WanderLinks: How Stadiums Enforce Lifetime Bans

Thanks so very much to everyone who contributed name suggestions for our new column. We're going to test out a few different names this week, starting today with WanderLinks. I think it nicely conveys the fun, loose vibe we’ll try to serve up to help you get to quitting time each day. Cole, whether or not the name sticks, we owe you a t-shirt.

Also, feel free to send link suggestions or other thoughts to colin@mentalfloss.com.

From the “Google Can Actually Do That?" File
Because Google has never been happy with just searching for stuff around the web for you, they have added another useful entry to their ever-growing array of futuristic features: three-dimensional video tours of world landmarks. (Via Gizmodo)

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So You Had A Few Too Many & You Punched A Stranger & Knocked Over A Cotton Candy Vendor & Stripped Naked & Streaked Across Left Field
And now you’re banned from the stadium for life. We’ve all been there. The real question is whether the ban will be enforced — and how.

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Who Said You Could Only Make Square, Monochromatic People With Lego Blocks?
Nobody ever said that. It was just a contrived question I asked for that headline so that I could show you these cool Lego ads recreating notable cartoon characters.

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May 7, 1896: This Guy Would’ve Gotten the Worst Ratings on Trip Advisor
The death of the world’s worst concierge took place 116 years ago today. If you haven’t read The Devil in the White City, I highly recommend it.

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy That You'll Finally Know Bobby McFerrin For Something New
Because now you'll remember him as the guy that made this awesome human keyboard. Although it’s a real shame that this hilarious idea from Key & Peele never became a reality.

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Does Anyone Have a "Things To Hear Before You Die" List?
If you do, BuzzFeed offers some suggestions.

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The Part Where My Editor Jason Hijacks the Links to Ask for Personal Favors
Jason's phone died on him yesterday, and the nice man at the Genius Bar gave him a new one. Jason had even miraculously backed up his phone hours before the crash. But when he restored from the backup, everything returned except the last hundred-or-so photos (some work-related pics, plus more like this). His only hope is that these .apalbum files are somehow related. (They were added to his computer during that last backup.) He's offering a free t-shirt and a quiz on any topic you'd like if you help him solve the puzzle.

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Win a Trip to Any National Park By Instagramming Your Travels
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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.

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15 Dad Facts for Father's Day
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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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