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The Rolling Jubilee

The Occupy Wall Street movement is trying a new tactic to help folks struggling with debt burdens. Banks and other financial traders buy debts from each other for pennies on the dollar, but still try to collect every bit of it plus interest from the debtor. There’s no reason that those debts can’t be bought [...]

Whatever Happened to the Ex-Slave Who Wrote a Letter to His Former Master?

Do you remember the awesome letter attributed to Jourdon Anderson, the freedman who was asked by his ex-master to return to work? Jason Kottke and David Galbraith dug through census and newspaper records to learn more about his life. Anderson may have stayed in Ohio and died in 1905 at the age of 79. Check [...]

Grandpa Shufflin’

(YouTube link) There are no new dances, just new music. The original soundtrack for this video is here. Meanwhile, while I was trying to turn off the annotations, I accidentally hit the “snowflake” button on this video. Try it yourself and see what happens! -via Jason Kottke

How to Ripen Bananas

Grocery stores always manage to have a table full of bananas just the perfect shade of yellow to attract customers, that will last a couple more days while the family eats them. They are shipped in by the boatload from Central America, so how do they manage this feat? You can get the lowdown from [...]

This Machine Really Doesn’t Want to Be Used

Last year I pointed to some machines that turn themselves off — these are called “Ultimate Machines,” and generally take the form of a box with a switch. You flip the switch, the box activates and flips the switch back, turning itself off. That’s all the machine does — return it its steady state. But [...]

Jeopardy Blog Question

(YouTube link) Well, of course a humorous sign could never be posted on more than one blog, could it? This video was labeled as a “Fail”, which may be true for the contestant, but it’s a win for Jason Kottke. I wonder how much it would cost us to get someone to guess “Neatorama” on Jeopardy? [...]

Sand Collection, Up Close

Mouser Williams collects sand from different parts of the world. He photographs his samples using a macro lens to get up close and personal, labeling their composition. This lovely sample is called Star Sand. This sand, found only on a few beaches in southern Japan, is made up entirely of the calcified shells of tiny organisms [...]

We Love xkcd

Remember the I Love xkcd animated music video (inspired by the Discovery Channel promo I Love the World, drawn by animator Noam Raby and sung by Olga Nunes) posted previously on Neatorama? Well, Olga Nunes and Elaine Doyle have teamed up to create the real life version of the song, titled We Love xkcd featuring the [...]

Team Names: An Etymological Venn Diagram

This diagram (actually an Euler diagram {wiki}) sorts out professional baseball team names. Even more interesting is the accompanying list of links and explanations for every team name included. Link -via Jason Kottke