Excuse me if I get a little personal for a minute here -it doesn't happen often. I just now realized that yesterday was the three-year anniversary of the day that Alex announced I'd been promoted to managing editor here at Neatorama, after four years as a contributing author. Since then I've been so busy I didn't realize how long it had been! But the community of Neatoramanauts has made it a pleasure so far. This coming week is full of milestones for me as a mother. My first baby is taking the ACT today, as she is totally focused on getting scholarships for college in another two years. Next week she tries out for color guard, turns sweet 16, and will test for her learner's permit. Where did all the time go? That's much too big of a question to ponder, so let's just focus on what's been happening this past week at Neatorama, starting with our feature articles.
From Uncle John's Bathroom Reader, we learned about The Amazing Dr. Baker.
The Search for Tycho Brahe's Nose came from the Annals of Improbable Research.
Eddie Deezen gave us TV's First Interracial Kiss. With video evidence.
And Sex & Death in the Afternoon: An Oral History of the American Soap Opera came from mental_floss magazine.
We had three Brainteasers from Uncle John's Bathroom Reader this week: How _____ Got to Japan, Haystacks, and Three Pills.
In the What Is It? game, the mystery tool is a traveler, or tire measuring wheel, according to the Dictionary of American Hand Tools it was used to measure the length of flat strap required for making a new wagon tire, further explaned at the What Is It? blog. The first correct answer came from Berhard, who wins a t-shirt from the NeatoShop! The funniest answer came from Rodney McDonald, who said it is "a moral compass with a handy grip!" That's good enough for a t-shirt, too! Congratulations, and thanks to everyone who played this week.
The most comment-provoking post of the week was Zero TV, followed by TV's First Interracial Kiss and Machiavellian Mom. But those were nothing compared to THREE provocative posts from last Friday that really got everyone going after last week's update:
1. High School Student Bitterly Responds to College Rejections
2. Costumes Are Not Consent
3. Students Fight to Integrate Prom
All those conversations are still open if you've got something to say.
The most popular post of the week was Seven-meter Wasp Nest. Some things you just cannot explain. Other popular posts were 10 Things On The Internet We Don't Understand, But Enjoy Tremendously and Do Not Disturb. Since those were early in the week, they may eventually be overtaken by more recent posts.
Honestly, the most consistantly popular post still going strong is from about six weeks ago. Three Exotic Necktie Knots to Try: The Eldredge Knot, The Trinity Knot, and The Cape Knot is on track to be the biggest post of the year, as it keeps being passed around on Facebook and other social sites.
The post that received the most ♥s this week was Short Film: A Zombie-Bitten Father Struggles to Save His Infant Daughter, followed by Ferrets in Packing Peanuts. Tied for third place was Spinning Seal Spins and and 7-Year Old Cancer Patient Scores 69-Yard Touchdown. Remember, the ♥s you click are another way we keep up with what kind of posts you want to see more of on Neatorama.
Over at the Neatorama Facebook page, we've got extra stuff you won't find here at the main site, like this punny mashup of Dr. Seuss and Star Trek. Check it out every day!
And the NeatoShop has been adding new items left and right, like the Zombie Hunter shirts by Chris Murphy. Those of you who shop there regularly can pull up the newest items added here. Don't miss the opportunity to snag the perfect gift, or something for yourself!