This Week at Neatorama

It should be apparent to regular readers that we have some Harry Potter fans here at Neatorama. The many posts and tributes are not just because we are obsessed, but the internet that we surf for neat things is wallowing in Pottermania as the eighth and final film of the series hits theaters this weekend. If you enjoy Harry Potter, get your fill while it lasts. For you Muggles who don't, hang on -it will all blow over in just a few days. Meanwhile, we have plenty of things for you to read that have nothing to do with wizards and spells.

Jill Harness looked up 10 of the Most Famous Teachers Ever, some of whom will surprise you!

Eddie Deezen brought us another tidbit from music history in Elvis, from the Waist Up.

From Uncle John's Bathroom reader, we learned the story of The Real Spartacus.

War and Social Upheaval Cause Spikes in Zombie Movie Production was a report from the Annals of Improbable Research.

Mental_floss magazine gave us some draft facts in The Past, Present, and Future of Being Called to Duty.

At NeatoBambino, you still have time to enter the Decipher The Doodle Contest. Give your best shot at figuring out what two children have painted together, and you cold win a t-shirt from the NeatoShop!

The mystery object in the What Is It? game this week is an anti-theft pocket watch attachment! When pulled by the chain the spikes would catch in the fabric of the pocket. You can see an explanatory graphic from the patent application at the What Is It? blog. The first commenter to give us the correct answer was kremer333, so he wins a t-shirt! The funniest answer was from The Professor, who wins a t-shirt from the NeatoShop with this poem:
On Neato a picture that shows
A thingy that nobody knows
But this handy device
While it looks not so nice
Is great for just cleaning your nose!

When you've caught up, you'll always find more great reading material by browsing through The Best of Neatorama. Use the slider to pull up articles from different years, all the way back to 2006!

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