Help Us Decide Where to Go!

mental_floss is hitting the road this Fall, and for good reason: October's going to be a big month. We're releasing a new board game and a new book within a few weeks of each other! To celebrate, we're taking The mental_floss Trivia Show to the 5 Flossiest Cities in America. But first we have to decide where we're headed. Actually, YOU have to decide.

If you think mental_floss should make a trip to your town, e-mail us at and put your town's name in the subject line (it makes it a lot easier for us to tally votes).

That's all you have to do! And if you'd like to assist in any way with the planning/promotion of the event, just let us know in your e-mail.  There will be flossy prizes involved for all those who help.

We already mentioned the possibility of an event in Birmingham, AL. Because of the terrific response from readers, Birmingham will definitely be on the list. We'll select 4 more locations, based on these e-mails, and then another 5 for the spring.

Can't wait to find out where we're headed!

Oh, and here's a sneak peek at those October releases:


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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked

Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"


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