No Love for Duke

My friend Pete is inexplicably a die-hard North Carolina State fan. I do not mean to slight the Wolfpack here. It's just that Pete did not attend this university, nor did anyone he knows. He did not grow up near this university, either. He's never even flown into Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU, as the locals call it "“ though Pete wouldn't know that).

Earlier this week, he sent me Thomas Neumann's ESPN Page 2 column on the top ten most-hated Duke basketball players. For this post to make any sense, I must reveal my Blue Devil alumni status. While I was not one to paint my stomach or sleep in tents before games "“ I don't like itching or camping or crowds "“ I'm still a big fan. In fact, I recently rated Duke Basketball my fourth-favorite sport, after the NFL, Wii Tennis and American Idol.

This has been a rebuilding year for Duke, a program that hasn't rebuilt in a decade. Pete's been loving it. And before last night's Duke-NC State match-up, he made a bet. "If we win," he said, lumping himself in with the Wolfpack despite never being south of Delaware, "you have to post that top-ten list on mental_floss." Although we never decided what the stakes were if Duke won, I stupidly accepted.

Duke lost 85-80 in OT. Here's the list.

1. Christian Laettner
2. J.J. Redick
3. Steve Wojciechowski
4. Chris Collins
5. Brian Davis
6. Mike Krzyzewski
7. Danny Ferry
8. Bobby Hurley
9. Shavlik Randolph
10. Gerald Henderson

The Real Bay of Pigs: Big Major Cay in the Bahamas

When most people visit the Bahamas, they’re thinking about a vacation filled with sun, sand, and swimming—not swine. But you can get all four of those things if you visit Big Major Cay.

Big Major Cay, also now known as “Pig Island” for obvious reasons, is part of the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas. Exuma includes private islands owned by Johnny Depp, Tyler Perry, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, and David Copperfield. Despite all of the local star power, the real attraction seems to be the family of feral pigs that has established Big Major Cay as their own. It’s hard to say how many are there—some reports say it’s a family of eight, while others say the numbers are up to 40. However big the band of roaming pigs is, none of them are shy: Their chief means of survival seems to be to swim right up to boats and beg for food, which the charmed tourists are happy to provide (although there are guidelines about the best way of feeding the pigs).

No one knows exactly how the pigs got there, but there are plenty of theories. Among them: 1) A nearby resort purposely released them more than a decade ago, hoping to attract tourists. 2) Sailors dropped them off on the island, intending to dine on pork once they were able to dock for a longer of period of time. For one reason or another, the sailors never returned. 3) They’re descendants of domesticated pigs from a nearby island. When residents complained about the original domesticated pigs, their owners solved the problem by dropping them off at Big Major Cay, which was uninhabited. 4) The pigs survived a shipwreck. The ship’s passengers did not.

The purposeful tourist trap theory is probably the least likely—VICE reports that the James Bond movie Thunderball was shot on a neighboring island in the 1960s, and the swimming swine were there then.

Though multiple articles reference how “adorable” the pigs are, don’t be fooled. One captain warns, “They’ll eat anything and everything—including fingers.”

Here they are in action in a video from National Geographic:

Pop Culture
The House From The Money Pit Is For Sale

Looking for star-studded new digs? For a cool $5.9 million, reports, you can own the Long Island country home featured in the 1986 comedy The Money Pit—no renovations required.

For the uninitiated, the film features Tom Hanks and Shelley Long as hapless first-time homeowners who purchase a rundown mansion for cheap. The savings they score end up being paltry compared to the debt they incur while trying to fix up the house.

The Money Pit featured exterior shots of "Northway," an eight-bedroom estate located in the village of Lattingtown in Nassau County, New York. Luckily for potential buyers, its insides are far nicer than the fictional ones portrayed in the movie, thanks in part to extensive renovations performed by the property’s current owners.

Amenities include a giant master suite with a French-style dressing room, eight fireplaces, a "wine wall," and a heated outdoor saltwater pool. Check out some photos below, or view the entire listing here.

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in 1986's “The Money Pit”

The real-life Long Island home featured in 1986's “The Money Pit”



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