This Week at Neatorama

Hanukkah begins at sundown tonight, and will continue through Sunday, December 16th. If you are observing, we wish you a happy holiday with solemn rituals, joyous celebration, and plenty of good food (as David Israel said, "We suffered, we suffered, we suffered, now let's eat!").

This past week, we had three articles from our pop culture historian (and bona fide Hollywood actor) Eddie Deezen, starting last weekend with A Sincere Homage to Larry Fine.

Eddie also gave us "Imagine": John Lennon's Signature Song, and Why Do People Tell Actors to "Break a Leg"?

Jill Harness took a look at Artworks Made From Seriously Weird Materials.

Assessing Gluteal Hardness in Uniformed Security Guards came from the Annals of Improbable Research.

Uncle John's Bathroom Reader brought us some examples of unbecoming behavior by children's authors in Don't Tell the Kids!

First Class Mail: 5 Letters That Changed History was reprinted from mental_floss magazine.

Congratulations to the Tokyoflash Treasure Hunt #22: Winners, liisam, Jon Bryan 1, and jbensch, who won prizes from the NeatoShop, and bug, who won a Tokyoflash watch!

In the What Is It? game this week, the unknown item turned out to be the housing for a four-face Verdin street clock. Anker was the first with the correct answer, which is good for a T-shirt from the NeatoShop! We also have a t-shirt for amanderpanderer, who said, "It is a connecting piece from the construction of Hamtopia, the pleasure palace for our Hamster overlords who will be arriving on December 21st. All Hail Squeeky, Lord of all Hamsters." That wins the award for the funniest answer of the week! You'll find the answers to all this week's mystery items at the What Is It? blog.

We're racking up more things to see outside of the main page, and you don't want to miss any of it! At Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly we saw an adorable baby hippo, a cat in a claw machine, and a hamster climbing stairs. At Neatolicious, the new food blog, we saw creative Doctor Who cupcakes, Christmas cocktails, and Jello Jigglers. The Halloween blog gave us new pranks, monsters, and cosplayers this week. Also check out Mad Skills and NeatoBambino! Oh, and don't forget the extra content you'll find at Neatorama's social networking sites: Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

The most popular post of the week was Brody's The Hobbit Box Stacking. The posts that drew the most comments this week were A Sincere Homage to Larry Fine followed by Why is The Hobbit making some moviegoers sick? and Practically Speaking, How Does a Predator Eat Food? We didn't have any rollicking long comment threads because Alex, who normally posts the most provocative items, is busy at the NeatoShop, shipping out Christmas gifts for lucky recipients. Speaking of the NeatoShop…

We'd like to throw a spotlight on the fine folks at Odd Art Fabrications, who lovingly designed and hand-made an entire series of zombie Christmas ornaments for the NeatoShop! Yes, you can order and receive these in plenty of time before Christmas. You might even want to start a tradition of ordering one or two every year until you have enough to cover your entire zombie Christmas tree!

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