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Legendary Monsters of Asia

Every country has eerie tales of monsters from hundreds, or even thousands, of years ago. There are many such stories from Asia; here are a few of those monsters you might want to tell the kids about the next time you have a campfire on a dark and spooky night. 1. Penanggalan The Penanggalan is a Malaysian [...]

Curtain Door

Hello Neatoramanauts, look at your front door, now back to this one. Now back at your front door. Now back to this. Sadly, your front door isn’t the Curtain Door, designed by architectural firm Matharoo Associates [...]

10 Other Organizations “Without Borders”

Most of us have heard of the international NGOs Doctors Without Borders and Engineers Without Borders, and you might know about Reporters Without Borders. But what about Monks Without Borders? Or Clowns? Here’s a list of borderless organizations you really should hear about. 1. Bikes Without Borders Bikes Without Borders is a Canadian non-profit group that [...]

Ken Jennings: Watson “has never known the touch of a woman.”

Above: Watson as “Turd Ferguson.” In the days since IBM’s Watson defeated Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter on Jeopardy!, Jennings has written several articles about his experience — they’re funny, personal, and a bit technical. In other words, required reading. Here’s a roundup. My Puny Human Brain In this Slate article, Jennings discusses his matches against Watson, and [...]

Link Latte 151

#151 – Week of February 15, 2011 The Octopus & the Beer Bottle: Escape! – [neat video and info]Snow “Monsters” of Japan – [wow nature]A Multi-mission Space Exploration Vehicle – [new NASA idea]Hitler’s Lost Sub: A Documentary – [13-parts series]Abandoned Lifeboat at the World’s End – [fascinating]Largest Pot Bust in History: See It Burn – [...]

How to Board a Moving Train

(Video Link) We’re late for the train! But we must board it! How can this be accomplished? A couple in Burma demonstrates one technique. via The Presurfer

The True Story of the Bridge on the River Kwai

You’ve probably seen the 1957 move The Bridge On the River Kwai, but you might not know how much of the film was real and how much was fictionalized. The real history of how the railway between Burma and China was built, including the bridge, is a horrific story. The British didn’t build the railway [...]

New monkey species sneezes when it rains

A new species of monkey has been discovered in Burma that has the habbit of sneezing when it rains. The new species of snub-nosed monkey lives in remo…

The Late Movies: The Old Grey Whistle Test

The Old Grey Whistle Test was a BBC TV show featuring live music. It ran from 1971 through 1988 on BBC2, and many performances are now collected on YouTube — I’ll show you some favorites below. But what the heck does “Old Grey Whistle Test” mean? According to host Bob Harris, the name comes from: … [...]

The Early (Not-So-Literary) Jobs of 10 Great Authors

It’s not unusual for professors and journalists to end up as influential writers—just look at Toni Morrison, Ezra Pound, and John Updike. But sometimes our wordslinging heroes take a longer, less direct route to greatness. Oftentimes, those experiences will end up in the author’s work. Other times, it’s just an odd footnote. Here are ten [...]