Archive for 2019

Go Kart on an Ice-Covered River

Take a video thrill ride as a guy with a helmet cam books it down a river of ice! He never would have gotten started if it weren't topped with snow, but we eventually see crystal clear ice. Every inch of this course is s...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/19/Go-Kart-on-an-Ice-Covered-River/

The Last Remaining Countries Not Officially Using the Metric System

The rest of the world wonders why the United States still uses their old system of measurement which has a more complicated scale than using the metric system, employing a more standard and uniform scale of measu...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/19/The-Last-Remaining-Countries-Not-Officially-Using-the-Metric-System/

Carcinogenic Comics: Doral Cigarette Ads For Kids

I'm so old that I remember when _doctors_ used to endorse cigarettes. I recall the "Winston Tastes Good Like a Cigarette Should" and "Whaddaya Want - Good Grammar or Good Taste" slogans from t...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/19/Carcinogenic-Comics-Doral-Cigarette-Ads-For-Kids/

How the Earth's Magnetosphere Rebounded from a Weakened State

Geophysicists have been paying particular attention to the Earth's magnetic field history, pointing out that there was a point when it had become very weak causing massive implications to all life-forms inhabitin...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/19/How-the-Earth-s-Magnetosphere-Rebounded-from-a-Weakened-State/

Goth Penguin

While the other emperor penguins wear the required tuxedo, this penguin dresses in all black. Like the black leopard in Kenya, this is a rare mutation called melanism. It's even more rare that a penguin with such colorin...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/19/Goth-Penguin/

Elephants are Evolving to Lose Their Tusks

If you eat to see a case of evolution in response to changing conditions, consider the rising rate of tuskless elephants. In a natural setting, between two and four percent of female elephants never develop tusks. But in...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/19/Elephants-are-Evolving-to-Lose-Their-Tusks/

Florida Inmates Use Their Skillset to Rescue Baby

A Florida father accidentally locked his one year old daughter in his vehicle in Pasco County. The father realized his mistake after strapping his daughter into her car seat and tossing the keys onto the front se...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/19/Florida-Inmates-Use-Their-Skillset-to-Rescue-Baby/

What's at the Edge of the Universe?

We were once taught that the universe meant everything there is. Then we learned that the universe is expanding. Expanding into what? If there's room for it to expand, what's in that room now? Gizmodo asked various scien...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/19/Whats-at-the-Edge-of-the-Universe/

Cat Observes Commuters

This cat watching travelers scan their train passes could be an undercover security officer! Dan Kashani recorded a stray calico cat dutifully manning her post at the entrance of a train station in Tel Aviv. Maybe she wa...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/19/Cat-Observes-Commuters/

Great White Sharks May be to Blame for Megalodon's Extinction

Megalodon was the largest shark that ever lived. And despite what you've seen during Shark Week, it lived up until a few million years ago, and is no more. During its heyday, a nearly 60-foot-long Megalodon could swallow...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/19/Great-White-Sharks-May-be-to-Blame-for-Megalodons-Extinction/

An Honest Trailer for the 2019 Oscars

Screen Junkies gives us a preview of the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony by giving a short Honest Trailer treatment to all eight nominees for Best Picture, followed by a look at some movies that should have been nominat...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/19/An-Honest-Trailer-for-the-2019-Oscars/

Why Strep A Has No Vaccine Yet

Vaccines for diseases like polio, measles, and small pox have made it possible for millions and millions of people to live long, healthy lives. It has helped reduce and eradicate such diseases so that they no lon...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/18/Why-Strep-A-Has-No-Vaccine-Yet/

When Two Satellites Had A Close Call

There are so many objects in orbit around the Earth now that keeping track of them becomes a challenge. It is even more of a challenge as they would have to steer them away from colliding from one another. Not al...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/18/When-Two-Satellites-Had-A-Close-Call/

The Electric Potential of Thunderstorms

How many volts does one lightning strike possess? Well, we didn't really have the means to measure it accurately [until they looked into muons present in a thunderstorm.](https://www.sciencenews.org/article/muons...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/18/The-Electric-Potential-of-Thunderstorms/

The Prospects of Artificial Leaves

Global warming poses a serious threat to our environment, to our oceans, and to the various ecological systems in the world. Concerned with the survival of the Earth in the face of this anthropogenic phenomenon,...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/18/The-Prospects-of-Artificial-Leaves/

Meet the New Units of Measurement in the Metric System: Ronna/Ronto and Quecca/Quecto

Corresponding to the numbers 10^27 and 10^30 respectively, [ronna and quecca will be the new prefixes to use for these numbers.](https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/02/you-know-kilo-mega-and-giga-metric-system-r...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/18/Meet-the-New-Units-of-Measurement-in-the-Metric-System-Ronna-Ronto-and-Quecca-Quecto/

The Last Remnants of the Log Drives

It's a dangerous kind of work to cut down trees but it's even more dangerous what riverjacks do with them after. [Floating logs down the river](https://www.popularmechanics.com/adventure/outdoors/a26016359/rough-...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/18/The-Last-Remnants-of-the-Log-Drives/

The Heliconian Butterfly's 'Lady in Red'

When humans look for a partner with whom they want to have a relationship, we usually list the qualities to which we are attracted and what we want to see in our partner. There are some qualities that may be nego...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/18/The-Heliconian-Butterfly-s-Lady-in-Red/

Loneliness in a Nutshell

More people feel lonely today than ever before. Kurzgesagt tackles this subject in a sympathetic and non-judgmental way. They go into the science and history of loneliness, and more importantly, what you can do about it....

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/18/Loneliness-in-a-Nutshell/

The Hitler Reacts/Rants/Realizes Parodies Channel on YouTube

You've probably all seen at least some of the many Hitler Reacts/Rants/Realizes Parody videos on YouTube, but did you know that they have their own channel? It's true, and one may access that channel [here.](http...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/18/The-Hitler-Reacts-Rants-Realizes-Parodies-Channel-on-YouTube/

Why Is Alaska Having A Hot Winter?

Further north in the Arctic regions, winter has been blowing really cold and frigid for the most part. Except for a city named Utqiagvik in Alaska which recorded a temperature within the 20s to 30s range last wee...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/18/Why-Is-Alaska-Having-A-Hot-Winter/

Helle's Toilet to Go on Display

Helle's toilet: 12th-century three-person loo seat goes on display https://t.co/U7V5zMazLp— The Guardian (@guardian) February 13, 2019 Cities as old as London get renovated many times, and often it's easier to...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/18/Helles-Toilet-to-Go-on-Display/

Bizarre and Beautiful Love Letters From The Early American Presidents

In February, our thoughts -and holidays- turn to love and presidents, so it makes sense to peek in on love letters written by presidents, some of which are pretty strange. The wives of both George Washington and Thomas J...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/18/Bizarre-and-Beautiful-Love-Letters-From-The-Early-American-Presidents/

This Spider's Eyes Still Glow, 110 Million Years Later

Some species of spider have a type of eye called a tapetum that reflects light, which helps them to see prey at night. The structures that make this kind of eye must be pretty tough, because one fossil has preserved the...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/18/This-Spiders-Eyes-Still-Glow-110-Million-Years-Later/

Spreading the Joy

How often do you get a personal letter in the mail? This one not just a thank you, it's a glimpse into how an everyday act of commerce can affect someone else's life. You can enlarge the letter at reddit if you need to....

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/18/Spreading-the-Joy/

The US Government's $350 Million Doomsday Plane

In the event of a nuclear war, or other apocalyptic event, the US government has a plane ready to stay aloft up to a week, carrying government officials, high-level Pentagon brass, a flight  crew, and some very luck...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/18/The-US-Governments-350-Million-Doomsday-Plane/

Hee Haw (1969-1997)

Even as seen today on websites like _Rotten Tomatoes_, there is often a disconnect between what Critics like and what the Public likes. A good example is _The Beverly Hillbilies_, reviled by critics, adored by mo...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/18/Hee-Haw-1969-1997/

Eloping to Gretna Green

For more than 260 years, when someone in the UK mentioned taking a trip to Gretna Green, that meant they were getting married. How did a small town in Scotland get such a reputation? It wasn't Gretna Green's fault; that'...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/18/Eloping-to-Gretna-Green/

Every Oscar Best Picture Winner, Ranked

Since the Academy Awards were first bestowed in 1929, there have been 90 films that took home the Oscar for Best Picture of the Year. Some deserved the award, some didn't. And now we have a ranked list pf all 90 movies t...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/18/Every-Oscar-Best-Picture-Winner-Ranked/

Has Anyone Ever Really Inherited Millions from a Random Person They’ve Never Heard Of?

Everyone has a dream at least once in their lives about inheriting money from a long lost uncle, or someone they met once on a train, or from someone famous who wanted to spread it around. It happened in the movies B...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/18/Has-Anyone-Ever-Really-Inherited-Millions-from-a-Random-Person-Theyve-Never-Heard-Of/








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