This Week at Neatorama

We've arrived at the last week of February, and I mistakenly thought that we'd gone through all the many holidays of the month, but no. Coming up Wednesday we have Leap Day, which takes on a holiday atmosphere just because the date is so rare. But first, the 84th Academy Awards ceremony is tomorrow night! Those who care about movies are waiting to see who will win the Oscars. Those who care about having a little fun this weekend are here at Neatorama! If you're catching up on the past week, we'll help you out with some links to our exclusive articles.

Eddie Deezen got ready for the Oscar presentations by looking at the awards' history in 13 Women who Won an Academy Award by Playing a Hooker.

Jill Harness treated us to 20+ Pieces of Superhero Mashup Art.

For Presidents Day, we had Dysfunctional Erection: the Washington Monument, courtesy of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader.

The Annals of Improbable Research gave us Synchronized Pipetting.

From mental_floss magazine, we had The Torn Identity: How an Earthquake Spawned One of the Greatest Immigration Fraud Schemes in History.

Over at the Neatorama Art Blog, we welcomed a new gallery this week from Philadelphia artist and illustrator Josean Rivera. Go check out his stuff!

In the What Is It? game this week, the objects are long-knives for use in cockfights; they were attached to the legs of battle cocks. Craig Clayton was the first with the correct answer, and wins a t-shirt from the NeatoShop! The prize for the funniest answer goes to Steve Pauk, who declared they are Edward Scissorhands’ nail clippings!Find out what all this week’s mystery items are at the What Is It? blog. And thanks for playing along!

The post that drew the most comments, besides the giveaway, was Should Affirmative Action Be Completely Banned? No surprise there! Tying for second place in the number of comments were Lucy Lawless Helps Hijack An Oil Drilling Ship For Greenpeace and Hotness. You are welcome to contribute to the conversations.

Here's a usability tip in case you want to find related subjects at Neatorama. When you click on a post title, you go to that post's individual page. Here, I went to the post Tabasco: Secret Sauce of Space Travel. At the end of the post, you'll see this:

Now, you know that "Link" takes you to the original story, where you can read all the information. Then you have the social networking buttons you can click to tell your friends about this post. And under that are "tags": astronaut, space, Tabasco, taste. You can click any of those words and get a list of Neatorama posts that are also tagged with those words. If you click "Tabasco," you'll get only two posts, including this one. I think we need to write more about the sauce. Or if you click "astronaut," you'll see quite a few Neatorama posts about astronauts. That's an easy way to find more posts on something you're interested in reading about.

Remember, you'll find extra content and discussions at our Facebook page, and make sure you are following Neatorama on Twitter, too -and now Neatorama is available G+ goodness!

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