Is budgeting your holiday spending a tricky proposition? Look no further. We've collected more than 2,000 questions from the early mental_floss archives to bring you mental_floss Trivia: Brisk, Refreshing Facts Without the Ice Cream Headache. The reader-friendly layout gives you the answers on the spread immediately following the questions - no annoying flipping-to-the-back-of-the-book to get your score. At more than 850 pages, you'll enjoy hours of reading and sharing pleasure!
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MARIO ANZUONI/Reuters/LandovWater is the key ingredient in the mixture. It’s also treated with guar gum and/or clay as thickeners, to turn the liquid into a “blanket” and keep it from evaporating in the heat or being blown away before it hits the drop zone. Those thickeners also help to cover more... READ ON
Some Dum Dums have wrappers with question marks where the flavor is normally printed. This was a marketing idea that made the production process run more smoothly and made eating Dum Dums more fun. ... READ ON
The conclusion to our two-part exclusive interview with Trace Beaulieu, formerly of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and now with Cinematic Titanic
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Call us morbid, but we've always wondered whether a decapitated head can still see for any length of time after being severed. Fortunately, we discovered that we aren't the first people who've scratched their heads over this curiosity. In the early 19th-century France (back when being guillotined was more or less a rite of passage), a series of scientists investigated the question. They concluded that decapitated heads continued to respond to external stimuli for several seconds after, um, parting from... READ ON
Years of expansion and multiple franchise relocations have made the NHL a much different league than it was just two decades ago. Since the NHL season begins tonight, let's see if you can name all 30 current NHL teams. We don't need city or state names, just the team names. Give it a shot!
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On the left are outlines of ten well-known islands, and your job is to match them up with the island name on the right. Good luck!
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This evening's quiz depicts 10 U.S. states whose outlines have been taken out-of-scale and spun around at odd angles. As a result, they don't look exactly like they do on the map. It may not be as easy as it sounds... or perhaps it is. Give it a try and then drop us a comment to let us know!
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InÂ May 2008, we took a few days off and visited Universal Orlando. During one of the brighter days, we tookÂ a camera around the park and snapped some photos. This quiz makes use of 15 of those photos. Even if you've never visited the park, your knowledge of trivia and pop culture should help you on this quiz.
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For the past two weeks or so, all we've been hearing about is "the Fourth." For those of you outside American borders, "the Fourth" is more properly known as "Independence Day." And since Kara and I couldn't seem to get away from discussion about "the Fourth," we felt that a quiz was certainly in order. As a heads up, none of these questions directly relate to the holiday - it's just a celebration of all things "Fourth."
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Since Independence DayÂ occurs overÂ a weekend this year, some of us will get a "bonus" weekday (this coming Friday or Monday) off work. But regardless of when it's celebrated, U.S. Independence Day always occurs on July 4. Some holidays and observances, however, are held on different dates in different years. Here are 13 of the most famousÂ events that appear on AmericanÂ calendars: Can you match each of them to its correct day? It's tougher than it sounds; give it a shot. Good luck!
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When playing around on the web, sometimes we'll try a shortcut by accessing a site directly instead of searching for it, and we'll end up with something way different than what we anticipated. For instance, www.quiz.com doesn't take you to a trivia site. It takes you to an employment testing company. Can you tell where these 12 URLs might lead you?
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Here are some rough-edged sections (of equal size) cut out of 10 of our nation's 50 state flags. Type the matching number in the blanks next to the state names. Good luck!
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Even if you have never committed an offenseÂ worse than a traffic ticket, have never beenÂ to "the Big House," and have never danced with a wooden chair, don't worry. You can still enjoy that bread-and-water sensation and press all the weight you'd everÂ want by takingÂ today's 5 Questions quiz, Jailhouse... READ ON
France's last execution via guillotine was in 1977.