$50 Challenge Winner!
On March 8, we announced a $50 challenge. We made up a 10-question challenge based on information in the March/April 2009 issue of mental_floss magazine; the goal was to be the first reader to submit the correct (as found in the magazine) answers for all 10 questions.
For the first time in the history of the $50 challenge, all the entrants answered all the questions correctly. But there can only be one winner...
Sarah Underwood got all 10 correct answers to us at 3:33 p.m., just an hour and a half after the challenge was posted! Congratulations! (We'll be in touch via e-mail about your prize.)
Check out the winning answers after the jump.
01. According to Alexander Exquemelin's memoir, what compensation could a pirate expect after losing his right arm?
A. 600 pieces of eight, the equivalent of more than $100,000 today (page 67)
02. An emergency surgery in 1917 prompted the creation of the Royal Flying Doctor Service 12 years later. What tools were used in that surgery?
A. A razor and a penknife (page 61)
03. What frightening experience inspired the design of the car that became the original TV Batmobile?
A. Close encounter with a shark while scuba diving (page 18)
04. A man was arrested and charged with DWI in 2008 while using one of "the world's laziest inventions." Which invention was he using?
A. The Cruzin Cool, a motorized scooter attached to a cooler (page 17)
05. Paulo Coelho pioneered a surprising new way to sell books. What American author used his technique on Oprah's Web site with successful results?
A. Suze Orman with Women & Money (page 44)
06. In the 1970s, dot patterns were added to Aboriginal painting. Why?
A. To conceal the secret locations of sacred rituals, which were revealed in the details of the art (page 65)
07. What, according to Toni Morrison, serves as a tribute or memorial to the millions of African-American slaves?
A. Her novel Beloved (page 50)
08. The transportation system of the Mafeking Cadet Corps, forerunners of the Boy Scouts, was eaten. What happened?
A. The transportation, donkeys, were eaten when food became scarce, so the boys switched to bicycles (page 34)
09. In 1802 Jean-Baptiste Lamark left his mark on the future of high school science curricula. How?
A. He coined the term "biology" (page 56)
10. Who sent in this month's Six Degrees challenge?
A. Daniel Axmacher of Wooster, Ohio (page 70)