Oh, and how the floodgates of crippling shame opened. It's a good thing that I was in the office alone when I read all the entries. I cringed, sighed, laughed until I cried, and finished feeling like I'd just left a group therapy session. Thank you to everyone who participated in our fabulous geekathon. I feel better knowing that there are so many people out there who had similar childhoods.

There's no question in my mind who the winner is, and from reading the posts, many of you agree. Cynthia, there is no way that a free mental_floss t-shirt can TRULY make up for the psychic scars you must have gotten that fateful night. But we do hope it can be a badge you wear with pride. We'd also like to give holiday-bereft Holly Untitled-1.jpgone of our limited run "Vampires are a pain in the neck" shirts so she can celebrate Halloween in style this year. Holly, the staff of mental_floss would like to wish you a very happy Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's, Birthday, Arbor Day and so forth. Also, a random shout-out to Loripop for making me snarf tea all over my keyboard. (If it makes your mother feel any better, I used to get Manny, Moe and Jack confused with Larry, Moe and Curly as a kid. I couldn't figure out why we'd buy car parts from Stooges.)

So Cynthia and Holly, enjoy your shirts. (We'll be in touch.) And the rest of you, take heart. Perhaps the geeks shall inherit the earth, after all.