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For $200,000, You Can Ring in 2017—Twice

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If you’ve got a burning desire to ring in the new year twice, and an extra $200,000 lying around, PrivateFly—a private jet charter company—is offering New Year’s Eve revelers the chance to officially welcome in 2017 twice, with a one-way trip from Sydney to Los Angeles aboard a Gulfstream G650ER, the world’s fastest long-range private jet.

The party kicks off Down Under (so you’ll need to hurry to get there if you’re not already in Australia), where you’ll eat, drink, and say hello to 2017 in Sydney. At 2 a.m., you and up to 17 friends will hop aboard your champagne-stocked private jet (catered food is also included in the price) for the 12-hour flight to Los Angeles, which will take you back in time because of the 19-hour time difference. When you touch down in California, it will be only 7 p.m.—plenty of time to pop another bottle of bubbly and prepare to sing “Auld Lang Syne” for a second time.

Of course, all this partying doesn’t come cheap; the total cost of the experience, regardless of the number of passengers, is $184,750 (which works out to just over $10,000 apiece if you fill up all 18 seats). According to CNN, the opportunity—which was offered last year as well—has yet to find any takers, so you've still got time. There goes that resolution to “save more money” in 2017.

[h/t: Condé Nast Traveler]

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The World’s First Minecraft Play Debuts in Northern Ireland
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There are a lot of replicas of real-world locations in Minecraft, but there are few replicas of real-life performances. The latest show to premiere at the Playhouse Theatre in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, though, takes place both on stage and online. In what the theater is billing as the world’s first live play inside Minecraft, actors will perform both in real life and through digital avatars.

Playcraft Live is adapted from a series of young adult sci-fi novels called TimeRiders, which follows a group of teens as they work to stop future time travelers from changing history—in the case of this story, in the Neolithic Age. While the play was written by TimeRiders author Alex Scarrow, Minecraft users were involved in producing it, helping professional video game designers build out one of the virtual sets as part of a Minecraft buildathon in late September.

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The performance will be split between the actors live on stage and puppeteers controlling the avatars in the game. “Audiences within the theater, and online, will experience the production as a single live-stream, and neither audience needs to own Minecraft in order to view the stream,” according to a press release from the theater.

The play debuts on October 14 in Northern Ireland, and you can also watch it online via livestream.

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The Seemingly Simple ‘Math’ Problem That Stumped the Internet
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If you’re a regular Mental Floss reader, you know that we love a good brain teaser. And the one below, which originated on Facebook and has been shared more than 150,000 times, is a great one to test just how sharp you are on a Friday evening at the end of a long workweek.

It’s a seemingly simple enough task: spot the error. Your time starts now…

We’ll give you a minute …

And a little space for you to scroll down to find the answer …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you figure it out?

The “mistake” is that the word “mistake” is misspelled on the instruction sheet on the left. If you missed that completely, you’re not alone: the grid of numbers is what immediately grabs your attention.

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