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Google's New Crossword-Style Trivia Game Wants Puzzlers to Search

Fellow puzzle fans, Google has brought us joy. The engine's newest venture, A Google a Day, asks cunning participants not to use the knowledge they have but rather the knowledge they can unearth with Google search to solve riddles. Much like crossword puzzles (possibly your author's favorite pastime), the questions ask the solver to change the way they think. For today's riddle, searching "two...

New Jersey Democrat Beats IBM's Watson in Trivia Challenge

Share Last night, five members of Congress thought it would be fun to stage a trivia challenge against Watson -- the IBM supercomputer that made the world feel stupid last month on 'Jeopardy!'. As it did brainiacs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, Watson absolutely bulldozed its Congressional competition -- with one notable exception. Rep. Rush Holt, a New Jersey Democrat, actually defeated the...

IBM's Watson Beats Humans in 'Jeopardy' Practice Round

When 'Jeopardy' legends Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter face off against IBM's Watson supercomputer next month, they'll be going up against a machine that clearly knows a thing or two about... well, everything. Yesterday, Watson went head-to-head in a practice 'Jeopardy' round against Jennings and Rutter -- the Ruth and Gehrig of televised trivia. Not surprisingly, all three contestants proved...

YouTube Stars and Hasbro Team Up With 'Trivial Pursuit: Bet You Know It'

Among nerdier interests, your writer is very much a fan of Trivial Pursuit. (What other activity would demand the entirely pointless knowledge that Dr. Pepper debuted at the Louisiana Purchase Exhibition in 1904? Sadly, none.) Game-maker Hasbro has lately been working its way into the digital realm (notably with the buggy and entirely underwhelming iPhone version of Pursuit), and its most recent...

How Tech Companies and Gadgets Get Their Names

By now, most of us have heard the story of how Google got its name -- from a misspelling of "googol," an impossibly high number (10 to the 100th power, or more than the total number of atoms in the observable universe). But Google isn't the only company out there with an odd name. And it certainly isn't the only name with an interesting origin story. 'Mental Floss,' a magazine packed with trivia...

Why Do Alarms Snooze For Nine Minutes?

Share There are many mysteries in this world, like 'What the heck happened to Britney Spears?' for example. Or, 'Why does it seem like every alarm clock I've ever owned snoozes for nine minutes?' Thankfully Mental Floss, the brain teaser and trivia magazine, has an explanation for the latter (we may never get an answer about Britney). When the first alarm clocks were built, the snooze gear...