This Week at Neatorama

We’ve got St. Patrick’s Day coming up Monday, and of course there are plenty of parties and parades this weekend leading up to it. But that’s not all that’s happening -tomorrow is Selection Sunday, which is not so much a holiday as a tense time for basketball fans when the NCAA brackets will set. March Madness begins Tuesday, with the first round of tournament play. There will be very little work accomplished in offices across the U.S. Tuesday and Wednesday, but after that, the field is narrowed to just prime time games. Amidst all the madness, I hope you have some time to catch up on what we’ve been doing this past week at Neatorama.

Here’s something we’re excited about: The NeatoShop now has its own Facebook page! Check it out and be one of the first to officially like it! 

John Farrier told us 16 Facts You Might Not Know about Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

Eddie Deezen took a look at Jerry Lewis’ The Nutty Professor in honor of the actor’s birthday, which is Sunday.

The history of The Aloha Shirt was brought to you by Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader.

The Annals of Improbable Research asked the question Do the Origins of Surgeons' Aggressive Behavior Lie in Tadpole Cannibalism?

CSI: Wildlife came from mental_floss magazine.

Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves brought us a collection of Food Maps of the World.

In his Geography History series, John told us about Rockall--A Tiny Island Claimed by Four Nations.

The Whodunit this week was The Secret Letters. Did you figure it out?

In the What Is It? game this week, the strange object featured is a lawn mower blade balancer.It is used after sharpening the blade to ensure that each half of it weighs the same. You can see a video of the process at the What Is It? blog. We, of course, were looking for imaginative but wrong answers. Tapisbis had a good one,

It's one of the first artificial Christmas trees. Before plastics became common, scientists searched for viable artificial Christmas trees, this early tin example was quite popular although balancing the ornaments on the shelves proved challenging after a couple of eggnogs.

Which is deserving of a t-shirt from the NeatoShop! Another one goes to Warren Auld, who said it was “Archimedes drain plug. Also the reason he suddenly shouted ‘Eureka!’” Ha! Thanks to everyone who played this week, and thanks to the What Is It? blog.

The post with the most comments this week was One Weird Trick to Destroy a Man's Ego, followed by Scientific Research Shows The Five Second Rule Is True.

The most popular post was Food Maps of the World. Coming in second was One Dog's Incredible Life Saving Transformation, and Please Do Not Feed This Cat finished in third place.

The post that got the most ♥s was Dolphin Swims to Diver to Ask for Help. In second place was One Dog's Incredible Life Saving Transformation and Man Says Goodbye To His Dog With A Touching Short Film was third. The most-emailed post was Bunny Must Be Petted!

As far as social media goes, Fudge Brownie Waffles Covered with Nutella Sauce and Bacon was the most liked post on Facebook this week and the most-shared on Google +, too. A Donkey Powered Taxi For Newborn Lambs was the most Tweeted, and Food Maps of the World was the post that was most pinned on Pinterest. 

And there's more! We’ve got a contest going on at Homes and Hues in which you could win $100 in merchandise from the NeatoShop!

At the Neatoramanauts Facebook page, the most popular post of the week was this bed comparison. No doubt lots of people had a problem adjusting to Daylight Saving Time just like I did. Make sure you're following Neatorama on Twitter and Pinterest, too!

Happy St. Patricks Day, everyone, and have a wonderful week!

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