Any Fun Festivals Near You?

Jason English

1. I was just handed a memo that says mental_floss will have a table at Georgia's Decatur Book Festival in September. We've had a good time meeting readers at festivals in the past, and we'd like to get to more of them. Any suggestions?

2. According to a 2005 survey commissioned by TiVo, here are the top TV dads of all time: 1. Cliff Huxtable (The Cosby Show); 2. Sheriff Andy Taylor (The Andy Griffith Show); 3. Pa Ingalls (Little House on the Prairie); 4. Howard Cunningham (Happy Days); 5. Ward Cleaver (Leave it to Beaver). Which TV, movie, or literature dads would get your vote?

3. What's the biggest non-restaurant, non-contractor tip you've ever given someone? While Brett Savage and I were driving from Los Angeles to Denville (NJ) in 2000, my '93 Mercury Sable broke down several times. The first incident occurred about 10 miles outside of Silverthorne, Colorado. When we found someone willing to tow us to the nearest service station, I gave him all the money I had in my wallet after paying for the ride ($40). By the time we broke down again the next day near Denver, I'd been to the ATM. But after splurging on Pizza Hut Thin n' Crispy Pizza, a Milky Way, and Gatorade, I could only tip a $5. But enough about me.

4. What's the weirdest thing you've bought on eBay? (If you've never bought anything weird on eBay, you can talk about an odd garage sale purchase.)
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[And thanks to the handful of other folks who offered to lend a hand. You spoil me.]

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