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Animated Star Trails on Bing’s Homepage

We’ve never really talked ’bout Microsoft’s search engine Bing before on Neatorama, and, honestly, hasn’t been much reason to do so. Until now. Today’s Bing homepage features a gorgeous animated timelapse of star trails over Monument Valley in [...]

Robocop Statue for Detroit

After mayor Dave Bing nixed the idea of a Robocop statue in Detroit, interest in the potential project grew immediately. A website was launched. A Facebook group sprang up, and a Kickstarter project welcomed donations. The Imagination Station in Detroit offered a place on its property at Roosevelt Park to put the statue. And now, [...]

No Robocop Statue for Detroit

The Mayor of Detroit has been crowd-sourcing ideas to reinvigorate the Motor City – and he actually received a pretty cool suggestion, no doubt inspired at least in part by Philadelphia’s statue of their hometown movie hero Rocky. Sadly, the short-sighted Bing politely declined the idea, which was overflowing with win. Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, who has [...]

Jewish Christmas Traditions

Winter holidays tend to be bigger, brighter, and louder than celebrations during the rest of the year because it’s cold and dark, nothing is growing outside, and we need something to cheer us up. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali, New Years Eve all tend to feature lights and colors and social gatherings fattening preserved foods -the [...]

At the Libraries: Literary Tattoos

Every Wednesday, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something fun going on in your local library, leave us a comment! One of my favorite library blogs wrote about an amazing coffee table book coming out soon: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide. The name alone gives me [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Bing Crosby

You know him as the man who sang “White Christmas” and co-starred in a slew of movies with Bob Hope, but what don’t you know about Bing Crosby? Here are five facts that might surprise you. 1. He Got His Name from a Comic Strip The entertainer was born Harry Lillis Crosby, which doesn’t have quite [...]

7 False Acronyms

Sure, everyone knows that SCUBA stands for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. And right, most of us know that AWOL stands for Absent Without Leave. But what about all those supposed acronyms, like Golf and Posh, that aren’t really acronyms at all. Here are seven false ones you need to know… at least to be [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Famous Color Blind People

You know that scene in Little Miss Sunshine when Dwayne finds out he’s color blind and can’t achieve his lifelong dream of becoming a jet pilot? That may have had some real-life inspiration (see #3 below). Here are 10 famous people who suffered from the same problem as Dwayne. 1. Mr. Rogers was totally red-green color [...]

Was There Really a Granny Smith? 9 Fruit & Veggie Origins

The other night my parents were having a discussion about the origins of the name of Fordhook lima beans—apparently their empty-nest existence is not quite as thrilling as I’d suspected—when my mom started researching and emailed me her findings. It raised the very pressing question of what other people have fruits and vegetables named after [...]