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This Week at Neatorama

Tomorrow is the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. We mark the occasion every year, but this milestone is different. Of course, we will never forget the victims of those attacks, but now we are looking ahead. New buildings are rising, Osama bin Laden is gone, and 9/11 is being added to school history curriculums. The Flight 93 Memorial in Pennsylvania will be dedicated today, and the National September 11 Memorial in New York will be dedicated tomorrow. We had own own mini-memorial for 9/11 victims here at Neatorama, courtesy of StoryCorps. We also had a lot of other neat stuff for you this week.

Eddie Deezen recalled some of our favorite Evil Twins from '60s Television.

There's more Scooby-Doo than you realized, as Jill Harness told us in Scooby-Dooby-Doo: Still Running Strong.

From Uncle John's Bathroom Reader, we learned about serial killer Belle Gunness: The Terror of La Porte.

Four Score and Seven Lattes Ago looked at the role of coffee in the Civil War, courtesy of mental_floss magazine.

The Annals of Improbable Research gave us Body of Work: Guéguen and the Goad of Small Things. Imagine a French scientist spending his life researching things like breasts and their effect on men.

Strangely, the most popular post of the week was from a few years back. 10 Insulting Words You Should Know was linked on Metafilter and The Daily What, which we appreciate. I think someone has been perusing the Best of Neatorama!

Contests! We got contests! In the Star Wars Lightsaber Mini Hunt from last week, we had four, count 'em, four winners, announced here.

We started a contest last weekend called Our Little PostSecret, which is still open for entries, but not for long! The three winners of the new PostSecret book should be announced tomorrow night.

In the What Is It? game this week, the object pictured is a cobbler’s tool for stretching and holding leather when making a shoe. Quite a few people guessed it was a clamp, but Winslow was the first to mention shoes, so he wins a t-shirt! Amanderpanderer had the funniest answer, amirite? “All ladies know this…it’s a speculum. Gynocologists seem to think it works best when it’s put in the freezer for a few minutes first.” For that, she also wins a t-shirt from the NeatoShop.

When you've caught up on everything here, be sure to check our Facebook page every day for extra content, contests, discussions, videos, and links you won't find on our main page. Also, our Twitter feed will keep you updated on what's going around the web in real time. And remember, we always welcome your comments, feedback, and suggestions for making Neatorama ever better.


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