Brains and beer - Williamsburg bar to host ‘Mental Floss’ challenge

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It’s history, but it’s not going to be exactly what you learned in social studies class.

That’s what brazen borough historians looking to test their mental acuity are expected to find when they take the great Mental Floss challenge.

Next week, history buffs will be able to test their mettle at a special History of the World Bar Trivia Night at The Diamond, 43 Franklin Street, in Williamsburg on November 11 as well as a special contest at the Park Slope’s Barnes & Noble, 267 7th Avenue on November 14.

The event in Williamsburg, which is hosted by “Word,” will be held at 8 p.m. The Barnes N’ Noble celebration of all things historical will be held at 7 p.m.

Questions for both trivia contests will be garnered from “The Mental Floss History of the World” the latest incarnation from the “not ready to prime time” arcane fact finders that produce the Mental Floss Magazine.

Let’s put it this way: These are the dudes that let everyone know how the Superman radio show helped fight the Klu Klux Klan (an eye-opening probe into Klan activities couldn’t be handed over to federal authorities, so it was instead given to the radio show. Once the show broadcasted, membership in the Klan dropped considerably). They also informed their readers that President Theodore Roosevelt had a dojo built in the White House (Why? Because).

“The Mental Floss History of the World” is dubbed as “an amazingly entertaining joyride through 60,000 years of human civilization, where you’ll learn that just because it’s true doesn’t mean it’s boring!”

The fun, sometimes unfeasible facts, were cobbled together by magazine publishers Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur and writers Erik Sass and Steve Wiegrand.

Considered both hilarious, as well as historically accurate – at least from one askewed view – organizers at Mental Floss find their new tome a perfect primer “for everything you need to know.”

“And that means the good stuff,” they said.

Mental Floss magazine was put together by Pearson and Hattikudur. The two met as first year Duke University students. According to their own biography, the two “ignored the lures of law schools and investment banking and co-founded Mental Floss magazine.”

“The two have been grinning ever since,” their biography reads.

First published in 2001, Mental Floss, with its tagline “Feel Smart Again,” has received rave reviews and has reached more than 300,000 readers.

Anyone wishing to learn more about the trivia contests can contact either Barnes & Noble (718-832-9066) or The Diamond (718-383-5030) or log onto

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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