This Week at Neatorama

Christmas Eve! Time to be with family, friends, and community celebrating the season. We here at Neatorama hope you have a wonderful Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, and a Happy New Year as well! It's been a busy week, and if you just now have some time on your hands after the rush of holiday preparation, we have plenty of neat items, contests, and features for you to catch up on.

Gary Noarnan was kind enough to provide us a guest post explaining 8 Reasons why the Nine of Diamonds is Unlucky.

In honor of the new movie, Jill Harness wrote The History of the Tintin Comics & Film.

Eddie Deezen gave us It's A Wonderful Life: The Christmas Flop.

The Annals of Improbable Research brought us Snow-Clearing from SUV Roofs and from Fire Hydrants: An Informal Look.

Mental_floss magazine filled us in on the first Christmas in Space!

The Evolution of Santa Claus came to us from Uncle John's Bathroom Reader.

The most-commented (non-contest) item of the week was Mysterious Sphere Falls From Space. The story lent itself to at least three jokes: the Mythbusters cannonball, the movie The Gods Must Be Crazy, and pretending that this was the What Is It? game. Speaking of...

In this week's What Is It? game, the mystery object is a A Yankee Cork Press, for compressing corks to the proper size to fit into a bottle. Just a Guess? had the right answer before anyone else, and so wins a t-shirt from the NeatoShop! Kevin George had the funniest answer: “That’s the famous scuplture “Desert Cowskull” by the steampunk impressionist Nemo Remington.” That deserves a t-shirt, too! You can see the answers to all this week’s mystery items at the What Is It? blog.

We also had the Bathroom Reader Mobile App and Book Giveaway! Uncle John's Bathroom Reader now has a mobile app and ebooks, and they gave us apps and paperbacks of the newest Bathroom Reader book to give to Neatorama readers. Congratulations to the five who won the apps: iain, Akik P, anonymous coward, TohAtin, and Ben Ratner! And congratulations to the five who won paperback copies of Uncle John's 24-Karat Bathroom Reader: e kolter, Miles G,  Shae, Dougert, and Brad! Everyone else can go to Uncle John's website to find out about the new Bathroom Reader Mobile App and check out the new Bathroom Reader ebooks and all the books for sale as well.

Oh, we have more contests! Congratulations to Thad Gillespie, who won a t-shirt from the NeatoShop in caption contest no 3 over on G+. Put Neatorama in your G+ circles to keep up with opportunities to win, and other neat stuff going on that you won't find here at the main site!

Want more? Be sure to check our Facebook page every day for extra content, contests, discussions, videos, and links you won't find here. Also, our Twitter feed will keep you updated on what's going around the web. And we have one more thing to say to you...


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