Mental Floss

Contest: They Shoot Idiots, Don't They?


Last week, we announced our new campaign to reduce idiocy across America -- and to kick it off, we asked for examples of stupidity in everyday life. We'll be featuring them all this week and next on the blog, with the best two winning copies of Condensed Knowledge. We're still looking for 'em, so send us yours! The first week's winner is Katie Britt, who submitted this great (and tragically common) example:

Our school's visual ensemble made many posters for our homecoming dance, which will last from 8 P.M. to midnight. Most girls wrote 8 p.m.-12 p.m. That's a rockin' 16-hour dance.

Happy homecoming, Katie! Send us your address at and we'll get your book on its way. For the rest of you, we'd like to invite you all to a very special mental_floss dance marathon to benefit our cause, taking place from 8 p.m. to 12 p.m. tonight (and tomorrow).

Oh, and if you're wondering what that headline is all about, click here. The pic is from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1928.