make A Real Iron Man (The Mary Sue)Image: The Most Impr...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/02/17/Neatolinks-15/

Cake with Whole Pears Baked Inside

I love this baking idea! I've seen berries and fruit slices baked inside cakes, but never entire pears. Deanna Segrave-Daly made this cake with Meyer lemons, a variety of that plant that is increasingly...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/02/17/Cake-with-Whole-Pears-Baked-Inside/

The 11 Weirdest Moments In Robocop History

The 1987 film Robocop was rated R, for very good reasons, if you recall. It was ultra-violent, ultra-gory, and creepy enough in places to induce nightmares. It was also very big hit, and Hollywood aimed to wring...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/02/17/The-11-Weirdest-Moments-In-Robocop-History/

Shark Chips & Salsa Plate

Last year, we featured aviceramics's neat shark sushi plate. She's back with a similar creation. Now the shark's mouth is a salsa reservoir. Use it very quickly so that the jaws don't snap shut on your f...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/02/17/Shark-Chips-Salsa-Plate/

How Pronghorn Newborns Survive

Mammal species are born mostly helpless and vulnerable to predators. Many hide their babies in nests, but pronghorn antelopes are born on the open range, while coyotes wait for an easy snack. And to complicate matters, t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/02/17/How-Pronghorn-Newborns-Survive/






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