This Week at Neatorama

It's been an eventful week here at Neatorama, including the server going down for a few hours this morning. I'm glad you checked back!

Help me welcome a new author to the Neato staff, whom you will recognize in posts by the username marcmywords. Marc's own site is The Red Dwarf Inn.

Two blessed events occurred in rapid order: author John Farrier's wife gave birth to Sophia on Monday, then Wednesday, author Stacy Conradt delivered her first baby, Lydia Louise. Both little girls are pretty as pictures.

We started out the week commemorating Memorial Day with an article from Uncle John's Bathroom reader about the origin of the bugle call "Taps", Day is Done.

Jill Harness posted The Coolest Bikes on Two (Or More) Wheels, containing wacky and wonderful bicycle designs.

From mental_floss magazine, we learned about Flowers You Shouldn't Stop to Smell, because they might hurt you, or at least offend your olfactory senses.

And if you check just below this post, you'll see Jill's tribute to author Richard Scarry on the 91st anniversary of his birth.

We had lots of winners this week, including Nathan Miller, who won an iPad in the Upcoming Queue competition that ran all through the month of May. Three runners-up also won prizes from the Neato Shop. Even though the contest is done, you are all invited to the UQ to try your hand at writing your own Neatorama posts, voting for the best submitted posts, or even just looking around for more neat links.

Congratulations to sudomon, ozzycow, and dennis who won a copy of The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha in the Awesome Thing contest. Three other readers won prizes from the Neato Shop: breezy ("That's How I Roll" T-Shirt), laurangatang (Cool Jewels Ice tray), and harmonyroc ("Survive LHC" T-shirt).

Congratulations to jeacobacci, reader 23, and Rhiley, who all won the RARE book on endangered species by Joel Sartore that we featured in the Spotlight Blog.

No one correctly identified the whale oil lamp in the What Is It? game, but Augie won a prize for the funniest answer, “Stanley Hookah Pipe.”

Over at NeatoBambino, we got a look at what's taking over Tiffany and Alex's garden. NeatoGeek published a bunch of the funniest sci-fi and comics links and videos on the net. And there are several new artists appearing in the Indie Art Blog, go check them out!

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