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Toto, The Wizard of Oz Dog (1932-1945)

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. Contrary to popular belief, the little black Cairn terrier who played Toto in The Wizard of Oz was not named Toto. That is, until The Wizard of Oz became so popular that almost everyone forgot what her original [...]

Neil Armstrong’s Giant Leap

Neil Armstrong — astronaut, engineer, professor, Navy aviator, and first man on the Moon — has died at the age of 82. He is best known for the words he spoke just before he set foot on the lunar surface. Contrary to popular belief, Armstrong said (emphasis added): “That’s one small step [...]

Rock Around the Clock

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. Contrary to popular belief, “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and the Comets was not the first rock ‘n’ roll record to be recorded. In fact, it wasn’t even Bill Haley’s first rock ‘n’ roll record. “Rock [...]

Architect Proposes Building 30-Story Skyscraper Out Of Wood

The seemingly radical idea of building a skyscraper out of wood is not so strange after all, as architect Michael Green is quick to point out, because of two main advantages wood has over concrete and steel-it’s eco-friendly and cost effective. Here’s more on Vancouver’s Tallwood project: ‘Tallwood’ would be made of large panels of ‘laminated [...]

The brain really can be half asleep

Study shows that contrary to popular belief, the brain is never always awake nor always asleep. Have you ever been unable to remember where you put yo…

World’s Most Stunning Presidential Palaces

Presidential palaces are usually one of a city’s most impressive aesthetic highlights for both citizens and tourists alike. In cases like Buenos Aires’ Casa Rosada, they served as the backdrop for some of their country’s most memorable historic events, whereas others, such as the Golden Jubilee House in Accra, Ghana, were inaugurated a mere two [...]

The mechanics of a coin toss

Researchers in Vancouver have found that it is possible to influence the outcome of a coin toss and that contrary to popular belief the chance of …

11 Celebrities Who Overcame Dyslexia

On Monday, molecular biologists Carol Greider and Elizabeth Blackburn became the first two women to share the Nobel Prize in Medicine. Greider also joined Pierre Curie and Archer Martin among the handful of individuals with dyslexia who have won a Nobel Prize. In honor of Greider’s accomplishment and National Dyslexic Awareness Month, here’s a brief [...]

8 Other Unusual Holidays

Me hearties, today is the 14th annual international Talk Like a Pirate Day! So how aarrr yee all celebratin’? Let us know! Meanwhile, we thought we’d honor the crazy holiday by dropping a bunch of other strange ones on you. Because when it comes to holidays, there’s no shortage in the bizarre category. For instance, did [...]