This Week at Neatorama

Another in the parade of February holidays is tomorrow: Super Bowl Sunday! Giants vs. Patriots, a rematch of the 2008 game. The ads, of course, are the ultimate efforts of the ad agencies. But I found out years ago that the best will be on the internet the next day. This year, many advertisers are releasing their Super Bowl ads to the internet before the game. That's honestly a great idea, because that way they won't get lost in the inevitable "ten best Super Bowl Commercials" lists. You've already seen the Budweiser Canada Flashmob and the Bark Side, and no doubt there will be more of "the best" all this coming week. This past week was a lot of fun here at Neatorama, what with Groundhog Day and lots of interesting things to share. Here are our features, in case you missed anything.

Eddie Deezen asked the cinematic question Why Did Bill Murray Keep Going Back in Groundhog Day? And then answered it.

Jill Harness told about 5 Terrible Inventions From Otherwise Great Inventors. We all have our off days.

Time Travel Movie Marathon gave us some great film suggestions, courtesy of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader.

From the Annals of Improbable Research, we had Scientific Dining: Reviews of Research Institute Cafeterias (part one).

And mental_floss magazine brought us 5 Lessons from the Gurus of Spin.

In the What Is It? game this week, these strange-looking goggles are Masonic Hoodwink Goggles, they were used as a blindfold in rituals of initiation. Edward K knew that, and wins a t-shirt from the NeatoShop!  Pismonque came up with a great funny answer: “These are Fear Goggles, the companion to Beer Goggles. When you wake up mostly sober at 5 AM and stumble to the loo, they act as blinders against the horror of discovering your newest intimate acquaintance. The flip-down lids protect against the increasing light of morning and prolong the denial.” That wins a t-shirt! Find out the answers for all the mystery items at the What Is It? Blog.

The most commented-on post was The World's First Heartless Man, and they weren't all jokes. Coming in second was Teaching High School Students to Work at Walmart, which I thought for sure would be #1.

After you catch up on everything that's happened this week, you may want to browse through The Best of Neatorama, where we have all our great feature articles listed -you're sure to find something that tickles your fancy! Check us out on Twitter and Facebook as well!

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