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$50 Challenge Winner!

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On May 2, we announced a $50 challenge. We made up a 10-question challenge based on information in the May/June 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.

28 entries were submitted, but there can only be one winner...

The Winner

Courtney Simpson was the first to answer all 10 of the questions correctly. Congratulations! (We'll be in touch via e-mail about your prize.)

Check out the winning answers after the jump.

The Answers

01. The marine biologist (and fluid dynamics expert) who discovered the "tubercle effect" has a name befitting his field of study. What is his name?
A. Frank Fish (page 58)

02. Edgecomb, Maine, has the honor of hosting the jewels—and ghost—of what European royal?
A. Marie Antoinette (page 72)

03. Strippers average almost twice as much in tips per shift when ovulating than when their time of peak fertility has passed, according to a recent study. How much did the strippers in the study average per shift when they were ovulating?
A. $335 (page 32)

04. When they became unable to eat solid foods, which two famed American businessmen (who also share a first name) added wet nurses to their staffs?
A. John Jacob Astor and John Rockefeller (page 70)

05. After being bombarded by 400 Molotov cocktails, pirates retreated—with one asking for footwear to protect his feet from the broken glass—from what Chinese ship?
A. Zhenhua 4 (page 50)

06. Vatican City's crime rate is the highest crime rate in the world. How many crimes per citizen occur in the tiny country?
A. 1.5 crimes per citizen (page 36)

07. Known as "the rocket to the rooftop of the world," what train provides personal oxygen canisters to every passenger?
A. The Lhasa Express (page 16)

08. In 1924, who served as Harry Houdini's ghostwriter for a short story published in Weird Tales magazine?
A. H.P. Lovecraft (page 67)

09. What event involved grown men running 50 meters while clenching raw bull testicles in their teeth?
A. The 2008 Shepherd's Shemozzle (page 29)

10. Only one contributor in the magazine sports a hat. Who is it and what does her/his hat say?
A. David Goldenberg, "'Bama for Obama" (page 7)

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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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