Posted: 16 Aug 2008 01:38 AM CDT
Manuel Uribe, once the world’s fattest man, left his home for the first time in five months today, thanks to a forklift and a flatbed truck:
Link (Photo: Monica Rueda/AP)
Previously on Neatorama: Heaviest Man in the World | World’s Fattest Man Lost Half of Body Weight on Low Carb Diet
Posted: 16 Aug 2008 01:36 AM CDT
Norwegian King Harald the Fifth has just knighted … a penguin! That’s right, a penguin named Nils Olav, the honorary member and mascot of the King’s Guard since 1972, is not Sir Nils Olav to you:
Previously: Norwegian Army Promotes Penguin
Posted: 15 Aug 2008 09:43 PM CDT
Posted: 15 Aug 2008 09:35 PM CDT
Is there a law somewhere that says we all have to face the same direction in an elevator? Apparently so, since we all obey that law. This old clip from Candid Camera is funny because we all understand it. In real life, the behavior is a little more ambiguous, as seen in the elevators of the London Underground that have doors on both sides of the elevator. Link
Posted: 15 Aug 2008 06:50 PM CDT
Joyce Bernann McKinney, who made headlines by having her pit bull cloned (previously on Neatorama), has left South Korea without the five cloned puppies she commissioned from a biotech company. Publicity over the cloning led to her identification as a fugitive from a British court in 1977. She had been accused of the kidnap and rape of a 21-year-old Mormon missionary. McKinney denied the charges, saying that the relationship was consensual. The case was never brought to trial, as McKinney fled to the US after making bail.
Now, a lawyer has identified McKinney as a fugitive from a criminal case in Tennessee.
McKinney had allegedly told the teenager she needed money to help her three-legged horse. A representative of the South Korean biotech company said she had left for the US last week, but does not know where she is. Link -Thanks, Heather!
Posted: 15 Aug 2008 01:16 PM CDT
US Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson won a silver medal in the all-around competition yesterday in Beijing, but she has an even bigger honor awaiting her back in the States. Johnson’s likeness is on display at the Iowa State Fair, carved in butter!
The butter cow is a tradition at the fair.
Posted: 15 Aug 2008 01:07 PM CDT
This might not be the most tasteful home accessory ever, but it will sure draw attention! The Terrorist Teapot glares at you from underneath a ski mask tea cozy. Link -Thanks, Thomas Barker!
Posted: 15 Aug 2008 12:52 PM CDT
John Schwenkler wrote an interesting short piece for the Boston Globe by putting together profiles of the US presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama, drawn from the most-used words from their respective blogs:
It’s interesting to note that in both McCain’s, and naturally, Obama’s, blogs the most often used word is "Obama," but the tone of McCain’s blog is decided more negative.
Posted: 15 Aug 2008 12:35 PM CDT
One of my favorite photographers, Eric Lafforgue (previously on Neatorama here), went to North Korea for two weeks in April 2008 and snapped some really cool (government-approved) photos:
(The small thumbnail above is "Kim," a ghostly pale army woman in Pyongyang. Photo: Eric Lafforgue)
Posted: 15 Aug 2008 12:34 PM CDT
There’s something fishy - literally - in San Francisco: a manta ray found on the sidewalk. alilrusky of Exprience Project has the story: Link
Posted: 15 Aug 2008 12:34 PM CDT
Posted: 15 Aug 2008 12:00 PM CDT
Angry that the garbage men refused to pick up backlog of rubbish after workers’ strikes last month, residents of West Yorkshire resorted to a little civil disobedience:
What is it with the British and garbage? Link
Posted: 15 Aug 2008 11:58 AM CDT
Stumpy, a humpback whale nicknamed because of its lack of a tail, was sighted today off the coast of Australia - some 20,000 km (12,400 mi.) from where he was first sighted years ago.
And in a coincidence worthy of a cosmic joke, Stumpy was first spotted by one Mr. Short:
Posted: 15 Aug 2008 11:56 AM CDT
A handsome yet unnamed young guard of the Olympics torch as it made its way around the world has become a Chinese Internet hero and sex symbol!
But he better watch out - other guards have also been idolized:
Posted: 15 Aug 2008 11:55 AM CDT
Open landfills in Mumbai, India, have been so stinky that municipal workers resorted to desperate means: spraying the garbage with perfumes!
Posted: 15 Aug 2008 08:17 AM CDT
You’ve seen the text that explains how the human mind can read scrambled words, as long as the first and last letter of each word is correct. Now you can scramble a webpage in the same manner! This picture is of the previous post on Neatorama. Can you still read it? Use the application to convert text on a site of your choosing. Link -via b3ta
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