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The Order of the Occult Hand: A Secret Society of Journalists

How do journalists get into this mysterious group? They must sneak the phrase “It was as if an occult hand had…” past their editors and into published articles. The Order emerged sometime during the 1960s, perhaps when Paul Greenberg was writing for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. After an exposé in 2004, Greenberg was eventually forced to come [...]

The Uncanny Edo Period X-Men

Alex Mitchell is back with another historically re-envisioned superhero team- the Edo period X-Men! This alternate version of the X-Men may have found their powers through magic instead of mutation, but they still look like they’d mess you up for spilling their Sapporo, except for Jubilee who looks too cute to be threatening. You can find the [...]

Happy (Belated) Birthday, Neatorama!

We’ve been so busy with the new site that Neatorama’s seventh anniversary just slipped right past me! Alex is not one to celebrate such things, so I feel the need to point out that Neatorama was born on August 9th, 2005, with this innocuous little post: It was two years before that post got its first [...]

Looking For A $16 Burger That’s Actually Worth $16?

Earlier, Alex posted that Amtrack’s burgers cost $16 -and from what I can tell, they aren’t even very good. If you want to shell out $16 for a burger that’s actually worth the cost (and happen to live in Japan), then you might want to head over to Wendy’s. Sure, their stateside burgers might not be [...]

Cloud House

Nowadays, when people say they live in the cloud, they usually mean that they’ve stored all their digital possessions on cloud servers. But some people actually live in the cloud … cloud-shaped house, that is! This [...]

A Woman With Number/Color Synesthesia Explains Her Brain

Alex Dainis has grapheme to color synesthesia, meaning that within her brain, numbers have strong associations with colors — “each number has its own color, or personality,” she explains. We’ve covered synesthesia previously, but this is the first time I’ve seen a synesthete sit down and describe concretely, in a non-artsy-fartsy way, what’s going [...]

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro on His Hands

Spencer West has no legs, so he walked on his hands. All the way up Mt. Kilimanjaro! Word came last night that West has reached Uhuru Peak in Tanzania, the highest altitude in Africa. From his blog: The moment the summit was within sight… it was incredible. We looked around – me, David and Alex – [...]

9 Delightful Library Cats

Libraries are quite places visited by children and literary-minded people and sometimes the occasional mouse. That makes them wonderful places for cats to hang out. Many libraries have resident cats that become quite the local characters -and sometimes even famous! We posted about some of them before; now here are nine more library cats. 1. Tober Tober [...]

Keep Warm With The Death Star Fire Pit

Yes, it’s a fake picture, but darn it…we definitely need to make this real. Maybe if enough blogs cover this awesome picture, Think Geek will step up and add it to their already impressive collection of Star Wars goods. Or maybe Alex can make it real and add it into the Neatoshop. Link Via Geekologie

Artist Draws Two Portraits Simultaneously

(Video Link) Xiaonan Sun is a self-taught artist who specializes in charcoal and pencil portraits. He’s so good that he can draw two people at the same time, one with each hand. I hope that this video doesn’t give Alex a terrible idea about how to double productivity at Neatorama. Artist’s Website and YouTube Channel -Thanks, Jacob [...]