Archive for April 16th, 2016

Getting Something from Nothing: the Story of Zero

If you put yourself in the place of ancient people, it’s a wonder that anyone ever came up with a number that means nothing. It doesn’t make much sense when you are counting objects, but it turned out to be p...

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/04/16/Getting-Something-from-Nothing-the-Story-of-Zero/

The Smarttress: The Adultery-Detecting Mattress

(Photo: EPA/Diego Lopez)The Spanish bed manufacturer Durmet explains that "If your partner isn’t faithful, then at least your mattress will be."The Smarttress has built-in sensors to detect vigorous rhythmic motion...

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The Ray-Cat Solution

We told you a while back about a project to brainstorm methods for warning future civilizations about the dangers of nuclear waste dumps. It said, in part,But the strangest suggestion by far came from two European lingui...

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How to Make a Game of Thrones Character

(Wrong Hands/John Atkinson)I started with an overzealous squire who died just because (the most common cause of death in Westeros).Tracking the lifecycle of a Game of Thrones character is easy, mostly because it...

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/04/16/How-to-Make-a-Game-of-Thrones-Character/

Where Did The Expression "Elvis Has Left The Building" Originate?

(Image Link)The expression “Elvis has left the building” has been used as a comedic and colloquial way to say “the show's over”, “get out while the gettin's good”, “you don't hav...

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/04/16/Where-Did-The-Expression-Elvis-Has-Left-The-Building-Originate/

Germinate! - All Dogs Found In The Garden Will Be Exterminated

Germinate! by Boggs NicolasThe Daleks may be cold blooded killers the rest of the year, but come spring they put away their disintegration rays and get to gardening! They're experts at growing big, strong plants because...

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/04/16/Germinate-All-Dogs-Found-In-The-Garden-Will-Be-Exterminated/

Sorcery! How Does This Optical Illusion Work?

Mark Blank-Settle of the BBC found that two of his toddler's train track pieces were enchanted. They're differently sized . . . until placed on top of each other!What's going on here? Tom Hale explains that it's somethin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/04/16/Sorcery-How-Does-This-Optical-Illusion-Work/

The Battle Over the Sea-Monkey Fortune

Remember when you ordered the Amazing Live Sea-Monkeys from an ad in the back of a comic book? When the enclosed brine shrimp were reanimated, you were quite disappointed that they did not resemble the picture in the ad,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/04/16/The-Battle-Over-the-Sea-Monkey-Fortune/

Hippo Gets Its Teeth Cleaned

I'm filing this post under "Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly" even though, Smithsonian magazine informs us:[...] lore has it that hippos kill more people each year than lions, elephants, leopards, buffaloes and...

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/04/16/Hippo-Gets-Its-Teeth-Cleaned/

10 Funny Character Deaths in Movies

Tragic in real life; an opportunity for a joke in movies. Deaths can be funny as long as we know they’re not real …and when they happen to someone in a movie we don’t care about. Funny deaths occur mor...

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/04/16/10-Funny-Character-Deaths-in-Movies/

Naked: The Fitness App That Scans Your Entire Body, Critiquing You from Every Angle

How good do you look in a mirror? Well, you can always check for yourself. But Naked, a new 3d fitness tracker, goes much, much further. It does a complete scan of your body to create a 3d model of what you look like. It...

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/04/16/Naked-The-Fitness-App-That-Scans-Your-Entire-Body-Critiquing-You-from-Every-Angle/

The World's Most Impressive Bathrooms

In the words of a Charmin ad campaign, "we all go, why not enjoy the go?" And this incredible Lonely Planet list shows some of the best places in the world where you could really enjoy the go. From this eco-friendly toil...

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/04/16/The-Worlds-Most-Impressive-Bathrooms/

Star Wars-Inspired, Swedish-Styled Lamps

Eyal Rosenthal, an Israeli artist, developed 6 lamp designs that let you geek out and remain discreetly classy at the time. They're all inspired by iconic forms from Star Wars, including BB-8, Boba Fett, and Dar...

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/04/16/Star-Wars-Inspired-Swedish-Styled-Lamps/

The Problem With Being Batman's Butler

Have you ever considered the plight of Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred? He deals with an eccentric millionaire with a mansion and a superhero with a laboratory in an underground cave. You rarely ever see any o...

http://www.neatorama.com/2016/04/16/The-Problem-With-Being-Batmans-Butler/




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