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10 Memorable Moments From Our Trivia Show

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While I generally think of myself as a polite person, I am THE WORST at writing thank you notes. This is embarrassingly true: Sometimes I’ll write a thank you note in my head after opening a gift, obsessing over it for a few days, but then, for one reason or another, I’ll never actually commit it to paper. Worse, when I do write up a thank you note (like the note I wrote Jason English when he sent my kids a bunch of bedtime reading books and a collection of Richard Nixon paper dolls), I’ll often forget to mail it. And when I finally remember to drop it in the mail, I feel like it needs an accompanying apology note because now it’s so belated, so then I never send anything out.

See? I told you I’m the worst.

But today, I’m doing the unthinkable (for me). I’m writing you, the 150 or so people who came out to the Mental Floss Trivia Show in New York’s Flat Iron Room last week, to thank you for making it such a super fun night.

Here are some of the things I didn’t expect to happen, but really made me happy:

1. We raised over $2000 for John and Hank Green's Project4Awesome charity! (All the ticket sales from our 3-city tour are being donated, and we might even add some more locations as we go.) Thank you for helping us use our Trivia Powers for good!

2. We ran out of space! It was so packed that even NY1’s Pat Kiernan had to patiently waiting in line. (Also: thank you for coming Pat Kiernan! You’re the best!)

3. Some of you are very talented dancers. Specifically, I did not expect this Flosser to get on stage and do The Spongebob, a dance I only learned about a few weeks ago.

4. This guy won some delicious cupcake flavored toothpaste, and shared it with his table after indulging in the free apps. He shared it with me too! (It tastes suspiciously like icing. I had seconds.)

5. Not only have several of you seen Space Jam, you actually remember specific quotes from it. (For updates on the Space Jam movie, you can visit the official site here.)

6. For some reason, this painting was on the wall. (If I had the option, I would have this painting travel with us so each of you could bask in its genius as well.)

7. The Roving Typist, who I’d actually wanted to commission a story on because I love what he does so much (he totes his typewriter around the city and writes stories for people he meets), came to the event and ended up on stage! I only realized he was there when I was looking back at pics from the event today.

The Roving Typist from Mark on Vimeo.

8. We gave out a lot of prizes. (And food and drinks, too!)

9. Mike Rugnetta from PBS’ Idea Channel was there. He is terrific. You should subscribe!

10. I think a generally good time was had by all. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the show and the Project4Awesome. If you enjoyed it, and you’ve got pals in San Francisco or Chicago, we’ll be in those cities on June 18th and July 30th respectively. Tell them to come see the show so we can ply them with bad jokes, booze, oh, and some really great trivia.

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