This Week at Neatorama

Hey, do you need an excuse to put off spring cleaning or mowing the lawn for another few minutes? Or maybe you want to take a break between chores. I know I do! Then stop for a bit and check out all the things that happened this past week at Neatorama. You may have missed something great!  

Eddie Deezen told us The Favorite Books of 32 Famous People. And Neatorama readers gave us a lot more favorites in the comments -and we'd like yours, too.

A Template for Scientific Press Releases and Science News Articles came from the Annals of Improbable Research. Remember it the next time you read a science press release.

Uncle John's Bathroom Reader brought us The Birth of the Dishwasher. Meanwhile, at my house, we are experiencing the death of the dishwasher.

And How to Win Friends and Inoculate People was reprinted from mental_floss magazine. With a bonus video.

We had two brainteasers from the Bathroom Readers Institute this week: Bridge Tournament and Diplomacy. Look for more this weekend!

In the What Is It? game this week, the pictured object is a chain weight that was used for training a gaited horse. Craig Clayton was the first with that answer, and so wins a t-shirt front he NeatoShop! The funniest answer came from ColShorts, who took a complete left turn from what everyone else was thinking and said, "What snakes wear when the roads are icy." That's good for a t-shirt from the NeatoShop, too! Thanks to everyone who played along this week. See the answers to all this week's mystery items at the What Is It? blog.

The post with the most comments this past week (excluding giveaways) was The Favorite Books of 32 Famous People, followed by the debate on Which Is Better? Tabasco Sauce or Sriracha and Being Black in China.

The most popular post of the week was Professor Encourages His Students to Cheat in Order to Teach Them Game Theory, followed by Which Is Better? Tabasco Sauce or Sriracha, and coming in third was The Big Duluth's Frightening Ceramics. All three of those blockbusters were posted by John Farrier. Way to go, John!

The post that garnered the most ♥s was Professor Encourages His Students to Cheat in Order to Teach Them Game Theory, followed by a tie between Expensive Railroad and Edwardian London and Cork in second place. Thanks for adding ♥s to let us know what posts you like!  

The post that was sent out via Neatorama's email button the most this week was Russian Victory? Which brings us to our Usability Tip of the Week. Yes, you can email a single post from Neatorama to someone you know would be interested. All you need to do is click on the post title, then look at the row of buttons across the bottom. Clicking the email button will bring up a window in which you can put your friend's addresses and some snarky remarks about the post you're sending them. It's easy!

Yikes! This photograph popped up on Neatorama's Facebook page. It's a test of a bullet-proof vest, taken in 1923. You'd have to have a lot of confidence in your product! This is just an example of the neat things you'll find at Facebook in addition to what's on the main site.

The NeatoShop now has a special section with suggestions for Mothers Day gifts. But that's just the beginning -if your mother has a special interest in a particular movie or TV show, hobbies, favorite characters, or would like some unique office supplies or kitchen gadgets, we've got a wonderful selection for the occasion. And if you know someone who is graduating, the NeatoShop is a great place to find a unique gift for them!

As always, we welcome your compliments, constructive criticism, suggestions, and tips. Have a great week!

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