Win with Weth
February 13, 2008 9:33 AM   Subscribe

Weth wins lots of contests. And you can win with Weth too. [Second link has a brief, but well-worth-it, sound clip]
posted by blahblahblah (19 comments total)
Is having all that stuff really "winning"?

Think about it, won't you?
posted by DU at 9:37 AM on February 13, 2008

Does he live in Val Kilmer's dorm room closet, though?
posted by Burhanistan at 9:42 AM on February 13, 2008 [4 favorites]

Think about it, won't you?

Ok, I'll read the article...:

Weth wins often, but collecting prizes is not his goal. He’s a prize philanthropist of sorts, and he’s constantly giving things away — books and DVDs to his friends, kids’ stuff to Toys for Tots. He couldn’t even let me leave his house without a bag of assembled goodies.

Don't be so quick to judge. Some people like things you don't.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:44 AM on February 13, 2008

"After moving to Boston to attend MIT, he mastered the art of winning radio phone-in contests — a process that’s two parts mathematics and one part kismet. Weth kept tabs on radio giveaways. He knew former WFNX Boston Rocks host Juanita always gave away five tickets to upcoming concerts; sometimes he even knew how many phone lines the station had, and which caller would be the winner. So he worked out a formula."

Huh. Is he the model for the Lazlo Hollyfied character in Real Genius?
posted by dersins at 9:49 AM on February 13, 2008

Damn you Burhanistan! And damn the 7 minutes it took me to find that character's name! And damn my failure to preview!
posted by dersins at 9:50 AM on February 13, 2008

I have to question how he does some of his valuations. I mean, he wins a $50 gas card, appends the note "Weth uses gas", and then says it's only worth $40 to him. Well, it'll get you $50 in gas, Wes - where'd you lose $10 in that?
posted by never used baby shoes at 9:56 AM on February 13, 2008

The internet cult following is cute, although it was bound to happen with something like this. Neat.
posted by Phire at 10:03 AM on February 13, 2008

My mother's best friend went through a (long) phase of that but she won some great prizes. It was wild. She won a lot of international trips, a car, and at one point to my amazement a 10,000 pound shopping spree in a big shopping centre. Also many, many crappy CDs and concert tickets that I don't think she really wanted. The local radio stations banned her from entering, but she'd just phone up using my name, my mother's name, other friends' names ....
posted by jamesonandwater at 10:05 AM on February 13, 2008

"Oh, I've wasted my life"
--Weth's last words before being crushed by a giant mound of bumper stickers and beer koozies.

On the other hand, he does have a hat that says "Rigid Tool", so he's got that going for him.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 10:24 AM on February 13, 2008

In the early days of web competitions I won a year's supply of beer.

Mind you, it was Tetley bitter, so that was only 1 can.

I lie, it was actually 16 crates, thankfully it wasn't Stella or I would have bust an organ.
I did once win a European interrail ticket in a newspaper that came at exactly the right time in my life, I was doing a crap job after being a lazy undergrad and getting a crap degree and came back motivated to make some changes, got started on an MSc which led to a PhD and a proper job.
posted by biffa at 10:41 AM on February 13, 2008

I really wanted to hate this guy, but then I read the article. Now I realize that I ought to be entering contests, too. I wouldn't say no to a freezer full of ice cream.
posted by uncleozzy at 10:42 AM on February 13, 2008

Weth is a girls name.
posted by damn dirty ape at 10:43 AM on February 13, 2008

You might also be interested in this old askme of mine, and no, I havent won anything other than lots of spam into a throwaway gmail account.
posted by damn dirty ape at 10:46 AM on February 13, 2008

weth is a pretty excellent guy. so's his husband, steve.
posted by rmd1023 at 11:17 AM on February 13, 2008

Aren't you really supposed to pay taxes on the value of all these things? That was the reason why the guy who won a trip to space had to give it up.
posted by burnmp3s at 11:53 AM on February 13, 2008

I've met Weth and Steve as well, they are indeed excellent. That friggin' Vespa he won has been just sitting there for probably four years now. I'm pretty sure he never rides it.
posted by schoolgirl report at 1:27 PM on February 13, 2008

A second-floor closet is awash with won cosmetic items: shampoos, face washes, and lotions — lots of lotions. “This is one thing they give away all the time,” notes Wethern, patting the skin above his long Brillo-ish beard. “Which is good — once you hit 40, your skin starts to go.”

Weth's beard is not long.
posted by Faint of Butt at 1:56 PM on February 13, 2008

Is he the model for the Lazlo Hollyfied character in Real Genius?

He's also the antithesis of the Uncle Frank character from One Crazy Summer.
posted by Pollomacho at 2:05 PM on February 13, 2008

Did I just read an article from a mainstream (?), general-audience-focused publication that offhandedly mentioned a gay spouse as a "husband" as if it weren't the Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse? This article just made me happy to be alive.
posted by Vavuzi at 11:36 PM on February 13, 2008 [3 favorites]

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