- Pot O' Gold So Lucky Salt & Pepper Shaker
- Hot Tub Boat
- Patrick Stewart in a Ball Pit
- A Pep Talk from Kid President to You
- The Beast Awakens
- Paragliding + Falconry = Parahawking
- Dollhouse Coffee Table
- Lincoln's Moods
- Here's To The Health Of Your Enemies' Enemies Flask
- Pop-Up Groundhog Day Cookies
- 5 Amazing Animal Navigators
- 17 Ways to Eat Beer
- Morals, Mammaries, and Medicine
- Gym for Fat People Only
- Father and Son
- Tiger Automaton Plays Music While Mauling a Man to Death
- Fantasia Symphony
- Giant Chainsaw Robot
- Enormous, High Resolution, Interactive Panoramic Photo of London at Dusk
- Dung Beetles Use the Milky Way to Navigate
- In Praise of Parking Meters
- What Time Is It? It's Pony Posting Time!
- This Week at Neatorama
- Shark Laundry Basket
Posted: 27 Jan 2013 04:00 AM PST
Are you in need of a little luck in the kitchen? You need the Pot O' Gold So Lucky Salt & Pepper Shaker from the NeatoShop. This enchanting set is stackable. The Pot O' Gold So Lucky Salt & Pepper Shaker set is perfect for those who seek a well seasoned meal at the end of their rainbow.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Salt & Pepper Shakers.
Posted: 27 Jan 2013 04:00 AM PST
Swimming in the lake is so plebeian! As the one-percent saying goes, either go hot tubbing in the lake in a hot tub boat, or don't go hot tubbing in the lake at all.
The Hot Tub Boat, which seats 6 people in a comfy 104°F water and boasts handcrafted teak deck, waterproof stereo system, and an electric motor to let you sail about the lake in style, costs a mere $42,000. But if you have to ask, then obviously you can't afford it.
Posted: 27 Jan 2013 02:00 AM PST
Posted: 27 Jan 2013 12:00 AM PST
Soul Pancake has a video series featuring the delightful character Kid President. He has a pep talk to encourage you to become less boring and more awesome ("You're gooder than that."). Robert Frost may have taken the road less traveled, but this kid will take the one that leads to awesome! -via Viral Viral Videos
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 11:00 PM PST
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 10:00 PM PST
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 09:00 PM PST
Your dolls are elegant, cultured and, most importantly, modern. They do not want some ranch house that looks like something set in a bourgeois suburb. No. They want the Qabis Haus, Amy Whitworth's stately home that doubles as a coffee table:
You can view more pictures at the link.
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 08:00 PM PST
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 07:00 PM PST
Are you gearing up to celebrate your favorite holiday. St. Patrick's Day will be here before you know it. Make sure you are prepared with the fantastic Here's To The Health Of Your Enemies' Enemies Flask from the NeatoShop. You truly don't have to be Irish to appreciate the wit and wisdom of a good Irish toast and blessing.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Barware & Cocktail items.
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 07:00 PM PST
Groundhog Day is coming soon! What makes these cookies especially awesome for that holiday is that they're fully adjustable for Punxsutawney Phil's prediction about the weather. The cookie is a no-bake recipe centered around a hollow tube. Phil is a sculptued Tootsie Roll. Just push your finger through the hole to make Phil pop up.
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 06:00 PM PST
The story of Holly, the cat who came home from 200 miles away, is quite amazing. Scientists don't understand how she did it, although they have some ideas to explore.
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 05:00 PM PST
Behold: beer-battered deep fried dill pickles. This marvel was made with horseradish, Dijon mustard, buttermilk and pilsner. It's one of seventeen delicious culinary works that use beer as a central ingredient. You can view the rest at the link.
Link | Photo: Jesse Kimbal, Memphis Taproom
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 04:00 PM PST
A patient came to Dr. Laennec complaining of chest pains. The doctor knew he should listen to her heart, but that was difficult, as she was fat and had large breasts. After all, this was 1816.
So what could he do? Invent the stethoscope, of course! Read the story of how he did it at mental_floss. Link
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 03:00 PM PST
Want to lose weight but feel uncomfortable in a gym filled with fit people? Thirty-nine year old Francis Wisniewski of Downsize Fitness has the solution: a gym that's open only to fat people.
Read more over at Oddity Central: Link
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 02:00 PM PST
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 01:00 PM PST
The Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore from 1782-1799, adopted the tiger as his royal symbol. He fought many battles against the British throughout his reign. So after a particularly painful defeat against the British:
The death of young Munro delighted the Tipu Sultan, so he commissioned the creation of this macabre automaton. The Tipu Tiger, as it is known today, was damaged by a German air raid during World War II. But when it was fully functional, turning the crank would cause the tiger roar and the Munro's left arm to flail about.
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 12:00 PM PST
Are you a huge fan of the 1940's animated film Fantasia? You are going to love the Fantasia Symphony collectible figurine from the NeatoShop. This highly detailed and hand-painted sculpture is part of the Jim Shore's Disney Traditions collection. The piece includes characters representing many of the animated segments that make up this classic Disney film. Front and center is Mickey Mouse as The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more fantastic Disney items.
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 12:00 PM PST
The nightmare combination of words would make a decent movie title: Giant Chainsaw Robot, coming soon to the SyFy channel! KUKA, a company that markets industrial robots, shows off the talents of its chainsaw robot by programming it to cut one section of a log into two complete stools at once. I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords, because otherwise things could get dangerous. -via Geekosystem
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 11:00 AM PST
Atop the 95-storey skyscraper known as The Shard, Will Pearson captured an amazing photo of all of London at dusk. At the link, you can manipulate the image by zooming and panning. Pearson writes:
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 10:00 AM PST
Ancient mariners aren't the only ones that used the stars to navigate. It turns out that the lowly dung beetle does as well when it rolls its ball of muck in a Moonless night:
Jonathan Amos of the BBC explains how beetles navigate using the stars: Link
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 09:00 AM PST
Americans are so dependent on cars compared with the rest of the world that parking meters are often seen (or remembered) as an annoyance -and good riddance when they go! But the more you know about them, the more interesting the story is. Parking meters were developed to aid traffic flow and actually make spaces easier to find. The original philosophy behind the meters went awry when businesses and city planners veered from the master plan with alternatives that gave rise to the driver's idea that parking, and later free parking, was a right instead of a privilege. Collector's Weekly traces the history of city parking with the help of Donald Shoup, author of The High Cost of Free Parking, and Jeff Speck, author of Walkable Cities.
However, there is no longer any consistency in the use of meters. Many American cities that use them still have coin-fed machines that are so underpriced as to be useless, while others don't use them at all. Meanwhile, Europe is leading the way with hi-tech systems that actually work in the intended manner for reducing traffic congestion. Read all about the purpose and problems of metered parking at Collector's Weekly. Link
(Image credit: John Vachon)
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 08:00 AM PST
This clock made by Deviantart member madcomputerscientist reminds us of an important life lesson: now is always the right time to post ponies. Or as the wise Jean-Luc Picard put it:
In the comments, post ponies. We have but a finite time in this life. Make now the time to post ponies.
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 07:00 AM PST
One of the weird things about working on the internet is that, while I know what's going on with the weather in Europe, I can be oblivious about what's happening outside my door. Thursday night I got an email from the school that classes were cancelled Friday. What? Friday morning, my town was covered in a sheet of ice. Outside of not having to pack lunches, it didn't affect me at all. Just another perk of stepping through a door from the bedroom to the office. I love this job. Let's recap what's happened this past week at Neatorama.
In the What Is It? game, the picture is of a a lantern shield, it was in use during the Italian Renaissance (15th and 16th century Italy). Its defining feature is a small circular shield with a hook on the back from which to hang a lantern, its light shining through the hole was intended to blind the opponent at night or in duels fought at dawn. The first one with the correct answer was Berhard, who wins a t-shirt for his efforts! The funniest answer of the week came from Blow and Dry LLC, who said, "It is a blame deflector, used by both houses of Congress, and by both political parties. The example shown is for a leftie." That's certainly worth a t-shirt! You really should go to the contest page and read all the funny guesses. See the answers to all the mystery items of the week at the What Is It? blog.
The liveliest comment thread of the week was Should We Stop Using the Singular "They"? That was followed by Subway's 11-inch Footlong®, The Citadel: Doomsday Prepper Paradise, and Can a Library be Bookless? You can still contribute to those conversations, or if you're in a hurry, just leave ♥s on the comments you like or agree with.
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 06:00 AM PST
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