Add a little extra holiday cheer to your wine bottle this winter holiday season with the Snowman Holiday Cheer Bottle Stopper from the NeatoShop. This adorable bottle stopper features a metal wine bottle stopper on the bottom and a felted snowman on top. He makes a wonderful hostess gift for any wine lover.
Friday, November 22, 1963. One of the most unforgettable days in world history. It was, of course, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas.
At the time, a newly popular British group called The Beatles were in the middle of their fourth European tour. The November 22nd concert by the soon-to-be-dubbed "Fab Four" had been anticipated with great excitement by Beatles fans.
By an odd and incredible coincidence, the Beatles' second album With The Beatles was set to be released that same day. The album already had advance orders of half a million (by 1965, it was to sell over a million copies in the UK, making it only the second album to ever do so).
With The Beatles featured seven new songs by the world's hottest new composers, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and also featured George Harrison's first-ever Beatles composition, "Don't Bother Me." With The Beatles was to soar to the number one spot on the charts and stay there for 21 weeks.
As the Beatles' first album Please Please Me had already had a 30-week run at the top spot before being replaced by With The Beatles, this meant the band held the #1 spot on the British charts for an incredible 51 consecutive weeks.
Excited Beatle fans were gathering outside Stockton's Globe Cinema for the first of two concerts to be given that night, the first at 6PM. Also featured on the bill that night were the Kestrels, Peter Jay & the Jaywalkers, The Vernon Girls, The Brook Brothers, and the Rhythm & Blues Quartet. Obviously, these fellow entertainers were not to have quite the same level of musical immortality the Beatles were to obtain.
The entertainers all heard the tragic news from four-and-a-half thousand miles away of the US president's assassination before they took the stage that evening. According to Geoff Williams of The Kestrels, "We heard the news that JFK had been shot before we went onstage. That would have been around 7PM. It wasn't until afterwards that we heard he was dead. I don't think there was a TV at the cinema. It would have been just word-of-mouth."
I don't know about you, but it's sometimes incredibly hard to choose between munching on pizza and nachos. Fortunately, Two Peas and Their Pod has figured out how to combine the two into one bizarre and wonderful snack favorites.
Aside from the obvious topping crossovers like pepperoni, olives, red onions and bell peppers, the nachos also have a great mashup flavor with a rich, garlic cream sauce. Alternatively, a spicy tomato sauce like arribiata would be a great blend between tomato sauce and salsa.
The oldest description we've found of a unicorn was in 398 BCE, when the Greek Ctesius wrote about an animal from India, which he only knew from reading Persian accounts. Many early references to unicorn-like animals were products of accounts passed along until they were complete nonsense, like the game of telephone. Even the Bible suffered from this confusion, when a unicorn was inserted into places in which an animal unknown to the translators was mentioned. Out of these accounts, a mythology grew up around the nonexistent unicorn. And to this day, we cannot get enough of unicorns. Read more about the history of unicorns, or at least unicorns in myth and literature, at io9. -via mental_floss
Abstruse Goose reminds us that you’re average and ordinary. Be happy with that and don’t let anyone tear you down for a lack of accomplishment or nobility. Your restraint is the only thing keeping bizarro-you from committing horrible crimes.
It could be worse: what does it mean if you encounter bizarro-you and he’s actually a pretty nice guy?
Quick, someone call Cookie Monster! Here's a TED-Ed video he'll want to see. Knowing the science behind how cookies bake will help you become a knowledgable, well-rounded person, but it probably won't help you to remember to take them out of the oven at the right time. Still, when your cookies fail, you'll be able to explain to your disappointed children exactly what went wrong. I'm sure that will excite them. Read more on this chemistry lesson from Stephanie Warren at TED-Ed. -via Viral Viral Videos
Randall Munroe, the roboticist and artist behind the webcomic xkcd, operates the blog “What If?” In it, he responds to strange scientific queries by readers. Most recently, reader Bryan J. McCarter asked Mr. Munroe:
What is the furthest one human being has ever been from every other living person? Were they lonely?
Mr. Munroe suspects that it was either Mike Collins, Dick Gordon, Stu Roosa, Al Worden, Ken Mattingly or Ron Evans. These are astronauts who stayed in the Apollo command module in lunar orbit while other astronauts landed on the surface of the moon. While on the opposite side of the moon, these men would have been 3,585 kilometers from any other human.
But, Mr. Munroe explains, there are also other possible candidates. An individual Polynesian during the migration of those peoples across the Pacific Ocean might have become isolated at a great distance from other human beings. A hypothetical shipwrecked sailor in the Eighteenth Century south Atlantic Ocean might also qualify.
But these are speculations. We can be sure about only the isolation of Apollo astronauts.
Were they lonely? Probably not. Mike Collins from the Apollo 11 mission described his experience:
Far from feeling lonely or abandoned, I feel very much a part of what is taking place on the lunar surface ... I don't mean to deny a feeling of solitude. It is there, reinforced by the fact that radio contact with the Earth abruptly cuts off at the instant I disappear behind the moon.
I am alone now, truly alone, and absolutely isolated from any known life. I am it. If a count were taken, the score would be three billion plus two over on the other side of the moon, and one plus God knows what on this side.
Sure, the world would be a better place if we just help one another. But would you help out a stranger over the Internet? That's what Mike Carson aimed to find out with his website ask.io
"My goal with this website is simply to do small things for those who are in need of a personal favor," Carson wrote on the site. He said that he was inspired by something Mother Teresa said:
"Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love"
Carson wanted to build a great website - something that can change the world - but when he ran into the Mother Teresa quote, he started thinking: maybe it's better to do something small - like doing small favors to those in need - but do it with love. And so, ask.io was born.
Users can ask for small favors - that favor is updated on the front page every week on Monday. Ask.io's first favor is actually from Carson himself:
How about you? Would you participate in a "do a stranger a small favor" over the Internet?
Redditor CharlotteScarlet posted this picture of her cat under the title "Annie thinks this is her ferocious face." Oh, we believe that is definitely a ferocious cat face, alright, because we have seen it before:
Thanks a lot, clouds. You’ve really helped me focus on all of the terrible things going on in my life right now. Without you, I might have had a moment’s peace. Grant Snider of Incidental Comics shows us how to relax and enjoy the raw beauty of nature.
Conan O'Brien entrusted Cyriak Harris and Nick denBoer (Smearballs) to edit 150 hours of season three of his show CONAN into a highlight reel. The result is another work of art with the unmistakable Cyriak look. Yes, it eventually has a cow. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
The holidays can be stressful. Take charge and remind your family who's boss of your kitchen with the Whoop Ass Oven Mitt from the NeatoShop. This delightful oven mitt features a retro graphic of a smiling woman holding a can of Whoop Ass. Above her are the words, " Don't MAKE me open this."
These men were paid in vodka for their participation in the study.
Then the researchers asked women to rate the attractiveness of the men. The women at peak fertility in their menstrual cycles tended to prefer men with less chest hair. The women at low fertility during their menstrual cycles and postmenopausal women tended to prefer men with more chest hair. The women also tended to prefer men with chest hair levels that matched their current partners or fathers.
Meet Vishavjit Singh, software analyst and cartoonist (over at Sikhtoons) by day and Captain America by night. Okay, not by night: Captain America just for one day - the turbaned and bearded version.
The idea came from photographer Fiona Aboud, who traveled the country capturing photos for her project, Sikhs: An American Portrait. The idea was to dress Singh up as Captain America, the most patriotic of all American superheros, and see how people would react.
People shook my hands, and a few literally congratulated me. The celebrity-of-the-moment experience was a little overwhelming. But I was jarred out of that trance by a few negative outliers. One man tried to grab my turban. Another yelled, “Captain Arab.” And yet another: “Terrorista!”
As we posed for a picture with one kid, he stuck his middle finger right in my face.
“So you are flipping off Captain America?” I admonished him.
He got red-faced, apologized and struck a smile instead. We carried on undeterred, and the overall crowd reaction was positive and friendly.
An NYPD officer tracked me down to take a shot together on his smartphone. He said it would be his claim to fame.
In a follow up article, Singh told us the 10 things he learned from his adventure being the Sikh Captain America. For example:
3) If you stereotype people, then you have fallen victim of the malady itself. To all the people who have given me advice to stay away from white Republican places like Jersey, Florida, Texas and the South, let me say this. If I had stereotyped the world the way it may see me in my turban and beard, I would never have walked out as Captain America. Stop projecting your insecurities. There are many good people all over America despite the political labels we wear. Intolerant asses reside all over the place. New York has its fair share. This Captain America is not a limited time offer in select locations. I was not transacting a deal. I was trying to make a connection with people. Thanks to the Army officer, Haitian American mother, woman who remembered her brief childhood encounter at a dance event with a turbaned boy in Detroit, woman from San Francisco who was inspired to dress herself and her boyfriend as Captain America, countless others who shared with me their memories, insecurities and moving encounters. Together we create super-heroic worlds.
Hari Kondabolu of Man About Town (from Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell) talked to the man:
In standard English, “because” is a subordinating conjunction. But due to an emerging use of the term on the internet, it’s also a preposition. “Because” can now precede a noun in order to explain an event or situation. The memetic phrase “because race car” is an example and perhaps the originator of this linguistic tendency. Linguist Stan Carey of the blog Sentence First explains:
The new usage – older than 3–4 years, mind – is what Laura Bailey and Mark Liberman, respectively, have referred to as “because+noun” and “because NOUN”. Liberman says the idiom usually seems to imply “that the referenced line of reasoning is weak”. Sometimes, yes, but it’s also commonly used just for convenience, or effect: No work tomorrow because holidays!; Of course evolution is true, because science.
Because X is fashionably slangy at the moment, diffusing rapidly across communities. It has a snappy, jocular feel, with a syntactic jolt that allows long explanations to be forgone. Because time-strapped. Maybe the causal factor is so obvious as to need no elaboration, or the speaker is distracted or giddy, or online and eager to save effort and move on, or maybe the construction appeals for undefined aesthetic or social reasons.
I suspect that Twitter and text messaging have contributed to this linguistic trend because they tend to condense language. Like Strunk & White’s Rule #17, they encourage writers to “omit needless words.”
"There is no simple, harmless pastime that can't be ruined by some guy with a tape measure." Ben Blatt spent three hours in a Barnes & Noble going through all seven primary Where's Waldo books to figure out a system for finding Waldo. There is no mention of whether he got through all the books before he was tossed for hanging out in the children's section. But he worked out a method.
It may not be immediately clear from looking at this map, but my hunch that there’s a better way to hunt was right. There isn’t one corner of the page where Waldo is always hiding; readers would have already noticed if his patterns were so obvious. What we do see, as highlighted in the map below, is that 53 percent of the time Waldo is hiding within one of two 1.5-inch tall bands, one starting three inches from the bottom of the page and another one starting seven inches from the bottom, stretching across the spread.
We've featured the funny in-flight safety video from Air New Zealand previously on Neatorama, including the Hobbit version.
Well, they're back!
Air New Zealand has released the "sequel" to their popular Hobbit In-Flight Safety Video (available below if you haven't seen it before). This one, titled "Just Another Day in Middle-earth" features actual flight attendants, pilots, aircraft engineers and more. It also features Dean O'Gorman, the New Zealand actor who plays the dwarf Fili, as well as the voice of Sylvester McCoy, who stars in The Hobbit as Radagast the Brown.
Genetic archaeology is taking us into knowledge we never thought we'd find before gene-mapping came about. After all, finding fossils is a rare hit-or-miss event. Harvard evolutionary geneticist David Reich and his team have sequenced the genomes of Neanderthals and Denisovans more clearly and accurately than any past gene-mapping, which help us to compare human DNA over time. When they compared the genomes of those ancient human populations to those of recent humans, they concluded that our homo sapiens ancestors interbred with Neanderthals and Denisovans …as well as populations we have yet to discover.
The new Denisovan genome indicates that this enigmatic population got around: Reich said at the meeting that they interbred with Neanderthals and with the ancestors of human populations that now live in China and other parts of East Asia, in addition to Oceanic populations, as his team previously reported. Most surprisingly, Reich said, the new genomes indicate that Denisovans interbred with another extinct population of archaic humans that lived in Asia more than 30,000 years ago, which is neither human nor Neanderthal.
The meeting was abuzz with conjecture about the identity of this potentially new population of humans. “We don’t have the faintest idea,” says Chris Stringer, a paleoanthropologist at the London Natural History Museum, who was not involved in the work.
Someone in my family bought a bag of some new super-spicy potato chips, and they've sat almost full for a couple of weeks. No one wants them, even though my daughters normally love spicy food. Apparently, some kids go for them -too much. Popular new snacks covered with flavor powder described as "Flamin' Hot" or "Super-Spicy" are sending children to the emergency room with gastritis, an inflammation of the stomach lining.
Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency room physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, said he believes that the flavoring coating the chips and snacks is what might be causing the stomach pH to change, rather than just the spiciness of the snacks. For example, he said he hasn't had a lot of people coming in doubled over from eating too much spicy salsa.
"In the past, I had not seen any problems with snack food until spicy flavoring became more popular," said Glatter.
Glatter said it wasn't just the high fat or high salt content that the kids or adolescents crave but the actual burn of the spicy flavoring.
"It's almost like a food addiction. They seek out the burn," said Glatter. "It's a little thrill-seeking. 'It's like how much can I tolerate?' and I've seen a number of children who eat four or five bags and come in screaming in pain."
The world's biggest and deepest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Russia. It has a surface area of 12,248 square miles and a depth of up to 5,387 feet -that's a mile deep! But as fascinating as the facts are, the myths and legends are equally as interesting.
The capes and islands within the lake have their own mythology. The largest of these, Olkhon Island, is the world’s third-biggest lake island – and interestingly it is supposed to be the birthplace of Genghis Khan. Jesus is also said to have visited the area, blessing the land to the north of Baikal but dismissing the terrain south of the lake as “nothing” – which locals say explains the apparent inability to grow corn in that region. Cape Ryty on the shore to the west of the lake is believed to be cursed, and locals hold that going there can result in a sudden and early death for trespassers.
Christmas time is coming. Make this a jolly and picture perfect holiday with the Lil' Reindeer Coat from the NeatoShop. This super soft faux fur baby coat features a reindeer's face, complete with antlers, on the hood. Red satin lining adorns the inside of this luxurious and festive holiday coat.
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An albatross is a huge bird, weighing up to 25 pounds, but it can fly around the world in 46 days! That's quite a mean feat, even among creatures who have harnessed the miracle of flight. Lifting that heavy body into the air takes a lot of energy, so to compensate, albatrosses have harnessed their knowledge of physics. A team of German scientists attached GPS trackers to 20 of the birds to study their flight. Their data comes from 16 of the birds, which causes us to pause just a moment in memory of the other four.
Albatrosses yo-yo up and down in the sky, taking advantage of momentum generated on their downhill glides in order to climb back up against the wind. These constant up and down changes in altitude keep the birds aloft without requiring much effort. In fact, the propulsive force generated by such undulations is about ten times greater than anything the albatross could create by simply flapping its wings.
But it’s a trick the rest of the animal kingdom doesn’t often use. For example, hummingbirds weigh about 0.07 ounces (2.2 grams)—98 percent less than an albatross—and yet their wings have to beat about 70 times per second to keep their little bodies aloft. An albatross can go hours without flapping. Because of this frantic motion, hummingbirds have to eat up to three times their body weight every day.
While hummingbirds appear to get along just fine at low efficiency, their lives depend on available fuel sources. If those sources were to die out, so would the hummingbirds. But albatrosses could simply travel to a new food source -which is what they do. Read more at NatGeo's Weird and Wild blog. -via the Presurfer
It's human Jenga! In an episode of Japan's TV series Gaki No Tsukai, contestants perch on a wall of cardboard boxes and try not to fall. The show makes it very difficult, of course. Keep your eyes on the subtitles, because they spend all their time giving each other grief through the various trials. -via reddit
The object is to connect all islands according to the number of bridges so that there are no more than two bridges in the same direction and there is a continuous path connecting all islands together. Bridges can only be vertical or horizontal and are not allowed to cross islands or other bridges. There is only one unique solution for each puzzle.
Game Instructions: Point mouse on an island, move arrow in the direction of the bridge you want to connect and click when only one bridge area remains highlighted. First click connects one bridge, second click connects a second bridges and the third click removes all bridges.
Nathan Yau at Flowing Data crunched lot of numbers when researching what to name his son. One of the projects that interested him was the regionality of baby-naming. We've seen a breakdown of the most popular names through time by state (boys and girls), but most of those names were also the most popular names nationwide. Yau took a look at the names that were significantly more popular in certain areas of the US than they were in other areas -and mapped them. The graphic here shows some of the more regional names for children born in the 1960s (but not all of them). There are many more graphics at Flowing Data, for each decade since the '60s and for 2012, too. -via Laughing Squid
It was only the second time through this comic from Lunarbaboon that I saw the eyebrows and the time-shift, which makes it a lot more meaningful. Your outlook on everything is changed when, as someone once told me "your heart is now walking around outside of you." In some instances, it makes you braver than you ever thought you could be.
Dinner made in a coffeemaker? Why would anyone ever want to do that? If you are a student in a dorm, a soldier deployed in the field, or stuck in a hotel room for some reason, a drip coffeemaker might be the only appliance available for food preparation, And it can be done. NPR outlines three basic techniques:
1. Steam: The basket at the top is a great place to steam vegetables. You can throw in broccoli, cauliflower or any vegetable that cooks in about the same time as those. 2. Poach: The carafe at the bottom serves as a simple vessel for poaching fish and chicken. You can also use it to hard-boil eggs or make couscous and oatmeal. 3. Grill: This technique is a bit more advanced — and time-consuming. But if you're really itching for a grilled cheese sandwich or a cinnamon bun in a motel room, the coffee maker's burner can serve as a miniature grill.