This Week at Neatorama

Guess what I got for my birthday -a brand new iMac! It's a shame that these things go obsolete so fast, but if I had any kind of normal job, the old one would have been fine. The old Mac Mini will still serve me well by keeping the kids away from my new computer. Today I am backing up and migrating 67 GB of information. And that's after I deleted everything that wasn't crucial. I hope the new setup will allow me to be more efficient in bringing you neat stuff. That is, once I figure out how to make the text large enough to see. Meanwhile, in case you were busy, here are our exclusive features from the past week that you may want to catch up on.   

David Israel presented some neat insights on what it's like to work with Curiosity in the article Now That’s Rocket Science: An Interview with JPL’s Steve Collins.

Jill Harness brought us Four of the World's Dumbest Animals.

Eddie Deezen gave us a couple of great articles, The Beatles' Final Film: Let It Be and When The World Series Opened on Yom Kippur.

The Annals of Improbable Research gave us Plucked From Obscurity: Aviators’ Safety Spinner.

Air Force One was a chapter from one of Uncle John's Bathroom Readers.  

And the story of The Candy Bomber came from mental_floss magazine.

Over at the Halloween blog, we brought you Neatolicious Fun Facts: Salem, Massachusetts and 12 Gross Candies Perfect For Trick or Treaters, in addition to links on everything to do with Halloween! The Halloween blog will only get busier as we get into October.

In the What Is  It? game this week, the mystery item is a billiard cue lock (you gotta pay if you wanna play). Anker had that one right, and wins a t-shirt from the NeatoShop!  The funniest answer cam from Malyss, who described a "manicure manacle:"

It is an extreme manicure manacle. Normally, you would find these in pairs and they would be bolted onto the arms of chairs at a nail salon. The person having the extreme manicure would place their wrists through the manacle and the salon associate would lock the customer's wrists into place before beginning the manicure.

That's good for a t-shirt, too! Thanks to everyone who played, and be sure to check out all the mystery items at the What Is It? blog.

There was a tie for the posts with the most comments, between We Are Hungry and Should Seat Belts for Pets be Mandatory? Those are both open for more discussion.

Neatoramanauts also have discussions about various items at our social networking sites, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest as well. In fact, if you have any kudos, criticisms, suggestions, additions, or you just want to say hi, you can comment right here! And thanks.

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