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25 Unfortunate Local News Interviewee Descriptions

True story: One of my friends was once interviewed by the local news during a Black Friday shopping spree. The caption under her name simply read “Woman,” which we laughed about for a few minutes and I never remembered until I came across this post. It seems local news interviewees are often labeled unflatteringly, as [...]

Help a Local Business by Organizing a Cash Mob

We’ve all heard of flash mobs, but what on earth is a cash mob? As it turns out, it’s like a flash mob, only it involves a shopping spree designed to help boost a local business. Just like Fight Club, there are some rules about organizing a cash mob, although the Cash Mobs website insists that [...]

Haiku Trivia Contest Winners!

On September 2nd, we asked for readers to tell us amazing facts, in haiku form. After sifting through some 200+ haiku, we’ve narrowed it down to one winner and two runners-up. Drumroll, please… The Winning Entry: George Lucas’ wife Won an Oscar for “Star Wars” George has never won –submitted by Tim H. The Runners-Up: In the entire Country of Afghanistan there’s only one [...]

The Haiku Trivia Contest!

Let’s do something a little different this week. Haiku Trivia! I’ve got a $50 mental_floss store shopping spree for the person who tells us the most amazing fact in haiku form. A couple runners-up will win mental_floss t-shirts. Examples: Salvador Dali wore a homemade scent made of fish glue and manure * Carly Simon’s dad is the “Simon” portion of Simon & [...]

Gotta tune in to WIN!

As promised, here are the details for tonight’s LIVE podcast from trivia central here in Los Angeles. First, the prizes! We’ll be giving away t-shirts from the mentalfloss store! We’ll be giving away books and DVDs, including the latest _floss book, the not-even-released-yet History of the United States! The grand-prize winner will get a $25 shopping [...]