I'm happy to announce a winner to our last How Did You Know? trivia hunt. First-timer Natt Supab was the first of dozens who had all the correct answers. Congrats Natt! I'll post her pic and bio below, and her answers after the jump. Our Random Winner this month is Meaghin Burke, who turned in the answers a full two hours and 20 minutes after the deadline. So it always pays to play whether you're the first or the 50th!
See everyone back for another round on the 24th of March when Natt will be looking to defend the title and we'll be giving away even bigger prizes.
Wow, really?! No joke?! I am thrilled and astonished, in equal parts, to emerge victorious in my first attempt at HDYK? I am a recent graduate of Harvey Mudd College (Biology '08, baby!) and an even more recent mental_floss devotee. I wish I had discovered the site much earlier in my aimless (and fruitless) job-searching days -- it brings me much joy (Thanks!). It must be said, I couldn't have figured out Day 2 without the help of some clever friends (credit given below) and I think I'll collaborate with somebody for the next puzzle. After all, no (wo)man is an island. Cheers!
Final Answer I'm a Paleontologist (David Schwimmer plays Ross Gellar on Friends, who is a paleontologist) who wrote a book called Dinosaurs (generic name for dimorphodon and gorgosaurus) Heresies (plural of Heresy). I've also penned a novel called Raptor (from "prorate," "rap" is a music genre) Red. My Name is Robert T. Bakker.
Day 1 1. NewsRadio (imdb'd Andy Dick, perused the page until I found NewsRadio, with Dave Foley, who I recognized as the other guy in the clip) 2. Friends (knew) 3. MacGyver (knew) 4. Bewitched (knew) 5. Sports Night (googled the quote "Isaac has a highly developed sense of right and wrong and he is hip to my battle plan") 6. Emily's Reasons Why Not (imdb'd Heather Graham, looked for TV series, made best guess) 7. Parker Lewis Can't Lose (googled "nun when she misplaced his lunch" and got this article: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0CE1DD1530F93BA35753C1A966958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all)
Day 2 1. Lion (from saLutatION) 2. Mule (from voLUME) 3. Raptor (from PRORATe) [thanks, Darren!] 4. Snail (from SaLutAtIoN) 5. Ant (from sAluTatioN) 6. Parrot (from PRORATe) [thanks, Christina!] 7. Otter (from TORTE) 8. Mole (from vOLuME) 9. Tuna (from salUTAtioN) 10. Rat (from proRATe) I struggled on this one quite a bit, but with "a little help from my friends" I prevailed! Special thanks to Sonia for the extra inspiration to keep going!
Day 3 1. Scrantonicity (asked a friend [thanks, Tricia!] who watches "The Office") 2. The Four Peters (SETH GREEN ROCKS. ahem. I googled "Robot Chicken fake band" and "Family Guy fake band" and got to this page: http://www.fakebands.com/fakeband_f.html ...was very disappointed that it was NOT Dingos Ate My Baby or DuJour!) 3. Stillwater (recognized Billy Crudup in Almost Famous, Wiki'ed it) 4. Spinal Tap (vaguely associated the image with the movie, This is Spinal Tap, and found the name within the camouflage) 5. The Way-Outs (lots and lots of googling until I googled "Flintstones fake band," which should've been an obvious choice -_- and got to this forum: http://digg.com/music/20_Real_Cool_Fake_Bands_from_TV_and_Movies_with_PICS) 6. Global Heresy (recognized Alicia Silverstone, imdb's "aka Rock my World" caught my eye, and viola!)
Day 4 1. Dodo bird (knew. Quick google image search confirmed.) 2. Toolache Wallaby (thought it looked like a kangaroo, so googled "extinct marsupials" and found this wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Macropus_greyi_-_Gould.jpg and double-checked by looking at images on google; got this page http://museumvictoria.com.au/bioinformatics/mammals/images/thumbgkan.htm) 3. Pig-Footed Bandicoot (once again, Wiki's "extinct marsupials" page proved helpful http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Extinct_marsupials) 4. Dimorphodon (got desperate enough to use a reverse image search engine [my secret weapon!] which yielded http://www.search4dinosaurs.com/jcjcDimorphodon.html) 5. Gorgosaurus libratus (same method as for the dimorphodon; got to http://vnexpress.net/Vietnam/Khoa-hoc/2007/07/3B9F799D/)
Day 5 I'm a Paleontologist (David Schwimmer plays Ross Gellar on Friends, who is a paleontologist) who wrote a book called Dinosaurs (generic name for dimorphodon and gorgosaurus) Heresies (plural of Heresy). I've also penned a novel called Raptor (from "prorate," "rap" is a music genre) Red. My Name is Robert T. Bakker.