This Week at Neatorama

Someone once told me that they made February the shortest month because it's the awfulest part of winter. I beg to differ- they made February the shortest month because if it were any longer, we'd cram even more holidays into it! But maybe both theories are right, and we tend to create February holidays because we need to cheer ourselves up to get through the last part of winter. This week is full of them! Carnival is in full swing, President's Day is Monday, Mardi Gras is Tuesday, Wednesday is, of course, Ash Wednesday, and it's also George Washington's actual birthday. Whew! But through it all, you can turn to Neatorama as a shortcut to the best things on the internet -and exclusive articles, too, like these we had this last week:

On Monday, Jill Harness gave us 15 Romantic Records Perfect For Valentine’s Day.

Eddie Deezen told us about Head: The Monkees’ Strange Movie. I hope this clears up any confusion.

The Value of Love, Using the Dylan Model was reprinted for Valentines Day from the Annals of Improbable Research.

Uncle John's Bathroom Readers brought us The First Black American Sea Captain.

And The Treasure of the Sierra Madre was from mental_floss magazine.

In the What is It? game this week, the scary-looking tool is a slater’s axe. It’s also called a sax, saxe, slate cleaver, slate cutters’ trimmer, slate trimmer, and zax. It was used to trim and punch holes in roofing slate. Anker was the first with the right answer, and so wins a t-shirt from the NeatoShop! The prize for the funniest answer goes to marcintosh, who said, “It’s a Panel Trowel. It’s used for spreading white grout in the gaps between comic book panels. That’s why it’s shaped like a word balloon.” That one deserves  t-shirt, too! Thanks to everyone who played along. See the answers to all this week’s mystery items now at the What Is It? blog.

The most-commented-on post of the week was Dad Shot Laptop Over Daughter's Facebook Post. Coming in second was Lunch Bags Inspected for Nutrition. These stories lit up the internet this week, and there are updates: Tommy Jordan was visited by authorities who found no evidence of wrongdoing and his daughter has a job offer, and the teacher in the lunch fiasco should have just given the child a carton of milk.

If you haven't been over to our Facebook page lately, you'll find additional discussions on our posts plus extra stuff you won't find on the blog, like marvelous images with no context, such as this:

If that's not enough, check out the Best of Neatorama. Use the slider at the top to access articles from the past six seven years.

Have a Happy President's Day!

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