If you pick up the latest mental_floss magazine, you'll find author, humorist, and former professional literary agent John Hodgman staring right at you. In this quiz — an elaborate game of "True or False?" — you have to decide whether the statement is an actual fact that appeared in a @mental_floss tweet or a "fact" that appeared in one of Mr. Hodgman's books.
Four years after a disappointing third-place finish in the 1988 Olympics, the U.S. sent the pros to Barcelona. The Dream Team sleep-dribbled to the Gold Medal, winning by an average of 43.8 points. Coach Chuck Daly didn't use a single timeout. Sixteen years later, can you name the twelve players on the roster? Last names will do. You've got two minutes.
Can you guess the 9 most popular websites? To get that data, I turned to Alexa's Global 500, which ranks sites based on traffic. While their rankings aren’t perfect, the “Alexa number” is a common metric when comparing things online. Mentalfloss.com is #8,179 (#2,166 in the U.S.), but we won't make you count that high. You can just enter the site's name (Google), not the URL (www.google.com).
DID YOU KNOW? Marlon Brando hated memorizing lines so much that he posted cue cards everywhere to help him get through scenes.
He even asked for lines to be written on an actress's posterior. (That request was denied.)