Archive for December 24th, 2018

21 People Who Technically Didn't Do Anything Wrong

These people either found loopholes, or creative ways to interpret the rules. After all, one's loyalty doesn't have to be to the letter of the law, just the spirit. [See them all here.](https://www.buzzfeed.com/...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/24/21-People-Who-Technically-Didn-t-Do-Anything-Wrong/

Three Guys on What It’s Like to Be a Mall Santa Elf

Malls, department stores, and organizations that have a Santa Claus for the public around Christmas often employ a elf to usher kids in and out and to look out for Santa's best interests -meaning, he or she takes the hea...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/24/Three-Guys-on-What-Its-Like-to-Be-a-Mall-Santa-Elf/

Saturn May Be Losing Its Rings

Saturn's rings make it one of the most striking planets in the solar system, but scientists believe they could disappear in less than a 100 million years -- which isn't all that long when you consider that the ga...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/24/Saturn-May-Be-Losing-Its-Rings/

We Have A New Prime Number with Nearly 25 Million Digits

It's a staggering number that we have been able to compute. Just writing this [new largest-known prime number](https://www.npr.org/2018/12/21/679207604/the-world-has-a-new-largest-known-prime-number) may take yea...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/24/We-Have-A-New-Prime-Number-with-Nearly-25-Million-Digits/

A Weird Saga in Publishing History: The Battle for "Mein Kampf"

This is the story of how two publishers went on a legal battle for the publication of _Mein Kampf_'s unabridged version and how it nearly killed the Great American Novel in the process. Read more about it on [Me...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/24/A-Weird-Saga-in-Publishing-History-The-Battle-for-Mein-Kampf/

The Brave Heart

The subtitle of this animated short is "The day we enabled the sleepwalking protocol." There is something wrong in the body. The brain is not paying attention, so the heart goes on a tour of the body to see the shape of...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/24/The-Brave-Heart/

The Life and Times of Ernie Kovacs

Most Neatoramanauts have probably never heard of Ernie Kovacs, as he died in an automobile accident in 1962. At the time of his death, he hosted a wildly popular television program, The Ernie Kovacs Show, and it,...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/24/The-Life-and-Times-of-Ernie-Kovacs/

Vader Episode 1: Shards of the Past

It's about time someone made a film exploring a very interesting point in the Star Wars timeline. This one is set not long after the Emperor saved Anakin from having all his limbs cut off. Padme is dead, the onl...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/24/Vader-Episode-1-Shards-of-the-Past/

Of Moose and Men

Well, it’s been Jay Ward week here on Neatorama and I thought we’d finish with the story of Jay Ward and Bill Scott, as documented in the embedded Of Moose and Men, the same type of treatment we recen...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/24/Of-Moose-and-Men/

Why We Can’t Stop Loving Stormtroopers

The stormtroopers of Star Wars are somewhat of a paradox. They're the "bad guys" as soldiers of the Galactic Empire and then the First Order, but fans love them. They were named after the German shock troops of...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/24/Why-We-Cant-Stop-Loving-Stormtroopers/

"Thunderstruck" on Gayageum

Luna Lee plays all the parts to AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" on the traditional Korean gayageum, which works astonishingly well. She uses several gayageums, ranging from 12 to 25 strings. -via Metafilter...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/24/Thunderstruck-on-Gayageum/

Sephardic Jewish Ancestry of Latin Americans More Widespread Than Previously Thought

As Jews were forced to either convert to Catholicism or face death during the Spanish Inquisition, many became conversos and as Spain began its voyages across the oceans and into territories unknown to them, Jewish peopl...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/24/Sephardic-Jewish-Ancestry-of-Latin-Americans-More-Widespread-Than-Previously-Thought/

The Race Across Antarctica: Rudd and O'Brady Enter 'No Rescue' Zone

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, as the song goes, and for these two Antarctic explorers, that might just be the case. Louis Rudd and Colin O'Brady are on a race to be the first to succeed in attempting to do...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/24/The-Race-Across-Antarctica-Rudd-and-O-Brady-Enter-No-Rescue-Zone/

Copper Into Gold: How Chinese Scientists Turned Cheap Copper Into Material Almost Identical to Gold

Chinese researchers have newly discovered a method to [turn copper into a material with similar properties to gold](https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/2179209/chinese-scientists-turn-copper-gold). N...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/24/Copper-Into-Gold-How-Chinese-Scientists-Turned-Cheap-Copper-Into-Material-Almost-Identical-to-Gold/

Amazon Court: Dirty Dealings and the Terrifying Judicial System Behind Amazon Marketplace

It's called the everything store for a reason and it's one of the biggest retail companies in the world. People go to Amazon to look for anything they need and they would find it. It has become a household name....

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/24/Amazon-Court-Dirty-Dealings-and-the-Terrifying-Judicial-System-Behind-Amazon-Marketplace/

Pop Culture Gargoyles Hidden in Gothic Architecture

Gargoyles are sculptures that serve as downspouts for rain. Grotesques are sculptures that do not have downspouts, but both architectural features have been used to convey traditional stories, religious concepts, or poli...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/24/Pop-Culture-Gargoyles-Hidden-in-Gothic-Architecture/

The True Story of the Lost Sci-Fi Movie Brainstorm, Natalie Wood’s Last Film

In 1981, visual effects genius Douglas Trumbull directed a film about a disturbingly advanced form of virtual reality, called Brainstorm. It starred Christopher Walkin, Louise Fletcher, Cliff Robertson, and Nata...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/24/The-True-Story-of-the-Lost-Sci-Fi-Movie-Brainstorm-Natalie-Woods-Last-Film/

Moments You Wouldn’t Believe if They Weren’t Recorded

Every once in a while one can find an epic YouTube video of well-nigh unbelievable events like these. Sure, events like these happen all the time but how many of them are recorded for posterity?...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/24/Moments-You-Wouldn-t-Believe-if-They-Weren-t-Recorded/




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