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This Week at Neatorama

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Look! Look! Up there! It's a leaderboard! The new feature at the top of the page shows you important things you should read here at Neatorama: open contests you can enter and win, exclusive articles, and particularly hot posts that may have aged off the front page. How handy! Try it out: just click on any of the pictures to go to the post it describes. Use the arrows on either end to find more featured items. With the leaderboard here at all times, this weekend column might be shorter or possibly unnecessary, but you know we'll always find a way to give you the information you need. Here's what went on this past week.

Monday was a special date in history, so Jill Harness wrote Celebrating The Life & Birthday of H. P. Lovecraft.

Our pop culture historian Eddie Deezen had two articles this week: Goldfinger: the Bond Movie That Was Banned in Israel, and The Embarrassing Magical Mystery Tour Party.

Alex put together the explanations of The World's Most Complex Borders.

The Resistance of Astronomers to New Paradigms was a funny personal story dressed up in science from the Annals of Improbable Research.

Uncle John's Bathroom Reader gave us Artificially Sweetened: The Story of Canned Laughter.

And 9 Weapons That Failed Spectacularly (and 1 That Possibly Didn’t) came from mental_floss magazine.

In the What Is It? game, the little hatchet-looking thing is actually a cigar box opener. The notch is for removing nails. The first commenter who knew that was just a guess, who wins a t-shirt from the NeatoShop! The real clue was at the What Is It? blog, where you'd read that it was only a few inches long. The funniest answer was from GlenW, who said, "Years after George Washington became famous for chopping down that cherry tree his less known cousin Hank started making and selling these as souvenirs to tourists at The White House during Washington's presidency." For that, he also wins a t-shirt! Find out the answers to all the mystery items of the week at the What Is It? blog, and stay tuned for the next What Is It? game at Neatorama.

Pinterest is a popular image-based social network you should try out. Whether you are a new or established Pinterest user, you can win great prizes in the Neatorama 'Pin To Win' Contest! You'll find the contest instructions in the post. Good luck!

The post that got the most comments was 10 Millenials Say Thanks But No Thanks to Cars and Houses. The only other posts that got any comments to speak of at all were the contests. Are you intimidated by the new comment system? Have you put off registering a Neatorama account? You needn't be afraid. We won't spam you. The registration system is only to keep the spammers and abusive commenters out. YOU are certainly welcome in! And sooner or later we are going to roll out rewards for commenters, and you'll want to be ready when that happens! The instructions for, and the benefits of, registering with Neatorama are right here.

So, are your kids back at school yet? Schedules vary so much across the United States. The great thing about online shopping is that web stores cater to a worldwide customer base. At the NeatoShop, you'll find kid's school items, office stuff, and geeky gifts all year 'round, so if you want something really special and personal for your kids to take to  school, you can find it at the NeatoShop.


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