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$50 Challenge Winner!

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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...

The 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.

The Answers

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)

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Owe Money to the IRS? You Could Score a Free One-Way Trip with JetBlue
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April 18—Tax Day—is fast approaching. Not expecting a fat refund check? Here’s some consolation: Travel + Leisure reports that JetBlue is giving away 1000 free one-way flights to taxpayers who owe money to Uncle Sam.

The airline launched its Tax Return Return Flight giveaway on April 11. The giveaway runs until April 25, and you’re eligible to enter once a day. Just visit JetBlueTaxReturnFlight.com and fill out the required fields (name, email, age, and whether you owe money to the IRS on your 2016 return).

JetBlue will select 66 winners each day during the promotion’s first 14 days, and on the last day, they’ll choose 76 winners. These lucky individuals—who will receive the good news via email—will score a one-way flight certificate, which they can use to book trips anywhere in the contiguous United States or Alaska. That said, the certificate is only valid between May 1 and June 15, 2017, so consider whether or not you’re up for a spur-of-the-moment spring break trip before throwing your hat in the ring.

The promotion is open to adults ages 18 or older. All must be legal residents of one of the contiguous 48 United States, Washington, DC, or Alaska. (Sorry, Hawaii.) Winners probably won’t be required to show JetBlue their tax forms, but in the name of honesty (and karma), don't lie about owing money just to snag a discount trip.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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Megabus Wants to Throw You a Free Wedding (on a Megabus)
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Marriage can be a bumpy road, but Megabus wants to give one lucky couple a smooth start by awarding them a free wedding. The discount travel company's new “Marry Me On A Megabus” sweepstakes provides winners with an all-expenses-paid ceremony aboard a bus, along with two round-trip tickets for the honeymoon and $2500 in cash.

For most people, buses don’t exactly scream “romance.” But according to Sean Hughes, Megabus's director of public affairs, they often serve as a vehicle for lasting love.

"Over the past 10 years, we have loved hearing about couples that have met on a Megabus or used megabus.com to travel to see their long-distance loves," Hughes said in a news release. "It's a pleasure to play Cupid and be a part of so many people's love life."

Touching anecdotes aside, all couples—not just far-flung sweethearts—are invited to enter Megabus’s giveaway until February 21, either through the company's Facebook page or an online form. Submit the story of how you met, and why exactly you want to be married on a Megabus. (The giveaway’s perks—which, in addition to a paid honeymoon, include free music, flowers, and an officiant; and complimentary transportation to and from the ceremony—probably don’t count toward your answer.)

The winning duo will be announced on social media on March 15, 2017; they can select a wedding destination from more than 100 cities. Interested couples can view the official sweepstakes rules online.

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