There are plenty of contests whose purpose is to pick out the best looking dog
, or flowers
or various other things. But what about the ugliest? These sites and contests bring you the ugliest cars
in Ann Arbor, MI, and those bastions of cuteness, babies
posted by darsh
on Apr 25, 2006 -
, former mining engineer, Godfather to Mad Magazine’s “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions,” cartoonist
for Boob McNutt and Mike & Ike (they look alike), is best known for the now eponymous machines
he started cartooning back in 1914 such as: how to not forget to mail a letter
. Or the reminder to take out the garbage.
Or the local government efficiency machine.
Or the oversleeping cure.
Or the German webserver wakeup device
(it’s got sound).
There are amateurs
making ‘Rube Goldberg machines,’ but there are also serious contests
, sponsored by serious engineers
. (There are even do it yourself plans
- y’know, for kids).
Goldberg’s influence can be seen in a variety
, but by the time he turned 80 he’d tired of cartooning and decided to begin sculpting. Needless to say he excelled and of course, influenced humorous
posted by Smedleyman
on Mar 15, 2006 -
Oooh, I want one
. Or all of them
. Vintage high-tech, from the good folks at Worth1000. (Great idea, but I feel like even more could be done with this meme. Pointers?) [Via BoingBoing
posted by digaman
on Feb 22, 2006 -
Exercise your music muscle
Someone marked a Day
ink. Then I eyed a Queen
holding Sex Pistols
. There are 71 other bands hidden in this street scene: you can download a higher-res version at Virgin's Web site
. (Via Bifurcated Rivets
). By the way, this is a contest (you can win a new computer and a year's worth of free music), but the site's interface is obnoxious and ad-strewn, so I moved the contest linkage down here
posted by Lord Kinbote
on Nov 29, 2005 -
- the largest online art contests of their kind, where artists are challenged to create outstanding artworks based upon set themes, while working under restrictions. For CG students, an additional bonus is the view of the creation process.
posted by Gyan
on May 23, 2005 -
The worst opening lines to the worst novels never written.
An international literary parody contest, the competition honors the memory (if not the reputation) of Victorian novelist Edward George Earl Bulwer-Lytton
(1803-1873). The goal of the contest is childishly simple: entrants are challenged to submit bad opening sentences to imaginary novels.
The original bad opening sentence and inspiration for the contest? From Bulwer-Lytton's novel Paul Clifford
, and made famous by Snoopy
: ""It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents--except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness."
posted by zardoz
on Dec 16, 2004 -
So the Blogathon
is taking a year off to come back bigger and better than ever before, but for all of you just itching to stay awake for 24 hours raising money for charity, there is Project-Blog
, a Blogathon-style event happening July 24th. See previous Blogathon discussion here
posted by Orange Goblin
on May 31, 2004 -
Lego Master Builder search
"After kicking off at The Art Institute of California – San Diego on Thursday, Oct. 30, the official LEGO Master Model Builder Search will head to Art Institutes in Washington D.C., Boston, Charlotte, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Los Angeles before its final stop in Orange County, California. Winners from each city will be invited to travel to the LEGOLAND theme park in Carlsbad in 2004 to interview for the ultimate job – and the chance for the coveted spot as the seventh LEGO Master Model Builder." Ladies and gentlemen, start your brick building!
posted by Irontom
on Oct 15, 2003 -
Tacheback? (via The Presurfer)
Another web widget I have to add to my blog to stay cool? No, it's another moustache-growing contest, organized to support "The Institute of Cancer Research's national campaign to raise awareness and funding for male cancers". What do moustaches have to do with "male cancers"? Don't ask. Why did I say "another"? Because the biennial World Beard and Moustache Championships
are coming to Carson City, Nevada, November 1st. Of course some media have already given this man
the title of "World's Longest Moustache" (at least those who paid him $5 to take his picture).
posted by wendell
on Sep 21, 2003 -
announced by LitKicks
marries sudden fiction (and poetry, and nonfiction) workshop dynamics to a survivor-like competitive format, starting October 1, with six winners to be published in a book featuring the best work from the Quest. It's open to all, costs $20
to enter, and requires a free membership in the LitKicks site, which is a thriving online literary community as it is. More info in the FAQ
. I think this may work better for me than NaNoWriMo would.
posted by xian
on Sep 16, 2003 -
The BBC Is Looking For The Best Sandwich In The World:
Can you help? Sandwiches are supposedly easy but, come to think of it, perfect
sandwiches are actually quite difficult to invent and produce. Bread gets wet; lettuce wilts; flavours and textures clash. Personally, I like English tea sandwiches
best; though the Mediterranean
versions are a meal in themselves. But if you had to stake your life and reputation on one fulfilling and tastebud-enticing sandwich, which one would it be? To go.
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Sep 6, 2003 -
Ars Magna hosts The Anagrammy Awards,
a monthly anagram competition. This got me thinking that we could "rearrange" the big acronym thread from a few weeks ago so that the first word or phrase of a comment would be an anagram of the last word or phrase of the previous comment. Sort of like this.
posted by coudal
on Aug 22, 2003 -
If you're the type who gets creative when you drink a lot, the folks at Canstruction
have a few ideas about what you can do with the discarded empties. Here's a slide show
of some good examples, and here are the winners of their contests in 2002
posted by jonson
on Jul 25, 2003 -
Dangerous Road Signs.
Okay, so, I'm posting a link to a photoshop contest: I'm lame, that's a long established fact. That said, some of these really did amuse me - take a gander if you're up for a laugh.
posted by jonson
on Jun 14, 2003 -
Need a job? The winner of the Google Puzzle Contest
might recieve a prestigious spot in the Google engineering labs. So whip out all your old Martin Gardner books
and get practicing, because the competition is on May 1st (and registration closes today).
posted by kaibutsu
on May 29, 2003 -
Yesterday I saw a wonderful movie - Spellbound
- a documentary about the annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee
- which won the Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature at SXSW
It explores the dynamics surrounding kids and parents desire for success in the
competition, reconciliation with failure and differing models of education, competition and success.
When I was a kid I was on the TV show It's Academic
- along with lots of other famous faces. While you
may want to
of the show - I still remember it fondly. My parents were happy to see me compete but generally
unconcerned about the outcome in any way. Now we've got Math Olympics
, the Academic Decathlon
and a host of other competitive ventures. Any other MeFites remember school days competitions and the drive to succeed?
posted by dhacker
on Oct 21, 2002 -
Paper Towels Go Interactive!
Well, the contest is moving on to its next stages, but soon, Georgia-Pacific will be holding online voting for it's new "logo" or "mascot" for Brawny (tm) paper towels brand. You can sign up at the link above for a heads-up to the voting, or just check back later. What is the world coming to. And to think, I found this via the Wall St. Journal this a.m.
posted by djspicerack
on Oct 4, 2002 -
It starts with Delaware...
Over at Google Answers, a Microsoft Games Studio employee has posted a most interesting puzzle to solve. Over the course of the last twenty months
a list of states has been gradually revealed by his boss, but under what criteria are they listed? He's giving $200.00 to the winner; just think of what
you could buy
. The fine folks at the Straight Dope
are already on the case. To the Googlemobile! [via Cardhouse
posted by thewittyname
on Aug 22, 2002 -
Accusations hurled at hot dog contest!
Takeru "The Tsunami" Kobayashi scarfed down 50.5 hot dogs in 12 minutes at Nathan's Famous Fourth of July international hot dog eating contest... but did he keep them all down for long enough? And you thought the National Spelling Bee Championships were intense!
posted by krunk
on Jul 5, 2002 -
Swear down the phone
and win a prize. Not much else to say really, apart from it is puerile and the whole site is in questionable taste. It might amuse the more FARK
minded amongst us though, such as myself. Found at b3ta
posted by Fat Buddha
on May 4, 2002 -
The Pulitzer Prizes 2002.
The New York Times gets 7; Richard Russo's "Empire Falls" gets Best Fiction; and Best On-Screen Kiss goes to Britney Spears and the guy from "Crossroads" because it made jurists William Safire and Henry Louis Gates Jr. "all teary-eyed."
posted by adrober
on Apr 8, 2002 -
Do you dream of living on a secluded island surrounded by all of the ice cream
you could eat? Here is your chance!
And have you ever heard of anyone actually winning one of these essay contests?
posted by Dinzie
on Dec 13, 2001 -
Vote Wil Wheaton 'Entertainer of the Year'
in Entertainment Weekly's poll. As one Farkster put it, "a vote for Wil Wheaton is a vote for messing with the normals." Won't Britney Spears be crushed? At the moment "Wil" is leading, but his evil twin "Will" is coming up fast.
posted by fleener
on Nov 22, 2001 -
Don't register for contests at work?
Man wins new BMW...for his employers. While this case actually makes sense, i could see situations where employees could win prizes on company time and have a problem. I would be So bummed out.
posted by th3ph17
on Aug 30, 2001 -
Scientists Offer Cash, Possible Immortality
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists is conducting a contest for the best "Plutonium Memorial" design. Are you ready to think out of the box? Make sure to incorporate classic design elements, as the contents will have a half-life of 24,000 years
. It would be a shame to have our distant descendants mock our architecture. P.S. I encourage residents of the Denver
metropolitan area to enter the contest.
posted by JDC8
on Jul 6, 2001 -
Name That Tune, Mr. Spock!
of the same unforeseeable thing online entirely by accident
raises an eyebrow. Can you name all the tunes in Glenn McDonald's Audiotests
or the equivalent faux-Survivor
task by Ron Yeany
et al.? (The latter links directly to an MP3 file. See contest page
.) ¶ Also, Glenn (ibid.
) has an hilarious photo album
. And who can explain the reference
in the title of this posting?
posted by joeclark
on Jun 17, 2001 -
I'll be giving $50 to some Metafilter user
(or group of users). The winner will be the person who links to the item that I consider to be "coolest." I set the bar here: in order to win, your item must be at least as cool as this
, otherwise, I will declare myself the winner.
Aside from the increased size of the prize (the result of a few users who chipped in to the collection I took up), all other rules are identical to those of last year's Metafilter $30 Giveaway.
I will make my decision at 5 pm Friday, Chicago time.
posted by jbushnell
on May 17, 2001 -
At first I found Junkyard Wars
(imported) and thought it was the funniest show on TV. Then I found Iron Chef
(also imported) and it was even better. I got hooked. Now I've found BattleBots
(homegrown! Buy American!), and I have to wonder if TV has any more pleasant surprises for me. As long as I stay away from the big networks I seem to do fine.
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Feb 25, 2001 -