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How Did You Know? [Day 5]

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If you've made it this far, I commend you! One more puzzle to solve and you're home free. First one to send in the correct answer to the challenge below, along with the correct answers found all along the path this week, AND, the logic behind "˜em (which is to say: HOW DID YOU KNOW?), gets a pick of any t-shirt or book from our store.

As comments have been turned off for the length of the hunt, please click on the following link and send your answers and logic to us at: TriviaHunt@Gmail.com.

If you missed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday's challenges, there might still be time to solve them all. No one knows how long it'll take for one of you trivia junkies to nail down the whole megillah so make haste, make haste. And now, on the next page, I present the final puzzle, drawing on all the answers you dug up along the trail.

F I L L  I N  T H E  B L A N K S:

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Day 1: Each of Monday's answers has something in common, namely, a band. What is the name of the band?

Day 2: Only one of Tuesday's answers spells a new word when turned backwards. What is the new word?

Day 3: On Wednesday you were asked to single out the one video or headline that stood apart from the others. All the others had two words in common. What were those two words?

Day 4: Every album on Thursday had something in common. They all what?

Day 5: Once you plug in the above Day 1-4 answers, you'll know what album title I'm looking for here.

Remember, in addition to solving the puzzle, I need the How Did You Know? component to name a winner. For instance, it's not enough to know the Day 1 answer above. I also want to know how you arrived at that answer. (e.g. What DO all five of Monday's songs have in common?)

Ready to submit? E-mail us by clicking the following link: TriviaHunt@Gmail.com. Along with your submission, we'd love to hear what you thought of this little week-long trivia feature. Was it too hard? Too easy? Do you want more of 'em? What was your favorite challenge? etc. The feedback would be most appreciated.

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Today, Americans do most of their shopping online—but as anyone who’s indulged in late-night retail therapy likely knows, this convenience often can come with an added cost. Trying to curb expenses, but don't want to swear off the convenience of ordering groceries in your PJs? New research shows that shopping on a desktop computer instead of a mobile phone may help you avoid making foolish purchases, according to Co. Design. Ying Zhu, a marketing professor at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan, recently led a study to measure how touchscreen technology affects consumer behavior. Published in the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, her research found that people are more likely to make more frivolous, impulsive purchases if they’re shopping on their phones than if they’re facing a computer monitor. Zhu, along with study co-author Jeffrey Meyer of Bowling Green State University, ran a series of lab experiments on student participants to observe how different electronic devices affected shoppers’ thinking styles and intentions. Their aim was to see if subjects' purchasing goals changed when it came to buying frivolous things, like chocolate or massages, or more practical things, like food or office supplies. In one experiment, participants were randomly assigned to use a desktop or a touchscreen. Then, they were presented with an offer to purchase either a frivolous item (a $50 restaurant certificate for $30) or a useful one (a $50 grocery certificate for $30). These subjects used a three-point scale to gauge how likely they were to purchase the offer, and they also evaluated how practical or frivolous each item was. (Participants rated the restaurant certificate to be more indulgent than the grocery certificate.) Sure enough, the researchers found that participants had "significantly higher" purchase intentions for hedonic (i.e. pleasurable) products when buying on touchscreens than on desktops, according to the study. On the flip side, participants had significantly higher purchase intentions for utilitarian (i.e. practical) products while using desktops instead of touchscreens. "The playful and fun nature of the touchscreen enhances consumers' favor of hedonic products; while the logical and functional nature of a desktop endorses the consumers' preference for utilitarian products," Zhu explains in a press release. The study also found that participants using touchscreen technology scored significantly higher on "experiential thinking" than subjects using desktop computers, whereas those with desktop computers demonstrated higher scores for rational thinking. “When you’re in an experiential thinking mode, [you crave] excitement, a different experience,” Zhu explained to Co. Design. “When you’re on the desktop, with all the work emails, that interface puts you into a rational thinking style. While you’re in a rational thinking style, when you assess a product, you’ll look for something with functionality and specific uses.” Zhu’s advice for consumers looking to conserve cash? Stow away the smartphone when you’re itching to splurge on a guilty pleasure. [h/t Fast Company]

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