This Week at Neatorama

As we are settling into the new Neatorama, Alex keeps bringing out new features and experimental ideas so fast, it's hard for me to keep up! This week, he posted two exclusive book excerpts: 8 Most Outrageous Things Politicians Have Done and 5 Really Strange Ways to Cure a Hangover. These are the first of Neatorama's Book Excerpt feature. If you have a book and would like to see it featured on Neatorama, send Alex an email at and set it up.

Alex also wrote two new entries for the new sub-blog On the Origin of Success: 1. Jim Carrey Once Wrote Himself a $10 Million Check, and 2. FedEx: Founder Gambled His Last $5,000 at a Blackjack Table to Stave Off Bankruptcy.

Jill Harness wrote 7 Extreme Versions of Normal Activities.

And then yesterday she posted Over 40 Fantastic Animal Halloween Costumes. I still can't decide which is my favorite!

Eddie Deezen told us about Al Jolson and The Jazz Singer. He also gave us some Members of the Mustache Hall of Fame.
Scientific Dining: Reviews of Research Institute Cafeterias (part two) was contributed by the Annals of Improbable Research.

Uncle John's Bathroom Reader gave us Queen Isabella. You know about Columbus, but what do you know about his sponsor?

The Spice is Right: Origins of Your Favorite Seasonings came from mental_floss magazine.

Over at the Halloween blog, new posts are going up almost as fast and heavy as they do at the main page! Halloween costumes, decorations, and recipes are quite useful, but there's also spooky entertainment with videos, ghost stories, art, games, and music, all centered around Halloween.

In the What Is It? game this week, the pictured item is an ink well, the antlers could have been used to hold several pens. The first person with the right answer was Craig Clayton, who wins a t-shirt from the NeatoShop! Even he had to make a few guesses before he got it right. The prize for the funniest answer goes to FuzzySpork, who said, "Behold, the Holy Door-Ringer of Antioch! Ask not for whom the bell tolls, the door is for thee." That deserves a t-shirt, too! Congratulations to our winners, and thanks to everyone who played along. See more pictures of this inkwell and the answers to all this week's mystery items at the What Is It? blog.

Congratulations to ladybugs, David Parker, and Kantoboy, who all won t-shirts from the NeatoShop in our latest Caption Contest! See their winning entries here.

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Today, the Neatobot is modeling the Zombie Hawkman mask, available in the NeatoShop.

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