Here are the results of the last three contests I've run:

1. Our random selection for the Johnny Cash DVD goes to Greg Cohoon, one of many who correctly ID-ed all the Cash songs in the post.

2. The last Caption Contest winner/t-shirt goes to Heather, who beat out a couple others in close voting with "Sadly, Bill failed to see the beauty of the George Orwell paint set."

3. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the last How Did You Know trivia hunt was won by the same team who nailed it the previous month. (And you know what that means... if they can defend the title one more month, look out!) They added a fourth to their team, so I'll repost their bios below, along with newcomer, Hayley Wells'. Congrats to the many contestants who had all the right answers. We'll skip November because of Thanksgiving, and come back the first week of Decemeber with the next HDYK puzzle. (And from hereon out, they'll be the first week of the month.)

Without further ado, the team of Avery Dale, Ken Laskowski, Colin Utley, and Hayley Wells. Plus their winning answers!

Avery Dale

I grew up in Atlanta before attending Northwestern University with Colin and Ken. I am a nomad Democratic political campaign staffer, and am currently working on the research staff of a national Senate race. This job allowed me to polish my Googling skills, which I like to pretend is why I was recruited as the 3rd member of our team. This is only my 4th month of Mental Floss, and I'd like to believe its a dynasty in the making. I am also astounded that I've had reason to celebrate hearing the Ally McBeal theme song.


Colin Utley & Ken Laskowski. Ken's sporting the Zubaz.

Colin Utley

I am one of the many displaced Detroiters in Chicago now, working at a brand & social media consulting firm in Evanston. My guess is that I am one of the few people who reads The Economist after watching old Batman: The Animated Series episodes. I'm also a chronic misspeller, frequent Potbelly cookie consumer, devout fan of LOST, and lover of Charles Fazzino artwork. We plan on celebrating our victory at Chicago's best burger spot - Kuma's Corner - and make a trip to my favorite bar, the Mental Floss-friendly Safe House in Milwaukee in the coming months. My girlfriend wishes she had a video of the dance I did when I got the HDYK victory email.

Ken Laskowski

I was born in a dark, mysterious forest in upstate New York where I learned everything there is to know about the apple trade and the history of Jonny Appleseed. I have since relocated to Chicago, after going to college at Northwestern where I met my other two chums in this trivia contest. I now work in Chicago as an Actuarial Analyst after a career as Ben Affleck's stunt double did not pan out the way I wanted it to. I firmly believe that Zubaz are more hilarious than they are ugly, and should return to the fashion world immediately. My favorite animal is the wolf and I think Vikings are way better than Pirates.

Hayley Wells

hayley.jpgI am extremely proud to be included in this month's winning HDYK team, after being referenced as a mere "third party confirmation" to the win last month. An unexpected, come-from-behind victory two weeks ago at Tuesday night trivia must have proved my worthiness for the upgrade. When I'm not assisting fellow NU grads Ken, Colin and Avery in the pursuit of trivia domination, I work at a marketing agency doing search engine optimization and new media marketing, allowing me to spend all day searching the internet for answers. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with nerdy guys who like things like Tuesday night trivia and HDYK. Finally, I must confess that I've never actually met my teammate Avery Dale in person.

Final Answer

The first US Supreme Court Justice was John Jay.

US magazine was US, Ross was part of The Supremes, making it supreme. Courting Alex became court. The Radiohead album is Hail to the Theif...mocking "Hail to the Chief."


1. The Vibe cover doesn't fit, because it doesn't have the number 100 on its cover. The Us cover is "100% Paris Free", Rolling Stone features the "100 Greatest Guitar Songs", Time looks at their "Time 100", TV Guide looks at the "100 Most Unexpected TV Moments", and People looks at the "100 Most Beautiful People". Apparently Vibe could only find 40 people who were about to change the world and 20 stars to compare Then & Now when celebrating 14 years of publication.


1. "The Boy With the Arab Strap" by Belle & Sebastian - We put out an APB for this one. It really sounded like "Dragging the Line" by Tommy James, but I knew that wasn't right. Now honorary member and the good Irishman Jay Ward came through with it, confirmed at
2. "Backdrifts" by Radiohead - Ken has the entire Radiohead collection...spotted this one pretty easily. Confirmed around the 2:40 of the rather disturbing video at
3. "Possibly Maybe" by Bjork - Ken recognized this, confirmed at
4. "One of These Things First" by Nick Drake - Interestingly enough, Zach Braff was a Phi Psi at Northwestern, the fraternity that Avery, Ken and I all met and became friends at. Drake's song was on the Garden State soundtrack and all good Wildcats should be able to recognize that. Confirmed at
5. "Lights" by Journey - Avery and I recognized this and confirmed at
6. "The Way We Get By" by Spoon - Ken recognized. Confirmed at the 2:00 mark of
7. "She Don't Use Jelly" by the Flaming Lips - Hayley was all over this, unsurprisingly, although she thought the title was "Tangerines". We got the named corrected and confirmed at


1. Bob Dylan on Dharma & Greg - I recognized Dylan and with the fuzzy blonde and the ABC logo, I just guessed it was D&G. A quick search confirmed at
2. Diana Ross in Lady Sings the Blues - As a native Detroiter, Ross looked pretty familiar, but I hadn't seen the movie. A quick lyrics search on "for the wind to gather, for the rain to suck" showed it was "Strange Fruit" by Billie Holiday. Searching "Strange Fruit movie" lead us to confirm at the following clip.
3. Alice Cooper on the Muppet Show - Recognized Cooper and just assumed it was the Muppet Show even though we couldn't ID the Muppet. We confirmed it at learning that he was singing to Beakie along the way.
4. Sting on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip - I recognized "Field of Gold", knowing it was Sting. Ken recognized the show as "Studio 60", explaining it was a "crappy show [his old roommate] used to watch that got cnacelled after 2 seasons." Confirmed at
5. Madonna in Evita - I thought it sounded an awful lot like Madonna and looked pretty similar to her too, but didn't recognize the movie, but Evita seemed likely as she was singing. A quick search of "remember I was very young then" showed it was "Lament" from Evita. Confirmed at about the 1 minute mark of


My immediate reaction was that these were all Madonna movies, but after giving the answers a once over, I didn't see either Dick Tracy or A League of Their Own, so that didn't look likely. I looked at Alice Cooper, Diana Ross, Sting and Dylan's filmographies, but they are all pretty thin. Then I got to thinking about the wording of your clue...saying it each film/show starred a person who appeared in one of the clips, not necessarily that it was one of the musician. Knowing that Jenna Elfman was in Dharma & Greg, she was the first one that crossed my mind to look up. It was just a matter of reading through her bio and seeing what she starred in, then cross checking it with the camouflage puzzle. I got ED TV first, then Town And Country, which opened the flood gates. All the films are listed here ( and the individual movie pages are below. This is the one and only time I - Colin - have been any appreciable help on the camouflage puzzles.
1. Courting Alex -
2. Touched -
3. Keeping the Faith -
4. ED TV -
5. Krippendorf's Tribe -
6. Town And Country -
—Avery Dale, Ken Laskowski, Colin Utley, and Hayley Wells