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World War I Centennial: Britain and France Team Up (Sort Of)

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to [...]

World War I Centennial: Rattling the Saber at Sea

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to [...]

The Cover Art of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. It is the most famous rock album cover of all time: The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. One of the many things that still fascinate us about this incredible album is the cover. The concept [...]

Dietribes: Eggplant

• Few foods have gone through the kind of transformation the eggplant has. From being considered “the mad apple” on the presumption it caused insanity, to having a complete overhaul as the aphrodisiatic “apple of love” in sixteenth century Spain to being used as a cosmetic for black dye that was sometimes used to polish teeth [...]

Doga: yoga classes for dogs

A new trend from the Far East is coming to the US – yoga classes for dogs, otherwise known as “doga”. The classes are intended to help dogs find their…

Clean Up the Ocean by Breeding Vast Herds of Sea Cucumbers, Then Eating Them

Scientists in Britain — wait, I mean the United Kingdom — propose to breed sea cucumbers in large numbers. These animals will eat the waste off the ocean floor and can then be sold as a food product: It breathes through its anus, can liquefy its body and acts as the waste collectors of the seabed. [...]

Chinese eat live fish in YouTube video

Chinese diners eat live fish in YouTube video Animal rights campaigners have criticised the Chinese over their extreme eating habits after a video of diners eating a live fish became a hit on the internet. The film, in which a part-fried fish is shown breathing and wriggling on a plate as it is being slowly eaten alive [...]

Peru’s Pooper Scooper

The following is reprinted from Bathroom Reader Plunges Into History Again The guano-rich Chincha Islands of Peru (1863) The next time a pigeon drops a load onto the windshield of your car, spare a thought for the guano miners of Peru’s Chincha Islands. They spent their working lives knee-deep in the stuff. The economies of most countries [...]