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Trivia Contest With Pat Kiernan Starts Now!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Drew Scheeler, who was the first person to submit all the correct answers, and thanks to everyone for participating!

You may have heard that I'm teaming up with mental_floss and TrivWorks to put on The Ultimate Halloween Pop Culture Trivia Night at the Bell House on October 29. But we couldn't wait to start in on the fun, so we're holding an online trivia contest on mental_floss, right here, right now.

Here's how it works:

1. Get an email ready. Address it to patstrivia@mentalfloss.com.
2. In the subject line, write "Pat's Trivia."
3. Hit play on the video above. I'll read 10 Halloween-related trivia questions; you pick the answers from the multiple choice options provided below, and put them in the body of the email.
4. When you're finished, hit send!

The first person to email all the correct answers to patstrivia@mentalfloss.com will win a prize. Good luck!

Ready? Here we go...

Question #1 Multiple Choice Answers
Hebrew
Lunar
Mayan
Egyptian
Wiccan
Celtic
Satanic
New Moon
Pagan
Welsh

Question #2 Multiple Choice Answers
1057
1122
1215
1315
1492
1515
1692
1776
1884
1901

Question #3 Multiple Choice Answers
“Night of the Living Dead”
“Invasion of the Body Snatchers”
“Alien”
“Carrie”
“Jaws”
“A Nightmare on Elm Street”
“Friday the 13th”
“Halloween”
“The Exorcist”
“The Texas Chain Saw Massacre”

Question #4 Multiple Choice Answers
Maine
Oregon
Minnesota
Maryland
Wisconsin
New Hampshire
Virginia
Arkansas
California
Montana

Question #5 Multiple Choice Answers
Casper
Astronaut
Bear
Clown
Dog
Robot
TV Set
Speak & Spell
Big Bird
Yoda

Question #6 Multiple Choice Answers
Roman Candles
Jack-O'-Lanterns
Incense Sticks
Tax Returns
Counterfeit $100 Bills
Memorial Candles
Teabags
Trivia Magazines
“E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” Video Games
Cigarettes

Question #7 Multiple Choice Answers
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Question #8 Multiple Choice Answers
Twizzlers
Hershey’s Kisses
Snickers
Twix
Candy Canes
Candy Corn
Kit-Kat
Gummy Bears
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
M&M’s Again

Question #9 Multiple Choice Answers
Pescatarianism
Omnivorism
Hematology
Hematophagy
Bloodism
Somatophorism
Oncolophagy
Septology
Emenisism
Hemogoblin

Question #10 Multiple Choice Answers
Big Bill
“Wild” Bill
Big Tex
Big Papa
Big Mama
Sandy
Horrace
Chairy
Large Marge
Alamo

And that's it! Email your answers to patstrivia@mentalfloss.com, and, if you're in the area, come out to the Ultimate Halloween Pop Culture Trivia Night on October 29 at the Bell House in Brooklyn. mental_floss will be there giving away prizes—get your tickets here.

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Scandal! 12 Camels Were Disqualified from a Saudi Arabia Beauty Contest Over Botox Allegations
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Saudi Arabia’s central Riyadh Region has been roiled by an animal show scandal straight from a Christopher Guest film. As NPR reports, around a dozen camels were disqualified from a beauty contest at the annual King Abdulaziz Camel Festival because their handlers illegally plumped their features with Botox injections.

The month-long Camel Festival in Al Dhana, Saudi Arabia, runs through February 1, 2018, and features around 30,000 camels. The animals participate in races, an obedience competition, and a beauty contest. Nearly $57 million in prize money rides on these high-stakes events, and owners preen their prized steeds accordingly with massages, hairspray, and—as it turns out—banned cosmetic surgery procedures, according to The Telegraph.

Camels in the ungulate pageant are judged on whether they have long necks, enlarged lips and noses, a big head, and defined humps. The criteria evidently drove some owners to desperate measures: Shortly before the Camel Festival kicked off, officials discovered that a vet had been injecting some participating camels with botulism.

The vet is receiving heat, but he’s by no means the only competitor to use illegal tactics, according to United Arab Emirates-based newspaper The National. In addition to Botox injections and collagen fillers, some sneaky handlers darken their animals’ coats with oil, rely on hormone injections for enhanced muscularity, and stretch the camels' lips by hand to elongate their appearance. And while large facial features are considered desirable, large lobes aren’t, so the guilty vet’s humped charges also received ear reductions.

Officials can ban enhanced camels from entering future beauty competitions, and owners can face possible legal recourse for violating animal welfare laws. Some breeders have called for cheaters to face stronger punishments, like a fine, which is already applied to drug-enhanced racing camels. As for now, the 12 camels who went under the needle are now under the microscope.

[h/t NPR]

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LEGO Wants to Turn Your Space-Themed Design Into a New Set
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LEGO wants to turn your out-of-this-world brick design into a reality as part of a new contest calling for space exploration-themed concepts. The winning entry in the LEGO Moments in Space competition will be transformed into a real-life LEGO set that the company will give away as a promotional "gift with purchase" product.

As part of the contest, LEGO is inviting designers ages 13 and up to create what the company describes as “the ultimate space model." The design can be realistic or based on science fiction, as long as it follows a few important guidelines. The final assembled product must be made from around 300 basic pieces, and it can't be too big. It has to be able to fit on a 16-stud-by-16-stud LEGO baseplate inside one of the smaller LEGO boxes. The designs can feature stickers, but they have to be decals from old LEGO sets.

Participants can submit entries for the “LEGO Moments in Space” contest either in the form of digital renderings or photos of real-life projects through February 9, 2018. Fans can vote for the top 25 builds on the LEGO Ideas site, and then a special panel will select the grand-prize winner and 10 runner-ups. The results will be revealed to the public on March 2, 2018.

The winner will not only have the opportunity to see their design made into a real product in 2019, but will also receive a $250 online LEGO shopping spree and a curated collection of LEGO's previous "gift with purchase" sets. Get more information about entering the contest on the LEGO Ideas website.

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