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Giant Duck Invades Sydney Harbor

A gargantuan rubber duckie floated into Sydney Harbor on Saturday. No one panicked, as the 15-meter-tall duck was there to open the annual Sydney Festival, a celebration of art featuring 750 artists, musicians, filmmakers, dancers, and other cultural participants from 17 countries. Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, known for his giant ducks, created the spectacle. See [...]

Rubber Bands Vs. Watermelon

(YouTube Link) How many rubber bands does it take to make a watermelon explode from the pressure? The world may never know…. Oh wait, some guys in Korea already figured that out waaaaay back in 2008 (that’s like the 1950s in blog years), and the answer might come as a surprise. Well, not as surprising as one rubber [...]

Behind-the-Scenes: Journey of Your Checked Bag

What happens when your luggage pass through those black rubber flaps at the airport? Delta Airlines sent a camera through the conveyor belts to give you a glimpse of a day in the life of your luggage. Hit play or go to [...]

Cool Uses for Used Tires

Used tires end up in landfills all too often, taking centuries or more to break down. But there are other uses for all that road-worn rubber. WebEcoist has 25 examples of tires being recycled and reused for other purposes and the variety is both incredible and inspiring. From fashion products to playground equipment to flooring to [...]

Rubber Duckie Helps Japan

Move over, Godzilla! Another giant has emerged in Japan. The giant 31-foot-tall rubber duckie by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman (previously on Neatorama) arrived in Osaka, Japan last month to raise funds to help the [...]

The Silly Putty Smackdown: Wright vs Warrick

The inventor of Silly Putty probably didn’t find the substance that silly. Not only did he not make any money off of it, he doesn’t even get a clean claim at the invention: at least two men have insisted it was his happy accident that resulted in the toy. James Wright The Wright story – the [...]

The Amazing Origin of Silly Putty

Silly Putty was invented by accident when GE engineer James Wright was working to develop new types of rubber for the US military during World War II. Wright spent over a year experimenting with different combinations of chemical compounds, hoping to produce a synthetic, “hard rubber” silicone that could withstand the high heat of jet engines [...]

The Number of the Day: 28,800

In 2005, author Donovan Hohn set out to locate 28,800 rubber ducks that had been lost at sea 13 years earlier. His experiences have been recounted in a new book with the gloriously descriptive title Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists and Fools, Including [...]

Rubber Glass

Inventables is a store where you can find special materials for filmmaking effects or for science demonstrations -or just for fun! If you’re going to smash through a window, consider making a pane of rubber glass. Mix two chemicals together and mold it into whatever glass or ice shape you need, then let it cure [...]

Besieged by Zombies at the NeatoShop! Contest Winners

We’ve had some marvelously funny and inventive submissions to our contest imagining life trapped inside the NeatoShop warehouse while surrounded zombies. Neatoramanauts were challenged to think of creative uses for the contents of the warehouse as survival tools and weapons. Here are the three runners-up, each of whom wins a free t-shirt of his choice: amandererpanderer: –Water [...]