The Late Giveaway: Science Tape!
If you want to distract people from the gift underneath the wrapping paper, this Science Tape from UncommonGoods is just what you need. We've got a roll to give away.
To pick a winner, we'll ask one mental_floss trivia question. Really obscure trivia. About the mental_floss staff. Let's see who's been paying attention. Or stalking. First person with the right answer wins the Science Tape.
----> In 2010, daily contributor Stacy Conradt had a baby. The wives of co-founders Mangesh & Will both had babies. And my wife had one, too. What are the names of these four kids?
Who won the Ninjabread Men?
Our chosen-at-random winner is Sam!
Who won the Qatar contest?
We're calling it a tie -- one fact we really enjoyed, and one comment that made everyone laugh.
Winner #1: Andy ("The current Emir, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, seized control of the government from his father while pop was vacationing in Switzerland.")
A little background from Christian Science Monitor:
In the summer of 1995, after getting the blessings of the various al-Thani factions, Sheikh Hamad staged a bloodless coup, calling his father at a Zurich hotel, according to local legend, to inform him of the change. His father, so it is told, hung up.
Determined to cling to power, the elder sheikh disowned his son and returned to the Gulf to gather support among the tribes for a countercoup. Sheikh Hamad responded in typically modern fashion – by hiring a big US law firm to help freeze money, reported to be in the billions, that his father had in bank accounts around the world.
Winner #2: Zach ("Qatar was the absolute worst team on the original FIFA Soccer game for Sega Genesis. But they had really sweet all-black jerseys.")
Congrats, guys! I'll be in touch tomorrow to get your addresses.