Archive for December 18th, 2014

Rolling Droid Christmas Ornament

For a few seconds, the trailer for the upcoming movie Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens displayed an unusual droid with a rolling spherical body. It has been the subject of much internet fascination and s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/12/18/Rolling-Droid-Christmas-Ornament/

Cthulhumas Cookies

Maika Keuben is busy with so many Cthulhumas preparations. She’s got her tree ready and a wreath for the door, and now she’s baked Cthulhumas cookies! Dozens and dozens of chocolate cookies with peppermint-fl...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/12/18/Cthulhumas-Cookies/

Vintage Holiday Ads With Celebrity Spokespeople

This collection of celebrities pitching products for Christmastime advertisements takes one back. Back to a time when cigarette ads were a dime a dozen and 33 LP vinyl was the norm. When Polaroid cameras and clock radios...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/12/18/Vintage-Holiday-Ads-With-Celebrity-Spokespeople/

After 72 Years, Snubbed US Navy Captain Gets Credit for Sinking a U-Boat

(Photo of the U-166 by the Ocean Exploration Trust)On August 1, 1942, the US Navy subchaser PC-566 was escorting the passenger vessel Robert E. Lee out of the mouth of the Mississippi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/12/18/After-72-Years-Snubbed-US-Navy-Captain-Gets-Credit-for-Sinking-a-U-Boat/

The Deviant History of the Snowman

Documented snowmen go back at least as far as the Middle Ages, but we can assume that the art of building a human figure of snow goes back before recorded history. After all, snow is free and easily-manipulated, and huma...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/12/18/The-Deviant-History-of-the-Snowman/

A Collection Of Juggalo Themed Paintings By Lucy Owen

In the future Juggalogians will surely tell the tale of the art show that brought their clowny subculture into the fine art limelight, and the paintings which would shape the very landscape of what it means to be a Jugga...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/12/18/A-Collection-Of-Juggalo-Themed-Paintings-By-Lucy-Owen/

Where Are They Now? The Cast of Arthur

The hit children's television program Arthur debuted on PBS in 1996. The child actors on it have grown up. What are they doing now? Loryn Brantz of BuzzFeed tracked down 8 of them.Francine Frensky is doing reaso...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/12/18/Where-Are-They-Now-The-Cast-of-Arthur/

Megatron Speaks the Truth

[http://youtu.be/M5rpbCQlo6Q] (YouTube link)Alexandra Trew toured Universal Studios Hollywood, and took a minute to grab a selfie with Megatron. Megatron did not like the idea. Trew was lucky she escaped with her head. W...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/12/18/Megatron-Speaks-the-Truth/

Technology Ads Then and Now

Today our lives are more hectic than ever; it seems many people are in a constant race against time to get things done. Holiday time exacerbates the problem. Being so caught up, it's not often that people stop and ponder...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/12/18/Technology-Ads-Then-and-Now/

The Sweater That Lived - Keep Warm And Carry On Being Magical

The Sweater That Lived by MandrieThe halls of that old school of wizardry and witchcraft were starting to get mighty drafty, and many of the students were complaining about how hard it was to study in the cold, but one...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/12/18/The-Sweater-That-Lived-Keep-Warm-And-Carry-On-Being-Magical/

Photographer Brings out the Beauty in Junk Food with Renaissance-Themed Images

The holy pizza, which is both fully divine and fully baked, inspires marvel and wonder from anyone who beholds it. Rebecca Rütten, a photographer from Cologne, Germany, reveals to us the beauty of fast food of other...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/12/18/Photographer-Brings-out-the-Beauty-in-Junk-Food-with-Renaissance-Themed-Images/

Indiana Bones and the Raiders of the Lost Bark

[http://youtu.be/7ydBgdL5R08] (YouTube link)He’s just a puppy, but intrepid explorer Indiana Bones must save the Ark of the Covenant from the evil Catzis! You’ll enjoy this delightful sequence produced by Fin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/12/18/Indiana-Bones-and-the-Raiders-of-the-Lost-Bark/

24 Hour Sale: 20% Off All NeatoShop T-Shirts

We'll be caught up with the printing run for NeatoShop T-shirts one day early, so let's celebrate by having a 24-hour sale: all NeatoShop T-shirts are 20% off until Dec 19, 2014. Celebrate the holidays with Neat...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/12/18/24-Hour-Sale-20-Off-All-NeatoShop-T-Shirts/

An Age Analysis For Disney's Beast

Most animated features are created with the assumption that the young viewers watching the film won’t actually look for truths, check the math, or otherwise deconstruct the facts presented in the movie looking for...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/12/18/An-Age-Analysis-For-Disneys-Beast/

Magic With Weird Al

[http://youtu.be/Ib2Vl7JEjfc]YouTube LinkFor those who thought Weird Al Yankovic was just a singer/songwriter of parodies, take note: this man is multitalented. He happens to be able to perform magic tri...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/12/18/Magic-With-Weird-Al/

Ice Pancakes

It gets very cold in Scotland in December. Cold enough for ice pancakes! These strange discs of ice were seen on the River Dee at Lummels Pool in Aberdeenshire.River Dee Team biologist Jamie Urquhart said it was thought...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/12/18/Ice-Pancakes/

Holiday Feast

[http://youtu.be/vhg7Xm4FXAY]YouTube LinkThirteen dogs and a cat gather 'round a holiday table and do what everyone does these days while gathered at a table. There are friendly exchanges, drinking of sp...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/12/18/Holiday-Feast/

25 Facts About The Simpsons Celebrating Their 25th Anniversary

(Image Link)If you’ve been watching The Simpsons from the very beginning then you know they’ve come a long way from their early days, when they were fresh from The Tracey Ullman Show and loo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/12/18/25-Facts-About-The-Simpsons-Celebrating-Their-25th-Anniversary/

CGP Grey Explains The Lord of the Rings Mythology

[http://youtu.be/YxgsxaFWWHQ] (YouTube link)You bet I snagged this video for you as soon as I saw who did it. CGP Grey takes an entire library of Tolkien writings about Middle-Earth and explains that universe in four min...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/12/18/CGP-Grey-Explains-The-Lord-of-the-Rings-Mythology/

10 Cartoon Characters Drawn in the Styles of 10 Different Cartoonists

Finnish artist Jaakko Seppälä demonstrates remarkable skill and versatility with this chart. You can see a much larger version here. Jesus Diaz of Gizmodo helpfully lists the components. F...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/12/18/10-Cartoon-Characters-Drawn-in-the-Styles-of-10-Different-Cartoonists/

Pac To The Future - An Old School Gaming Adventure

Pac To The Future by Retro ReviewHe's a pie headed man with a mission, an old school guy with lots of game who travelled back in time to save the video game world from the ultimate kill screen. When Doctor Arcade introd...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/12/18/Pac-To-The-Future-An-Old-School-Gaming-Adventure/

18 Facts You May Not Know about Steven Spielberg

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.[Ed. note: this post is in honor of Spielberg's 68th birthday today.]You know hi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/12/18/18-Facts-You-May-Not-Know-about-Steven-Spielberg/

Cold Weather Myths

[http://youtu.be/WKtWE5F2cJs] (YouTube link)Your mother probably told you you’d catch your death of cold if you went outside without an adequate winter coat. She probably also said, “I told you so” when...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/12/18/Cold-Weather-Myths/

Disney Researchers Develop Highly Realistic Eyeballs

(Image from Tangled)Disney's animation studios stay on the technological cutting edge with the assistance of company-operated research laboratories. One team of Disney researchers developed a means to ca...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/12/18/Disney-Researchers-Develop-Highly-Realistic-Eyeballs/

Rudolph’s Revenge

They say that living well is the best revenge. However, when you suddenly have power over those who tormented you in your youth, it’s hard to resist the temptation for a little payback. Unfortunately, it turned out...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/12/18/Rudolphs-Revenge/

Masterfully Crafted Game of Thrones Chess Table

Joe Lovchik used a CarveWright CNC milling machine to build this beautifully rendered chess table out of maple and cherry wood. He designed each component carefully, but the side panels of the table are...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/12/18/Masterfully-Crafted-Game-of-Thrones-Chess-Table/

Robot Christmas Party

[http://youtu.be/M3XR-7MtMK8] (YouTube link)The actual name of this video is Autonomous Christmas Lab 2014, but that’s no fun. The folks at Autonomous Systems Lab, a part of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technolog...

http://www.neatorama.com/2014/12/18/Robot-Christmas-Party/
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