Archive for 2018

Service Dog Training Failure

Double H Canine Training Academy would like you to know that not all dogs are cut out to be service dogs. Witness Ryker, who washed out of the program. He's still a good dog, just not a good service dog. -via Me...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/16/Service-Dog-Training-Failure/

The First Human Cannonball

Her name was Rossa Matilda Richter, but she was known as Zazel, the human cannonball. Zazel was a trapeze performer and walked a tightrope, but became famous for performing a new stunt on April 2, 1877, at the Royal Aqua...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/16/The-First-Human-Cannonball/

Lonesome George, The Key to Cancer and Anti-Aging?

Many efforts are being made to find a cure for a lot of currently incurable illnesses, one being cancer. In the quest to find a remedy or treatment that would effectively put cancer out, [scientists look toward t...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/16/Lonesome-George-The-Key-to-Cancer-and-Anti-Aging/

Spring Flowing In the Alps Seems Frozen

Italian photographer Dario Bonzi captured this remarkable footage in the central Alps valley of Val Camonica of water flowing out of a pipe that appears to be completely frozen. This amazing illusion is caused...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/16/Spring-Flowing-In-the-Alps-Seems-Frozen/

Japanese Company Invents & Tests Chicken Nugget Vending Machine

On Tuesday the Japanese convenience chain Lawson Inc. starts testing their [Karaage-kun Robot](https://www.lawson.co.jp/lab/karaagekun/art/1351158_5304.html) that will serve fresh hot fried chicken nuggets on demand. And...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/16/Japanese-Company-Invents-Tests-Chicken-Nugget-Vending-Machine/

Nobody Dies in Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen, Norway, is the northernmost city in the world. It is said that it is illegal to die in Longyearbyen, despite the polar bears, dangerous cold, and occasional diseases. Yes, people can die there, but...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/16/Nobody-Dies-in-Longyearbyen/

What Happened to Confederate Leaders After the Civil War?

What we learn about the aftermath of the American Civil War in history class is usually the Reconstruction era. What happened to the individuals who drove the war? Lincoln was assassinated, his successor Andrew Johnson w...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/16/What-Happened-to-Confederate-Leaders-After-the-Civil-War/

The Adult Swim Interactive Choir

Animator David Li created a web toy for Adult Swim that's a virtual choir you control, sort of. Your job is to pull the lips open, which is all it takes to make the virtual mouth sing. The other lips will follow suit. Th...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/16/The-Adult-Swim-Interactive-Choir/

A Parrot Attempted to Order Strawberries, Lightbulbs Through Alexa While Owner is Out

Animals can do some pretty amazing things. Given the time and effort, they can be trained to respond to various cues that refer to specific tasks which they would associate with a reward. Some can even be taught...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/16/A-Parrot-Attempted-to-Order-Strawberries-Lightbulbs-Through-Alexa-While-Owner-is-Out/

Avengers: Endgame Starring Deadpool

You have to admit the first trailer for Avengers: Endgame is sad and serious. But what if Deadpool joined in to lighten the mood? In this recut trailer by Mightyraccoon! all the superheroes are replaced...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/16/iAvengers-Endgamei-Starring-Deadpool/

How Apollo 8 ‘Saved 1968’

Fifty years ago this week, NASA launched the Apollo 8 mission. It was mankind's first adventure outside low Earth orbit, the first trip around the moon, and the first time anyone got to see Earth as a distant object, a b...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/16/How-Apollo-8-Saved-1968/

Best Pets Of The Year 2018

The best animal videos are either adorable, funny, or strange. Many of the best are all three! The Pet Collective has compiled the best pet videos from 2018 into one rather enjoyable collection, yet they labeled it "part...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/16/Best-Pets-Of-The-Year-2018/

Dogs vs. 1000 Rats

...or so the title says anyway. I've been in an infested area like this, only without dogs, and was amazed at how many rats could be found. During WWI, this was a practical reason that soldiers began keeping do...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/16/Dogs-vs-1000-Rats/

Vinyl Albums with Locked Grooves

Vinyl record albums are grooved in a coil that ends in a circle at the end of a side. That circle is still a groove, and can be recorded on. In 1982, I worked at a radio station that played album cuts, and played the ver...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/16/Vinyl-Albums-with-Locked-Grooves/

Watch Comet 46P/Wirtanen As It Passes Through the Night Sky

In order to observe the stars and other celestial bodies clearly, you would usually need a telescope to magnify it. But Comet 46P/Wirtanen which will [pass by the Earth mid-December may be visible even to the nak...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/16/Watch-Comet-46P-Wirtanen-As-It-Passes-Through-the-Night-Sky/

The King of Cartoons

The undisputed King of Cartoons is Frederick Bean Avery, aka Tex Avery. Although he and his work have been featured before in numerous Neatorama posts, none have ever told his whole story. Following are the high...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/16/The-King-of-Cartoons-2/

Fishing Wolves

You've never thought of wolves as fish eaters, but there is now evidence that they catch and eat freshwater fish. The Voyageurs Wolf Project has established that wolves in Minnesota eat fish as a substantial part of thei...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/16/Fishing-Wolves/

Virtual Reconstruction of Pumapunku Temple Gives Insight Into Its History and Purpose

Many building and structures of the ancient world have already become ruins which tells us that there was something there but not really what it was about. Archaeological artifacts may give us clues but it would...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/15/Virtual-Reconstruction-of-Pumapunku-Temple-Gives-Insight-Into-Its-History-and-Purpose/

What the Sun Looks Like Up Close, Parker's First Look at the Corona

Parker Solar Probe made its journey to the sun about [four months ago](https://www.neatorama.com/2018/08/15/How-NASAs-Parker-Solar-Probe-Will-Touch-the-Sun/) and it has now reached its destination: >One of th...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/15/What-the-Sun-Looks-Like-Up-Close-Parker-s-First-Look-at-the-Corona/

How Fast Does Glass Crack?

Psst! Wanna watch glass shatter at 28,500 frames a second? The Slow Mo Guys have you covered! The idea here is to see how fast a crack will move through glass, and you need a rather powerful camera to measure that. They...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/15/How-Fast-Does-Glass-Crack/

Zhang Heng - Inventor of the First Known Earthquake Detector

How do you replicate an ancient item that has been no surviving remnants or illustrations to work from? Historical descriptions and texts have given clues to replicate an ancient seismoscope invented by Zhang He...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/15/Zhang-Heng-Inventor-of-the-First-Known-Earthquake-Detector/

Dagwood Splits the Atom

In 1949, King Features Syndicate produced a giveaway book, sort of a quasi-comic, to explain how nuclear fission works. It starred Dagwood and his wife Blonde, with appearances by other King Features comic characters: Po...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/14/Dagwood-Splits-the-Atom/

The Immortal Remains of Susan Potter

Denver resident Susan Potter made specific plans for the fate of her remains after death, 15 years before she died in 2015 at age 87. She had already decided to donate her body to science, specifically to medical educati...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/14/The-Immortal-Remains-of-Susan-Potter/

Should We Be Worried About Our Smartphone Apps?

As developers continue to upgrade apps such that it would be more convenient, streamlines, and useful for consumers, the flip side to that is the fact that they gather our data and other information in order to m...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/14/Should-We-Be-Worried-About-Our-Smartphone-Apps/

And the Fastest Jaws on the Planet Belong to... the Dracula Ant

They may be small but ants can pack a big punch. Getting bitten by one of them can feel like a needle pricking through your skin or like a burning, painful sensation. Now, there is a genus of ants called Mystriu...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/14/And-the-Fastest-Jaws-on-the-Planet-Belong-to-the-Dracula-Ant/

David Zinn's Chalk Street Art

Street artist David Zinn (previously at Neatorama) of Ann Arbor, Michigan, often decorates public spaces with temporary chalk and charcoal art, incorporating the landscape itself.Cracks in the sidewalk, plants, and archi...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/14/David-Zinns-Chalk-Street-Art/

Aquaman Haka

The new DC superhero movie Aquaman premiered Wednesday night in Los Angeles. No red carpet, but a blue one this time. Aquaman star Jason Momoa did more than interviews; he performed the traditional Maor...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/14/Aquaman-Haka/

Singles Who Get Cancer Are Less Likely To Get Chemotherapy or Other Aggressive Treatments, Here's Why

Nobody wants to hear from their doctors that they have detected some form of growth in their bodies especially because they would most likely be a prelude to cancer. If ever somebody does get cancer, in order t...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/14/Singles-Who-Get-Cancer-Are-Less-Likely-To-Get-Chemotherapy-or-Other-Aggressive-Treatments-Here-s-Why/

The Risk of Weaponizing Facial Recognition

In a photo of a crowd, trying to find a particular person is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Nowadays, facial recognition has become a very useful tool at finding people without having to look through th...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/14/The-Risk-of-Weaponizing-Facial-Recognition/

Elderly Woman Cuts Neighbors' Christmas Lights

Dan Hubbert of Cottingham, UK, strung lots of flashing Christmas light in his yard. Apparently one neighbor did not appreciate the display. She came in the middle of the night and cut the lights with a knife! Hubbert pos...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/14/Elderly-Woman-Cuts-Neighbors-Christmas-Lights/




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