- Breaking Into Mecca
- Update on the Apocalypse
- The Christmas Tree Slaughter
- Spider is a Master of Subterfuge
- Drinkman Hip Flask
- Whiskey Toothpaste
- Strike it Rich With Termites
- How to Open a Door: A Tutorial
- Plato's <i>Republic</i> in <i>My Little Pony</i>
- WBC Chart
- Slight Uncertainty
- Biblio-mat: The Used Book Vending Machine
- Burger Chain Offers Food in Edible Paper Wrappers
- Stocking Stuffers
- I Survived The Mayan Apocalypse T-Shirt
- Steamboat Willie Cookie Jar
- Gingerbread Mars Rover
- Keep Calm and Write Graffiti
- A House of Cards
- How to Make Rainbow Jello Shots
- The Flight of the Potatoes
- Soil Map of the United States, Using Actual Dirt
- Fruit Ninja: The Movie
- Miniature Garden in a Pot
- The Five Swankiest Bunkers for Surviving the Mayan Apocalypse
- Your Assumptions Are Wrong
- Periodic Table Glass Platter
- The Trashiest Nativity Ever
- Cornell University Puts Lawns inside Its Libraries
- A Grimm Anniversary
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 05:00 AM PST
More than a century before Indiana Jones first cracked his whip, Sir Richard Francis Burton had already mastered the daring art of scholarly adventure.
Be sure to visit mental_floss' website and blog for more fun stuff!
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 04:34 AM PST
Redditor colt1hryh headlined this "Not photoshoped picture of Australia at the moment." Obviously, because even I can use Photoshop better than this! The comments are golden, especially this one:
Further updates may follow, if at all possible. Link
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 04:00 AM PST
Every year over 100 Christmas trees are ruthlessly massacred and why? -So the lions, tigers and other cats of the Big Cat Rescue have a fun enrichment at Christmas time. Even if they don't celebrate Christmas they still love rubbing their scent all over these new trees.
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 03:00 AM PST
(Image credit: Phil Torres)
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 02:00 AM PST
Do the holidays have you lamenting your lost youth. Recapture those golden days with the super cool Drinkman Hip Flask from the NeatoShop. This fantastic flask is shaped like a totally righteous walkman. Dude! It's super cool.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Barware & Cocktail items.
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 02:00 AM PST
From a lost, golden age of dental care comes this ad, found in a 1961 issue of House and Garden. Now it is gone. I am reminded of the words of Babylon 5's Ambassador Londo Mollari when he was asked what he most wanted:
I want whiskey toothpaste.
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 01:00 AM PST
"Drilling is expensive. If termites can help narrow down the area that needs to be drilled, then exploration companies could save a lot of money."
Read more on termites starring as tiny gold miners at National Geographic. Link
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 12:00 AM PST
Has this happened to you? You've just got home. You need to get inside, but wait... there's a door standing between you and the inside of your domicile. Every year literally hundreds of people need to use a door. Thankfully Tiikuri has discovered this instructional video from a wiser time, the late 70's. Life might not come with instructions, but now opening a door does...
Posted: 20 Dec 2012 11:00 PM PST
It is understandable that the less bronified among you may think that My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is just a children's cartoon with a somewhat eccentric fan base. But this image has no more reality than a shadow projected on a wall. In truth, My Little Pony is a sophisticated exploration of human society and experience. Starswill the Goateed argues that the cartoon is an explanation of the philosopher Plato's seminal work The Republic.
In Kallipolis, Plato's ideal society depicted in The Republic, people are divided into different classes that provide for a specialization of labor. Starswill describes at length how the three major types of ponies (Earth ponies, unicorns and pegasi) exhibit these classes. The unicorns are, from a modern and especially Marxist reading, Plato's Guardians:
Posted: 20 Dec 2012 10:00 PM PST
Hilary Sargent made a chart to help you understand who the Westboro Baptist Church is. The majority of the chart is the family tree of the Phelp family, although there are a very few members included who aren't related to patriarch Fred Phelps. The enlargement shown here is only a small portion. The full-size chart (enlargeable at Sargent's website) will keep you busy for a while. A lot of work went into this! Link -via Boing Boing
Posted: 20 Dec 2012 09:00 PM PST
I like to think of Michal Trpák's "Slight Uncertainty" as a new approach to urban transportation, but I don't have any evidence to support the idea. His installation at the EBC office center in Prague features dozens of people hanging from umbellas. You can view more photographs of it at the link.
Posted: 20 Dec 2012 08:00 PM PST
Usually, the most interesting and questionable vending machines are in Japan. Now Canada has the Biblio-mat. While the Biblio-mat isn't widely distributed, it certainly should be. The Biblio-mat is a used-book vending machine that was created by Craig Small, co-founder of an animation studio in Toronto called The Juggernaut. It's currently inside The Monkey's Paw, a second-hand bookshop owned by Stephen Fowler. Adopting a nice, old book is as simple as putting in $2 and waiting to be surprised. Seriously, wouldn't you want one of these in your house, right by your fridge?
Posted: 20 Dec 2012 07:00 PM PST
Some burger joints already serve food that tastes like paper. But Bob's, a chain in Brazil, had to go a step further and wrap its burgers in completely edible paper. Just apply condiments to the package and bite in:
Posted: 20 Dec 2012 06:00 PM PST
Posted: 20 Dec 2012 05:00 PM PST
The Mayan Apocalypse is almost here. We're so confident that we'd survive the phenomenon that we're releasing this commemorative "I Survived The Mayan Apocalypse" T-Shirt one day early. Get yours over at the NeatoShop*: Link
*Void if the Apocalypse actually happened.
Posted: 20 Dec 2012 04:00 PM PST
Are you looking for a kitchen item that truly celebrates your love of Mickey Mouse? You need the Steamboat Willie Cookie Jar from the NeatoShop. This beautiful container features amazing hand painted details.
Posted: 20 Dec 2012 04:00 PM PST
Wait -- Mars is made out of candy? Let's go! This Curiosity Rover built by Caltech has given us all the motivation we need:
Posted: 20 Dec 2012 03:00 PM PST
People have been keeping calm since World War II. Originally created by the British government, the slogan "Keep Calm and Carry On" has been twisted into so many different facets of pop culture it's astounding. From Keep Calm and Eat a Cupcake to Keep Calm and Kill Zombies, the propaganda of keeping calm has really exploded back into popular culture. But what about subculture?
Graffiti, a long time activity of those influenced by subversive culture, is now becoming more and more main stream. With popular artists like Banksy and Shepard Fairey hitting the scene, graffiti has become street art. It only seems natural then, that pop culture slogans would start popping up in graffiti pieces.
Like so many things that go main stream, a dilemma occurs. Does the popularization of graffiti defeat the very spirit behind this subversive act? Or does it strengthen the ideas behind the creation of art?
How do our Neatoramanauts feel about this? Leave us a comment in the comment section below!
Posted: 20 Dec 2012 02:00 PM PST
Posted: 20 Dec 2012 01:00 PM PST
Christmas is coming. Gird yourselves well for its struggles with two essential nutrients: sugar and alcohol. Jelly Shot Test Kitchen designed this recipe, which uses flavored vodka, gelatin, frosting and sprinkles. Don't forget the sprinkles. People have suffered terrible kitchen accidents simply because they thought that sprinkles weren't absolutely necessary.
Posted: 20 Dec 2012 12:30 PM PST
When Boeing tested its new in-flight Wi-Fi system, they needed passengers in the plane to simulate the presence of bodies and how those bodies interfered with the signal. But instead of human passengers, they used something much easier to deal with -20,000 pounds of potatoes!
Posted: 20 Dec 2012 12:00 PM PST
Les Gregor's map of common soils in the United States doesn't use pictures of dirt, but thin layers of real dirt. He wrote to the departments of agriculture in each state requesting a sample. Slate's Seth Stevenson described what happened next:
Link | Photo: Les Gregor
Posted: 20 Dec 2012 11:30 AM PST
Posted: 20 Dec 2012 11:00 AM PST
Posted: 20 Dec 2012 10:30 AM PST
You don't really believe the world will end tomorrow -after all, it's already December 21st in parts of the world. But if it did, some people will be ready in style! There is no dearth of state-of-the-art survival bunkers for those who want and can afford one, and some of those are built for the life of post-apocalyptic luxury, like the Vivos Underground Shelter Network.
Read more about this network, and other fancy shelters, at the new Atlas Obscura, just relaunched with a new fast-loading interface. Link
Posted: 20 Dec 2012 10:00 AM PST
Richard Wiseman, whose work we've featured extensively at Neatorama, knows how perform slight of hand tricks and create optical illusions because, as a trained psychologist, he understands how the mind works. The room in this video changes as Wiseman strips away the assumptions that you've made.
Posted: 20 Dec 2012 09:30 AM PST
Planning a group or family get together? Make sure you have all the elements you need for a successful function with the Periodic Table Glass Platter from the NeatoShop. This deliciously fun plate lists cheeses, wines, and foodie vocabulary.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Kitchen Stuff.
Posted: 20 Dec 2012 09:30 AM PST
You know what they say, "It's always sunny in Bethlehem" -or at least it is with these adorably tasteless Christmas cards by Etst seller CastleMcQuade.
Posted: 20 Dec 2012 09:00 AM PST
For many college students, this is a stressful time filled with exams and term paper deadlines. To help relieve stress and create an atmosphere conducive to studying, Cornell University laid sod inside two of its libraries. Gilad Meron, a recent graduate, conceived and executed the project:
According to two library administrators, students thoroughly enjoyed the indoor/outdoor experience:
Link | Photo: Library Journal
Posted: 20 Dec 2012 08:30 AM PST
On December 20th, 1812, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm's first book was published. All over the world, book lovers are marking the 200th anniversary of Die Kinder und Hausmärchen (Children's and Household Tales), a collection of 86 traditional fairy tales the brothers had reworked and written down. The German brothers would go down in history for stories like Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, and Snow White. A year of events is planned in Germany to celebrate the anniversary, although the Brothers Grimm are more popular outside their native land than in it. And why is that?
However, the Brothers Grimm have been good for tourism, from the towns of Hamelin and Bremen to the fairy tale castles of Germany. Academics are planning events throughout 2013 in honor of the Grimms' works. And foreigners as well as Germans are invited. Link
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