This Week at Neatorama

Last Wednesday will go down in history as the day the internet stood up for itself. More than 115,000 websites went on strike to protest the SOPA and PIPA bills that would endanger the internet as we know it. Many more websites urged action to stop the bills. The result was ten million petition signatures and countless emails to congress, which crashed congressional websites. A whole bunch of Senators and Representatives decided to oppose the bills, including some of the original sponsors! Both bills have been shelved, meaning they won't be voting on them as scheduled (but each may come back later). And this all happened because people who use the internet made it happen, so THANK YOU, everyone! If you haven't contacted your representatives in Washington yet, you can still do so.

On Wednesday the 18th, Alex wrote up what the SOPA and PIPA bills were about, and urged Neatoramanauts to take action in SOPA and PIPA: The Internet Needs Your Help!

January the 18th was also an anniversary date that led to two feature articles. Curly Howard of the Three Stooges passed away 60 years ago Wednesday, which inspired Eddie Deezen to tell the story of Whatever Happened to Curly?

It was also the 130th anniversary of the birth of author A.A. Milne, which inspired Jill Harness to write up 11 Things You Might Not Know About Winnie the Pooh.

Jill also gave us 10 Words Originating From Greek Mythology.

Dancing for Dollars from Uncle John's Bathroom Reader was about the 20th-century dance marathon fad.

The Annals of Improbable Research asked the question How Dead Is a Doornail? Commenters clued us in on details about doornails that scientists don't know!

Five Medical Innovations of the Civil War was reprinted from mental_floss magazine.

The most commented-on post this week turned out to be full of name-calling and abusive comments that will be deleted. Remember, comments that attack another commenter are against the rules at Neatorama. Then there's the post Should Wearing Pajamas In Public Be Banned? that had a lot of opinionated but mostly civil discussion. That's more of what we like to see. Tell us what you think, but please, no personal attacks on other commenters!

In this week's What Is It? game, the object in question is a wolf collar for protecting a dog from attack by wolves, used mostly in Europe. Rastercat was the first with the right answer, but did not select a shirt. Cricket had the funniest answer: it’s the Dugger family’s marshmallow roaster! That one deserves a t-shirt from the NeatoShop. You’ll find the answers for all of this week’s mystery items at the What Is It? blog.

Have you stopped to realize that Valentines Day is only about three weeks away? The NeatoShop has a great selection of thoughtful Valentine gifts that you won't find just anywhere. And when you buy anything from the NeatoShop, you helping to keep Neatorama going!

When you've caught up on everything else, be sure to check our Facebook page and our Google+ page every day for extra content, contests, discussions, videos, and links you won't find on our main page. Also, our Twitter feed will keep you updated on what's going around the web in real time. And remember, we always welcome your comments, feedback, and suggestions for making Neatorama ever better.



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