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Swimsuit Girls of Old Japan

Okinawa Soba has a Flickr set of lovely 100-year-old photographs of Japanese women, believed to be Geisha or Maiko, posing in swimsuits. Some have been hand-tinted, but very few have any information about the photographers or the subjects. Link -via Everlasting Blort (Image credit: Flickr user Okinawa Soba)

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 [...]

Unusual Musical Instruments, Part Two

“QUANTUM SHOT” #694Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams Some Odd, Forgotten and Bizarre Instruments from Around the World Also Read Part 1 Most of us are familiar with pianos, guitars, drums, the wind and percussion instruments that make up many orchestras, plus many others. However, considering the multitude of different cultures that exist on our [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Alternate Versions of “A Visit from St. Nicholas”

“A Visit from St. Nicholas” is one of the most parodied pieces ever written – more than 1,000 versions have been penned by professional writers and amateurs alike. Here are a few of them, but rest assured there’s a version out there for just about any profession or interest you can think of. 1. My personal [...]

The Quick 10: 10 More Celebrity Veterans

A couple of years ago on Veterans Day, we listed 10 celebrities who stopped what they were doing in the middle of a successful showbiz career to serve their country. We had a lot of mentions of other celebrities who also served before they were famous, and we thought today would be a good day [...]

It’s Always Tea Time Somewhere!

January is National Hot Tea Month, and to celebrate, we at Neatorama invite you to brew a cup of your favorite variety and curl up for some good old fashioned facts about one of the most popular beverages in the world — second to only water. Before we begin though, let’s make one thing clear; [...]

How Long Will You Live?

Dan Buettner, a writer, explorer, and endurance bicycler, gave a TED Talk in September 2009 entitled: How to live to be 100+. In the talk, he cites the Danish Twin Study, suggesting that much of our lifespan (within certain biological limits) is dictated by our lifestyle, not our genes. So what is the optimal lifestyle? [...]

Vintage Japanese Stereoviews

Photo: T. Enami Pink Tentacle has an awesome collection of gifs culled from Okinawa Soba’s Flickr set- called the mother lode of online photos by enigmatic photographer T. Enami (1859-1929). These particular photos were taken for a stereoscope (kinda like a View-Master) that made them look like 3-D. Coincidentally, the geishas in the photo above are [...]

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Japan

Okinawa Churaumi world’s second largest Aquarium in Japan Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (沖縄美ら海水族館, Okinawa Churaumi Suizokukan?), located in Okinawa, Japan, is the world’s second largest aquarium behind the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. The aquarium is a part of the Ocean Expo Commemorative National Government Park located in Motobu, Okinawa. The main tank called the ‘Kuroshio Sea’ holds 7,500-cubic [...]