This Week at Neatorama

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan who have seen a triple disaster: earthquake, tsunami, and an explosion at a nuclear power plant. I don't recall an earthquake as powerful as 8.9 in my lifetime -this week's quake is reportedly the worst in Japan's history. In between updates on the news from Asia, you might want to take breaks and catch up on Neatorama's exclusive content from the past week.

Jill brought us another post for National Craft Month called 30 Great Geeky Cross Stitches.

And on Friday, she had another article in our series on Disney rides with Neatorama Facts: It’s A Small World.

The Balloon Man was all about the guy who invented latex balloons, from Uncle John's Bathroom Reader.

The Annals of Improbable Research asked the burning question Time for a Shave: Does Facial Hair Interfere With Visual Speech Intelligibility?

From mental_floss magazine, we learned about The Hidden Meanings of Tattoos.

In the What Is It? game this week, Abbey had the correct answer in the very first comment -this is a hand-forged key. Scroll down the answer page to find out more. Galen gets the award for the funniest answer: Chuck Norris’ mustache comb! Both will get t-shirts from the NeatoShop.

From the Museum of Possibilities, Steven Johnson gave us the Name That Weird Invention! contest. First prize went to Alexandru Popa for “The Hairmet.” Second prize was won by Manticore for “The Mullmet.” Both t-shirts from the NeatoShop!

And we saw the return of Mal and Chad's Fill in the Bubble Frenzy! from comic artist Stephen McCranie. Congratulations to winner Scott-O, who filled in the speech bubble with "Who would have thought picking a nose on Mt. Rushmore could be so rewarding?" He wins a t-shirt from the NeatoShop!

There are more ways to get your Neatorama fix: If you aren't checking our Facebook page every day, you're missing out on extra content, contests, discussions, and links you won't find here. Also, our Twitter feed will keep you updated on what's going around the web in real time.

Don't forget to set your clocks forward one hour before going to bed tonight. Daylight Saving Time begins at 2AM Sunday for most of the United States. Oh, and today is Alfred Hitchcock Day, although I don't know exactly why. Coming up next week: Pi Day on Monday and St. Patrick's Day on Thursday!

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