Gasp... Is This the End of the Weekend Genius Challenge?
It's been a struggle to come up with mental exercises that are difficult enough for the many, many brilliant folks who read mental_floss and visit mentalfloss.com. It's difficult to develop puzzles that are (1) safe from Web searches, but (2) not impossible to solve. After seeing many difficult contests won in a matter of minutes, I'm taking this weekend off to reassess the Weekend Genius Challenge. We get the most entries in creative-type challenges... having you write haikus using the two words from... READ ON
Weekend Genius Challenge #30: Unwritten Rules
We got SO many entries for last week's WGC that it may take us the rest of the weekend to sort through all the responses... but we'll choose a winner before Monday arrives. In the meantime, since you all seem to enjoy being creative, let's give away another T-shirt by unleashing Weekend Genius Challenge #30! Many "unwritten rules" guide our planet. Here are a few I've jotted down over the years: 1. All really good architects must go by three names. 2. The number of leaves that end up in your yard in... READ ON
Weekend Genius Challenge #29: The Writer in You
About two years ago, I got the idea of compiling some works of poetry or prose using the subject lines from the scores and scores of spam emails I receive every day. Many of them use random-word generators, so you end up with some nonsensical (but interesting-sounding) phrases. One email that I got was labeled "A Twirl of Wheezy," and I was so gung-ho on the project that I actually reserved that domain name thinking that I'd use it as the title of said book. Alas, as with many of my ideas, I learned that I... READ ON
Weekend Genius Challenge #28 Winner
In WGC #28, we asked you to complete a sequence of numbers that began: 5, 6, 6, 6, 3, 5... It took several hours, but Buddz finally came up with the correct answer. Congratulations! To see it, click here. The final numbers in the sequence are ...5, 7, 11, 9, 8, 6. They reflect the number of letters in each sign of the Zodiac, beginning with the first: 5 = ARIES 6 = TAURUS 6 = GEMINI 6 = CANCER 3 = LEO 5 = VIRGO then... 5 = LIBRA 7 = SCORPIO 11 = SAGITTARIUS 9 = CAPRICORN 8 = AQUARIUS... READ ON
Weekend Genius Challenge #28: By the Numbers
It's time for Weekend Genius Challenge #28, and we're doing things by the numbers. All you have to do is correctly complete ALL the rest of the numbers in this series. Sorry, no hints as to how many numbers there are in total; you'll have to figure that out for yourself. And here it is: Complete ALL the numbers in the remainder of this sequence: 5, 6, 6, 6, 3, 5... Rules: ONE GUESS PER PLAYER, please. Submit your answer by commenting to this post. PLEASE remember that comments are held in queue... READ ON
Weekend Genius Challenge #27 Winner
Congratulations to Jack da Bomb, who won WGC #27 by figuring out that the answer was "forty." Nice job, Jack! We'll be in touch via email soon to get your T-shirt on its way. In the meantime, scroll down and check out what you may have missed last week. A new Weekend Genius Challenge will appear very... READ ON
Weekend Genius Challenge #26: Are You Ready for Some Football?
Yesterday, I read an article on the new rules imposed by the NFL for the upcoming season, and I realized how much I missed the sport. Sure, it's been only two months since Super Bowl XLII, but it was an exciting game that rekindled my interest in pro football. So I decided to come up with my own "pretend 2009 playoffs" and create a Weekend Genius Challenge that would test your logic ability. Here it is: It's January 2009, and the NFL playoffs are down to the conference finals to see which two teams make... READ ON
Weekend Genius Challenge #25 Winner!
Last Saturday was my birthday, so I asked readers to guess my age in lieu of a typical WGC. It took a few tries, but John was the first to determine that I am indeed now 41 years of age. Congratulations, John! And thanks to all of you who kindly suggested that I was still in my thirties (or even twenties). I'll post a new Weekend Genius Challenge a bit later today, after I head out to the drugstore for some Grecian Formula and a bottle of Geritol. See you... READ ON
Weekend Genius Challenge #25: Another Year Older
Today's my birthday, so I'm relaxing. Okay, not really... I'm going over proofs for the next issue of the magazine, and will be most of the weekend. But since it's still technically my day, I'm going to make this Weekend Genius Challenge as painless as possible. All you have to do is guess how old I am as of today, March 29, 2008. Send your guess via comment to this post - ONLY ONE GUESS PER PERSON, PLEASE. The first person to correctly identify my age will win a special prize we've never before... READ ON
Weekend Genius Challenge #24 Winner!
A hearty "thanks!" to all those who participated in WGC #24. As is often the case, mental_floss readers areÂ very sharp, so the puzzle was solved fairly... READ ON
Weekend Genius Challenge #23: Spring Forward
Daylight Saving Time will rob us of an hour this weekend, and darn it, I want to know where those sixty minutes go. Sure, I'll get them back this autumn, provided I'm still around. But what if I'm not? Whoever's taken this hour from me has put it somewhere in the meantime, and I want you to tell me where.Â Does it go to the same place that stray socks go? Is it hiding in a trunk in the attic? Did it head off for a six-month vacation in Ibiza? WhereÂ will this weekend's lost hour go? Put on your... READ ON
Weekend Genius Challenge #22 Winner(s)!
Last weekend, we asked readers to come up with song titles of 10 letters or more thatÂ used only one if the five vowels (A, E, I, O, or U). We never knew there were so many "Doo Doo Doo Doo" and "Wah Wah Wah Wah" songs out there, but I think you managed to find them all. We received over 300 entries in the contest, and our randomly-chosen winner was Chris B, who offered "Gentle Sheep" by the Ditty Bops. Congratulations! An honorable mention T-shirt goes to Francisco, L who astounded us with the... READ ON
Weekend Genius Challenge #22: Vowel Movements
Welcome to March... spring is just around the corner! To celebrate, the new Weekend Genius Challenge turns musical. Your task is simple: Name a song with a title 10 letters long or longer that uses only ONE of the five vowels. It could be an A, an E, an I, an O, even a U if you're daring. (Forget Y for today; it's only a vowel wannabe.) A sample? There are plenty... "Helter Skelter" is a good one (13 letters, and "E" is the only vowel) as is "Knock on Wood" (12 letters, and "O" is the only vowel). We... READ ON
Weekend Genius Challenge #21 Winner
In our most recent Weekend Genius Challenge, we asked readers to fill us in on odd birthdates, and a few dozen of them obliged. The one we chose at random was Amber, who pointed out that former Miami Dolphis quarterback Bob Griese was born on 2/3/45. Congratulations, Amber! A new Weekend Genius Challenge will appear shortly. Happy... READ ON
Weekend Genius Challengs #21: Ti Kwan Leap
With Leap Day coming up next Friday, I began to search my trivia mind for names of people that had been born on February 29. I recall a source saying Superman was born on that date, along with John Tesh. Oh, and "Froggy" from the Our Gang movie shorts. So I began to think about other unusual birthdates, and even examined my own. I realized that if I'd been born a week later, mine would be 4/5/67, which would've been cool because of the sequential... READ ON
Weekend Genius Challenge #20 Winner!
For WGC #20, we asked readers to come up with a factual end to the phrase: "Ronald Reagan was the most recent president..." We offered a free T-shirt to the most interesting true entry, as well as to the one that matched the factoid we'd been holding in reserve. The votes were close, but the winner was Mike G., who reminded us that: Ronald Reagan was the most recent president to have a child to pose in Playboy. (And yes, I know many of you are holding out hope for the Bush twins.) A few... READ ON
brilliant questions from you!