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12 Things You'll Learn from Our Newest Book

Is budgeting your holiday spending a tricky proposition? Look no further. We've collected more than 2,000 questions from the early mental_floss archives to bring you mental_floss Trivia: Brisk, Refreshing Facts Without the Ice Cream Headache. The reader-friendly layout gives you the answers on the spread immediately following the questions - no annoying flipping-to-the-back-of-the-book to get your score. At more than 850 pages, you'll enjoy hours of reading and sharing pleasure!

To celebrate 12/12/12, here are a dozen of our favorite facts culled from questions in the book:

  • A baseball pitch that has been hit for a home run is called a "gopher pitch."
  • Dave Barry was in a high-school rock band called Federal Duck.
  • The word "jaguar" is Guarani for "dog."
  • Of all the spirits in Pandora's Box, only "hope" remained.
  • There are 16 Chance and 16 Community Chest cards in a standard Monopoly game.
  • Per his own wishes, the corneas of executed murderer Gary Gilmore were transplanted to 2 recipients.
  • Lady Macbeth's first name was Gruoch.
  • Rick Derringer was only 16 years old when he co-wrote and played guitar on the McCoys' #1 hit "Hang On Sloopy."
  • The navicular bone in the wrist is the most commonly-fractured bone in the human body.
  • James Earl Carter is the only U.S. president who took the oath of office using a nickname - "Jimmy."
  • The pecan tree is the only major nut-bearing tree native to North America.
  • The first consumer products made from celluloid plastic were hair combs.

Try one of our best book values: mental_floss Trivia, by Sandy Wood & Kara Kovalchik, direct from the mental_floss store. And have a great 12th!

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Liam Neeson, World's Worst Traveler. The Commuter is the latest of a long line of films in which the action star ruins transportation for everyone.

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Snow Rollers: Nature’s Winter Treat. Snow can naturally form into wheels, carpet rolls, or big boulders.

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A Former Gang Member Explains How Easy It Is to Join a Gang. It offers a sense of belonging when you don't get that at home.

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Hollywood Movies Renamed for Japanese Audiences. Some are funny, and some are better than the English title.

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Ladykillers: Murder Ballads and the Country Women Who Sang Them. The underappreciated who sang about the unacceptable eventually became hidden treasures.

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11 Ways Advertisers Make Food Look Delicious. It's much more difficult than you might think.

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What Pop Culture Gets Wrong About Dissociative Identity Disorder
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From the characters in Fight Club to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, popular culture is filled with "split" personalities. These dramatic figures might be entertaining, but they're rarely (if ever) scientifically accurate, SciShow Psych's Hank Green explains in the channel's latest video. Most representations contribute to a collective misunderstanding of dissociative identity disorder, or DID, which was once known as multiple personality disorder.

Experts often disagree about DID's diagnostic criteria, what causes it, and in some cases, whether it exists at all. Many, however, agree that people with DID don't have multiple figures living inside their heads, all clamoring to take over their body at a moment's notice. Those with DID do have fragmented personalities, which can cause lapses of memory, psychological distress, and impaired daily function, among other side effects.

Learn more about DID (and what the media gets wrong about mental illness) by watching the video below.

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