This Week at Neatorama

During this holiday weekend in the USA, you may be looking for something to read in between picnics and parades. We've posted a lot of links for you this week, so just in case you've found it hard to keep up, here are the original features posted this week at Neatorama.

From Steven M. Johnson's Museum of Possibilities, we saw some strange and wonderful ideas in Inflatable Swimwear for Summer and It’s Time to Design Slow, Colorful and Asymmetrical Cars.

Jill Harness took her geekery to new heights with two articles at NeatoGeek this week: 12 Hacked Nintendo Controllers and 10 Ways to Cook Up Some Star Wars Fun.

The biggest post of the week was also at NeatoGeek, when Alex gave us 10 Neat Facts About Tron to refresh our memories of the 1982 film before we see the new Tron: Legacy coming in December.

I posted a list of strange cases of people sneaking around with contraband in 10 Weird Items People Tried to Smuggle.

TV fans won't want to miss David Israel's interview with Stacey Abbott, editor of The Cult TV Book. Congratulations to Neatoramanauts Kelly Kirkpatrick and Bob Penick, who won copies of the book!

Did you guess what the object was in the What Is It game?

David has been running a Tom Swifty contest on our Facebook page, then he posted the finalists here for your voting. Congratulations to book winner Derek Walsh!

Over at mental_floss, Neatorama is collaborating on another How Did You Know? contest. The winners do far this week are Sarah Blask, Jimmy Luth, kkirkpat, and Sharon and Keith, who all won prizes from the NeatoShop. The contest continues on Monday, with another chance for you to win!

Entries will be taken in our Great Talent, Fantastic or Otherwise (GTFO) video contest in collaboration with reddit until July 18th. We posted the first entry, a contestant playing Star Wars on bagpipes while riding a unicycle, but don't let the competition discourage you from entering your special talent!

At NeatoBambino, Tiffany saw the unicycle video and ran with it, bringing us resources so that you can teach your child to imitate the stunt. However, bagpipes can cause problems at bedtime!

Three new artists were added to the Neatorama Art Blog: painter Kristin Kwan, shoe artist Ken Turner, and multi-media artist Claire Hardman.

From Uncle John's Bathroom Reader, we strolled back in time to find out how The Little Rascals shot to stardom in the 1920s and 30s, and are still a hit today.

From mental_floss magazine, we had A Brief and Incomplete History of Chinatowns Across America.

To set the mood for the Fourth of July, read today's feature 5 Neat Facts About The Declaration of Independence. Happy Independence Day!

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Is there any plan to announce a winner for the What is it game? I know that someone got the right answer right away, but I am still hoping to win the humor prize!
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