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Batman Theme Performed by Actual Bats

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Many bat vocalizations can't be heard by the human ear. That way, bats can say nasty things about you in your presence without you knowing about it. But a team of audio engineers reduced these sounds to audible frequencies, then used them to play this version of the Batman theme song.

Link -via Althouse

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Dark Chocolate, Raspberry and Brie Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Brilliant! I can already taste it in my mouth. Using fresh raspberries ground into a paste is an especially good idea. Monique Volz used multigrain baguette in her recipe, but I'd try it with a sourdough bread.

Link -via Foodbeast

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"I Was Swallowed by a Hippo"


It happened very suddenly for Paul Templer. He was kayaking down the Zambezi River. A bull hippo attacked another kayaker in his party. Then everything went dark:

I reached over to grab his outstretched hand but as our fingers were about to touch, I was engulfed in darkness. There was no transition at all, no sense of approaching danger. It was as if I had suddenly gone blind and deaf.

I was aware that my legs were surrounded by water, but my top half was almost dry. I seemed to be trapped in something slimy. There was a terrible, sulphurous smell, like rotten eggs, and a tremendous pressure against my chest. My arms were trapped but I managed to free one hand and felt around – my palm passed through the wiry bristles of the hippo's snout. It was only then that I realised I was underwater, trapped up to my waist in his mouth.

I wriggled as hard as I could, and in the few seconds for which he opened his jaws, I managed to escape. I swam towards Evans, but the hippo struck again, dragging me back under the surface. I'd never heard of a hippo attacking repeatedly like this, but he clearly wanted me dead.

Hippos' mouths have huge tusks, slicing incisors and a bunch of smaller chewing teeth. It felt as if the bull was making full use of the whole lot as he mauled me – a doctor later counted almost 40 puncture wounds and bite marks on my body. The bull simply went berserk, throwing me into the air and catching me again, shaking me like a dog with a doll.

Then down we went again, right to the bottom, and everything went still. I remember looking up through 10 feet of water at the green and yellow light playing on the surface, and wondering which of us could hold his breath the longest. Blood rose from my body in clouds, and a sense of resignation overwhelmed me. I've no idea how long we stayed under – time passes very slowly when you're in a hippo's mouth.

The hippo lurched suddenly for the surface, spitting me out as it rose. Mike was still waiting for me in his kayak and managed to paddle me to safety. I was a mess. My left arm was crushed to a pulp, blood poured from the wounds in my chest and when he examined my back, Mike discovered a wound so savage that my lung was visible.

Fortunately, medical professionals were nearby. Templer lost an arm, but he survived.

Link -via American Digest

(Photo: Shaun Wallin)

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Bring a Toilet Plunger with You on the Subway


Not everyone approves of what this woman on a Tokyo subway is doing, but I think that it's clever. She can stay firmly in place and choose a different anchoring point at will. And, of course, if she needs to unclog a toilet on her way to work, she's prepared.


(Photo: Hamusoku)

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Pope Francis Lets Boy with Down Syndrome Take a Spin on the Popemobile

Pope FrancisPhoto: AP/Alessandra Tarantino

While riding in his open air Popemobile, the Argentine Pope Francis saw a young man wearing Argentina's national soccer jersey. He stopped to speak to the boy, 17-year old Alberto di Tullio. CBS News reports:

Francis invited Alberto di Tullio up onto his open-top Mercedes at the end of his general audience Wednesday, letting him spin around on the pontiff's white chair while tens of thousands of people looked on.

The boy's father, Celestino di Tullio, told The Associated Press he choked up when Francis approached his son: "The pope saw him, embraced him. Then Alberto pointed to the car, and so he brought him up!"

Link -via Daily Telegraph

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Oreo Cookies and Milk Ice Cubes

Here's a clever suggestion from Oreo's official Facebook page. Freeze crushed Oreo cookies and milk in an ice cube tray and serve them with iced coffee. I may try this, but using chocolate milk.

Link -via Foodiggity

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Banana Split Eclairs


I could eat a whole plateful of Noami Robinson's banana cream-filled banana split eclairs. You can read her recipe at the link. There's actual banana in there, so think of this as one of your daily servings of fruit.

Link -via Tasteologie

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Shoplifting Dog

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A dog wandered into the Dollar General in Bedford, Kentucky. He played it casual for a while, moving from aisle to aisle. Then he found a dog toy, grabbed it and ran for the front door. Let's hope that Detective McGruff is on the case.

-via Blame It on the Voices

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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Diner Pays Tribute to Actor James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini, the actor who played Tony Soprano on The Sopranos, died yesterday. The famous final scene of the series was shot at Holsten's in Bloomfield, NJ. The diner honored Gandolfini by keeping his booth clear and ready.

Link -via The Hairpin

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A Table with No Legs


This tabletop seems to hover in midair, but it's actually attached to the arms of the four chairs, which swing out so that people can sit down. It's one of several similar designs by Ingo Maurer.


(Photo: Established & Sons)

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Spider Furniture

Bruno Freire's designs for the Brazilian furniture brand Oficina Polvo are inspired by the forms of the spider. They give a homey feel, don't you think? I'd especially like the spider ceiling lamp for my kids' room.

Link -via Juxtapoz

(Photos: Oficina Polvo)

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Street Art: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep


This funny piece of street art in Prague shows a man who either chose the wrong place to take a nap or suffered a terrible teleporation accident. The artist, Fra.Biancoshock, describes himself as "just a person who wants to communicate with us, so he decided to do so in the least conventional way possible."

Artist's Website -via Lustik

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Iron MANgo

Heroes aren't born. They're carved...from fruit.

Ryu-Ando calls this Iron Man sculpture "a happy accident that I just went with." 


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R2-D2 Cake Plays Leia's Holographic Message


Marc Freilich gave his 6-year old son a birthday cake that sent the boy on a desperate mission. The center of the cake was a PVC pipe. Mr. Freilich placed a projector on the pipe and rigged it to display Princess Leia's hidden message in Episode IV of Star Wars.

Link -via Hack A Day

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Beautiful Quilled Map of the World

Amber Rousse assembled this beautiful map of the world with curled paper strips. It's functional, too: Ms. Rousse arranged mountain ranges to relative heights and showed major ocean currents. You can see process photos at the link.

Link -via 22 Words

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Better Collective Nouns for Animals

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"A gaggle of goslings?" No, let's call a group of baby geese a "Ryan of goslings." Instead of a "drove of bulls," say a "load of bulls." Don't say a "cast of hawks," but a "Tony of hawks." Jeff Wysaski has some great ideas for new plural nouns for animals.

Question: what should a collection of Neatoramanauts be called?

Content warning: some foul language in the text of the video.

-via Pleated Jeans

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Superman Takes the Ultimate Selfie


While he's at it, should Superman get an Instagram account? We want to know what the Man of Steel eats while he's eating it.

-via Nerd Approved

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How to Make Ood Rolls

I've never thought of the Ood from Doctor Who as delicious, but I'll bet that Chris-Rachael Oseland's dinner rolls will make me want to get a secondary brain. She used Hawaiian bread dinner rolls for the skulls and dough died with maraschino cherry juice and bourbon vanilla for the tentacles.

Link -via That's Nerdalicious!

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Coke Bottles Made of Ice


Ice cold Coke in a bottle is wonderful, but the Colombia division of the ad agency Ogilvy & Mather has gone even further. It made and served bottles of Coke made of solid ice. I'd love to try that!

You can watch a promotional video at the link.

Link -via Unconsumption

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Super Mario Bros. Levels on Skulls


German artist Tobias Wüstefeld reveals the terrifying reality of the Mario universe. His contribution to the We Love 8bit Art Show in Vienna placed Mario's adventures on animals skulls. You can view more photos in the series at the link.

Link -via it8bit

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Star Trek Into Darkness Eye Makeup

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Sahily's right eyelid looks just like the poster for Star Trek Into Darkness. Impressive! I can't wait for the sequel.

Link -via When Geeks Wed

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India Will Send the World's Last Telegram on July 14

telegramPhoto: Rajanish Kakade/AP

144 years after the invention of electric telegraphy, the last telegram service in the world will shut down. This technology is still used in India, where about 5,000 telegrams are sent down the wires daily. But on July 14, it will...stop.

The BSNL board, after dilly-dallying for two years, decided to shut down the service as it was no longer commercially viable. 

"We were incurring losses of over $23 million a year because SMS and smartphones have rendered this service redundant," Shamim Akhtar, general manager of BSNL's telegraph services, told the Monitor. 

What do you think the last telegram should say?

Link -via Marginal Revolution

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Dinosaur Pancakes


Pancake artist Nathan Shields is stepping up his game. Not only do his pancakes realistically depict dinosaurs, but one also comes with an articulated jaw!

Why does the pteranodon say, "I know, I know"? Click on the link to find out.


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Adventure Time Children's Room

Shelbi and her sons love Adventure Time and now two of them can live in Ooo all the time. You can view more photos of their new room at the link.

I'm not sure including Lemongrab was a good decision. He can get grating after a while--like five seconds.

Link -via reddit

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Slanted Panna Cotta

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Panna cotta is an Italian gelatin dessert. How did Rhiannon get hers in this visually striking slant? Click on Continue reading to find out.

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Crazy Man Runs over Lava Flow

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Volcano photographer Marc Szeglat assures us that this man running up a visibly flowing stream of lava at Mount Etna "was very experienced and knew what he was doing." How do you get experienced at this skill? What kind of learning curve is involved?

Link | Videographer's Website

Check out more amazing talents over at our Mad Skills blog

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Benedict Cabbagepatch Doll

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Cumberbatch. It's not that hard to spell, right? Cumberbatch. See? Now say it three times into a mirror.

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Link to the original post at the Frogman - Thanks Barking_bud!

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Anthony Howe's Wind-Powered Kinetic Sculptures Are Mesmerizing

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Christopher Jobson describes Anthony Howe's sculptures as "hypnotic." That's just the right word to describe his metal forms that change shape in the wind. This one, entitled "About Face," is my favorite. With 100 spinning copper panels, this face is constantly changing its expression.

You can view many more sculptures with videos at the link--and I suggest that you do so.

Link -via Colossal | Photo: Elizabeth Rudge

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Custom Donkey Kong Barrel Console

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This custom console by Arcade Controls forum member griffindod provides a barrel of fun. He made it in the hope of turning his hobby into a profitable enterprise:

Every time friends or family see my builds they always say the same thing "Oh you should make these and sell them", to which my answer is always the same "It's just not worth the man hours for what I could charge". With that being said there are people quite successfully making bar tops and selling them on a regular basis, and, I assume, turning a profit of some kind.

So, I thought I'd have a go at a 'Build-to-sell' project, trying to maximize the value of the finished product while keeping a very tight record of all of my costs and time to see how practical it is to build for profit. The goal is to build something fun and desirable to a decent standard, while keeping costs and man-hours to a minimum.

You can see more photos at the link.

Link -via Obvious Winner

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Mom Tells Carjacker "You Messed with the Wrong Witch," Runs Over Him


Dorothy Baker-Flugence of Baytown, Texas and two of her children were in her van when a carjacker appeared in the backseat. He threatened them with a knife. Mrs. Baker-Flugence said, "You messed with the wrong witch*" and went into action:

"She got the knife," Flugence said. "She got a cut that goes across her chest. She grabbed the knife and he bit her hand."

Police say the woman ran her van intentionally off the road trying to disorient the attacker. She was hoping that a 911 dispatcher would hear what was going on, and find a way to sent help. But when she saw a telephone pole, she sped up and targeted it, feeling it was a risk she had to take.

"I thought, 'If you swerve and hit the pole, he's not wearing a seatbelt, he'll go through the windshield or at least hit his head, and you can stop him. You can do something to make sure that he doesn't hurt your kids,'" Dorothy Baker-Flugence said. "That's all I was thinking of really, was just to get him away from my kids."

Police add that Baker-Flugence punched the man in the face and when she stopped, he jumped out of the vehicle. That's when she reportedly turned the tables and ran over him.

That's the way we do it in Texas.

Link -via Gawker | Image: KTRK

*She probably used a different word.

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