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Free as in ... money

Coding Horror blogger Jeff Atwood granted $5,000 of his ad revenue to a worthy, open-source .NET project only to find the winner doesn't know what to do with the money. [more inside]
posted by swift on Jul 29, 2008 - 23 comments

Beautiful Goats

The "Most Beautiful Goat" competition. SIx pictures from the Mazayen al-Maaz this year in Riyad.
posted by 31d1 on Jun 14, 2008 - 59 comments

Eurovision 2008 semi-finals are tonight

6 hours til Eurovision 2008 begins (well semi-final round 1 begins in 6 hours). After last year's extensive Eurovision discussion, let's see how 2008 does. There are a number of Eurovision blogs and many of the bloggers are hanging out in Belgrade. Not in Europe? You can watch online as well. [more inside]
posted by k8t on May 20, 2008 - 32 comments

They're all beautiful inside. Maybe.

It's that time of year again, folks... don't forget to put in your vote for the World's Ugliest Dog. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on May 17, 2008 - 22 comments

Home for Sale: 100 Dollars, 500 Words

The $100 House Essay Contest. Write a 500 word essay on why you deserve to win the house. Submit it to James Mathias, along with $100. If he receives 2,500 entries... a winner will be chosen and awarded the home. If enough entries aren't received, he'll return the money. Finally, a chance to get that dream home in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Or... an extra $179,900.
posted by avoision on May 14, 2008 - 33 comments

& Teller

The Last Living Entertainer in Vegas [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Mar 8, 2008 - 19 comments

Carbohydrate Loading

World Record Spaghetti Bridge [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Mar 8, 2008 - 34 comments

Unclassified Dubya library designs

The George W. Bush Presidential Library : visualizations
posted by Gyan on Mar 4, 2008 - 42 comments

Psychologist FTW

This Psychologist Might Outsmart the Math Brains Competing for the Netflix Prize
posted by AceRock on Mar 1, 2008 - 32 comments

totally postmodern bro

The girl who stares (her only talent) is quickly becoming a youtube phenomenon. Participate in the demise of our culture and watch her do nothing.
posted by pwally on Jan 17, 2008 - 179 comments

Yes! You too can be the proud owner of this fabulous piece of medical technology!

Win a free MRI machine: An odd medical equipment distribution scheme, winanmri.com will give away a free MAGNETOM to the hospital that gets the most votes for their submitted video. (videos on right hand side).
posted by edgeways on Nov 11, 2007 - 14 comments

Britain's Weirdest Tombstones

IN MEMORY OF
HANNAH TWYNNOY
Who died October 23rd 1703
Aged 33 Years.
In bloom of Life
She’s snatched from hence,
She had not room
To make defence;
For Tyger fierce
Took Life Away.
And here she lies
In a bed of Clay,
Until the Resurrection Day

In anticipation of Halloween, BBC History magazine announces the winner (pdf link) of its "Mysterious Memorials" contest. (It's not the one above.) View the complete list of runners-up here.
posted by saslett on Oct 29, 2007 - 9 comments

The Superset

The Superset: Who is the superest hero of them all.
posted by chunking express on Oct 23, 2007 - 38 comments

Collect 'em all!

This is James Savage's spare room, which contains one hundred Apple computers. He has more than 150 in his house and all of them are working perfectly, from an Apple II+ and a Lisa to the latest MacBook Pro. (One entrant among many in Gizmodo's Best Computer Rig contest.)
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Oct 4, 2007 - 53 comments

May the nightmares ensue.

Partial face transplants.
posted by miss lynnster on Aug 31, 2007 - 15 comments

It would be better with the image tag.

We've discussed ways to win the New Yorker caption contest for its cartoons (use "previous" to see more), but the tradition of attacking the cartooning institution continues. One long-time mocker has been the anti-caption contest, which has strict rules on how to write the worst captions. Compare this and this, and this and this, to get the idea. Now, Gawker has invited people to draw the worst possible New Yorker cartoons; here are some results. [prev and prev.]
posted by blahblahblah on Aug 2, 2007 - 20 comments

The Buckminster Fuller Institute Challenge

The Buckminster Fuller Institute is now accepting submissions for it's new, annual design challenge contest. Submissions must be applicable with real-world technology, solving real-world problems with a minimum of ecological impact. The offered prize is $100,000, on par with some of NASA's challenges. ( Buckminster Fuller on Wikipedia, and E2 )
posted by loquacious on Jul 20, 2007 - 9 comments

You Can't Hoot Without One

If it's the 3rd Saturday in June, it must be time for the National Hollerin Contest in Spivey's Corner, NC. Ever since the contest's earliest days, it tends to make the media's ears perk up. Hear and watch the many kinds of hollers, see last year's winner or buy a CD (featuring hollerin' legend O.B. Jackson.) Pr"eef"iously.
posted by DonnieSticks on Jun 15, 2007 - 9 comments

vote for your favorites

Finalists in the 4th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest.
posted by nickyskye on May 21, 2007 - 27 comments

"I got more publicity from this little joke... than from all the serious work I ever did over many decades."

A hoax that embarrassed the art world: Pavel Jerdanowitch and the Disumbrationist School of Painting . This "joke on the art critics" was perpetrated by Paul Jordan-Smith, a former pastor who had left his calling after being charged with heresy. He went on to become a writer, editor and journalist, and in 1924 he decided to commit blasphemy against "the strange gods of modern art." The Pavel Jerdanowitch Painting Contest was inspired by the hoax. "The challenge is to produce the worst painting every painted." It's not too late to submit your own entry for 2007. You can check out last year's entries, including the "loser" (winner), for inspiration.
posted by amyms on Mar 24, 2007 - 35 comments

I'm not stinkin', but I look like Lincoln

Since January 1st, men in Shamrock, TX, have been working on their Donegal beards and today they were judged on how they did. Missed it? Maybe you can watch the documentary by Mike Woolf or listen to a song(mp3) from the soundtrack by The Gourds.
posted by DonnieSticks on Mar 17, 2007 - 5 comments

The Singular Image

The Singular Image recognizes outstanding individual photographs in color and black and white. Center, formerly known as the Santa Fe Center for Photography, was founded in 1994. Center is a nonprofit organization that honors, supports and provides opportunity for gifted and committed photographers. Our programs bring exposure to worthy photographic projects and series, and create fellowship among photographers and influential members of the photographic community. (some images NSFW)
posted by ColdChef on Feb 28, 2007 - 4 comments

Hit me with your rhythm sticks.

A one, a two, a one, two, three, four, five. Gene. Gene/Rich. Rich/Animal. Rich/Lewis. Wonder. Billy. Joe. Swiss cheese.
posted by unSane on Feb 28, 2007 - 37 comments

How the Cube was found.

At last, the Receda Cube is found. Perplex City season one is at an end. The winner explains how he found the cube.
posted by empath on Feb 15, 2007 - 37 comments

iphone beat making challenge

iPhoneMania, Catch It When Steve Jobs answered his iPhone at this year's MacWorld, he ignited a frenzy months before the gizmo will even hit stores. Now sneakmove, who first presented the "diy: cut and fold paper iphone" is back with a contest that challenges musicians to make the best song they can using the a sample of the phone's distinctive ring.
posted by PeteNicely on Jan 25, 2007 - 24 comments

Animation Contest Finalists

Aniboom bills itself as "the home of animation," a place to discover new up & coming artists online. Towards that end, they've sponsored a $50,000 competition for the best animation across five categories. The field has been narrowed to 25 finalists, and all 25 entries are online for viewing/voting here.
posted by jonson on Jan 22, 2007 - 11 comments

Water Intoxication Death

Wii = "wee." Water-drinking radio contest ends in tragedy. Water intoxication caused the death of this mother. Radio pranks and contests are nothing new. Some have resulted in lawsuits, but I don't recall any resulting in death before.
posted by The Deej on Jan 14, 2007 - 92 comments

He Knew His Fanfiction Was All Right

Prepare yourselves, teenaged Trollope fans! You have just four months remaining in which to send your Barchester Towers fanfiction to the Anthony Trollope Society's annual £1000 Short Story Competion. Previous champions have been feted at luxurious club dinners by titans like Andrew Davies and P.D. James. Could you be next to join their august ranks?
posted by Iridic on Sep 7, 2006 - 7 comments

MyDreamApp

Software Pop Idol If you're a software developer, what happens when you run out of ideas? You ask the community of course! Then you sort, rate and have the ideas voted on. Make it a contest and give away prizes. And that's exactly what the Mac Programmers behind My Dream App have done. Entries are due by Sept 1st. Rules here. Idea Submission form here.
posted by filmgeek on Aug 28, 2006 - 19 comments

Not your mother's appliance

Design Lab 2006 (flash and sound) Are you a college student with an eye toward design? Design a cool appliance and win 5,000 Euros. For the rest of us there are previous winners, such as this airwash waterless washing machine.
posted by caddis on Aug 2, 2006 - 13 comments

Upload embarrassing videos!!

Music Competition 1 week left!!!
"Gizmodo Idol" competition to win some serious headphones (reviewed here )
Not too many entries yet,you have a chance still but look out for serious competition.
posted by wuakeen on Jun 11, 2006 - 27 comments

2006 Best Wedding Photos

Top Knots Weddings, no matter how grand, are comprised of many intimate, unforgettable moments, and wedding photographers have just one chance to capture them. The judges of this year's Top Knots competition felt that the work featured in this online gallery succeeded in preserving these moments in a creative and innovative way.
posted by ColdChef on Apr 25, 2006 - 32 comments

Advertise THIS!

It's Hard Out Here for a (Ta)Hoe: The smartypants over at GM are running a contest to "make your own" commercial for the gas-guzzling Tahoe SUV. People are giving them just what they deserve. These are likely to be yanked sooooooon, so get 'em while they're hot!
posted by MaxVonCretin on Mar 31, 2006 - 190 comments

MOM SHOOTS!

The ATF has sponsored an art contest for the children of its employees. Some of the children depicted their parents as heroes. Others seemed to tell a story that’s a bit more grim. Still others were truly elliptical or perplexing. Oh, and the turtle. [via.]
posted by dersins on Mar 22, 2006 - 48 comments

Brain Tumor

Name Tom's Tumor. Tom Lunt has a brain tumor. It’s a benign tumor and not life-threatening; the symptoms are "merely strange." Turn his misfortune to your personal gain by winning the contest and taking home the tumor.
posted by ba on Mar 16, 2006 - 21 comments

For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.

2 4 8 16 32 64... Storybytes, an ordered archive of nanofiction. It's been done before, by syllables (17), by the masters (Classic Short Stories), and by comedians (Book-a-Minute). But in a dense natural language, with a high meaning-per-word, perhaps bytes would value infodensity more objectively: 256b, 1k, 4Kb. But then again, isn't a spec as much of a cop out as a rigged dictionary? Perhaps the highest infodensities are achieved by works which will have no human readers.
posted by hoverboards don't work on water on Feb 14, 2006 - 8 comments

Christ, what an asshole.

How to win the New Yorker caption contest every time. (Possibly NSFW, Previous contest discussion here, link via Feministe)
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Feb 2, 2006 - 54 comments

Poupée de cire, poupée de son!!!

50 Years of Eurovision --pics, video, info on 14 of the best(?) songs ever performed in the contest. Tonight they're picking the Number One of all time.
posted by amberglow on Oct 21, 2005 - 31 comments

The Everyman Photo Contest 2005

1. Take Pictures.
2. ????
3. Profit!
posted by monju_bosatsu on Sep 21, 2005 - 12 comments

Euler? I never even met her!

Project Euler is a running contest of programming challenges to hone your algorithm skills. "Each problem is designed according to a 'one-minute rule', which means that although it may take several hours to design a successful algorithm with more difficult problems, an efficient implementation will allow a solution to be obtained on a modestly powered computer in less than one minute."
posted by Wolfdog on Aug 20, 2005 - 11 comments

angels with tude'

Is your child an angel with attitude? Time to win yourself some Angel Dollars. "Entries will be judged on facial beauty, expression & fashion, and overall appeal of photo. These should be professional pictures, but should not be extremely or overly retouched. (We are judging the child - not the retoucher!) Divisional Winners will receive 25.00 Angel Dollars, and 1 Overall Winner will receive 50.00 Angel Dollars."
posted by sharksandwich on Jul 9, 2005 - 66 comments

So you think you can do better, eh?

The New Yorker's ongoing Caption Contest is seven weeks old. Think the the cartoons are dumb? Well here's your chance to show your skills.
posted by brheavy on Jun 3, 2005 - 28 comments

Now can we stop posting these?

Contagious Media......................................................................
posted by dersins on May 26, 2005 - 60 comments

Seacrest...poop!

Poop on Ryan Seacrest! TV Squad has a story about a guy who is having a contest. Be the first to take a dump on Ryan Seacrest's walk of fame star and win $50. Personally I think it should be more cash, considering you could get arrested.
posted by braun_richard on May 19, 2005 - 25 comments

Who Wants to Be a Hamburger Millionaire?

If you won a hamburger for every ten seconds of a feature film, you'd be a hamburger millionaire.
posted by bigbadem on Apr 12, 2005 - 4 comments

Go Stinky go!!!

Four high school students -- gold chains, fake diamond rings, patchy, adolescent mustaches and sharp brains -- take on MIT and others in a robot competition. They're undocumented Mexican Americans living in trailers and shabby houses in Arizona. They raise only $800 from the community to fund their project, while the MIT team raises $11,000 from corporate donors. They have to scrounge for the "most best tampons" at the last moment to fix a leak in their robot. The other teams snicker at their garishly painted robot when it's unveiled poolside. You know how this is going to end. You know. But it's very satisfying to read nonetheless. (via Amygdala)
posted by maudlin on Mar 30, 2005 - 86 comments

Best of? You Bet.

The results are in for the Best of Photojournalism 2005 . From sports to nature, from sorrow to celebration, photojournalists around the world continue to document humanity’s highs and lows 24-7.
posted by TheGoldenOne on Mar 28, 2005 - 8 comments

Ride the BIG One!

Mavericks: The Wave Beyond
The conditions were right and, about 30 hours ago, they announced this year's Mavericks Surf Contest was ON, the waves get as big as 50 feet and are considered "one of the most challenging waves in the world"! This isn't Hawaii, this is just off the coast of Half Moon Bay, California!
posted by fenriq on Mar 2, 2005 - 37 comments

Intro, setup, gag

The Daily Grind Iron Man Challenge. How hard could it be to post a comic every day, 5 days a week. How long could you keep it up. How about for a $1000 prize? Some big names are playing. (because they axed)
posted by Capn on Mar 1, 2005 - 15 comments

OMG! Collaborative shirts!

The folks at Threadless have launched a new collaborative contest type way to make shirts at OMG Clothing. You sign up, submit a slogan, and everyone votes on them, with the best scores getting made into shirts. Threadless has always done graphical submissions, but I suspect more people can come up with a funny phrase than a crazy cool vector art graphic.
posted by mathowie on Jan 13, 2005 - 12 comments

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