This Week at Neatorama

In the Spotlight this week, we were delighted to feature a book by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, called RARE: Portraits of America's Endangered Species. The photographs are gorgeous, the stories of they were taken are surprising, and the animals are sadly, becoming more rare.

To celebrate his birthday, Jill Harness wrote The Divine Dali Drama, a peek into the surreal life of Salvador Dali. He would have been 106 this month.

At NeatoBambino, we featured an excerpt from the book Love, Mom by Cynthia Baseman, "a rare glimpse into the normally private world of a grieving mother" who has experienced the heartbreak of stillbirth. In a more upbeat post, we got a look at the delicious way the Neatokids are learning about the alphabet.

Attention science fiction fans! At NeatoGeek, you're invited to participate in the Question of the Day. It's a forum to share your opinions and read what others think, and will help us know what you are interested in seeing at NeatoGeek.

We had an exclusive excerpt from the book Geekspeak: A Guide to Answering the Unanswerable, Making Sense of the Insensible, and Solving the Unsolvable by Dr. Graham Tattersall. In it, we learned how to mathematically estimate how many flies it would take to pull a car. Talk about alternative energy!

From mental_floss, we had A Brief and Incomplete History of Yodeling.

From Uncle John's Bathroom Reader, we read about The Origin of Levi's, how America's favorite pants were developed and promoted.

The Quiz Play Day contest ran all week long. We were in the lead for a while, but then Boing Boing pulled out the big guns. Still, we rallied and came close! Thanks to everyone who played, donated, and voted for your favorite blog! The promotion raised almost $2K $2,443 for various charities. We'll announce the prize winners as soon as we have them.

The What Is It? game came around on Thursday. Please be aware that often Alex will award prizes for both the correct answer and the funniest wrong answer (like this week), so it could pay off to play even if you have no idea what it is.

Geeks Are Sexy unveiled a contest in which you can win a prize from the NeatoShop, and all you have to do is leave a comment!

We are heading into the final full week of the competition at the Upcoming Queue. It's not too late to get involved by creating your own Neatorama posts. Even if you aren't competing, we invite you to help us out by looking through the submissions, checking out the links, and voting for those posts you think are Neatorama-worthy.

Schools are finishing up for the year all over the country. A big hearty congratulations to graduates who are picking up diplomas from high schools and colleges from all of us at Neatorama!

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