This Week at Neatorama

Hi y'all! This week Neatorama welcomed a new author, Broderick Ives Engelhard. That's a mouthful, so you can just call him Brody. He's a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, and has his own art blog called Ives Street. That's where I found out how excited Brody was to join our little crew. We are happy to have him!

For those of you with mobile gadgets that take pictures, we are proud to announce that Neatorama is now on Instagram! Follow Neatorama on Instagram for an easy way to share your pictures with us.

Our feature articles this week gave us a little of everything: history, literature, science, pop culture, fashion, travel, and even poetry!

Jill Harness showed us The 12 Best Geeky Costumes for Halloween 2012. It's the kind of post we do every year, and every year people come up with impressive new costume ideas.

Adrienne Crezo brought us Talking Pictures: Images and Messages Rescued from the Past, by Ransom Riggs as part of Neatorama's Book Excerpt series. We gave away a copy of the book to a random commenter, and the winner is Frenchmell. Congratulations, Frenchmell!

Eddie Deezen introduced us to Jimmy Nicol, the Beatles Drummer for Ten Days, and told us about The Strange Death of Alfalfa.

Salem Witch Trials: The Fungus Theory was from Uncle John's Bathroom Reader.

Mental-floss magazine gave us 10 Places to See Before They Die.

Ig® Nobel Limericks: Execution, Hang Length, and Beakers came from the Annals of Improbable Research.

The Neatorama Halloween blog has a lot of items you won't find on the main page. This week we had videos of a musical Halloween, a scary Halloween, and a funny Halloween (among others), plus a video tour of Knott's Scary Farm, and the latest holiday costumes, decorations, and food!

You need to check into NeatoBambino as well, for treats like a child's threatening letter to the Tooth Fairy and the World's Fastest Stroller.

In the What Is It? game this week, the mystery item is a woodworker's compass, a pencil or scribe placed into one of the holes would make a circle of the appropriate size when the compass was rotated around the spike. Berhard had the correct answer first, and wins a t-shirt from the NeatoShop! The funniest answer came from robopanda, who guessed it to be an extreme incense burner for especially smelly hippies! That's definitely worth a t-shirt. Thanks to everyone who played this week! Find out the purposes to all the mystery items of the week at the What Is It? blog.

The post with the most comments this week was Rate Your Poop With Movie Titles, followed by Ukraine’s Anime Girl and Real Barbie Meet Face-to-Barely-Human-Face. Those posts are still open for comments if you want to put in your two cents worth.

When you get caught up on everything here at Neatorama and all the sub-blogs, remember you'll find extra content at our Facebook page, too! And be sure to follow Neatorama on Twitter and Pinterest! Oh yeah, Flipboard, too! Have a great week!

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