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Book Giveaway Winners

We owe some people some books! Our jury has reached verdicts in last week's giveaways. Here's who won, what they won, and why:

Prize: Problem Identified (And You're Probably Not Part of the Solution), by Scott Adams
Challenge: Name the four conference rooms in the new (completely fictional) Mental Floss, LLC headquarters
Winner: Paul
Winning Entry: 1. Good Question, 2. Don't Know, 3. Not Sure, 4. Somewhere
(Which should making answering the question, "Which conference room is that meeting in?" a lot of fun.)
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Prize: Trotsky: A Biography, by Robert Service
Challenge: Give us the name of a strangely titled biography or memoir

Winner: Linda
Winning Entry: Crazy Aunt Purl's Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair: The True-Life Misadventures of a 30-Something Who Learned to Knit After He Split, by Laurie Perry
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Prize: Mint Condition, by Dave Jamieson
Challenge: Tell us about a time you went overboard to complete a collection
Winner: Niki
Winning Entry: When I was in college, I was trying to collect a full set of candle holders from the Party Lite Candle Company to decorate my living room. The candle set was pretty, but not really a collector's item. I just wanted the matching set. There were tea candle sets, Jar Candle holders, and similar items. Then, they came out with a candle warmer "“ the catch: you had to host a party in order to be eligible to buy it. So, of course, I hosted the party, during mid terms. Then, the Party Lite consultant read the fine print: my party hadn't made quite enough money "“ and the sale was already closed, so I couldn't just add to it!

In order to get my friends to come to another party and buy more stuff before their first orders even came in, I promised to make everyone sushi. This involved me learning to make sushi and spending $200 on stuff to make sushi. The second party made enough money for me to spend $45 on an overpriced candle warmer.

Within a couple of months of receiving my prized posession, I accidentally broke it. After all of that trouble! I contacted the consultant to see about replacing it, but I would have had to throw another party. So I sold the rest of the set instead! Hahaha.
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Prizes: TBD
Challenge: What's something you've picked up re-watching a favorite movie that you don't think most people caught?
Winners: gmsc, TeacherPatti + nowheremen22
Winning Entries: In Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the name of the Chinese club is "Club Obi Wan" (gmsc); "It took me about a thousand views of The Breakfast Club, but I finally noticed that "Student (or Man or something) of the Year" (from years past) was Carl the janitor. The picture is in the trophy case that they show in the beginning of the film, during the voice over; (TeacherPatti); "While watching Airplane! for the umpteenth time, my wife spotted something that neither of us had ever noticed. In the scene where Captain Oveur get's the emergency call about the sick girl, they pan past the magazine rack. My wife says, "What did that say?" I rewind and see that on the rack it has a label that says "Wacking Material" (nowheremen22).
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We'll post today's challenge shortly. Congratulations to all the winners—expect an email shortly. And thanks to everyone who played along.

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A Simple Way to Charge Your iPhone in 5 Minutes
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Spotting the “low battery” notification on your phone is usually followed by a frantic search for an outlet and further stress over the fact that you may not have time for a full charge. On iPhones, plugging your device into the wall for five minutes might result in only a modest increase of about three percent or so. But this tip from Business Insider Tech may allow you to squeeze out a little more juice.

The trick? Before charging, put your phone in Airplane Mode so that you reduce the number of energy-sucking tasks (signal searching, fielding incoming communications) your device will try and perform.

Next, take the cover off if you have one (the phone might be generating extra heat as a result). Finally, try to use an iPad adapter, which has demonstrated a faster rate of charging than the adapter that comes with your iPhone.

Do that and you’ll likely double your battery boost, from about three to six percent. It may not sound like much, but that little bit of extra juice might keep you connected until you’re able to plug it in for a full charge.

[h/t Business Insider Tech]

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Trying to Save Money? Avoid Shopping on a Smartphone
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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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