This Week at Neatorama

It's been a busy week here, despite the holiday. But that's the way we like it: lots of posts, lots of comments, lots of visitors. That's the way to start a new year! Subscribers already know this: NeatoMail has been revamped, to bring you more and better information and cool things to see. Yes, it has more than what you get checking the main page here every day -although I hope you do that, too. You should sign up to get yours every week!

This week, Jill Harness brought us 15 Fantastically Artistic Alternate Covers For Famous Books.

John Farrier asked the question Who Is the Only Person to Be Elected Governor of 2 Different US States? And then answered it. He also told us about 5 Futures for Libraries.

Eddie Deezen gave us A Few Facts You Might Not Know About the TV Series Batman.

Over on our Spotlight blog, we had the answer to What Made The Strange Web Towers In The Amazon.

Hi-Yo Silver, Away! came from Uncle John's Bathroom Reader.

The Annals of Improbable Research gave us A Stress Analysis of a Strapless Evening Gown.

Decoding Einstein's Brain was from mental_floss magazine.

John brought us some other fascinating but lesser-known stories from history this week, like America’s Monument to Its Most Infamous Traitor, Benedict Arnold, The Extraordinary Voyage of the CSS Shenandoah, Legally Speaking, George Washington Outranks All Other Army Officers, Past and Present, and The First USS Enterprise.

Our Pzzlr this week was Filling the Tank, the Conceptis puzzle was CalcuDoku, and the Whodunit was called Jonah's Nightmare. Then we had a puzzle with prizes attached...

In the What is It? game, the object turned out to be a Type K D.C. Relay that was made by the General Railway Signal Company. We had a lot of funnier guesses. Trillian guessed it was an emergency jumpstarter for Frankenstein's monster. That's good for a t-shirt from the NeatoShop! Another great guess came from azog, who said it was "an early prototype of a defibrillator. Unfortunately it tended to blow off the patients thumbs." That paints a picture, alright, and it's good for a t-shirt as well! Find out the identifications of all the mystery items of the week at the What Is It? blog.

We had a couple of reader polls this week. Should Mattel Make a Plus Size Barbie? Most of you said no. Should Wealthy Students Be Required to Do Low-Wage Jobs? Most of you said yes.

The non-giveaway post with the most comments was Artistic Temperaments. In a tie for second place was Should Mattel Make a Plus Size Barbie? and A Few Facts You Might Not Know About the TV Series Batman.  

The comment of the week has to be Barking Bud's thread under The Extraordinary Voyage of the CSS Shenandoah. He and John went back and forth almost entirely in images. Funny images!

The most popular post of the week was  A Few Facts You Might Not Know About the TV Series Batman, with 20 Life Lessons from Adventure Time coming in second, followed by Ball of Spiders Explodes in Every Direction

The most ♥ed post was Couple Celebrates 61 Years of Marriage with Up-Themed Photoshoot followed by 100-year-old Negatives Discovered in Antarctic.

The most emailed post was Buffalo Chicken Beer Cheese Dip, which came out right before all the New Year's Eve parties! In second place was A Few Facts You Might Not Know About the TV Series Batman and Celebrating a New Year in the Movies tied with 10 Ways A Condom Can't Protect You for third.

The most popular post this week at the Homes and Hues blog was The Brilliant Design Choices Behind Chile's Bicentennial Park.

Come join us on our social media sites! over at the Neatorama Pinterest boards, our most-pinned post was the fellow who had his father's handprint tattooed on his shoulder. The NeatoShop has its own Pinterest board, too, so you can easily share what's new. At the Neatoramanaut's Facebook page, the most-liked item was this tip for not losing your turtle.

Have a great week, everyone!

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