This Week at Neatorama

Here in the US, we play a version of football that is so different, the rest of the world calls it American football. And in our peculiarly American way, we make a holiday out of the end of the football season. We call it Super Bowl Sunday. This tradition is now in its 45th year, which can make those of us who remember the hoopla surrounding the first Super Bowl feel really really old. Some like the game itself, some watch for the super-expensive advertisements, and some just like the parties. Why, as I write this, the "hot topic" at the Super Bowl site is whether nachos, popcorn, or buffalo wings are the best Super Bowl snack. While you're counting down the hours to the game, you can catch up on the exclusives you might have missed earlier this week at  Neatorama.

Phil Haney warned us about the overuse of a Hollywood trope in The “All In Your Head” Movies.

Jill Harness had two features on animals this week. First, the heartbreaking stories of 7 Animals Humans Brought to Extinction. Then, to lift your spirits, 13 Animal Friendships Sure To Melt Your Heart.

Uncle John's Bathroom Reader gave us the origins of interesting flags from around the world in Fly the Flag, Boys!

From the Annals of Improbable Research, we learned about Alchemy’s Shower of Gold, which means exactly what it sounds like.

The Roma's Long Road to Equality came to us from the folks at mental_floss magazine.

The What Is It? game on Thursday had a winner right off. Berhard said it was a nutcracker, and he’s right. Among many funny answers, the winner is The Professor, who claimed that due to budget cuts, this is the new Times Square New Year Ball Drop! Both win t-shirts from the NeatoShop.

In the Name That Weird Invention! contest, the first place winner is Golfyball for the name Bumpermarket. Second place goes to ladybuggs for the Grumpcart. Both win t-shirts from the NeatoShop!

Mal and Chad's Fill in the Bubble Frenzy returned on Wednesday. Darrel came up with the winning line this week: "Boy somebody needs a Tic Tac." That wins him a t-shirt from the NeatoShop!

You'll find exclusive Neatorama articles on a wide variety of subjects all in one place at The Best of Neatorama. Work the slider at the top of the page to bring up posts from 2006 to 2011. And when you've had your fill, check out neat links from all over at the NeatoHub!

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