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How to Make Mascara out of Oreos

Your face is covered with cookie crumbs, but don’t brush them off! They could be the basis of some rad mascara. At the age of 16, Katherine Ward is already a skilled makeup artist who improvises with materials at hand. To make mascara from Oreo cookies, she first removed the filling, crushed the cookie ends into a fine powder, then mixed in water and a facial primer. Do that and you’ll be ready to look sharp. Downside: you have fewer cookies to eat.


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-via Craft


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New Novel Will Self-Destruct after 24 Hours


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Novelist James Patterson has a new book coming out called Private Vegas. It’s an explosive story—literally. He’s selling one special copy of his latest thriller for £194,000 ($294,038 USD) that has a built-in time bomb. The fan who acquires this special copy will have a private dinner with Patterson at an undisclosed location before being presented with the book. S/he has 24 hours to read it before it detonates. The Daily Telegraph reports:

A special weapons and tactics (SWAT) team will also be on hand to handle the explosive thriller. […]

"Twenty four hours after you start it, the book will no longer be there," said Patterson, 67. "I hope this spurs more ways to get attention."

He added: "This seemed like a terrific way to draw attention to a book in a way that has never been done before," he explained. "In the history of publishing there hasn't been anything like this."


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What If Facebook Came out in the 90s?


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Do you use The Facebook? You should. It’s 1995, so it’s time that you get logged into the future. The Facebook is the best way to communicate with other people, share images, and arrange events. Add you need is a computer, a modem, and a phone line. The Facebook will send you a disk so that you can load The Facebook onto your computer for 10 hours—for free! Comedian Brent Weinbach tells us all about it in this commercial.

-via 22 Words


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The Conan O’Brien/Archer Crossover Is the Funniest Thing You’ll Watch All Day

When super agent Sterling Archer of the hit cartoon Archer needs backup, he calls on TV talk show host Conan O’Brien. Or Conan happened to be handy—but it’s one of the two.

Archer was supposed to be a guest on Conan’s show, but he got delayed by the perennial excuse of every guest: people were chasing and shooting at him. The results were hilarious!


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-via Geek Tyrant


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Why Do Zebras Have Stripes?


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What evolutionary advantage do stripes offer zebras? For a long time, scientists thought that the stripes served as a form of camouflage. Then scientists reasoned that the stripes help protect zebras from blood-sucking flies. Now researchers have published a different hypothesis in Royal Society Open Science. They think that the stripes help the zebras keep cool. Skunk Bear, NPR's science Tumblr blog, explains:

Zebras in hotter regions have more defined stripes. Here’s a bit of logic that might explain the phenomenon: dark stripes heat up faster, white stripes heat up slower —> that creates areas of different temperature —> that creates little convection currents (remember how wind happens?) —> that helps the animals cool.

-via It's Okay to Be Smart


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Exciting New Fashion for Men: Crocheted Shorts

Good news, everyone! You can look like these handsome fellows, thanks to Etsy seller Schuyler Ellers. His exclusive Lord von Schmitt line includes these colorful crocheted shorts which give you the dangerous, rakish look that so many women find attractive. They're form fitting, too, so you can show off all of your curves--and you know that you want to. So slip on a pair and go get 'em, Tiger.

-via Ace of Spades HQ


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Knightlight

I like a good pun.

Professor Theodosius O’Bliviate (or as he calls himself online) is a 15-year old crafter and prop maker. He made the Knightlight from an old novelty radio and 12 volt lights. He covered up the controls with pieces of a harmonica.


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Helmet Camera Captures a Fiery Inferno from the Firefighter’s Perspective


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Earlier this month, fire ravaged about 48 square miles of land in Adelaide Hills, South Australia. While residents fled, firefighters rushed in to contain, then extinguish the fire. Volunteer firefighter Ben Wilson was one of those brave men and women. He wore a GoPro camera on his helmet during part of his time there. This footage shows what it’s like to ride into a blaze and snuff it out.

Content warning: some foul language.

-via Glenn Reynolds


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The Organum Mathematicum: A 17th Century Computer

(Photos: Galileo Museum)

Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680) was a Jesuit scholar and polymath who was celebrated in his lifetime as one of the greatest geniuses of his age. He published on optics, magnetism, linguistics, hydraulics, and Egyptology, among many other subjects.

Here are photos of the organum mathematicum, one of his inventions. This one is owned by the Galileo Museum in Florence. It’s a combination of an encyclopedia and a calculator. The museum describes how it works:

The inside of the chest is divided into nine compartments, one for each of the following subjects: Arithmetic, Geometry, Art of fortifications, Chronology, Horography, Astronomy, Astrology, Steganography, and Music. Each compartment contains twenty-four small rods ending in a colored triangular tip. On each of the nine series of twenty-four small rods are inscribed definitions and information on the corresponding subject. At least one rod in each of the nine compartments has a black tip and constitutes the application table, which gives the rule for proper use. To multiply 74 x 8, for example, one removes the black-tipped rod from the Arithmetic compartment and places it next to the rods carrying the numbers 7 and 4 at the top. The eighth line on the black-tipped rod gives the desired product.

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How to Jump out of a Moving Car (And Survive)

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I’ll assume that you’re reading this post on a smartphone and you’re in a hurry. Your time is valuable—so very valuable—at this particular moment. That’s why it should be used by only an elite stuntman who knows what he’s talking about. Adam Kirley is such a stuntman. He was a body double for James Bond actor Daniel Craig in Casino Royale. You can see him in that movie fighting on a crane and crashing an Aston Martin.

Now is not the time to get distracted, so please stay focused. Carefully read and follow Kirley’s instructions here. Once you jump, remember to distribute your body weight as broadly as possible:

You need to exit with your back facing the direction you’re travelling. Jump out with your right shoulder (remember, we’re on the left-hand side of the car) closest to the ground, and roll over your left shoulder. Once you hit the ground, the longer the time you can spend rolling over the biggest possible area of your body, the better: the key thing is to disperse the energy over time and surface area. Once you’re spinning and rolling, there’ll be a lot of centrifugal force so keep your body tense, prevent your limbs from flailing about, and go with the roll.

-via TYWKIWDBI


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Dragon vs. Apache Attack Helicopter: Who Would Win?


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There can be no doubt that the US Department of Defense has already conducted a thorough study of this scenario. But that's classified.

Fortunately, experts at the Smithsonian Channel have weighed in, analyzing the strengths and vulnerabilities of both dragons and the Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter.

Who would win? Both have a chance of victory. The outcome would depend upon luck and the tactics used by the combatants.

-via The Mary Sue


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Green Bay Packers Settlers of Catan Piece

As we mentioned a few days ago, several players on the Green Bay Packers football team have become obsessed with playing the board game Settlers of Catan. This inspired Neatoramanaut Jim of Zheng Labs to design a robber piece from the game that looks like the Packers' logo, then build it using a 3D printer. Great work! You can download the design for free here.


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The Awesomest Stroller Ever Looks Like the Batmobile

I'm so sad that I can't fit into this Batmobile anymore!

Tim Baker, a master propmaker, is the leader of Super-Fan Builds, a program that makes incredible one-of-a-kind toys for the biggest fans of pop culture franchises. His team has previously built a swing that looks like Groot and a Lord of the Rings litterbox house. Now, to satisfy the innermost desires of a Batman fan and his son, they've built a stroller that looks like the tumbler Batmobile from The Dark Knight film trilogy.


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The stroller is made of plates of CNC routed PVC, a welded steel frame, Plexiglas mirrors, and vengeance.

-via Gizmodo

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Woman Fakes Her Own Death to Get Away from a Bad Date

Ann Gray of Somerset, UK went on 3 dates with a man she met online. Then she decided that she didn't want to see him again. He wasn't satisfied with that answer, so Gray had to take more drastic action. She pretended that her phone was in the hands of her sister, who texted Gray that she was gravely ill, then dead. You can read the entire funny exchange at The Mirror.

Did this really happen? The source is The Mirror--a tabloid. So let's settle for it being at least a good story.

-via Daily of the Day


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Dad Eats Centipede, Toddler Has the Most Adorable Reaction Ever

He really did it! He really did it! Dad will eat anything!

That's the apparent response of this little girl to watching her father pretend to eat a toy centipede. She's utterly amazed and insists on investigating his bizarre diet.


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-via Tastefully Offensive

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Dexter the Rat Will NOT Eat His Broccoli


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"Broccoli is good for you, Dexter. Go on." But he won't! He's quite firm and adorable about his position on the matter. I don't blame you, Dexter. That stuff is awful.

-via 22 Words

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Video: Powerful Magnets Destroying Things

Would you like to smash small household objects? Then you need a pair of neodymium magnets. Nothing else will work. First4Magnets sells all sorts of magnets, including these heavy neodymium magnets. When placed in a frame made of 2x4 wood beams, they easily smash common items such as apples or iPhones.


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-via That's Nerdalicious!


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Deep Fried Beer Batter Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries

Mere strawberries don't cut it anymore, nor do cheesecake-filled strawberries. Fia Fortune of Fia's Maine Kitchen pushes the boundaries of culinary decadence even further with this deep fried concoction. She used Dogfish Head Tweason’ale, which is a strawberry-flavored beer, for the batter. The stuffing consists of cream cheese and confectioner's sugar.

-via That's Nerdalicious!

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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5-Year Old Billed for No-Show at Birthday Party

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Julie Lawrence of Cornwall held a birthday party for her daughter. The child invited her classmates, including 5-year old Alex Nash. Alex accepted. Then Alex's father Derek realized that they already had reserved the day of the birthday party to spend with Alex's grandparents. So Alex didn't show up to the party.

After the party, Julie Lawrence slipped an envelope inside Alex's backpack at school. It contained an invoice for £15.95--Alex's share of the cost of the party. This made father Derek quite mad. He went to the school to investigate the incident, then confronted Lawrence about the invoice. BBC News reports:

Mr Nash said: "It was a proper invoice with full official details and even her bank details on it.

"I can understand that she's upset about losing money. The money isn't the issue, it's the way she went about trying to get the money from me.

"She didn't treat me like a human being, she treated me like a child and that I should do what she says."

In a short statement, Ms Lawrence said: "All details were on the party invite. They had every detail needed to contact me."

Mr Nash said he had been told he was being taken to the small claims court because he was refusing to pay.

It was perhaps undiplomatic of Lawrence, but I'm sympathetic to the notion that people should keep their appointments or cancel them.

-via Daily of the Day

What do you think?




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Scientific Researcher: Cats Are Good at Sleeping


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It may surprise you, but Dr. Bonnie Beaver, a professor at Texas A&M's College of Veterinary Medicine has found clear evidence to support that conclusion. Cats don't just sleep. At 16-20 hours per day, they sleep more than any other animal. Benjamin Wermund writes in the Houston Chronicle:

Beaver says cats have evolved to become natural sleepers.

"Early on, they had to hunt for food to stay alive, and that desire for food can require a lot of energy," Beaver said. "So sleeping helped cats conserve their energy, and even though the common housecat does not have to hunt for its next meal, a cat is still conditioned for sleep."

Cats also probably dream, Beaver says. She knows this because dreaming happens during REM sleep and cats definitely have REM sleep. They also twitch their whiskers and paws during sleep, another sign they're probably in dreamland.

"They also exhibit movements during REM sleep, so it is possible they can dream," Beaver said. "What are they dreaming about? Since we can't ask them, we really don't know."

What do cats dream about? Probably sitting on top of the entire world or hunting humans.

-via Dave Barry

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The Laugh Track Jacket Encourages People to Laugh at Your Jokes


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Are you killing it on amateur night at the comedy club? It's more likely that the audience is about to kill you. That's why the Laugh Track Jacket may save you. Becky Stern of Adafruit developed this comedy aid. It's an audio soundboard with a thin 4-button keypad. When you need some support, click the appropriate button. Stern selected canned laughter, crickets chirping, and a foghorn. But it's a customizable system, so you can choose any sound file.

-via Hack A Day

P.S. Now let me pitch my idea for a horror movie: a man wakes up one day to discover that there's a laugh track for his life--but he's the only person who can hear it.


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The Runbell Helps Runners Clear a Path

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When I'm running outside and I hear a bicycle bell, then I know that there's a rider behind me who wants to get by. But how do I pass by walkers easily without sounding obnoxious? Sometimes even saying (or gasping, in my case) "Good morning!" or "Coming up on your left!" doesn't get their attention.

The Runbell looks like a great solution. Kevin Nadolny and Tomoko Yano invented it to help them run through one of the largest cities in the world: Tokyo. It's a tiny bicycle bell that fits over two fingers. The user strums it with the thumb. It comes with silicone inserts so that it can be worn with or without gloves and still fit easily.

-via NotCot


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Dog in a Massage Chair


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She's found heaven. Now she'll never leave. The massage chair has become her permanent dog bed.

Massage chairs: not even once.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath

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The Worst Invention Ever

(Jim Beaton)

In the Star Trek episode "Mirror, Mirror," Captain Kirk and several colleagues were accidentally transported to a mirror universe ruled by evil. The Enterprise was a ship of conquest, promotion within Starfleet was by assassination, and Spock had a beard. It was terrible--except for the beard part, which looked rather nice on Spock.

Every crewman on the Enterprise carried a personal device called an agonizer. When a superior officer gave the order, you must turn on your agonizer, which sends searing pain coursing through your body.

Captain Kirk and the other characters from the home universe were shocked and scandalized by this brutal machine. This is only because they had forgotten that such a device existed in Earth's dark, barbaric past. We have agonizers today, but we call them snooze buttons.


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In a Nuclear War? These Puppets Tell You How to Survive

The Soviets have struck against the American homeland, so this farmer and his cow head into their shelter in the barn. It's one scene from a series of nuclear war preparedness public service announcements that the US Department of Agriculture produced in 1965. The basics of what you need to know to survive are illustrated by marionettes.


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If you grew up during the Cold War, then you may have already learned through similar films how to protect your family from radioactive fallout. But if you're a farmer, then you may have livestock to protect. These videos address the needs of farm animals after a nuclear war in addition to those of humans.

-via Weird Universe


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A Viking Funeral for a Fish

Jerry, a goldfish, has gone to join his comrades in Valhalla. Redditor chairmanxiao gave him a proper send-off. Jerry lay in a fine paper longship with important possession to carry with him into the afterlife: food and incense. Then chairmanxiao lit the boat, bidding him a fond farewell. They shall meet again when it is time for the valkyries to come for chairmanxiao.

Bonus item: last year, a World War II veteran from Norway received a Viking funeral off the coast of New Jersey.


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Researchers Build a Saw Blade with Shark Teeth

Ostensibly, they did this to advance human knowledge of science. But let's be serious: the made their saw blade mostly because a saw of shark teeth would be totally awesome.

But awesomeness alone does not get you published in the scholarly world. So when K. Korn, J. Brash, S. Farina, and A. Summers presented their findings at this year's meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, they claimed to be studying the means by which shark teeth cut:

Shark teeth both pierce and cut their prey, which is viscoelastic and structurally and materially heterogeneous. We propose a device for testing the function of shark teeth in a biologically relevant context with respect to their movement relative to the prey. We used this device to test whether tooth shape has an effect on cutting efficiency on a large actinopterygian prey item (salmon) and how quickly teeth dull. Teeth from four sharks, tiger (Galeocerdo cuvier), sandbar (Carcharhinus plumbeus), silky (C. falciformis), and sixgill (Hexanchus griseus), were attached to 30.5cm straight saw blades with epoxy. Each blade was mounted in a reciprocating saw and applied to a chum salmon with constant force.

As you can see, it's quite effective. The builders call it the Jawsall, which is sadly a one-off product that is not available for the consumer market . . . yet.

-via Technabob


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What Would You Do If You Never Had to Sleep?

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Super strength? The ability to fly? No, this is a truly great superpower. If you can go without sleep, you can free up several hours of the day to do even more work.

Why, I could probably double the number of cat videos posted here at Neatorama! And my home would stay incredibly clean.

Surely we would all become so much more productive if we could eliminate the need to sleep!


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Cadbury Creme Egg Chestburster

They taste so good that you'll feel the chocolatey flavor erupt through you! Ghoulia Childs, a chef who makes foods inspired by horror movies, prepared this Cadbury Creme Egg that looks like a chestburster from the Alien movie franchise. Is this the result from Cadbury's recent decision to change the recipe?

-via Nerd Bastards


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Cop Caught on Camera Lip Synching Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off"


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Police cruisers in Dover, Delaware have continuously running cameras that record what's going on inside. Whoever is driving the car is always on camera. Supervisors regularly review the video footage, sometimes catching officers at embarrassing moments.

For example, here's one officer lip synching Taylor Swift's hit song "Shake It Off." He really gets into it! It's especially funny when he sees someone looking at him, drops into a serious mode, then resumes his in-car dancing the moment he's out of sight.

-via Tastefully Offensive


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