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Brain Game: Charlie's Friend

Say hello to Michael, whose likes and dislikes will help you solve today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Free-for-all Friday challenge. Good luck!

Michael likes the nickname Mike but hates to be called Mickey.
He would rather stay at a hotel than a campsite.
He'll have a sip of whiskey but steers clear of gin.
Michael plays golf but doesn't care for tennis.
And he'd rather fly Delta than Southwest.

With all these in mind, which ONE of these
three dances would Michael NOT like to perform?

foxtrot, tango, polka

Here is the ANSWER.

THE ANSWER:

Michael isn't a fan of the POLKA.

He likes things that are included in the phonetic alphabet, so he appreciates Mike (M), hotel (H), whiskey (W), golf (G), and Delta (D). Michael would gladly dance the foxtrot (F) and the tango (T) but not the polka, since P is "Papa."

NOTE: These puzzles sometimes lend themselves to alternate "correct" answers. If you came up with one, feel free to share it with us in the comments below. And have a great weekend!

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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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