- Barbie-Themed Cafe Opens in Taipei
- Old Friends Farm
- The Baffling Economics of <i>Thomas the Tank Engine</i>
- Book Tent
- Love Ya To Death Bean Bag
- Game of Thrones Valentines
- Stitched Eyes Cuff
- Deer Antler Bicycle Handlebar
- Ten Tips for Raising Happy Kittens
- Typographical Europe
- Now THIS is what a Dementor Should Look Like!
- 20 Things That Happened on the Internet in 2012
- Edward Scissorhands Wacky Wobbler Bobble Head
- X House
- Zip's Comeback
- Obviously: Treadmill Desks Make You Healthier, But Impair Your Work
- Marginal Improvement is a Big Victory in Solving the Travelling Salesman Problem
- Would You Try This Slide?
- I Speak for the Trees
- Spot the Hidden LEGO: Gorgeous <em>In Pieces</em> Artwork by Dean West and Nathan Sawaya
- Magic Frog to Prince
- Father Daughter Wedding Dance
- Should You Ride Your Bike or Take the Train? Consult This Barometer
- Star Trek Wisdom
- Churro Apple Pie Waffles à la Mode
- What is It? game 262
- Moustache Spoon
- Perfume for Babies
Posted: 01 Feb 2013 04:00 AM PST
When you need to feel like a pretty princess, head on down to the Barbie Cafe in Taipei:
Posted: 01 Feb 2013 03:00 AM PST
Every year, around 38,000 Thoroughbred horses are born. Three years later, one of them wins the Kentucky Derby. The rest, well, some race and some win races, which makes them valuable breeding stock. But eventually, they all get old and are no longer useful to those who race horses. Old Friends Farm is a retirement home where horses can be cared for for the rest of their lives. -via Buzzfeed
Posted: 01 Feb 2013 02:00 AM PST
On the island of Sodor in the Irish Sea, sentient locomotives carry passengers and cargo everywhere. Alex Knapp of Forbes watches a lot of the children's television show Thomas & Friends and has been trying to understand Sodor's puzzling economy. He's not pleased:
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Love Ya To Death Bean Bag (sold individually)
Valentine's Day is almost here. Are you looking for a fun way to express your undying love? You need the Love Ya To Death Bean Bag from the NeatoShop. This adorable Mexican Sugar Skull designed plush is a spooktacular way to show someone you care.
The Love Yar To Death Bean Bag is available in blue, pink, and purple. Buy one or collect all 3.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more romantic Plush Toys.
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Illustrator Sébastien Feraut (Niark1) created this poster for SYZYGY containing twenty things that happened on the internet in 2012. I see the IKEA monkey pushing the button to add drama, and there's a dead whale, and Darth Vader is moving his office supplies from Lucasfilm to Disney, but a lot of these are going over my head. And I was here the whole time! If you can help me out, leave a comment. Clues will be released beginning this weekend. Link -via Laughing Squid
Posted: 31 Jan 2013 05:00 PM PST
Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and romance is in the air. This year celebrate your love for Tim Burton with the Edward Schissorhands Wacky Wobbler Bobble Head from the NeatoShop. This great desk accessory is the perfect way to proclaim your devotion to the romantic fantasy film genre and your favorite uncommonly gentle film character.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Action Figures, Dolls & Models.
Posted: 31 Jan 2013 05:00 PM PST
Not to mention the perfect hideout for X-men!
Posted: 31 Jan 2013 04:00 PM PST
Zip the border collie had five canine agility championship titles before a hit and run driver left her paraplegic. She spent two week in ICU and several months in therapy, and was fitted with all-terrain wheels to get around.
Posted: 31 Jan 2013 03:00 PM PST
Treadmill desks are cool! Users get exercise while they work. We don't have them here at Neatorama, but Alex created a somewhat similar setup in the office. Should we get them? There are disadvantages:
Posted: 31 Jan 2013 02:00 PM PST
In 1930, Harvard mathematician Karl Menger (he of the Menger Sponge fame) asked a simple question: what is the shortest route a salesman has to take, in order to visit every city (of a certain size) in the United States and return to his starting place? That should be easy enough, right? After all, you only have to check every possible round trip routes to find the shortest one.
Turned out, brute force doesn't work well in solving the Travelling Salesman Problem, even with the fastest computer. With 10 cities, you'd have to check about 300,000 different round trip routes. Add just 5 more cities to that mix, and you'd have to check more than 87 billion.
In 1972, computer scientists Richard Karp of UC Berkeley wrote a seminal paper, claiming that the Travelling Salesman Problem may not even be solvable. Undaunted, countless mathematicians and computer scientists spent years of their lives trying to prove that wrong, but the best algorithm they could come up with only found approximate solutions. In 1976, Nicos Christofides developed an algo that found a route guaranteed to be, at worst, 50% longer than the shortest route. That was a great victory and everyone thought that it was only a matter of months before someone refined it and found the correct solution.
Decades later, Christofides algorithm still stood. Until 2011, when a team of mathematicians from Stanford and McGill universities came up with an algorithm that is marginally better. 0.0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000004% better, in fact. And what a victory that was because it showed a crack in the Travelling Salesman Problem that has haunted mathematicians for decades.
Read more about the hunt for the solution for the Travelling Salesman Problem in this neat article by Erica Klarreich/Simon Science News over at Wired: Link (no math required, promise!)
Posted: 31 Jan 2013 01:00 PM PST
The facility is part playground and part urban exploration site. Oh yeah, those who've been there say only one of these slides is actually open to use, and it has a grill covering. And they have plenty to tell about the rest of the museum. Link
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See the thing made out of LEGO? Look closely. Photographer Dean West and LEGO master sculptor Nathan Sawaya collaborated to create the art series In Pieces, where structures made from LEGO pieces are hidden somewhere in each image. The photographs themselves are gorgeous, but additional twist of the hidden LEGO definitely added to their surrealistic nature. In the age of Photoshop, West and Sawaya's artwork bring up the question of just how much of the photograph is real and how much is manipulated.
Posted: 31 Jan 2013 10:00 AM PST
They say you have to kiss a lot of frogs till you find your prince. Or, you could skip the whole kissing and just get the Magic Frog to Prince from the NeatoShop. Just open the cap, fill with cold water, and watch the frog turn into a prince. If only everything in life were this simple.
Posted: 31 Jan 2013 10:00 AM PST
Andrea's father passed away due to pancreatic cancer early last year. When she got married in the summer, her brother sang and recorded "Butterfly Kisses," and she danced to it with her grandfather, her two brothers, and her father-in-law. Cinematography by LaFrance Films. Warning: may cause tears. -via reddit
Posted: 31 Jan 2013 09:00 AM PST
Richard J. Pope has one simple question at the beginning of his day: should he take his bike or the Tube to work? This gadget is a barometer that checks the weather--but also a lot more:
Posted: 31 Jan 2013 08:00 AM PST
Is there intelligent life in TV's outer space? You decide.
The article above was reprinted with permission from Uncle John's Unstoppable Bathroom Reader.
Since 1988, the Bathroom Reader Institute had published a series of popular books containing irresistible bits of trivia and obscure yet fascinating facts. If you like Neatorama, you'll love the Bathroom Reader Institute's books - go ahead and check 'em out!
Posted: 31 Jan 2013 07:00 AM PST
Waffles? Not enough. Churro waffles? Still not enough. We live life on the edge. We go to extremes. We're like the Spartans of the breakfast buffet. That's why we're glad that Chica Chocolatina took her churro waffles beyond the limits of normal human endurance. You can find her recipe at the link.
Posted: 31 Jan 2013 06:30 AM PST
W00t! It's time for another collaboration with the always-excellent What Is It? Blog. Can you guess what this strange object is used for?
Place your guess in the comment section. One guess per comment, though you can enter as many guesses as you'd like. Please do not post any web link or URL - doing so will void your entry. You have until the answer is revealed on the What Is It? Blog tomorrow.
Two prizes: the first correct guess and the funniest yet wrong one will win a T-Shirt from the NeatoShop.
IMPORTANT: Please write your prize selection alongside your guess, so visit the NeatoShop and take a look around. If you don't write your prize selection, then you don't get the prize. I think you'll like the selection of funny t-shirts and science t-shirts -or even t-shirts of your favorite blogs and websites.
For more mystery items, go to What Is It? Blog. Good luck!
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You could take your baby out without first splashing on some perfume. But what terrible lessons about fashion would you be teaching your child? For refined people, it's considered proper to make sure that a baby is fashionably scented. Thankfully, perfumers Dolce & Gabbana have a scent designed specifically for babies:
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