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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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NASA Could Send Your Tweet Into Deep Space
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The inventors of Twitter could never have imagined how their creation would change the world. The social media platform has become the stage upon which some of the most important dramas—and pettiest comedies—of the last few years have played out. And now it'll help beam one lucky person's message into interstellar space, thanks to NASA's #MessageToVoyager contest.

The Voyager 2 and Voyager 1 spacecrafts launched on August 20 and September 5, of 1977. The probes set sail in opposite directions, bound for the outer reaches of space, each bearing a golden record imprinted with messages of peace and welcome from Earth to whomever else the spacecraft might encounter along the way.

The decades since have seen years of astonishing firsts from the two little probes. Voyager 2 has cruised past and sent back images from Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Just five years ago, Voyager 1 became the first craft to enter interstellar space.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the missions, NASA wants to give the people of Earth the opportunity to send a new message. The agency will transmit the single winning tweet into the area of deep space Voyager 1 now occupies.

To participate, compose a message of up to 60 characters. That includes letters, numbers, spaces, and punctuation. Tag your submission with #MessageToVoyager and post it to Twitter by August 15. You can also share it on Instagram, Facebook, Google+, or Tumblr.

Representatives from NASA, JPL, and the Voyager team will narrow down the entries, and then hold a public vote for the winner.

For full contest rules, check out NASA's #MessageToVoyager website.

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You Could Be One of the First People to See the Upcoming Solar Eclipse With New Airbnb Contest
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Airbnb is going to help two lucky people become some of the first in the nation to see the cross-continental total solar eclipse when it journeys across the U.S. on August 21. As Travel + Leisure reports, the company is holding a contest to send two guests on a deluxe eclipse-viewing mini-vacation in Oregon.

First, the winner and their guest will head to Bend, Oregon on August 20 to stay in a geodesic dome under the stars, looking up at the night sky from the observation deck with multiple telescopes, according to the press release. They’ll hang out and chat about the stars with with astrophysicist Jedidah Isler, who studies black holes, and learn how to shoot great nighttime photos with Babak Tafreshi, a National Geographic photographer.

An interior view of the Airbnb geodesic dome.
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The next day, Isler will accompany the winners on a private jet for a two-hour flight over the Pacific Ocean. The plane will fly along the path of totality, potentially extending the amount of time the guests have to view the Moon completely covering the Sun by up to a minute compared to what people will see from the ground.

Even if you don’t win, plenty of people are trekking out to the path of totality, and you can probably find another place to crash. Airbnb estimates that it has around 3800 listed houses along the path of totality. (This one in Oregon is going for $10,000 a night that weekend.) But you might have more trouble finding a private plane to fly you to a viewing spot atop the clouds. The next total solar eclipse won't be visible from the U.S. until 2024, so this is your last chance for a while.

You have until August 10 to send Airbnb your best argument for why you should get to go on a great eclipse adventure.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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