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The Apology Van

Photographer Tom Wilkinson snapped a photo of this apology van, parked up next to a busy roundabout outside Shildon, County Durham, England, with the text: Linda I’m sorry I’m a fool and an [...]

11 Eye-Opening NASA Wakeup Calls

NASA has been waking up astronauts using music since the Apollo Program. Sometimes those wakeup calls get pretty weird. 1. STS-111 – “I Got You Babe” from Groundhog Day On June 19, 2002, the crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour awoke to a tinny rendition of “I Got You Babe” by Sonny and Cher, taken [...]

Liquid Art & Droplet Photography

“QUANTUM SHOT” #325(rev) Link – article by Avi Abrams One Ordinary Drop of Water: Liquid Art & Droplet Photography It certainly takes great skill and very good equipment to create these frozen-in-time “water sculptures”, in every captured frame revealing the inherent energy and the beautiful dynamics of flowing, cascading and dripping water: (“Dew-Soaked Dandelions” by Sharon Johnstone, see more [...]

How the Beatles Officially Ended -at Disney World

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. Technically, it is hard to pinpoint the exact moment when the Beatles ended as a group. John Lennon had officially walked out of a meeting at Apple headquarters, with the other three Beatles present, on September 20, 1969. [...]

The Late Movies: 1971

Labor Day weekend is traditionally what we think of as the end of summer. That’s just a little sad, even if you love autumn as I do. For some folks, the summer of 2011 will be the most important summer they will ever remember. I had a summer like that forty years ago in 1971. [...]

Want to Live to 100? Move to One of These Five Areas

Singing the Blues usually involves tunes of sad tales. Picasso said his Blue Period was partially inspired by the suicide of his friend. If you say you’re feeling blue it means you’re down in the dumps. Yep, the misunderstood color tends to have a pretty bad reputation… but that could all turn around if the [...]

The Rights Stuff: 5 Copyrights and the People Who Sold Them

Creating a commercially successful song, character, or concept is a good route to fabulous wealth. If you’re not careful with your creation’s rights, though, you can end up pocketing just pennies from a million-dollar idea. Let’s take a look at a few instances where somebody got a bargain while someone else got shortchanged or flat-out [...]

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, [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Amazing Matchstick Sculptures

I can’t believe I haven’t been to the Matchstick Marvels Museum. Last month, Jill Harness featured an impressive Minas Tirith from Lord of the Rings made out of 420,000 matchsticks, and after checking out her link we discovered that the place is only about an hour away from Des Moines. Yep… it’s definitely on my [...]

The Number of the Day: 67

The Social Security Administration started tracking baby names in 1880. For the first 67 years, Mary was the most popular female baby name in the United States. Linda finally surpassed her in 1947. Related Fact: For the first 44 years, John was the most popular name for male newborns. The streak was broken in 1924, when [...]