Two weeks from today, John Kerry will win the popular vote by "23% or more" over George W. Bush, according to 5 Star Psychic Advice
. See if you can do better than the spirit world by predicting the electoral and popular vote totals in the second
quadrennial MetaFilter Presidential Contest ...
posted by rcade
on Oct 19, 2004 -
Some of the results from the city of Vancouver's Art Underfoot
contest. "The competition invited anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Vancouver to submit design ideas for new manhole covers..."
posted by dobbs
on Sep 16, 2004 -
Step aside xprize
, here comes the elevator 2010
challenge. Sponsored by the Spaceward Foundation
this is a "public challenge centered around the Space Elevator concept, offering a substantial prize for the first laser-powered tether climbing demonstration that can meet specific criteria." more here
posted by Grod
on Sep 6, 2004 -
Kurt Nilsen wins World Idol.
Gap-toothed and described by judges as "with the looks of a hobbit," the Norwegian plumber with the voice of an angel proves that there's hope for all of us to become popstars. True talent triumphs!
posted by dagny
on Jan 1, 2004 -
Who Wants To Marry My Daughter?
Mom will interview suitors for her 22-year-old (who's also the mom of a 4-year-old), a la the NBC "reality"
show. Mom's already booked some dates and a getaway weekend for the winner. Seriously. Must have "a steady job, a love of children, strong morals, and no criminal baggage." Livestock brideprice
posted by serafinapekkala
on Aug 19, 2003 -
Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships
You can register either in Freestyle or Original (the traditional over the shoulder -style). Alternatively, you can register as a team (max. three persons / team). There's also have a Junior category for competitors of under 12 years. Grading in Freestyle is based on style and aesthetics, whereas in Original the grading is purely based on length and style. In both categories theree prizes will be awarded. The current Ukranian record is 57 metres
posted by riffola
on Jul 14, 2003 -
Fancy yourself as a mixmaster? Marillion
are offering you the chance to remix their last album, Anoraknophobia
. Tracks cost £10 per song for the masters, or £60 for the whole album. Whatever you think of the band (like/hate/never heard) this is certainly an unusual opportunity. Feel creative? There's a prize of £500 per song for the best mix.
posted by salmacis
on May 6, 2003 -
The Dictators Contest
"Back by popular demand is the Original Dictators Contest
. 16 of the last century's most fearsome autocrats have been selected and pitted randomly against one another to compete for the title Dictator of Dictators
". If you don't see your favorite Dictator, try The Second Dictators Contest.
Agree with their results? Did they forget anyone?
posted by Mack Twain
on Apr 11, 2003 -
Channel your inner Ansel Adams.
Going off of the theory that everyone has at least one great photo in them (as opposed to professional photographers, who should have hundreds), missiouri webizen & amateur photographer Troy DeArmitt has hosted (for the past two years) an annual web based photo contest open to other amateurs only, sponsored out of his own wallet. If the results of this year's contest are any indication, he's right, there are some beautiful photos here.
posted by jonson
on Jan 19, 2003 -
Adbusters TV launched.
Everyone's favourite culture jammers
are looking for your video contributions.
"The next time you and your friends organize a street party, liberate a billboard, shoot an indy documentary, or throw a
pie into the ugly face of authority, we want people worldwide to catch it the next day
There is an inaugural contest
to get the content flowing. They are looking for video, audio, and animation in three categories: Direct Action
(jams, spoofs, pranks, protests); Epiphanies (personal works); and Mini-Documentaries.
posted by boost ventilator
on Aug 7, 2002 -
Given up on the TiVo wallpaper design contest
? Submit a design to the Japanese Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, and Telecommunications' Postage Stamp Design Contest
. This year's theme is "Peace". Eight winning designs from anywhere in the world will be chosen, and the grand prizes of up to 200,000 Yen (~$1700 USD) awarded to their creators. Check out some of the previous years' winners
posted by Danelope
on Jul 16, 2002 -
Ever dream of owning a Bookstore?
Essay Contest! $250 and 250 words could win this thriving Used Bookstore in Roseburg, Oregon. A very cool, very busy store with a customer base of well over 10,000 people. Someone is going to win and it might as well be one of us.
posted by Mack Twain
on Jun 17, 2002 -
The Dark Side of Google?
Google's first annual programming contest
was a shrewd way to encourage Java and Python programmers. But this may be shrewder than the programmers who entered the contest realized. David Egnor
may have nabbed a cool $10,000 as the contest winner, but for all the other entries, Google nabbed "worldwide, perpetual, fully paid-up, nonexclusive" rights.
posted by ed
on May 31, 2002 -
Queen of the hardwood
A local Seattle sports radio station's grand prize is a trip for two to any sporting event in the world. In the spirit of the NCAA basketball tournament, your task is to take the field of sixty-four women and pick the winners until you wind up with the Queen of the Hardwood. Crass, perhaps, but not much more so than anything else. You still have time to enter.
posted by YohonTheLarge
on Apr 10, 2002 -
Win a Trip to Bellegarde, Saskatchewan!
No joke. And thousands of people will enter this contest. They're ingenious, these prairie farmers.
Round-trip airfare for two to Regina from a major Canadian airport.
Three nights' hotel accommodation in Regina.
Limousine ride to Bellegarde.
An official tour of the hamlet by the president of the Bellegarde Rural Development Council.
$250 spending money.
All you have to do? Predict when a rusted out old car will crash through the ice and cause a local, and very minor, environmental catastrophe.
posted by Salmonberry
on Apr 9, 2002 -
For its third anniversary, Freaky Trigger
is trying out a neat project: You write exactly 102 words about a bit of music. Then someone else will do the same. More inside.
posted by Skot
on Feb 26, 2002 -
Call it the 0.5k.
Like a certain widely-heralded Web design contest
, the Minigame competition pits clever programmers against each other to see who can do the most with the least. But instead of Web pages, these competitors create games for obsolete 8-bit computers (Atari, Commodore, etc.) in two weight classes: 2K and 512 bytes (!).
posted by jjg
on Oct 18, 2001 -
Remember Zork, Planetfall, and the other creations of late game company Infocom? Well, "interactive fiction," as the format is called, is still alive and well. Every year the IF community -- which is known for releasing work of quality far surpassing even Infocom's masterpieces -- holds a competition for short works, and this year's contestants have been released!
Read this post's comments for more info...
posted by tweebiscuit
on Sep 30, 2001 -
Cheat! Win a new car!
Ford's website tie-in to the NASCAR race series looks fairly normal on first glance. It's a contest that offers prizes (Grand Prize a new Taurus) based on picking the top Ford finishers in each week's race. However, the website is riddled with issues. Enough issues that no one should win a prize when all is said and done. More inside:
posted by machaus
on Jul 31, 2001 -
Netninja Photo Contest
There's a little more than a week or so left in the contest, and I doubt it's going to be the next All Your Base, but it looks like fun. Hell, I'm entering.
posted by dincognito
on Jul 31, 2001 -
Green Flash bashes Bush
Greenpeace is launching a contest to highlight the absurdity of the Bush positions on climate change and/or missile defence using Macromedia Flash. The contest, open to everyone and having no prize other than a link, runs through July 6th and should be almost as much fun as the 5k
posted by DragonBoy
on Jun 11, 2001 -
65 minor characters battle it out, single-elimination tournament style. Sure, we all saw Troy McClure's rout of Uter coming a mile away, but did you really think Hans Moleman had what it took to knock off Rev. Lovejoy? Your votes help determine which supporting player is the supporting-est on The Road to Springfield
posted by jjg
on Jun 2, 2001 -