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.)
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
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.
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.

Win a Trip to Any National Park By Instagramming Your Travels

If you're planning out your summer vacation, make sure to add a few national parks to your itinerary. Every time you share your travels on Instagram, you can increase your chances of winning a VIP trip for two to the national park of your choice.

The National Park Foundation is hosting its "Pic Your Park" sweepstakes now through September 28. To participate, post your selfies from visits to National Park System (NPS) properties on Instagram using the hashtag #PicYourParkContest and a geotag of the location. Making the trek to multiple parks increases your points, with less-visited parks in the system having the highest value. During certain months, the point values of some sites are doubled. You can find a list of participating properties and a schedule of boost periods here.

Following the contest run, the National Park Foundation will decide a winner based on most points earned. The grand prize is a three-day, two-night trip for the winner and a guest to any NPS property within the contiguous U.S. Round-trip airfare and hotel lodging are included. The reward also comes with a 30-day lease of a car from Subaru, the contest's sponsor.

The contest is already underway, with a leader board on the website keeping track of the competition. If you're looking to catch up, this national parks road trip route isn't a bad place to start.

15 Dad Facts for Father's Day

Gather 'round the grill and toast Dad for Father's Day—the national holiday so awesome that Americans have celebrated it for more than a century. Here are 15 Dad facts you can wow him with today.

1. Halsey Taylor invented the drinking fountain in 1912 as a tribute to his father, who succumbed to typhoid fever after drinking from a contaminated public water supply in 1896.

2. George Washington, the celebrated father of our country, had no children of his own. A 2004 study suggested that a type of tuberculosis that Washington contracted in childhood may have rendered him sterile. He did adopt the two children from Martha Custis's first marriage.

3. In Thailand, the king's birthday also serves as National Father's Day. The celebration includes fireworks, speeches, and acts of charity and honor—the most distinct being the donation of blood and the liberation of captive animals.

4. In 1950, after a Washington Post music critic gave Harry Truman's daughter Margaret's concert a negative review, the president came out swinging: "Some day I hope to meet you," he wrote. "When that happens you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!"

5. A.A. Milne created Winnie the Pooh for his son, Christopher Robin. Pooh was based on Robin's teddy bear, Edward, a gift Christopher had received for his first birthday, and on their father/son visits to the London Zoo, where the bear named Winnie was Christopher's favorite. Pooh comes from the name of Christopher's pet swan.

6. Kurt Vonnegut was (for a short time) Geraldo Rivera's father-in-law. Rivera's marriage to Edith Vonnegut ended in 1974 because of his womanizing. Her ever-protective father was quoted as saying, "If I see Gerry again, I'll spit in his face." He also included an unflattering character named Jerry Rivers (a chauffeur) in a few of his books.

7. Andre Agassi's father represented Iran in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics as a boxer.

8. Charlemagne, the 8th-century king of the Franks, united much of Western Europe through military campaigns and has been called the "king and father of Europe" [PDF]. Charlemagne was also a devoted dad to about 18 children, and today, most Europeans may be able to claim Charlemagne as their ancestor.

9. The voice of Papa Smurf, Don Messick, also provided the voice of Scooby-Doo, Ranger Smith on Yogi Bear, and Astro and RUDI on The Jetsons.

10. In 2001, Yuri Usachev, cosmonaut and commander of the International Space Station, received a talking picture frame from his 12-year-old daughter while in orbit. The gift was made possible by RadioShack, which filmed the presentation of the gift for a TV commercial.

11. The only father-daughter collaboration to hit the top spot on the Billboard pop music chart was the 1967 hit single "Something Stupid" by Frank & Nancy Sinatra.

12. In the underwater world of the seahorse, it's the male that gets to carry the eggs and birth the babies.

13. If show creator/producer Sherwood Schwartz had gotten his way, Gene Hackman would have portrayed the role of father Mike Brady on The Brady Bunch.

14. The Stevie Wonder song "Isn't She Lovely" is about his newborn daughter, Aisha. If you listen closely, you can hear Aisha crying during the song.

15. Dick Hoyt has pushed and pulled his son Rick, who has cerebral palsy, through hundreds of marathons and triathlons. Rick cannot speak, but using a custom-designed computer he has been able to communicate. They ran their first five-mile race together when Rick was in high school. When they were done, Rick sent his father this message: "Dad, when we were running, it felt like I wasn't disabled anymore!"


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