Is it November 10th already? Tomorrow is Veterans Day, Remembrance Day, or Armistice Day, depending on where you live. Whichever you call it, it's a day to recognize this who have served their country in times of war, a date chosen because the first "war to end all wars" ended on November 11, 1918. There may be some public observances in your area, and I'll include a Veterans Day reading list at the end of this post.
Junst in case you've missed any of our exclusive features from the past week, we'll make it easy for you to catch up.
Eddie Deezen gave us The Only Mother and Son to Each Have #1 Records and 12 Things You Might Not Know About Wyatt Earp.
“Toll House” Recipe Cookies Do Not Maintain Their Morphology Under Heat Stress Conditions came from the Annals of Improbable Research.
Mental_floss magazine contributed America! Meet Your Puppet Master, subtitled How Eddie Bernays got you to buy books, wear hairnets, and eat bacon for breakfast.
We learned about the about the man who inspired the character of Ebenezer Scrooge in the post The Real Scrooge, from the newest edition of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader. We also gave away five copies of the book, Uncle John's Fully Loaded 25th Anniversary Bathroom Reader, courtesy of the very un-miserly folks at the Bathroom Reader Institute. Congratulations to the winners, JoJofries, rccola20, Hannah Creque, James Race, and Kevin Beeson!
In the What Is It? game this week, the pictured object is a vintage brass trigger guard for a gun. The first comment, from Anker, had the correct answer, which is good for a t-shirt from the NeatoShop! The funniest answer came from The Professor, who gave an explanation of how to "point Percy at the Porcelain," which may be a little racy for delicate sensibilities, so you can go read it for yourself, and maybe even give it a ♥. So he wins a t-shirt from the NeatoShop as well! Find the answers to all this week's mystery items at the What Is It? blog.
The Neatoramanauts Facebook page achieved a milestone this week when it hit 25,000 "likes"! Check the post annoucing that achievement for updated information on Facebook changes that may affect your feed. Many thanks to David Israel for his work at all the social networking sites, keeping Neatorama updated at Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Flipboard as well as Facebook!
Not counting the giveaways, the posts that were most-commented-on this week was a three-way tie between I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Turkish Ice Cream, 12 Things You Might Not Know About Wyatt Earp, and Can Sex Help Sell Coffins? Feel free to jump right in to those discussions, or at any post!
Veterans Day Reading
The Lost Battalion
Five for Fighting
Saving Sergeant Niland
The Past, Present, and Future of Being Called to Duty
Top Ten U.S. Generals
Building the Wall
A Video of the Last Veteran of the American Civil War
The Funeral for the Last American Veteran of the War of 1812