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World’s Oldest Arthropods

The images to your left, dear Neatoramanauts, are photomicrographs of the world’s oldest arthropods (invertebrate animals that include insects, arachnids, and crustaceans) preserved in amber: Even though arthropods are more than 400 million years old, [...]

Game of Thrones Fire and Blood Perfume

Game of Thrones fans will love the new scent inspired by the HBO series, and by the book series it is based upon, A Song of Ice and Fire. Fire and Blood perfume combines the scents of “Sweet Green Grass, Smoke, Violet, Dragon’s Blood (Amber, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Musk, Exotic Florals, Spices), Leather” and comes in [...]

Towser The Distillery Cat

Mice love to feast on barley and can quickly overrun a distillery where the grain is plentiful unless steps are taken to control them. From 1963 til 1987 a longhaired tortoiseshell cat named Towser was charged with keeping the rodent population in check at the Glenturret Distillery in Crieff, Scotland where Famous Grouse whiskey is [...]

Insects In Amber Fossils Oldest In The World

Insects In Amber Fossils Amber is fossilized tree resin (not sap), which has been appreciated for its color and natural organic beauty since Neolithic times. Amber is used as an ingredient in perfumes, as a healing agent in folk medicine, and as jewelry. There are five classes of amber, defined on the basis of their chemical [...]

What’s a Backronym?

It’s like an acronym, except the words are chosen to fit the letters rather than the other way around. The term was coined in 1983, part of a monthly neologism contest held by the Washington Post. (I’m not sure if we can call a word that’s been around for thirty years a “neo”-logism anymore — [...]

Our Readers’ Favorite Bookstore Cats (Volume Two)

It doesn’t take of lot of hard work for a cat to become famous: 1. get a job at a place where people gather, 2. have someone upload your photo to the internet, and 3. eventually, someone will request that you be featured at mental_floss! Here are more of our reader’s favorite bookstore cats. 1. Raffles Beers [...]

12 Bookstore Cats

Books and cats go together as well as peanut butter and jelly. You could file them under “things that are nice to curl up with” -at the same time! We featured a list of bookstore cats some time ago, but there are many stores with friendly and attractive cats. 1. Amber Flights of Fantasy bookstore in Colonie, [...]

50-million-year-old insects found in amber

A treasure trove of insects preserved in amber has been found in northwest India. Over 700 insect species from 50 million years ago have been identifi…

PETA Hands Out Egg Free Cupcakes

PETA hands out egg-free vegan cupcakes in Washington PETA activists Ashley Byrne and Amber TeGantvoort hand out egg-free vegan cupcakes to bring awareness to the recent salmonella egg outbreak, in Washington on August 25, 2010.Source :- UPI