I'm happy to announce a winner to our last How Did You Know? trivia hunt. Repeat winner Hoang-Kim Vu and team were the first to write in with all the correct answers. Congrats! I'll post their pics and bios below, and their answers after the jump. Our Random Winner this month is Colin Campbell, who turned in the answers much later than many. So it always pays to play whether you're the first or the 50th!
See everyone back for another round on the 26th of May when Hoang-Kim & co. will be looking to defend the title.
This month, our team was myself (Hoang-Kim Vu), my girlfriend Rosalyn Lorgus (who like last month provided the key breakthrough in Name That Tune), and my sister Cara Vu. My family has had a longstanding Mental_Floss subscription going back at least seven years or so, since our mom first read about the magazine in Newsweek and signed me up (I'm sure she'll want some credit thrown her way too). My sister took over the subscription when I left for college, so she was more than happy to join the team this month after learning about it. I'm a recent graduate of George Washington University, where Rosalyn is still a student, and my sister is in high school in New Jersey. The picture is of me and my sister (Rosalyn decided to opt out of the photo this time). Again, we're really excited to win for the second straight time, and I at least want to personally thank you guys for doing this (I for one love trivia challenges and would love to come up with one myself).
Final Answer What is Newton's Third Law of Motion? "To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction."
Day 1 The name of the mathematician is Waclaw Sierpinski. He was born in Poland. (Wikipedia'd it). 1. Pepperidge Farm's Chessmen (I used to eat these first from the variety party pack, because they were the worst) 2. Nilla Wafers 3. Nutter Butters 4. Oreos 5. Fig Newtons This one was fairly simple; with both of us having a sweet tooth, we got them instantly.
Day 2 The name of the U2 Song is Beautiful Day, hidden in It's a Beautiful Day. 1. Oingo Boingo - Weird Science 2. The Beach Boys - Surfin' USA 3. Laurie Anderson - Big Science 4. Thomas Dolby - She Blinded Me With Science 5. The Beastie Boys - The Sounds of Science The odd one out is #2, since all the others have the word science in the title. This one was tough. Beach Boys came to our minds right away, though we initially thought it was Fun, Fun, Fun. We also thought the first one was Michael Jackson's Don't Stop Til You Get Enough, which threw us off. The breakthrough was when my girlfriend identified the last word in the fifth clip as feet (I already knew it was the Beastie Boys, just not what song). A lyrics search brought us to The Sounds of Science. It was such an obscure Beastie Boys song, that I took a guess on the word science being the key. From there, brainstorming got me to Weird Science (which, recalling the 80s TV show, I thought was the clearly 80s clip #4, though it ended up being #1) and She Blinded Me With Science. The 3rd one was the most obscure, and took some internet database digging for songs with the word science in the title.
Day 3 The almost-name for Back to the Future was Spaceman from Pluto. 1. The Verdict 2. Defending Your Life 3. To Kill a Mockingbird 4. Nuts 5. Philadelphia 6. Criminal Law This was by far the easiest; found a website that listed movie posters by actor, so we searched by Paul Newman, Meryl Streep, Gregory Peck, Richard Dreyfuss, Denzel Washington, and Kevin Bacon, who we recognized immediately.
Day 4 The actor's name is Paul Benedict. 1. Third Rock From the Sun 2. The Amos and Andy Show 3. It's a Living 4. The Honeymooners 5. Mister Ed Third Rock and the Honeymooners we recognized instantly from French Stewart, and Ralph Kramden and Alice. The Amos and Andy Show we got by IMDB'ing the character name "Kingfish." It's A Living was found by googling "tv sitcom piano hotel." Mister Ed took us the longest, because we originally thought it was Jack Lemmon or Robert Vaughn before noticing the barn-style door in the background, and found the corresponding clip on YouTube.
Day 5 What is Newton's (Day 1) Third (from third rock from the sun) Law (from Criminal Law) of Motion (wikipedia'd lyrics to She Blinded me with science) ? Newton's Third Law of Motion states: "Whenever a particle A exerts a force on another particle B, B simultaneously exerts a force on A with the same magnitude in the opposite direction. The strong form of the law further postulates that these two forces act along the same line. This law is often simplified into the sentence, "To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." (from Wikipedia)