This Week at Neatorama

Merry Christmas from all of us at Neatorama! May your holidays be all you hoped they would be. And many thanks for making this site a part of your daily routine! During your breaks from family gathering and activities, we've got plenty of links to keep you amused.

National Geographic shared some awesomely large photographs of The World's Biggest Cave for us to share on the Spotlight Blog.

Uncle John's Bathroom Reader gave us the lowdown on the origins of some old familiar candies in Sweet Starts.

From the Annals of Improbable Research, we learned How to Write an Interdisciplinary Research Paper: Planning for Retirement by Solving Time Travel Paradoxes Using Open Book Management in Nearby Disk Galaxies, which might win an award for the longest title of a post yet.

John Farrier brought us 15 Facts You Might Not Know about Stargate SG-1.

New at the Museum of Possibilities: My Awkward Attempts to Design A Hands-free Phone.

From mental_floss magazine, we had Tongue Depressors, or Great Moments in Shutting Your Piehole.

It was a great week for giveaways! On Tuesday, David Israel led a bunch of folks on a hi-tech treasure hunt in New York City and awarded a new Ford Fiesta to this tech-savvy couple.

Monday we had Name That Weird Invention! Congratulations to qwhacker, who called this “The Long Arm of the Law”. Qwhacker wins a t-shirt from the NeatoShop! The second place entry was from cs, who did not specify a t-shirt:
“The future of traffic enforcement – The Self-Service Ticketing Lane Response Vehicle and Revenue Generator. No longer will officers have to be inconvenienced by weather or in danger from other vehicles on the highway. They will be able to work comfortably from the nearest coffee shop and use Facetime to issue tickets while sipping their latte.

The What Is It? game popped up on Thursday. Congratulations to commenter Just a guess came the closest to knowing these are for the ends of bulls horns -supposedly for decorations during a show, but seem also to be a safety factor. Okkent wins for funniest guess when he said, "My wife requested this as her engagement bracelet. The attachment of my jewels was a condition of us getting married." Both win t-shirts from the NeatoShop!

And you can still play Neato-Puzzle #11.

If you're looking for more distraction over the weekend, remember we have features going back years in the Best of Neatorama, and there's always the Neatohub! Merry Christmas, everyone!

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