Archive for October 23rd, 2015

These Australians Want to Rename Their Currency the Dollarydoo

(Image: Shannon Molloy)In the Simpsons episode "Bart vs. Australia," we briefly see a scene (embedded below) in which an Australian father berates his son for accruing a long distance phone charge of 900 dollary...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/23/These-Australians-Want-to-Rename-Their-Currency-the-Dollarydoo/

Alaska’s Giant Vegetables

We’re used to seeing giant pumpkins, but look at the size of that cabbage! It look like Audrey 2 from Little Shop of Horrors. Alaska is known for its giant vegetables. You’d think that it would be ha...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/23/Alaskas-Giant-Vegetables/

Congressman Loses Bet, Forced to Sing Song on the Floor of the House

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhDu6MjvRzw](Video Link)Rep. Adam Schiff of California roots for the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team. His colleague, Rep. Steve Israel of New York supports the New York Mets. They had a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/23/Congressman-Loses-Bet-Forced-to-Sing-Song-on-the-Floor-of-the-House/

Elderly Cat

Webcomic artist Alison Wilgus (previously at Neatorama) drew a tribute to her elderly cat, Julien Bashir. Julien is 22 years old, which is extremely old for a cat. It’s pretty straightforward, because like all crea...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/23/Elderly-Cat/

Statue of Lenin Replaced with Darth Vader

(Photo: VG)For decades, a statue of Soviet dictator Vladimir Lenin stood in Odessa, Ukraine. But now it has been replaced with the image of Darth Vader, a Ukrainian politician. It was made of gypsum, which had been decay...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/23/Statue-of-Lenin-Replaced-with-Darth-Vader/

Parachuting Beavers

Back in the 1940s, people were moving into Idaho, and the new landowners didn’t mix well with beavers. Meanwhile, Idaho's Chamberlain Basin could use some beavers to help maintain the environment. Moving the beaver...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/23/Parachuting-Beavers/

Fifteen Flesh Crawling Facts About David Cronenberg's The Fly

David Cronenberg took the frightening scientific theories presented in the original version of The Fly and ran off into a dark corner with them, adding horrifying special effects to a tale that was already espec...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/23/Fifteen-Flesh-Crawling-Facts-About-David-Cronenbergs-The-Fly/

Vintage Advertisements That Would be Banned Today

Even as recently as the 1970s and '80s, advertisements that wouldn't be conceived of today were released to little or no backlash. In today's age of political correctness, as outrage and righteous indignation seem to be...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/23/Vintage-Advertisements-That-Would-be-Banned-Today/

Beautiful, Delicate Glass Animals

Ukranian artist Nikita Drachuk uses the lampworking glass technique, which involves only colored glass rods, a torch, and hand tools, to shape images of animals. They have the same vibrant colors that nature provides and...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/23/Beautiful-Delicate-Glass-Animals/

Ghosts And Gadgets: Communicating with the Spirits

Brandon Hodge collects gadgets and devices that were used in different times to communicate with the dead. He has what is probably the biggest private collection of planchettes ever. Hodge explains some of the history be...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/23/Ghosts-And-Gadgets-Communicating-with-the-Spirits/

Free Rick Sanchez - You Can't Hide Your Schwifty Eyes

Free Rick Sanchez by OutlawalienIf you're traveling around the galaxy or whatever and you come across the gross looking old dude in this holofeed fight the urge to puke and report a Rick Sanchez sighting to the authorit...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/23/Free-Rick-Sanchez-You-Cant-Hide-Your-Schwifty-Eyes/

People Share Some Of The Most Creative Ways They Have Been Hit On

The art of seduction is full of subtle physical cues, subtly probing conversation and subconscious chemistry tests, or you can just skip the song and dance and drop a pickup line on whomever you like.This method has a ve...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/23/People-Share-Some-Of-The-Most-Creative-Ways-They-Have-Been-Hit-On/

An Honest Trailer for Back to the Future

Screen Junkies dissects the three movies of the Back to the Future trilogy, and comes to the conclusion that they are all the same except for the window dressing. Great Scott![https://youtu.be/7Bn121d5Fk8] (YouT...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/23/An-Honest-Trailer-for-Back-to-the-Future/

Guinea Pig Gets a Wheelchair

(Photo: Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary)This is Estella, a guinea pig that lives at the Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary in French Camp, California. She's lived there since she and her mate Pip were found abandoned by the sid...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/23/Guinea-Pig-Gets-a-Wheelchair/

A Preacher Dressed Up As The Devil Warns People About Halloween

Halloween doesn't corrupt young minds or threaten the moral fabric of our society, and yet those who feel threatened by Halloween keep trying to convince us that the holiday is inherently evil.Those who oppose Halloween...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/23/A-Preacher-Dressed-Up-As-The-Devil-Warns-People-About-Halloween/

At the Crossroads of a Genetic Puzzle

The most high-tech advances in genetic research are happening in the most unexpected place- the heart of Quiet Amish country. (Image credit: Clinic for Special Children at Facebook)Holmes Morton was wrapped up i...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/23/At-the-Crossroads-of-a-Genetic-Puzzle/

Gear Up For Halloween While You Still Can With These 25 Ghoulishly Good T-Shirts

Harvest Droid by DjkopetHalloween is right around the corner, so if you haven't prepared for that one frightfully fun night of the year now's the time to get geared up, and the NeatoShop is here to help!...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/23/Gear-Up-For-Halloween-While-You-Still-Can-With-These-25-Ghoulishly-Good-T-Shirts/

7th Annual Riverside Halloween House Light Show

Kevin and Amber Judd of Creative Lighting Displays have once again set up a friend’s house to entertain passers-by for Halloween This year’s show features the songs “Ghostbusters,” Michael Jackson...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/23/7th-Annual-Riverside-Halloween-House-Light-Show/

Improbable Research Goes Digital

After 21 years of publishing paper magazines, The Annals of Improbable Research (the folks who bring us the Ig Nobel prizes every year) is converting to digital. The November-December 2015 issue will be the fina...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/23/Improbable-Research-Goes-Digital/

Couples Costumes You Can Feel Good About Wearing On Halloween

(Image Link)Couples costumes can be a super cute and creative way to share the Halloween fun with a loved one, or they can be a sad example of how little control a person can have over their own life.And since guys and g...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/23/Couples-Costumes-You-Can-Feel-Good-About-Wearing-On-Halloween/

Seven Things You May Not Know About the Original Ghostbusters

[https://youtu.be/Pa2sJUZI78o]YouTube LinkCineFix presents seven facts you may not know about the original Ghostbusters films. Learn about topics from the casting of Sigourney Weaver to Aykroyd's inspira...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/23/Seven-Things-You-May-Not-Know-About-the-Original-Ghostbusters/

Doc Brown - Great Scott! - Gonna Go Back In Time

Doc Brown- Great Scott! by zer0patolloDoc Brown never thought he'd see the day when he lived to see that day when he and Marty arrived in the Hill Valley of the future, October 21st, 2015. There was something very diffe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/23/Doc-Brown-Great-Scott-Gonna-Go-Back-In-Time/

Death and the Afterlife by Cliff Pickover

Cliff Pickover's new book is Death and the Afterlife: A Chronological Journey, from Cremation to Quantum Resurrection. Death is the one thing we all have in common, and it's been that way ever since humans have...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/23/Death-and-the-Afterlife-by-Cliff-Pickover/

Shark Attacks Rubber Boat

I'll bet that if these tourists ever go out on the water again, it'll be in a steel-hulled ship!They were just offshore at Mossel Bay, South Africa, looking at seals that live in the area. A 12-foot Great White Shark app...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/23/Shark-Attacks-Rubber-Boat/

The Science of Little House on the Prairie

Many of us grew up reading the remembrances of Laura Ingalls Willder, author of the Little House books. Wilder was elderly when she wrote them, and many details are fiction. So how closely did the account follow...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/23/The-Science-of-Little-House-on-the-Prairie/

Couple Celebrates 60th Anniversary with Up-Themed Duet

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWUBurZn0Kc](Video Link)In the Pixar movie Up, Carl and Ellie Fredricksen have a touching and heartfelt love story from their youth into their old age. It inspired pianist Jason...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/23/Couple-Celebrates-60th-Anniversary-with-Up-Themed-Duet/

The Top 10 Fears of 2015

I always thought the most common fears were of dying and public speaking. But we have more things to worry about in the 21st century. Chapman University surveyed a random sample of 1,541 adults in America about their fea...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/23/The-Top-10-Fears-of-2015/

Anglophenia Episode 41: The Origin of Halloween

[https://youtu.be/Twog7XFOXnM]YouTube LinkIn this, the latest episode of Anglophenia, host Kate Arnell tries to pull a fast one on us by claiming that the idea of Halloween originated in the U.K. Or is s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/10/23/Anglophenia-Episode-41-The-Origin-of-Halloween/




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