Archive for December 31st, 2018

Metal Thieves Pull Off 100-Ton Heist in Rotterdam

We have all seen heist thriller films and most of the time, they are just a ragtag group of individuals who are trying to scrap some cash to get by the next couple of months. They have families to feed and they f...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/31/Metal-Thieves-Pull-Off-100-Ton-Heist-in-Rotterdam/

The Dirtiest Things You Touch Every Day

It’s not surprising that the world is a dirty place full of millions of bacteria. What may come as a surprise, though, is what the dirtiest items in your house and in public are! After you read this list, you might...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/31/The-Dirtiest-Things-You-Touch-Every-Day/

A Christmas Miracle: How A Cruise Ship Saved Stranded Sailors At Sea

Things happen all the time which we don't have any control over and all we can do is hope and pray that something or someone will come out to help us. Two fishermen set out to sail from the coasts of Costa Rica...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/31/A-Christmas-Miracle-How-A-Cruise-Ship-Saved-Stranded-Sailors-At-Sea/

Why More Babies Are Conceived in the Cold Winter Months

September is most common month for birthdays, and if you count backwards from there, you may think, oh yeah, holiday celebrations and alcohol, long nights and cold weather, sure. That's the conventional wisdom, but Septe...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/31/Why-More-Babies-Are-Conceived-in-the-Cold-Winter-Months/

The New Year's Song, Explained

"Auld Lang Syne" is sung or played at New Year's celebrations, but the traditional tune is used around the world for other purposes. The original is Scottish, and few of us know the original words -or even the modern Eng...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/31/The-New-Years-Song-Explained/

News of the Past

The Atlantic has been around a long time. To end 2018, the website is looking back at magazine articles they published 50, 100, and 150 years ago. These include coverage of the Vietnam War protests, the Bolshevik Revolut...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/31/News-of-the-Past/

Hilariously Incorrect Things Teachers Have Said

You might not remember much else about grade school or high school, but you will never forget that time a teacher told the class something that was so obviously wrong that your jaw dropped, even though you were just a ki...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/31/Hilariously-Incorrect-Things-Teachers-Have-Said/

Toasting Your Friends Once Involved Actual Toast

It is a custom during special events such as weddings and holiday parties to raise a toast. We think of it as a bonding ritual to drink in hunison. But why is it called a "toast'? There's more than one theory about this,...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/31/Toasting-Your-Friends-Once-Involved-Actual-Toast/

Should We Pay Our Kids To Do Chores?

I don't know about other families but usually, children are told to do chores so that they can help out their parents at home, and this is done without compensation. Children do it because it would be the least t...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/31/Should-We-Pay-Our-Kids-To-Do-Chores/

Celebrating New Year's in Times Square: The 3,000-lb Confetti Drop

Just a month or so after the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York City will have one more sight for people to revel at and look forward to, and that is New Year's at Times Square. Spenser Mestel of The New Yo...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/31/Celebrating-New-Year-s-in-Times-Square-The-3-000-lb-Confetti-Drop/

An LA Times Printing Plant Suffered Malware Attack Delaying Distributions of Several US Newspapers

Is this another plot to stop the truth from getting out? This year has been plagued with so much controversy regarding alternative facts and fake news, and attacks against the free press that it's not even surpri...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/31/An-LA-Times-Printing-Plant-Suffered-Malware-Attack-Delaying-Distributions-of-Several-US-Newspapers/

Frames of Reference (1960): Probably The Most Fun Physics Lecture You'll Ever See

Frames of Reference is a 1960 educational film that was made to be shown in high school physics courses. It features professors Patterson Hume and Donald Ivey of the University of Toronto who illustrate various p...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/31/Frames-of-Reference-1960-Probably-The-Most-Fun-Physics-Lecture-You-ll-Ever-See/

Louis Rudd, Second Person To Complete Antarctic Trek

Just two days after Colin O'Brady finished his solo ski adventure across Antarctica, British explorer Louis Rudd has also made it toward the end line. >Concluding the most epic polar competition since Roald A...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/31/Louis-Rudd-Second-Person-To-Complete-Antarctic-Trek/

The 'Father Effect': Why We Need Dads To Be More Engaged and Involved With Child Rearing

It might seem like a no-brainer for us to think that parents who are more involved in their children's lives would positively affect their growth and development. But there have been several studies that show the...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/31/The-Father-Effect-Why-We-Need-Dads-To-Be-More-Engaged-and-Involved-With-Child-Rearing/

An Interactive Online Gallery about the Life and Death of a Planetary System

Let us try to explore how stars and planets form with this [interactive display that NASA's Elizabeth Landau had created](https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/life-and-death/chapter-2/) to show us how our world and other...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/31/An-Interactive-Online-Gallery-about-the-Life-and-Death-of-a-Planetary-System/

2018 Movies in Lego

We've seen a few year-end movie compilations, but we can make room for one more when it's done by LEGO minifigs! And the movies in this video by Toscano Bricks aren't the critics choices; they are the ones with visually...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/31/2018-Movies-in-Lego/

The Most Famous Superhero You’ve Never Heard Of

His name is Clark and his father raised him to be a savior to humanity. He possesses superhuman strength and finely tuned senses. He is the world’s greatest detective, an inventor, chemist, surgeon and mart...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/31/The-Most-Famous-Superhero-You-ve-Never-Heard-Of/

Looking Back at 2018: A Year of Medical Breakthroughs

This year, there were several studies and researches that have been conducted in the medical field that might give a lot of us a fighting chance and hope to live. [The BBC has compiled a list of all the breakthro...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/31/Looking-Back-at-2018-A-Year-of-Medical-Breakthroughs/

Since the 19th Century, People Have Complained That Christmas Has Been Too Commercialized

Have you, at some point, thought that the holidays have all been excessively commercialized, losing the true meaning of why we even celebrate it? Have you become disillusioned with people simply making Christmas...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/31/Since-the-19th-Century-People-Have-Complained-That-Christmas-Has-Been-Too-Commercialized/

The Eerie Automaton Sculptures of Jamie Winn

Remember our posts about people afraid of being buried alive, and the devices they invented to prevent that? Here, a poor soul rings a bell from his grave, but no one will ever hear him above ground. This automaton sculp...

https://www.neatorama.com/2018/12/31/The-Eerie-Automaton-Sculptures-of-Jamie-Winn/

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