This Week at Neatorama

Hope all you Neatoramanauts are enjoying a wonderful holiday season! The big news this week is that we are teaming up with and and giving you a chance to win a brand new Ford Fiesta on December 21st in NYC. The details we have so far are here. Watch for more to come!

This week we completed the two-part story of the Pearl Harbor Spy from Uncle John's Bathroom Reader, so you can read both parts one and two.

Jill Harness brought us some holiday fun in Neatorama Facts: Christmas At Disneyland.

We read about The Whale that Started the Green Movement from or friends at mental_floss.

From the Annals of Improbable Research, we had a study on The Need for Double-Strength Placebos.

The most commented-on post of the week (besides the contests) was Mispronounced in Your Head. Everyone reads words they don't know how to pronounce at first; you can still add yours to the conversation.

At the Neatorama Art Blog we welcomed a new gallery from Julia Feld, who carves discarded and obsolete books into works of art.

Neato-Puzzle #9 came around on Tuesday; give if a try if you haven't already.

We have winners in the Name That Weird Invention! contest. Congratulations to Gauldar, who came up with The Hygenie 2000, and to haricotvert  who named this item the Roto-Toother! Both win t-shirts from the NeatoShop.

In the What Is It? game on Thursday, the very first comment had the correct answer! UnderpantsGnome knew the object is a spring winder for making conical bedsprings. The award for the funniest answer goes to lonewolfe13, who gave us this gem:
It is obviously for making giant spaghetti balls. First you take your pot of pasta and you tilt it sideways so you can get the tip if the spiral cone into the pasta. Then a friend of yours would spin the crank until you have a flying spaghetti monster worthy dinner.

Both win T-shirts from the NeatoShop. Congratulations, guys!

In Mal and Chad's Fill in the Bubble Frenzy, the winning text was contributed by Mark Wrede, with "Sort of makes you feel huge and significant, doesn't it?" However, he did not select a t-shirt prize.

Over at our Facebook page, the discussion theme is "31 Days of Television". Questions include who is/was the prettiest woman on TV ever, which is the funniest sitcom ever, and what's the best TV commercial of all time. Oh yes, you can win prizes for participating!

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