This Week at Neatorama

Whew, that was rough! Neatorama was down for quite a while, but we believe everything is back to normal now (cross your fingers). Blame a power outage at the server location. This is one of those things that remind us of how this alternate reality we call the internet is so dependent on a steady supply of electricity. Thanks for checking in! Next time you can't access Neatorama, check our Facebook page and/or Twitter for information.

Every empire eventually ends, some with a bang, others with a whimper. They all had a final leader with a unique story, as John Farrier showed us in The Last Emperor(s).

Hot enough for ya? That's why July is perfect for ice cream! Check out the many Weirdest Ways To Celebrate Ice Cream Month.

Piercings, tats, and other body modifications aren't new. Read about Ancient Bodymods from Around the World.

Steven Johnson continues to explore the limits of outlandishness with Cutting Edge Office Wear and The Automobile as Gymnasium.

Joseph Pujol made a living, and a name for himself, by farting. Read his story in The King of Farts, from (appropriately) Uncle John's Bathroom Reader.

From mental_floss magazine, we learned 12 Essential Facts About the Folks Who Race Horses.

At the Spotlight Blog, get a preview of Nat Geo AMAZING! a new book and TV series from National Geographic. Psst -you also have a chance to WIN the book for yourself!

Two new artists have some of their works displayed at the Art Blog: welcome to illustrator Rob Bridges and photographer and mixed-media artist Lee Gainer.

NeatoGeek held another geeky Caption Contest, with lots of participation. Congratulations to winner Eric Johnson who gets a t-shirt from the NeatoShop!

The What Is It? contest was Thursday. I'll update this post to announce the winners as soon as I get the names.

NeatoBambino presents a new contest: Decipher the Doodle. Congratulations to winners WrexLabs and daikoneklectik, who won prizes from the NeatoShop! Check the post to see their answers.

The deadline to enter the GTFO (Great Talent, Fantastic or Otherwise) contest is tomorrow! Get those entries in ASAP -details at the Neatorama YouTube page. Good luck!

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