This Week at Neatorama

Don't you just love weekends? That's when I can come up for air and realize I'm been online so much that the laundry has piled up, the refrigerator is empty, and the kids need a ride to the shopping center. Do I fix all that? Just a little bit, then I get back online thinking I'm going to get ahead on next week's work. Then I find something really fascinating to read, or a game I should try out, or get lost in checking out link after link until I'm embroiled in something totally different from what I started out to find... you know how it goes. We want to contribute to that kind of entertaining time-wastage by bringing you the neatest links ever. And if you've missed any of our features this week, here's some handy links to get you caught up!

We learned the origins of The Hokey Pokey from Eddie Deezen this week.

Jill Harness gave us 10 Awesome Geeky Cooking Hacks you can try out yourself.

Mental_floss magazine brought us Over the Rainbow: The Technicolor Life of the Man Who Created Oz.

LIBRETTO: The Bacterial Opera was a transcript of the operatic performance at the 2010 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, courtesy of The Annals of Improbable Research.

Forbidden Island, U.S.A. told us about the Hawaiian island of Niihau, from Uncle John's Bathroom Reader.

In the What Is It? game this week, the mystery item is is a check protector, it’s a security device that marks the check when it’s paid so it can’t be cashed a second time and also prevents attempts at altering numbers. The first commenter who knew that was cbellamy, who did not select a prize t-shirt. The funniest answer came from Elim, who guessed it to be an antique squid ink extractor. Doesn’t that draw a picture? For that, he wins a t-shirt from the NeatoShop! Thanks to the What Is It? Blog, where you’ll find this and several other mystery items this week, all now revealed.

At NeatoBambino we learned about a teenager who may cure cancer, had a link to the best toys ever for children, saw a new kid's meme, and watched how kids just love internet memes. If you don't have NeatoBambino bookmarked, you'll find a link list of the latest posts in the right sidebar here at the main page.

Also in the sidebar, you can keep up with discussion threads in our most recently-commented-on posts. The post with the most comments this week (besides the contest) was the story of Mythbusters' little accident, followed by the item on the Israeli law against declawing cats.

After you catch up on these posts, you may want to browse through The Best of Neatorama, where we have feature articles going back six years! Now, how much of your time have we wasted? Don't fret, we can save you time as well! Just go to the NeatoShop and find the best Christmas gifts ever, purchased by a click, and delivered to your home!

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