Archive for February 15th, 2019

Why Astronomers Are Surprised By Supernova 1987A

The explosion of a supernova is a magnificent sight. It emits an incredible amount of energy as well as dust particles that would drift off into space. Supposedly, a supernova's blast waves should destroy everyth...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/15/Why-Astronomers-Are-Surprised-By-Supernova-1987A/

How a Heart-Shaped Candy Box Came to Stand for Love

Flowers, cards, jewelry, and dinner out are standard romantic gifts, but nothing says Valentine's Day like assorted chocolates in a heart-shaped box. But why? Chocolates are appreciated by the receiver, but other treats...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/15/How-a-Heart-Shaped-Candy-Box-Came-to-Stand-for-Love/

A Lesson on Arctic Peoples: They're Not Called Eskimos

There are different people groups that inhabit the arctic regions of Canada, Siberia, Alaska, and Greenland. And none of them refer to themselves as "Eskimos". It's an outsider term which may be conside...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/15/A-Lesson-on-Arctic-Peoples-They-re-Not-Called-Eskimos/

It's the Thought That Counts

She said she wanted tulips for Valentines Day; he was sleepy and thought she said turnips. So Allan Harris of Hartford, Kentucky, went above and beyond the call of duty and made sure his wife Nina got a whole bucket of t...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/15/Its-the-Thought-That-Counts/

Strato Lizzie, the Mascot Cat of the TWA Pilots at NYC’s LaGuardia Airport

Before Homeland Security, before discount airlines, before even World War II, commercial flying was very different from what we know today. A passenger without a ticket or even identification could be tolerated occasiona...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/15/Strato-Lizzie-the-Mascot-Cat-of-the-TWA-Pilots-at-NYCs-LaGuardia-Airport/

Found: One Tiger, Owner Missing

Caretakers believe this is the first time "Tyson" the Tiger stepped on grass! The big cat was found in a small travel cage inside an abandoned #Houston home. Today he's safe at a @HumaneSociety rehab in #HendersonCou...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/15/Found-One-Tiger-Owner-Missing/

Mary Owens: Abraham Lincoln's Accidental Fiancee

In 1833, Abraham Lincoln was a 24-year-old postmaster in New Salem, Illinois. His friend Elizabeth Abell introduced him to her sister, Mary Owens, who was visiting from Kentucky. Afterward, he remarked to Abell that if O...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/15/Mary-Owens-Abraham-Lincolns-Accidental-Fiancee/

Rare Black Leopard Photographed in Africa

What we know as panthers, such as Bagheera from The Jungle Book, are big cats, usually jaguars or leopards, that have a gene mutation affecting color. While 11% of leopards have this melanism, most of them are i...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/15/Rare-Black-Leopard-Photographed-in-Africa/

Beer, The Divorce Alternative in 19th Century England

When your relationship has gone sour, we have a convenient legal device that provides for couples to go on their separate ways. That's divorce. However, a couple of centuries ago, divorce was illegal in different...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/15/Beer-The-Divorce-Alternative-in-19th-Century-England/

Lucas The Spider in I'm Starving

The last time we saw Lucas the Spider, it was right before Christmas, and he had made a new friend. The fly had one request:"Don't eat me!" Lucas wouldn't do that, but he does want to share food with his new buddy. In th...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/15/Lucas-The-Spider-in-Im-Starving/

Accordion Repo Man

The weirdest job you ever had is no match for what Weird Al Yankovic used to do when he was young. But then, this is Weird Al, so being an accordion repo man may not have been his weirdest job. Still, it was weird enough...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/15/Accordion-Repo-Man/

The Emotional Vocal Map

People don't need words to vocalize emotions. Wordless sounds will do just fine in many cases. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, have catalogued these vocalizations that convey emotion.  To st...

https://www.neatorama.com/2019/02/15/The-Emotional-Vocal-Map/




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