A school in São Paulo, Brazil trains people who are visually impaired -- many completely blind since birth -- to be graceful and coordinated ballet dancers. Fernanda Bianchini opened her school in 1995 and developed an effective way of teaching dance by touch to hundreds of students. A few of her students have even become professional dancers.
So let's say that you're a college sophomore and you want to eat a balanced diet from all of the three major college sophomore food groups: Mountain Dew, Doritos, and snack cakes. The problem is that it takes time to acquire and store all three of those items. The solution is to eat a cupcake that combines all three food products! The bakery 4 Rivers Smokehouse in Orlando, Florida has you covered. It also offers Coke and Ruffles cupcakes and Cheerwine cupcakes. Coming soon: Nehi grape soda cupcakes!
Although one might think that it would be an ironclad legal defense, police in Martin County, Florida nonetheless arrested a man for getting drunk, shooting his lawnmower in his front yard, and then fighting with his son:
After being cuffed and placed in a cruiser, Wach asked why he was being arrested, according to a Martin County Sheriff's Office report. After being provided with an explanation by a deputy, Wach claimed that he “shoots in the yard all the time.”
And, as for fighting with his 18-year-old son, Wach remarked that, “fighting is what redneck people do.”
deivantART user SoDespair created a cosplay photo set that mimics the animated TV show Daria perfectly. Daria Morgendorffer, Jane Lane and her brother Trent Lane are caught in their original settings. Trent even has the correct tattoos.
But I should note that I'm just guessing. The article doesn't actually say that this woman, who was trying to pass a practical test for her driver's license, failed because she ran her car off a pier. Google Translate renders the Spanish-language text as follows:
"The inspector could not stop the march and the truck fell into the sea. The woman was trapped in desperation because you could not get the seat belt," said Requena.
A passerby jumped in and rescued the driver. The inspector swam away from the car and departed the scene without giving notice.
Like in the Super Mario Bros. games, eating these quesadillas will make you temporarily invincible. If you're going to sustain this ability, you have to keep eating them -- as many as necessary so that people start avoiding you. You can find a recipe at the link.
A brilliant machinist named Patelo made this 12cc V-12 compressed air engine. Except for the screws, he cut all of the parts from scratch. This video shows him grinding the parts, assembling them, and then running the engine at about the eight minute mark. It's an amazing demonstration of precise machining.
Christmas is less than a month away, so it's time to put up your Christmas straw goat. That's what the town of Gävle, Sweden has done every year since 1966, although residents support the practice for different reasons:
Half of the people take pride in the giant animal, while the other half take equal pride in attempting to burn it down. To date, the goat has been burnt down more times than it has survived the Christmas period. Large sums of money apparently change hands, as people bet on whether it will survive, or how long it lasts before being burnt down and previous attempts to sabotage it have even included the bribing of security guards
Marshmallows have a rough life; their best case scenario is to get eaten. In inexperienced hands, the little white bundles of sugar can meet a fiery end, as Etsy seller Brittany illustrates with her marshmallow plushes.
Instructables user urant built a self contained espresso machine that fits in his pocket. An alcohol stove provides the heat. That part required a lot of tinkering in order to be both safe and effective. The end result is a portable machine that brews a cup of espresso in just a few minutes.
To celebrate the fortieth anniversary of its Cup Noodle line, Nissen Foods is building an army of transforming robots. When not in Kill All Humans Mode, they look like harmless cups of ramen sitting in your pantry.
Driving in a bowl isn't new, but neither is this rickety track made from salvaged wood. The Mauth Ka Kuan or Well of Death from a circus in India features spectacularly fearless drivers. Skip about two minutes into the video to watch them get truly insane.
When the Daleks on TV speak, your toy Dalek speaks. When the Daleks on TV move, yours moves. When the Daleks on TV exterminate humans, yours exterminates humans. It is indeed a flawless plan:
It works through TVs or set-top boxes that are internet enabled, sending out Wi-Fi signals to any device in the home that can also connect to the internet.
The successful trial, involving two foot high Daleks, was revealed by BBC research and development bosses in the industry journal Broadcast.
Project director Adrian Woolard said: "It's a playful illustration that shows the possibilities that exist to producers when we start to think about future connectivity in a home environment in which all devices will be IP (internet) connected.
"Effectively this puts another actor in the living room, enabling a production team to write a script and include it as part of the viewer's experience."
In order to control its population of rebellious human prisoners, South Korea's Ministry of Justice plans to test robot prison guards:
The robots are designed to patrol the corridors of corrective institutions, monitoring conditions inside the cells. If they detect sudden or unusual activity such as violent behavior they alert human guards.
The government should keep in mind that, with rising energy prices around the world, such a program could be expensive to maintain. There are, however, alternative energy sources.
It was supposed to be a fun family holiday, but things got tense yesterday. Really, Luke and Leia just can't seem to let go of the past when Vader is trying to hard to rebuild relationships. Photographer Stephen Hayford was on the scene for a portrait, but ended up taking a more revealing shot of family drama.
Harvey Wax failed to get into Princeton's law school, but he did get into Harvard's and went on to have a successful career. His letter, kept for many years in his family, was recently published in an anthology of rejection letters edited by Bill Shapiro. In an interview about this letter, Wax said "If you don’t get rejected, you don’t reach out even further, you don’t stretch yourself."
As part of her dissertation project, art student Katy Beveridge attempted to discern "whether it was possible to film animation in realtime." You can see from the zoetropes that she made with bicycle wheels that it definitely is. Clever soundtracking subtly enhances the visual effects, especially the scene with the mechanical hammers.
Anemia is a serious problem in Cambodia, leading to birth defects and impaired brain development. Chris Charles, a graduate student at the University of Guelph in Canada, was trying to persuade villagers there to increase the amount of iron in their diet. A simple solution would be to stir chunks of iron inside cooking pots, but Charles encountered serious resistance to this idea. His solution, which gained broad acceptance, was to shape the iron like a local fish considered lucky:
“We designed it about 3 or 4 inches long, small enough to be stirred easily but large enough to provide up to about 75 per cent of the daily iron requirement,” said Charles. They found a local scrap metal worker who could make them for $1.50 each, and so far they have been reusing the fish roughly three years.
“We’re getting fantastic results; there seems to be a huge decrease in anemia and the village women say they feel good, no dizziness, fewer headaches. The iron fish is incredibly powerful.”
The people at Bender Bound, Inc. used to be attorneys at a big law firm, so they understand the importance of at-work refreshment. They alter thick professional books that will never be opened -- until you need a drink. Although their product range originally focused on law books, they've branched out into a variety of categories listed on their page, including this one:
Microsoft wants to hire the best engineers for its Kinect project, but that's hard when there are so many tech companies in the Seattle area vying for prospective employees. It hired the ad agency Wexley School for Girls to find a solution. The agency did so: bacon. Wexley set up a food cart outside of Amazon.com's headquarters and invited workers there to have some bacon:
The promo made its debut today in the shadow of Amazon.com headquarters in South Lake Union, where a stream of bacon lovers braved the downpour for free strips of Swinery pepper bacon.
Also free were toppings, including spray cheese, Sriracha, peanut butter, maple syrup and chocolate sauce.
Serious candidates may even get a bacon air freshener.
I just looked outside the door and there's no cart from anyone in front of the Neatorama office. I feel a bit unloved.
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Scientists in Antarctica used a time-lapse camera to capture the formation of a brinicle -- an icicle made from brine. As the salty water sank, it froze, forming a spike of brine down to the seafloor. As it grew over several hours, the brinicle killed everything in its path, including numerous unlucky starfish.
To carry out this elaborate project, Erika Iris Simmons sketched an outline of the composer and then cut up the center of the sheet with an X-Acto knife. She folded and arranged the pieces, doing her best to keep them in order and the notation correct. Simmons has similar pieces at her site, including a wave formed from the text of Benoit Mandelbrot's The Fractal Geometry of Nature.
In the Seventh Century, monks built a monastery on the top of a natural stone pillar outside of Chiatura, Georgia. It was used by the Stylites -- Christian ascetics who lived on top of pillars to express their devotion. That sect is now extinct, but the monastery is still there. Visitors get to the top by climbing a 130 foot ladder.
If there's one big problem with the Internet, it's that you can't be on it all day, every day, without interruption. No, sometimes you must take your eyes away from the screen. Those are sad times, but they will soon be in the past. Researchers have made progress toward interactive contact lens displays. Here's the future envisioned by the developers:
They envisage hundreds more pixels could be embedded in the flexible lens to produce complex holographic images.
For example, drivers could wear them to see journey directions or their vehicle's speed projected onto the windscreen.
Similarly, the lenses could take the virtual world of video gaming to a new level.