World’s Strangest

Your source for the strangest things around!
Ads

The Life and Times of America’s First Murderer

John Billington isn’t a household name today, but when Englishmen started settling in the New World, he became infamous as the colonies’ first convicted killer. In 1620, the Mayflower left England and sailed across the Atlantic to New England. Many of the ship’s passengers were Puritan dissenters who had separated from the  Church of England — [...]

Link Latte 186

#186 – Week of August 17, 2012 SF Writers Predict the 2012 Future, from 1987 – [fascinating!] The Great Moon Hoax, more – [vintage, info] A remake of the first website ever made – [web history] When Forgeries Are Worth More Than the Originals – [cool info] iTypewriter: Finally Enjoying Typing! – [cool project] Adam Niklewicz: Extreme Sculptures Based on Food [...]

The Belgian Plan to Give Beer to Schoolchildren

In 2001, Belgian schools waged a new front in the war against childhood obesity. In an effort to keep kids away from sugary drinks, a plan emerged to swap soda and lemonade for a healthy alternative: beer. In this unique scheme, the school would serve up a relatively weak brew called tafelbier, which contains 1.5-2.5% [...]

Every Item Inside the Time Capsule Nickelodeon Buried in 1992

In 1992, Nickelodeon got together with the Kids World Council (also known as “minors who were allowed to call in and vote”) to decide what was most important to kids at the time. Then they assembled those items, put them in a big orange time capsule, and buried it in front of Nickelodeon Studios in [...]

What Exactly Is the Heat Index?

Is it really not the heat, but the humidity? With temperatures spiking around the country, we thought it might be a good time to answer some questions about the heat index. © BRIAN SNYDER/Reuters/Corbis Why does humidity make us feel hotter? To answer that question, we need to talk about getting sweaty. As you probably remember from your [...]

Neil Gaiman’s Commencement Speech Turned Into A Comic

Neil Gaiman recently delivered a commencement speech for Philadelphia’s University of the Arts which people found so heartwarming and inspiring that someone decided to turn it into a comic. The someone in question is Australian illustrator Gavin Aung Than, and he did a great job of making the speech even easier to digest, with whimsical imagery [...]

11 Obscure Regional Phrases We All Should Start Using

REUTERS /KEVIN LAMARQUE /LANDOV Now that you’ve added those 19 distinctly American words to your vocabulary, here are 11 more phrases from different linguistic regions around the country—courtesy of the wonderful Dictionary of American Regional English, edited by Joan Hall, which released its fifth volume this spring. Keep in mind that these phrases are representative not [...]

How Many Times do You Need to Fold a Piece of Paper to Get to The Moon?

Let’s find out! Adrian Paenza schools us in the lesson of exponential growth with this enjoyable TED-Education video clip about folding a piece of paper. Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] Previously on Neatorama: Fold [...]

Tom Swifty Contest

More Awesome Than a Double Rainbow T-Shirt – $11.95 Of course you all know about our Facebook and Twitter accounts. But did you know we also are ramping up our presence over on Google+? If you’re not yet on there, now’s a good time because we’re running a fun Tom Swifty contest this weekend. Go write [...]

10 Secrets from the Wonderful World of Disney

From how to score a cocktail to where to scatter grandma’s ashes, this is your ticket to the real Magic Kingdom. 1. There Are Dead Bodies in the Haunted Mansion (Image credit: Flickr user Joe Penniston) The Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland is on e of the scariest places in the park, but not for the reasons you’d [...]