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Why Are Traffic Lights Red and Green?

Red and green images via Shutterstock The very first traffic light, installed outside the Houses of Parliament in London in December 1868, had red and green gas lamps for nighttime use. The device was pretty crude, and less than a month after it went operational, it exploded and killed the unfortunate traffic cop who was operating [...]

10 Amazing Artists Working With Miniature Models

We’ve seen how artists can take life-sized landscapes and make them appear to be tiny models through the use of tilt-shift photography, so now let’s look at the opposite end of the spectrum: the world of miniature art. Balsa Wood Manhattan Michael Chesko was a software engineer at Motorola when he started building skyscraper models in his [...]

Minimalist Disney Movie Posters

Liverpool artist Rowan Stocks-Moore created a series of beautiful posters of classic Disney movies, most with some kind of optical illusion included. See ten of them at TQS magazine. Link -via Metafilter

The Beatles Cartoons

In September of 1965, the Beatles were the hottest act in the history of show business. In addition to their millions of record and album sales and their sold out concerts all over the world, the Fab Four garnered record-high ratings on their TV appearances and had starred in two smash hit movies, A Hard Day’s [...]

The Day John Lennon Met Paul McCartney

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. The actual genesis of The Beatles is a bit nebulous and could be argued. However, most Beatles historians cite the date of July 6, 1957 as the official beginning of The Beatles. John Lennon, a Liverpool guitar player [...]

Disability Assessment Office is Upstairs

Does this make sense? In order to get a “blue badge,” the UK’s disabled parking permit, motorists must go to a disability assessment office. In Liverpool, England, that office is on the 13th floor of a parking garage. And the elevator only goes to the 11th floor! Applicants must climb two flights of stairs to [...]

The Face of the Emperor

Before the development of photography, and even for some time afterward, one of the customs right after the death of someone important was to cast a death mask, to ensure there was a lasting representation of what that person looked like. After all, statues would be commissioned someday! Napoleon Bonapart’s death mask was (and still [...]

John Lennon Was a Crazy Cat Lady

John Lennon was crazy about cats. Over the years, he owned several, plus a few dogs. These are their stories. Elvis Growing up, Lennon had a cat named Elvis, who was owned by his beloved mother, Julia. Julia was worshiped by young John, and they were both crazy about Elvis Presley. The Lennons realized they had misnamed [...]

The Beatles’ Bizarre Christmas Shows of 1963-64

By the 1963 Christmas season, The Beatles were already the biggest musical stars in the history of British entertainment. So the boys were asked to star in “The Beatles Christmas Shows” at the Astoria Cinema in Finsbury Park, London. The Christmas shows had been arranged by the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, and included several of [...]

Wedding Dress Made from 250 Meters of Hair

A lady wants her hair to look just right on her big day. Every strand must stay in place. In this case, that’s about two hundred pounds worth. This wedding dress is made of a massive quantity of human hair. It was created by Thelma Madine and Ryan Edwards for the Alternative Miss Liverpool competition [...]