This Week at Neatorama

For the first time in my life, I went to a Black Friday sale. It was a sight! I was naive enough to think the madness you see in the news wasn't applicable to my tiny little town... wrong! The available inventory of the one item that tempted me was completely claimed by people who had lined up 24 hours early. There's no way I'd give up Thanksgiving with my family to buy something (besides, I was working). So I saved even more money by not buying it. My Christmas shopping will entail getting smaller, more unique, and personal items by mail order. How about you? Are you having a relaxing or a frantic holiday weekend? If you've got a little time, you'll want to catch up on what's been happening here at Neatorama.

As the new Muppet Movie opened this week, Jill Harness gave us A Short Look At The Muppet's Long History.

Eddie Deezen gave us some interesting holiday reading with How Straight-laced were the Pilgrims?

The Annals of Improbable Research found a gem among registered patents and brought us A Device to Deter a Bear.

The Meanest Towns in the West were ranked by Uncle John's Bathroom Reader.

From mental_floss magazine, we had The Quest to Solve the Hardest Math Problem in History (and the Minds that were Lost Along the Way).

The biggest post of the week was the one about the Cherpumple, called A Cherry Pie, an Apple Pie and a Pumpkin Pie, Each Cooked Inside a Separate Cake, and Then All Cooked Together inside Another Cake. It received the most views, the most comments, and the most links from other sites. Now, if we could only get statistics on how many people actually tried this at home...

The What Is It? game took a Thanksgiving holiday this week, but contests continue at Google+, like this caption contest. Leave your captions at the G+ post, or vote by giving a +1 to captions already posted. Keep up with our social networking feeds, like Facebook and Twitter as well as G+, and catch competitions and giveaways you won't see here at the main site.

In the coming week, get your Christmas decorations and ornaments ordered from the NeatoShop so you'll have time to enjoy them. As far as Christmas gifts go, you don't have to worry about shipping time (yet). What you need to worry about is that popular items may sell out! But isn't it wonderful to be able to buy everyone something different, funny, useful, or just plain neat without having to go shopping?

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