The Week in Review (Plus Some Weekend Nonsense & a T-Shirt Giveaway)

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In case you weren't glued to this site all week, consider this your make-up class. Here's a look back at some of the wonderful topics we've recently covered:

"¢ 7 Pampered Celebrities and their Ridiculous Pre-show Demands

"¢ Manly Ways to Prepare Turkey

"¢ 7 Insane Food Competitions

"¢ Famous Last Words: The Animated Musical

"¢ When Sitcom Stars Start Expecting

"¢ Stuff You Don't Know About Writers You Might

"¢ The Monster of the Andes, The Meanest Man in America, and 7 other Prolific Serial Killers

Read on for more of this week's best posts, plus the aforementioned weekend nonsense and a chance to win a t-shirt!

Absinthe Comes to America

"¢ The First Time News Was Fit To Print: Golden Gate Bridge, Bill Maher, Toyota Prius

"¢ (Way More Than) Everything You Wanted to Know about Guinea Pigs

"¢ The Life and Times of Gary Larson

Dumpster Diving

"¢ Nine Holiday Gifts that Send a Message

Feel Art Again. And Again.

"¢ Why the Farm Bill is Cool

Brand Affinities

"¢ Eat Like the Pilgrims

"¢ Quizzes: Nintendo History, Transient Sports Franchises, Inventions Timeline and Opening Lyrics

And here now the nonsense: How long do you think it takes for toothpaste to fall off the brush?

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At 11:30am Eastern Time this morning (and 59 seconds), I (Jason) stood my Braun Professional Care electric toothbrush upright. At what time will the toothpaste become unstuck and reach the strategically placed Post-it Note waiting below?

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A couple of things to consider:

1) After taking this picture, I relocated the toothbrush to the top of my dresser. Laptop heat is not a factor.

2) The toothpaste is Crest Sensitivity.

We'll play Price is Right rules. The person who comes closest to the actual time of toothpaste/toothbrush separation without going over wins a free mental_floss t-shirt. You can guess up to five times, but they all must be in separate comments. Keep those guesses in Eastern Time. And be sure to mention which shirt you're playing for. Like this:

Comment #1: Jason
Saturday, 11:33am
Rhesus shirt, Large

Since there's nothing more boring than thinking about someone watching toothpaste, scroll back up and read a few of this week's greatest hits. I'll post the winning time tomorrow. Best of luck.

UPDATE: Sunday, 11:52pm

Around 3pm Saturday, I moved the toothbrush back to its bathroom base. (Around 2:59pm, this was what my wife said: "Seriously, get the toothbrush out of here.") All afternoon, the increasingly solid Crest Sensitivity toothpaste clung admirably to the bristles. But after an intense evening walking of the dog, I chose to shower up. I like my showers hot. And the steam hot showers produce does wonders for crusty globs of toothpaste. While toweling off, I noticed the toothpaste had fallen, the contest over. It was 10:38pm. Looks like Sarah's guess "“ 10:04pm "“ is the winner! We'll be in touch about your t-shirt. Congratulations!

November 17, 2007 - 7:43am
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