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A Very Gentle Rejection Letter from David Attenborough

Rejection, whether is from a job or a date, can be painful. But sometimes, when it happens, the person turning us away can be kind about it.David Attenborough, a British broadcaster most famous for creating and narrating...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/22/A-Very-Gentle-Rejection-Letter-from-David-Attenborough/

The Diagnostic Skills of the Caladrius Bird

I posted a free-floating meme for a laugh and ended up learning something new. This illustration from a medieval manuscript isn't a tucking-in bird, it's a caladrius. The caladrius bird was usually white, and often lived...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/21/The-Diagnostic-Skills-of-the-Caladrius-Bird/

Keeping Cool with a Pedal-Operated Fan Chair

It wasn't easy to stay cool before the invention of air conditioning, and even harder before we had electric power. But some of our Founding Fathers were able to invest in a Fan Chair. The chair, invented by musical inst...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/21/Keeping-Cool-with-a-Pedal-Operated-Fan-Chair/

The Gory Details of Whales Swallowing Humans

This video starts off assuring us that we won't be swallowed by a whale. Then it goes into details of "what if?" The problem I have with the presentation is the word "swallowed." In many of the cases, a better word would...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/21/The-Gory-Details-of-Whales-Swallowing-Humans/

When Cake Orders Are Too Literal

So I ordered a cake from a renowned bakery in Nagpur, through #Swiggy. In the order details I mentioned “Please mention if the cake contains egg”. I am speechless after receiving the order 👇🏼 pic.tw...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/20/When-Cake-Orders-Are-Too-Literal/

Voyager May Be Starting to Show Its Age

NASA has been receiving some glitchy data from Voyager I. Yes, you may be surprised to learn that Voyager is sending and receiving signals from earth, which are a little bit concerning lately. Data from its articulation...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/20/Voyager-May-Be-Starting-to-Show-Its-Age/

Johnny Cash Takes a Leak

Kingsland, Arkansas, has a Cash flow problem. The town is the birthplace of country musician Johnny Cash, and features a silhouette of the Man in Black on its water tower. Last week, someone shot the tower with amazing a...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/20/Johnny-Cash-Takes-a-Leak/

The Story of the "See Rock City" Barns

When does advertising become a historic landmark? Not just yet, at least as it concerns the rural barns leading us to Rock City, and that's why they are disappearing. Rock City is a tourist attraction atop Lookout Mounta...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/19/The-Story-of-the-See-Rock-City-Barns/

Dog Dreams May Be Bigger Than We Think

They say you should let sleeping dogs lie, but Mabel is twitching, so Mr. Andrew Cotter (previously at Neatorama) assumes she is dreaming of chasing squirrels. Why do we always assume that? Because dogs love to chase squ...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/19/Dog-Dreams-May-Be-Bigger-Than-We-Think/

The Meta Film That was So Bad it Changed Hollywood

We've posted about Alan Smithee, a movie director who doesn't exist, but manages to get credit for a lot of them. It's a pseudonym for directors who don't want their named attached to a film they've just directed. To cat...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/19/The-Meta-Film-That-was-So-Bad-it-Changed-Hollywood/

How to Make a Wooden Cushion

Japanese YouTuber Kurahito Craft made a completely functional and sturdy cushion entirely out of wood. the screenshot above illustrates how. By cutting notches into opposing sides of the columns, he used the material's n...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/19/How-to-Make-a-Wooden-Cushion/

Dirty Dancing, Improved with New Music

The final dance in Dirty Dancing, but they’re dancing to The Muppet Show theme tune. pic.twitter.com/ldfjmm5JoQ— Amanda (@Pandamoanimum) May 17, 2022 Twitter user @Pandamoanimum made an edit of the final d...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/18/iDirty-Dancingi-Improved-with-New-Music/

There's a Huge, Unexplored White House Vinyl Record Collection

In the days before MP3 players, building a music library required physical media. One popular option for decades was vinyl records. You needed a good collection to entertain yourself and guests.It was so important that e...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/18/Theres-a-Huge-Unexplored-White-House-Vinyl-Record-Collection/

Ghosts in the Machine: Not What You Think It Is

The video Ghosts in the Machine starts out like an experimental art film. Then it appears to be a conspiracy theory-type video. Or is it a movie trailer? The video will be almost over before it becomes clear this is a re...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/18/Ghosts-in-the-Machine-Not-What-You-Think-It-Is/

Update: Pilot Survives Two Disasters in One Day

Remember the passenger who had to land a plane because the pilot passed out? We know more about the incident now. The passenger who stepped up was 39-year-old Darren Harrison, who was returning from a fishing trip in the...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/18/Update-Pilot-Survives-Two-Disasters-in-One-Day/

Cats Not Only Know Their Names, But Other Cat's Names, Too

Cats are so non-responsive to their names being called, you might think that they don't even know what you've named them. Studies show that they do, if you use their names enough, but they often just don't see the upside...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/17/Cats-Not-Only-Know-Their-Names-But-Other-Cats-Names-Too/

The Cult of Mithraism Involved Ritual Floor Cleaning

Mithraism, or the worship of Mithras, was one of the many obscure religious cults of ancient Rome. We don't know much about it, as the only written records are from those who opposed them, like the early Christians. But...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/17/The-Cult-of-Mithraism-Involved-Ritual-Floor-Cleaning/

Think You Are Sitting Still? Think Again!

Warning: this video may mess with your cognitive sense of balance. You might think you know where you are, yet defining "place" is more complicated than it seems. You can say the same about the terms "movement" and "dire...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/17/Think-You-Are-Sitting-Still-Thank-Again/

He Saved Himself from Death in the Arctic- with His Own Poop

Danish explorer Peter Freuchen led a life full of adventure and diverse accomplishments. As a young man, he became enamored with the Arctic and built the Thule Trading Station in Greenland, among other adventures. He tra...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/16/He-Saved-Himself-from-Death-in-the-Arctic-with-His-Own-Poop/

24 Things You Should Know About UFOs

People have seen strange, unexplained things in the sky for millennia, but the term UFO is relatively, new, having been snagged from the US Air Force in the 1950s. We know it stands for Unidentified Flying Object, but ot...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/16/24-Things-You-Should-Know-About-UFOs/

Flying with the Birds

Tom Scott spends a large part of his time researching esoteric but fascinating niche subjects, but occasionally he gets to do something really fun that makes up for all of that work. In this video, he's in France, flying...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/16/Flying-with-the-Birds/

Dumplings Around the World

We did dumplings around the world pic.twitter.com/w3vTunssUV— michal stein (@MichalStein2) April 9, 2022 Michal Stein posted a picture of a huge collection of dumplings on Twitter. Enough to make your mouth wate...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/15/Dumplings-Around-the-World/

Why English Spelling Makes No Sense

English is such a difficult language that we have contests and award prizes to those who can spell words right. They don't do that in languages where spelling follows rules. English is so weird that you might read a cert...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/15/Why-English-Spelling-Makes-No-Sense/

A Daily Dose of Weird Medieval Art

queck, england, 14th century pic.twitter.com/4ZET90vSVZ— weird medieval guys (@WeirdMedieval) May 3, 2022 I've seen a lot of medieval marginalia, but if it weren't for the Twitter account weird medieval guys, I...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/15/A-Daily-Dose-of-Weird-Medieval-Art/

Take a Time-Lapse Tour Around the World

Photographer Kien Lam quit his job and began to tackle his bucket list ten years ago. He went on a trip around the world, photographing its wonders and its people. It took Lam a year of travel and 6237 photographs to cre...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/14/Take-a-Time-Lapse-Tour-Around-the-World/

Dejima: Japan's Wild West Outpost

During the Edo period, Japan prohibited foreigners from entering the country, and restricted Japanese citizens from leaving. But there was one tiny exception, a two-acre manmade island in Nagasaki Bay that was connected...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/14/Dejima-Japans-Wild-West-Outpost/

Why Campfire Smoke Blows Into Your Face

You take your seat around a campfire, and the smoke from it makes its way toward your face. You move around to the other side, and the smoke follows you. Someone will say, "Smoke follows beauty!" just to make you feel be...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/14/Why-Campfire-Smoke-Blows-Into-Your-Face/

How Did Marshmallows Get Into Our Cereal?

When we think about marshmallows in cereal, what comes to mind is Lucky Charms. But that is just one cereal that comes with marshmallows. The beginning of the idea goes back to 1938, when celebrity chef Malitta...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/13/How-Did-Marshmallows-Get-Into-Our-Cereal/

Ohio's Most Notorious Body Snatcher

We've read about the resurrectionists and body snatchers of Britain, who dug up corpses from graveyards to sell to medical schools for anatomy class. This went on in the United States as well, and Ohio's most notable bod...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/13/Ohios-Most-Notorious-Body-Snatcher/

CookingFlavr is About Everything, Even Cooking

Neatorama readers are usually pretty good about avoiding the worst clickbait, but even discriminating readers will occasionally fall into a sketchy site that you read nevertheless because you can't believe how bad the gr...

https://www.neatorama.com/2022/05/13/CookingFlavr-is-About-Everything-Even-Cooking/








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