Archive for November 27th, 2018

The Lies George Washington Told

George Washington is no honest Abe. Based on an aggregate ranking of presidents' perceived success from the point of view of academic historians and political scientists or popular opinion, the Founding Father pl...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/11/27/The-Lies-George-Washington-Told/

Touchdown on the Red Planet

Last Monday, [NASA's InSight has landed on Mars](https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/27/world/mars-insight-landing-update/index.html). What prospects will we have from this endeavor? Will we be able to see Martians?...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/11/27/Touchdown-on-the-Red-Planet/

That's a Lot of Bull

An enormous steer in Western Australia is making headlines. At 194cm 'Knickers' is the largest in his category in Australia. Story: https://t.co/ZI472MBUU4 #7News pic.twitter.com/MDEMwEbD8R— 7 News Central Queens...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/11/27/Thats-a-Lot-of-Bull/

Vdara hotel 'death ray' claiming victims in the Las Vegas Strip

The tall, curving Vdara Hotel at CityCenter in Las Vegas is beautiful. However, the south-facing tower is turning out to be problem for visitors at the hotel’s swimming pool. The curved mirrored surface of...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/11/27/Vdara-hotel-death-ray-claiming-victims-in-the-Las-Vegas-Strip-2/

How Long Does It Take to Pass a LEGO Piece?

Kids invariably put things in their mouths that they shouldn't, and sometimes they end up swallowing small objects like coins, marbles, and in modern times, LEGO building blocks. Pediatricians hear stories of children sw...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/11/27/How-Long-Does-It-Take-to-Pass-a-LEGO-Piece/

Cat Does His Sit Ups

This cat is taking a break underneath a car to do his daily workout routine, starting with sit ups. At least that's what it appears to be, although I suspect that the cat is cleaning his chest. Doesn't matter; we take in...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/11/27/Cat-Does-His-Sit-Ups/

A Formula for the Funniest Word in English

Findings from an online survey indicate that the funniest word in the English language is "fart." We already knew that, but what makes it so funny? Professors Chris Westbury and Geoff Hollis of the University of Alberta...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/11/27/A-Formula-for-the-Funniest-Word-in-English/

How to NOT Do Thanksgiving

If you had a pleasant Thanksgiving feast or none at all, you might wonder what the classic dysfunctional family holiday dinner is like in real life. Lauren Lorenzo of eLL cartoons (previously at Neatorama) knew you would...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/11/27/How-to-NOT-Do-Thanksgiving/

The Science of Small Distances

Ancient mathematicians and engineers used their arms and feet as the standard for measurement but that's quite tricky because we all have different measurements, so it's not much of a standard really. So how did...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/11/27/The-Science-of-Small-Distances/

Just One More Step Closer for China to Dominate the World, Probably

Aside from being an economic and military powerhouse, China is now aspiring to become the leader in scientific and technological advancement with this new particle smasher. If they haven't already dwarfed the com...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/11/27/Just-One-More-Step-Closer-for-China-to-Dominate-the-World-Probably/

A Match Made in Virtual Reality

Image credit: Reuters Akihiko Kondo, a 35-year-old Japanese school teacher, has found his forever person in Hatsune Miku. She happens to be 16-year-old, has big doe eyes and long aqua-colored hair. But this brid...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/11/27/A-Match-Made-in-Virtual-Reality/

Denisovans: How They Interbred with Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens

Intermingling between races wasn't something uncommon back in the day, so researchers find out. Having a mixed race heritage of this ancient teenage girl might suggest that in general, racism wasn't really a thin...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/11/27/Denisovans-How-They-Interbred-with-Neanderthals-and-Homo-Sapiens/

Love is a Gift

Warning: This Christmas ad will make you reach for a hanky. While most Christmas ads encourage you to buy something, this short film focuses on love. There's also the anticipation of a Christmas gift, but one with a twis...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/11/27/Love-is-a-Gift/

Meet The Women Behind Some Iconic Cult Classics' Music

Women have always been uncredited and unappreciated when it comes to the work that they do in various fields, whether it be in literature, arts, science, or technology. Many women who contributed to these fields...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/11/27/Meet-The-Women-Behind-Some-Iconic-Cult-Classics-Music/

Prolific Sperm Donor: The Story of the Man Who Fathered 200 Children

This seems like something out of a movie but it isn't. This is the story of Louis, which isn't his real name for privacy and safety reasons, who in his early 30s had hatched a grand scheme that 30 years later wou...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/11/27/Prolific-Sperm-Donor-The-Story-of-the-Man-Who-Fathered-200-Children/

Hotel Room Anxiety: How We Inevitably Confront Ourselves Outside the Immediacy of Our Daily Lives

Anxiety can come in different forms and at the most inopportune moments. Stripping yourself of all the hustle and bustle from your daily grind can leave you looking at your life and facing the realities that you...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/11/27/Hotel-Room-Anxiety-How-We-Inevitably-Confront-Ourselves-Outside-the-Immediacy-of-Our-Daily-Lives/

Scientists Try to Build Robot that Mimics Animals Jumping Out of Water

Several systems and design innovations in engineering and technology that we have today are actually inspired by things we see in nature and we try to replicate them by artificial means so that we can examine how...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/11/27/Scientists-Try-to-Build-Robot-that-Mimics-Animals-Jumping-Out-of-Water/

The Problem with America’s Only Royal Palace

While we often hear the phrase "American royalty" in reference to the rich and famous, there is only one place in America that was an actual kingdom with a palace and a royal family. ʻIolani Palace in Honolulu was built...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/11/27/The-Problem-with-Americas-Only-Royal-Palace/

Sweden Goes Full Steam Ahead Toward a Cashless Society, But Some Say 'Not So Fast'

In today's world, everything is geared toward convenience and ease for consumers, firms, and all other stakeholders. So it would be a lot easier if we could simply do away with unnecessary things. For Sweden, cas...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/11/27/Sweden-Goes-Full-Steam-Ahead-Toward-a-Cashless-Society-But-Some-Say-Not-So-Fast/

Watch Out! 3D Printers Emit Microparticles Harmful to the Lungs

Have you ever seen or used a 3D printer before? Well, when you do get a chance to see it in action, make sure that it is well-ventilated. Otherwise, it poses some dangers to your health. As with every innovation...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/11/27/Watch-Out-3D-Printers-Emit-Microparticles-Harmful-to-the-Lungs/

Rowhammer: The Data Theft Technique that Could Potentially Make Everything Vulnerable

It is quite a complicated concept to understand how data hacks happen and how they are evolving to become more and more sophisticated to make data theft seamless. We aren't even completely safe on the platforms w...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/11/27/Rowhammer-The-Data-Theft-Technique-that-Could-Potentially-Make-Everything-Vulnerable/

Guard Cat Repels Invader

A security camera was trained on the cat door of this home, so you can assume that funny things had been happening, and the family was trying to figure it out. Maybe this raccoon had attempted burglary here before! In th...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/11/27/Guard-Cat-Repels-Invader/

Rhesus Factor: Its Evolution and Different Animal Blood Types

Humans share 99% of our DNA with chimpanzees and there is more to it than that. We actually share something else not just with primates but with the rest of the animal kingdom. That is the Rhesus factor. "W...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/11/27/Rhesus-Factor-Its-Evolution-and-Different-Animal-Blood-Types/

What is Federal Land?

You've heard of federal land, but who controls it, how does it differ from state or private land, and how did it become that way? Even if you've never wondered about it, when CGP Grey tackles a subject, you know it's goi...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/11/27/What-is-Federal-Land/

Corpses in the Pig Pen: The Tale of Indiana's Most Notorious Serial Killer

On the night of April 28, 1908, the small town of La Porte, Indiana, was shaken by tragedy when a fire destroyed a home on a nearby farm, killing the family that lived there. Little did they know at the time that the fir...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/11/27/Corpses-in-the-Pig-Pen-The-Tale-of-Indianas-Most-Notorious-Serial-Killer/

Swiss Mishap

While visiting Interlaken, Switzerland, Gursk3 decided to try hang gliding the safe way- by going on a tandem ride with a pro. Easy, right? Until he's in the air and realizes that his harness was never connected to the g...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/11/27/Swiss-Mishap/




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