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This Week at Neatorama

columbus day neatobotHi Neatoramanauts! Ain't October great? It's the internet's fun time month, in which we get to wallow in horror and cosplay and zombies to our heart's content. But the other October holiday us this week. We Americans of a certain age grew up generation after generation hearing "Columbus discovered America." That's where our American history classes started. But that statement is not only wildly ethnocentric, it's untrue. Some places instead call the holiday Discoverer's Day, Native American Day, or Indigenous People's Day. Plus, Columbus landed on October 12th, but we take a day off on October 8th, or whatever the nearest Monday is. And that also happens to be Canadian Thanksgiving Day. So if you're not celebrating Columbus Day, you can join me in being thankful for Canadians. Meanwhile, let's take a look at some of the things that went on this week at Neatorama.

Jill Harness wrote about Tim Burton's new movie in Feed My Frankenweenie. She also contributed the article 10 of Weirdest World Championships Around.

Eddie Deezen told us about Harpo, The Silent Marx Brother and also The Secret of Humphrey Bogart's Distinctive Voice.

Zeon Santos collected Halloween Costumes From Yesteryear, and presented the collection on our Halloween blog.

David Israel wrote 10 Landmark Moments in Animation History, which came to us by way of mental_floss magazine.

How to Write a Scientific Research Report was reposted from the Annals of Improbable Research. Don't miss the "English translation" link at the end.

And Uncle John's Bathroom reader gave us Why There's So Much Sand in the Sahara.

In this week's What Is It? game, the pictured object is an exact replica demonstration model of the original Telstar satellite, launched in 1962. The real satellite was only about twice as big. Craig Clayton knew that, and wins a t-shirt from the NeatoShop! The funniest answer came from The Professor, who won a t-shirt when he said, "This is the Death Star's lesser known cousin, the Mildly-Irritating Toothache Star." There were a lot of other great guesses; you should read them all. See the answers to all this week's mystery items at the What Is It? blog. And thanks for playing along!

Over at the Neatorama Halloween blog, we found recipes for Monster Boogers, Meatloaf Hand, and Peanut Butter Eyeballs. We saw how one guy decorated his home with real giant spiders. And, of course, there were awesome ideas for and pictures of Halloween costumes for adults, kids, and pets. You should check out the Halloween blog every day!

The post with the most comments this week was Skull Bone Transplanted Twice, followed by Want to Encourage Cycling? Forget about Helmets. We welcome your contributions, and comments are the easiest way for us to find out what you want to see here. But you can also communicate your approval simply by clicking the ♥ at the top of posts you like.

If you see something we should know about, something really neat, tell us about it by emailing tips@neatorama.com and you might see it posted here real soon! Also, have you checked out all the new Halloween costumes, party supplies, and home decor items at the NeatoShop? You don't want to miss out on what you've been looking for!

Happy Thanksgiving to all Canadian Neatoramanauts!


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