This Week at Neatorama

As we go into the long Christmas weekend (for most people), first we want to wish all of you a wonderful holiday, however you celebrate: by eating delicious food, spending time with family, helping the kids wait for Santa, touring your hometown's decorations, singing carols, delivering gifts, and/or gathering with fellow believers to celebrate the birth of Christ. When you get a little downtime during the festivities, you can turn to Neatorama for your dose of distraction, entertainment, and edification. Yes, we have lots of fun stuff planned, even over the holiday while other sites are taking it easy. And you can also catch up on some of our exclusive features you may have missed during last week's rush.   

As Hanukkah drew to a close, Adrienne Crezo posted the story of How a Beautiful Widow Defeated a General and Inspired a Hanukkah Tradition.

Jill Harness told A Few Tolkien-rific Facts About the Book Version of The Hobbit.

Eddie Deezen let us in on the details behind A Charlie Brown Christmas.

The Life and Times of Jar Jar Binks came from Uncle John's Bathroom Reader.

The Annals of Improbable Research brought us Military Experiments on Fruitcake.

Breaking into Mecca, the adventures of Sir Richard Burton came from mental_floss magazine.

And Adrienne gave us our latest book excerpt in 5 Life-Saving Techniques for Surviving a Garden Gnome Attack During the Holidays. You can still leave a comment under that post for your chance to win a copy of the book! And speaking of giveaways...

In the What Is It? game, the previously-unknown object is a tie press. This week, H.Walter was the first person who knew the answer, and wins a t-shirt from the NeatoShop! The award for the funniest answer goes to Kevin George, who said,

It's a prehistoric typewriter. Before language was developed, there was only one letter in the alphabet. You would type that letter by pressing the button on top. The knob on the side advanced the paper. You could type out your story: Oo oo ooooo!

He wins a t-shirt, too! Thanks to everyone who played along this week. You find the answers to all the mystery items of the week at the What Is It? blog.

Congratulations to the winners of Neatorama's 'Pin To Win' Contest - Holiday Edition. The pinboards that won are:
ERMAGHERD NERTERRURRMURR CHRERSTMERS by Alejandra Narváez. She won this prize.
Neato musical holiday gifts we would like to give to our members by Seattle Musicians. They won this.
Ralphie, forever and always by Selina Garcia. Here's her prize.
That's a contest we'll have to do again! 

The Mayan apocalypse did not happen yesterday as scheduled, but it gave us plenty to talk about. We posted several updates on the non-event and introduced the I Survived the Mayan Apocalypse T-shirt from the NeatoShop.

If you're wondering where all the cute kittens and puppies wearing Christmas hats are, check out the sub-blog Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly, where you'll find plenty. And if you need some holiday recipes to impress your family, you'll find them all together at the sub-blog Neatolicious. Check out the Halloween blog, NeatoBambino, and Mad Skills for even more to read and enjoy! And we also have extra fun stuff at our Facebook page, where lots of Neatoramanauts jump in and discuss what's going on at Neatorama.  

Merry Christmas from Neatorama!

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