- Hot Sauce Love
- Baseball Recovered from a Civil War Battlefield
- Feed Me
- South Korean Boot Camp Toughens Kids Up
- Valentine's Day T-Shirts
- Be My Valentine Heart Pot Mitt
- The Worst Swing Ever Is Somehow Fun
- Diary of a Body-Snatcher
- The Solution to All Problems
- Giant Pine Cones Made from Shovel Blades
- The Centrifuge Brain Project
- Mark Summers: The Man Behind the Iconic Barnes & Noble Author Portraits
- What Blinded Mary Ingalls?
- Ice Skull
- Sheriff Tyrone Lewis Wishes You a Happy Valentine's Day
- It's Not My Dog
- Cookie Monster Suspected in Cookie Sculpture Theft
- Pokémon Pancakes
- Science Puts Fear in Fearless Person's Heart
- Interactive Display at a Children's Hospital
- Pencil Eraser Hats
- How To Be Daniel Radcliffe
- Liquor Bottle Bouquet
- Polka Dot Cake
- What'chu Lookin' At?
- Cold War Tales: Operation Paul Bunyan
Posted: 05 Feb 2013 04:00 AM PST
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Giles Hellum, an African American employee of the Union army, found this baseball on the field. Slate's Frank Ceresi writes:
Posted: 05 Feb 2013 02:00 AM PST
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No sissy kids here, ma'am! South Korean Army is offering a boot camp vacation for civilians that's designed to make soft kids into tough ones:
Oddity Central has the story: Link
Posted: 05 Feb 2013 12:00 AM PST
Valentine's Day is coming up soon, so how about something different than just flowers this year? How about some nifty Valentine's Day themed T-shirts from the NeatoShop?
Shirts that profess your undying love for a Zombies and horror Valentine:
And something for you web geeks:
Posted: 04 Feb 2013 11:00 PM PST
Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Are you looking for fun and functional gift that screams hot stuff? You need the Be My Valentine Heart Pot Mitt from the NeatoShop. This heart shaped potholder comes with a soft terry cloth lining. It makes a sweet present for your favorite cook.
Matching Be My Valentine Bib Bombshell Apron also available.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Kitchen Stuff.
Posted: 04 Feb 2013 11:00 PM PST
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In the 19th century, medical education was making great strides, and professors needed cadavers for demonstrations and lectures. However, the only legal way to procure bodies was after criminal executions, and there weren't enough of them. This gave rise to the profession of body-snatching, and grave robbers could make a pretty penny for their clandestine efforts. A "Resurrection Man" named Joseph Naples was one of the rare body-snatchers to keep a diary of his work. An excerpt:
Large and small refer to adult and child corpses. The diary is in the possession of the Hunterian Museum in London. Read more about it at Atlas Obscura. Link
Posted: 04 Feb 2013 09:00 PM PST
If it moves and it shouldn't use duct tape. If it should move but doesn't, use WD-40. Consider your problem solved! Via +JD Rucker
Posted: 04 Feb 2013 08:00 PM PST
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In the mockumentary The Centrifuge Brain Project by Till Nowak, the Institute for Centrifugal Research builds its own thrill rides to see how they affect brain development. The amazing rides are based on real carnival rides in Germany, although they've been "enhanced" somewhat. At least I hope so. -via Metafilter
Posted: 04 Feb 2013 06:00 PM PST
You've probably seen the wonderful portraits of famous authors at your local Barnes & Noble. Ever wonder who made them and how? Behance spoke with the man behind the pictures, scratchboard artist Mark Summers:
Posted: 04 Feb 2013 05:00 PM PST
It was a jarring moment when generations of young readers got to the fourth book in the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and saw that it opened with the simple statement that her sister Mary had gone blind from scarlet fever. Ingalls wrote her remembrances late in life for young readers, and many believe they were heavily edited by Rose Wilder Lane, but what made it into print left a distinct and frightening impression. But it turns out that scarlet fever doesn't cause blindness. Dr. Beth A. Tarini deduced, after a decade of research, that Mary probably went blind in 1879 due to viral meningoencephalitis. But why does it matter so many years later?
Posted: 04 Feb 2013 04:00 PM PST
Are you dead tired of serving up boring rectangular ice cubes to your hipster friends? You need the Ice Skull from the NeatoShop. This frightentingly fabulous Ice Skull mold is easy to use and makes a 3" tall skull out of ice. Simply fill the mold with water, freeze, and remove the ice skull from the mold. It makes a piece of ice art that is just to die for.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Ice Trays.
Posted: 04 Feb 2013 04:00 PM PST
Dapper suit, chocolate, and law enforcement. What's not to like, girl?
When Hinds County, Mississippi, Sheriff Tyrone Lewis wants to wish his constituents a Happy Valentine's Day, he does it in style. Emily Lane of The Clarion Ledger has the post: Link
Posted: 04 Feb 2013 03:00 PM PST
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Last month, a gilded bronze sculpture of a giant cookie outside the cookie baker Bahlsen's office in Hanover, Germany, was stolen. This week, the culprit - all dressed up in Cookie Monster outfit- sent police a ransom note with cut-up letters:
The real Cookie Monster claimed he was framed:
But we're not so sure about his innocence. After all, cookies are irresistible to voracious Muppet.
Posted: 04 Feb 2013 01:00 PM PST
Got to eat them all! Pancake artist Nathan Shields made 9 Pokémon pancakes. Hopefully he plans to make the full 151. Now how do I get syrup out of my Pokédex?
Posted: 04 Feb 2013 12:00 PM PST
Fearless? Not if science can help it! Science can scare anybody, even those who are born with a rare genetic disorder that make them fearless.
But first, let's talk about the amygdala, a small almond-shaped structure deep inside the brain that's been dubbed "the seat of fear." Patients with Urbach-Wiethe disease have atrophied amygdalas, and as a result, they experience no fear.
Justin Feinstein of the University of Iowa and colleagues posited that because these patients don't have the necessary brain structure for fear, they'd be immune to things that would scare a normal person:
Posted: 04 Feb 2013 11:00 AM PST
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Children in the hospital need every distraction they can get. Enter artist Jason Bruges. He created an interactive display at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. Animals appear on the wall with the touch of a finger:
Posted: 04 Feb 2013 09:00 AM PST
Is your favorite writing utensil failing to live up to your fashionable expectations? Dress your pencil for success with the Pencil Eraser Hats from the NeatoShop. This dapper set includes: Top Hat, Bowler, Homburg, and Fedora.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Office Supplies.
Posted: 04 Feb 2013 09:00 AM PST
"Sure, you're a famous movie star, but can you do this?" Daniel Radcliffe, who gained fame as the title character in the Harry Potter films, tells us how he keeps from getting the big head about it. It helps when you constantly have to play one-up with your talented assistant. -via Tastefully Offensive
Posted: 04 Feb 2013 08:00 AM PST
Here's a great gift giving idea! Instagram user Justinerio received this intoxicating bouquet from her boyfriend. To make one, place styrofoam in the bottom of the basket, then shove in little bottles of liquor attached to sticks. Garnish with a few artificial flowers to make the presentation eye-popping.
Posted: 04 Feb 2013 07:00 AM PST
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This article is republished from the book Uncle John's 24-Karat Bathroom Reader.
The unoccupied Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea has been a tense place since the end of the Korean War in the 1950s. It's been the site of periodic flare-ups, one of which involved a tree.
(Image credit: Wikipedia user Filzstift)
Command Post #3 in 1975.
In the early 1970s, the United Nations set up multiple command posts within the DMZ to help control the situation. UN Command Post #3 was critical. It was the northernmost post, situated within sight of North Korean territory. North Korean soldiers had repeatedly attempted to kidnap UN officials from Command Post #3, so soldiers stationed at the southern end of the DMZ believed it was vital to keep a close eye on the post at all times. Only problem: Commands Post #3 was surrounded by dense foliage, which made the post impossible to observe during summer months. One particularly troublesome poplar tree directly blocked the view.
"Operation Paul Bunyan," as it was called, commenced on August 21, 1976, just three days after the original confrontation -which was being referred to as "the axe murder incident"- and involved a major military incursion into the DMZ. The primary "attack arms" consisted of two six-man units from the US Army Corps of Engineers, all armed with chain saws. Each unit was accompanied by a support unit of 30 heavily armed soldiers, and backed up by two dozen attack helicopters and a wing of B-52 Stratofortress bombers. Meanwhile, every military unit south of the DMZ was on high alert: Aircraft patrols were launched from air bases all over South Korea, and the USS Midway carrier group held a position just off the Korean Peninsula. Artillery units stood by to detonate critical bridges in the vicinity, and South Korean special forces ran secret scouting missions along the most critical areas of the DMZ. North Korea responded in kind, dispatching hundreds of sharpshooters and machine gunners to their forward posts along the DMZ. Northern forces set up machine-gun nests in view of Command Post #3.
In the mid-1980s, Command Post #3 was abandoned, and in 1987 the rest of the stump was removed. But in its place, a small shrine -a stone monument with a bronze plaque- was erected to honor the memory of the two American soldiers who died there.
The article above was reprinted with permission from Uncle John's 24-Karat Bathroom Reader.
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