This Week at Neatorama

Tomorrow is Abraham Lincoln's birthday, which used to be a holiday until it was consolidated with Washington's birthday. Then Tuesday is Valentine's Day! Do you have any special plans for Valentine's Day, or are you one of those who doesn't care for the over-commercialized, artificially guilt-induced romance of the date? Either way, we've got what you need to get through the holiday: a little romance, a little schmaltz, some comic relief, some alternative time-wasters, and a lot of neat stuff on Neatorama! Just in case you've missed any of our exclusive features this past week, here are some handy links so that you can catch up.

Jill Harness wrote It’s Never Too Late to Thank Your Mail Carrier in honor of Thank A Mailman Day last weekend.

Sunday is Lincoln's birthday, which got Eddie Deezen thinking about history, so he wrote The Man Who Shot John Wilkes Booth. Shooting Booth was the least interesting part of his story.

For no particular occasion at all, we reprinted Witness Protection: 5 Not-so Wiseguys from Uncle John's Bathroom Reader.

The Annals of Improbable Research gave us Hard Looks at Doctors’ Handwriting.

And History’s Wildest Ballet Riot came from mental_floss magazine.

In the What Is It? game this week, the exact purpose for the item in question was never actually verified, but Rob at the What Is It? blog thinks it might be “a form for a medicine ball.” Since we don’t know for sure, we are awarding t-shirts for the TWO funniest answers this week. One came from meiao, who said it’s the ball for Mortal Tetherball. Another good one was from Steve Pauk, who said it was a Rubik’s globe! Those are both worth a t-shirt from the NeatoShop. See the results for all the mystery items of the week at the What Is It? blog.

As of now, there's a three-way tie for the most-commented-on post of the past week, between Psst, Environmentalists! Earth-Friendly Lifestyle Actually Doesn't Matter, PETA Sues to End Killer Whale Slavery, and Why French Parents Are Superior. None of those are surprising, as parenting, PETA, and the environment are all hot-button issues.

Over at our Facebook page, you can catch extra content you won't find at Neatorama, and follow us on Twitter, too! And now we're also on Google+ as well! Happy Valentine's Day!

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