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Diggerland.

Diggerland is a UK theme park, based around the theme of mechanical diggers and excavators. You can even play around with a digging machine and tractors. The photo above is of a ride called the Spindizzy.

http://www.diggerland.com/index.htm | Photo Gallery - via Unique Daily


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Footbag.

Footage from the 2005 World Footbag Championship in Helsinki Finland. Near the end, they play volleyball with the little bean footbags!

Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] | Footbag Worldwide | Footbag [wiki]


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Baby Tooth Bank.


Photo: Rodolfo Gonzales

Austin-based start-up BioEden has opened America's first baby tooth bank, hoping to harvest and freeze stem cells from the tooth's pulp. Scientists are skeptical:

Austin-based start-up company BioEden has opened the nation's first baby tooth bank, which harvests and freezes stem cells from a tooth's pulp. The hope is that the cells may someday be useful to treat disease or heal paralyzing spinal cord injuries.

Currently, it's not clear whether such cells could do anything more than help grow the dentin that could be used to reconstruct a broken tooth. Scientists say it will take at least five to 10 years to find out.

But for a $595 processing fee and $89 a year for storage, BioEden will harvest and cryogenically preserve the cells until scientists find a use for them.

Link


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Speak Slowly and Clearly for the Listening Device.

Found at Militant Platypus.

Update 7/22/06: Thanks to everyone who pointed out that this sticker is from Crimethinc.


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That's One Super Strong Grandma.

Wang Xiaobei, a 72 year-old grandma from Jinan, Shandong province, China, successfully pulled a truck. Not impressed? She did it with her teeth!

Wang, a senior accountant, said her good health and high spirits were down to more than 30 years of martial arts training.

Last winter, she succeeded in pulling two cars with her teeth and decided to try something tougher this time.

Next, she aims to set her sights on something even heavier - a train carriage, reports Chongqing Morning News.

Link - via arbroath


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Dinosaur was First Delta-Wing Fighter.

Paleontologist Garety Dyke at the University College Dublin in Ireland suggested that an extinct dinosaur called Sharovipteryx mirabilis was the world's first delta-wing flyer:

Sharovipteryx mirabilis is known from only a single fossil. It was about 8 inches long, weighed less than a tenth of a pound and lived during the late Triassic, a time when the first dinosaurs were still evolving. Scientists knew that S. mirabilis had a membrane stretched across its hind legs, which allowed it to glide, but the exact shape of this membrane and the way it was attached to the animal's body has been debated.

In a new study, Gareth Dyke, a paleontologist at the University College Dublin in Ireland, and colleagues used wind-tunnel data from modern flying lizards and computer modeling to propose a new membrane configuration for S. mirabilis, one they say is unique because it is grounded in aerodynamics.

http://www.livescience.com/animalworld/060718_delta_wing.html


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More of Alex Dragulescu's Spam Art.

Feeding spam's ASCII values as data for his algorithm, Romanian artist Alex Dragulescu made amazing, flowery arts.

See more spam-inspired art: Link | Previously on Neatorama: Alex Drauglescu's Spam Art.


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Scientists Decode the Origin of Mammoth Hot Spring Steps.

Scientists can now finally explain how the unusual steps at the Mammoth Hot Springs came to be:

Geologists have long been at a loss to explain the rocks’ unusual shapes, but physicists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign say they have figured out the answer.

Unlike most water-washed surfaces, the primary geological process shaping the Mammoth Hot Springs landscape is not erosion. The rocks there are actually growing — at the rate of one to five millimeters a day — as calcium carbonate in the water precipitates to form the mineral travertine.

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Censored Mariah Carey CD Cover in Saudi Arabia.

Apparently, Mariah Carey is too hot for Saudi Arabia: the covers are touched up to make it less sexy. (This made the round on the Net a while ago...)

See more: Link - via Museum of Hoaxes | Shakira's censored, too.


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Debra Swann's Yeti Skin Rug.

If that bear skin rug is too tame for you, try Debra Swann's yeti skin rug! Link - via Boing Boing


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Hector Serrano's Waterproof Lights.

Hector designed these waterproof lights for use in the water, particularly swimming pools. Very cool! Link - via NeverHappened


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The R Thief.

There's a thief in Greencastle, Indiana, that's obsessed with the letter R:

A consonant-loving thief has police and business owners baffled after dozens of Rs were stolen from signs around the community. "We've lost our Rs. And we want them back," said Randall Jones, president of Headley Hardware.

The weekend caper targeted gas stations, restaurants, repair shops and medical offices in the city of 10,000 people about 40 miles west of Indianapolis.

Here's the kicker:

The thief also nabbed half a dozen letters from a lighted marquee in front of a National Guard post.

Link


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Which Countries Support Middle East Ceasefire?

Which countries back immediate ceasefire in the growing Middle East Crisis (some call it a war already) and which countries do not, asks the Belfast Telegraph. Here's the answer: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/story.jsp?story=699486 - via digg.


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Sofa King Funny.

How did this get pass the censors? Just a joke, folks: Link | Sofa King [wiki] - via Frozen-One.


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Spam as Art.

Romanian artist Alex Dragulescu likes his email spam - that's because he sees patterns in it, which he then turns into sculptures:

Don't let the spam get you down. With the right touch, an annoying message can become a masterpiece.

When Romanian artist Alex Dragulescu looks at junk e-mails, he sees patterns — bits and bytes that can be manipulated into colorful plantlike images or stark architectural forms.

As a graduate student at the University of California, San Diego, he and fellow student Tim Jaeger collected spam and used it to create live multimedia shows of sound, text, and animation — "like a VJ and DJ performance," Mr. Dragulescu says in a phone interview. ...

He started feeding messages into a plant-generating algorithm. "I have certain key words controlling, for example, the size.... Like, how many times is 'Viagra' in the text, and maybe it will control the size of the petals."

Link - via starspirit


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Life Too Busy? Get an Android Clone!

Japanese roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro has made a clone android of himself called Gemini HI-1:

Hiroshi Ishiguro is a busy man. Between his two jobs, countless meetings and presentations, his demanding schedule was eating up all his time. So he built an android version of himself to pick up the slack.

Ishiguro, a senior researcher at ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories outside Kyoto, has created a machine in his own image -- a robot that looks and moves exactly like him. It sits on a chair and gazes around the room in a very humanlike fashion, just like its creator. In fact, the robot is an exact duplicate.

Ishiguro's silicone-and-steel doppelgänger was made from casts taken from his own body. Powered by pressurized air and small actuators, it runs on semiautonomous motion programs.

Link


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Funny Math Answers.

For more funny (and creative!) student math solutions, see: Link - Thanks Jack!


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ScareCrow: Motion-Activated Sprinkler.

Neatorama reader wrote to us:

I thought I'd let you know about a product that might be the next step up from the Room Defender you posted about. The Scarecrow is a motion-activated sprinkler. It's made as an animal deterrent but I expect it would work just as well in your bathroom or next to the front door with the convenient mounting bracket to keep away meddlers. On the web site they got some video of it being used on some poor dears, dogs and birds. I don’t know why they aren’t marketing this as a toy as well.

Link (don't miss the videos!) - Thanks Cliff!


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Say Cheese.

Or Not. What's the point? Smiling obviously makes absolutely no difference when you're covered from head to toe!

Found at Factum.


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Turning Wedding into Blood Donation Drive.

Blood Kumar likes to give blood, so when he got married, he decided to turn his wedding into a blood donation drive:

An employee of the Indian Space Research Organisation, which has its headquarters in Bangalore, Blood Kumar is the doyen of the local blood donor circuit.

He said that it seemed obvious to turn his wedding ceremony into a collective blood donor session.

Guests arriving with presents found themselves cajoled by Blood Kumar and his wife Mangalam to join the blood party, held at a corner of the wedding hall in a busy part of the city.

Link - via Fortean Times


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Catching the Same Fish Twice.

Angler Bob Watton caught the same fish in the open sea twice in a week, beating the odds of one million to one!

Bob, 56, was left frustrated when the 11lbs sea bass got away from him while he was out fishing off the south coast.

In a 10 minute tussle, the 2ft long specimen dived for a reef and severed Bob's line in the process.

Three days later the father-of-two returned to the same spot in his boat two miles off Bournemouth, Dorset, and quickly got a bite.

But he was amazed when he landed the fish in his net and realised it was the same one as it still had his hook and fishing line attached to it.

Link - via Arbroath


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Gelaskin for iPod.

Why carry your iPod in a bulky and boring case, when you can get the slick and stylish Gelaskin? Link - via Ursi


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Hydro-Foam RC Toy.

Neatorama reader Chris Heenan suggested this YouTube link of Hydro-Foam, an "amazing little RC boat that swims, drives, and FLIES!"

Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] - Thanks Chris!


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Karen Shapiro's Ceramic Sculptures.

Karen makes super-sized every day objects in raku [wiki] ceramics. Very cool! Link (don't miss the Fukidol ceramic pill!) - via Jaf Project


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Fish with Human-like Teeth.

Fisherman Scott Curry caught a fish with human-like teeth in Lubbock, Texas: Link - via Boing Boing


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Snake Swallowed Electric Blanket.


Photo: Willy Cook

I can't say it any better:

Houdini the snake bit off more than he could chew—or, rather, swallowed more than he could digest.

On Tuesday afternoon, the 12-foot-long Burmese python underwent surgery to remove what he'd eaten Sunday night—an electric blanket.

Idaho Mt. Express | BBC (with x-ray of the coils) | Sydney Morning Herald (with photo of surgery prep)


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Mystery Stone: Face Carved into Stone.

Seneca Ladd, a local businessman in Concord, New Hampshire, discovered an egg-shaped stone with carvings in 1872 while digging a hole for a fence post:

There was something inside -- a dark, odd-looking, egg-shaped stone with a variety of carvings, including a face, teepee, ear of corn and starlike circles.

And there were many questions: Who made the stone and why? How old was it? How was it carved?

To date, no one has been able to say for sure, and the item has come to be known as the "Mystery Stone."

http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/07/19/mystery.stone.ap/index.html - via Fortean Times


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Albino Squirrel.


Photo: Donita Clausen

It's hard to be an albino, especially if you're a squirrel:

The truth is, the squirrel is lucky to still be alive. Albino squirrels have a very short life expectancy because they are easily seen by both predators and prey due to their obvious lack of camouflage.

Arkansas City Traveler has got the scoop: http://www.arkcity.net/stories/071806/com_0001.shtml - via Arbroath

Update 7/21/06: Akiro wrote: Noticed the white squirrel link so I figured the "Home of the White Squirrel" Olney, Illinois may interest you. Olney protects its white furry friends and as a result the recessive trait of being albino has become displayed in a large portion of their squirrels.


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Human Pong.

Remember the human space invader (or link [YouTube])? Here's the human-version of the video game classic Pong.

Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] - via A Welsh View


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Motorcycle Faucet.

Check out this awesome chrome "motorcycle" faucet made by MFX: http://www.cyclefaucets.com/ - via Arbroath


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