Aug 29 2008

Contest #9: Finalists

Category: Uncategorized @ 6:11 pm

We need more people to enter MM contests, not because we’re not getting enough high quality entries, but precisely because everyone’s answers are so freakin’ good. I’m trying to separate the wheat from chaff and you people aren’t producing any chaff. So, please tell all of your bumbling, ineloquent, creatively-barren friends to come on over to MentalMagma.com so you guys can have some people to make look bad.

Anyway, we loved the entries this week. You all came up with so many good ideas that we’ll be mixing them into our contests for years to come. Keep in mind that, just like a merch contest, ALL of the entries are in play for possible future contests, not just the finalists.

As usual we’d like to give a nod to the entries that didn’t make the finals but were either crowd or MM staff favorites. There was smodaresi‘s dictator’s face made out of food, Soleil’s philosopher’s party, Ian Randal Strock‘s political speech (his WWII entry deserves a tip of the hat as well), Vieu Moves‘ recursive acronym, Padma’s brain swap, NCSAdan‘s contradictory CNN stories, Vlad‘s post apocalyptic sitcom casting, R.E.D.‘s hangman alternatives, and lastly Greg Hunter‘s return to MM with the outrageous GW final days headline.

There’s a chance again this week that MM will generate it’s first ever two-time winner. Former winners Garrett, Mrs. Sara, and Jakutz have all made the finals again. Will Fooly Cooly or Bunny Slippers (who are former finalists themselves) be able to prevent that and take the crown (not to mention the missile launcher) themselves? The polls will be open until 5pm EST on Sunday. We’ll know after then.

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67 Responses to “Contest #9: Finalists”

  1. Soleil Says:
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    *hopes Philosopher’s Party will be in “possible future contests”.

    Furthermore, does the winner of this competition get to enter their own contest?

  2. Gabriel Says:
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    Alas, no. That is the price of eternal glory. Contest authors get to be guest judges that week (which means they’ll get to select a favorite to be a finalist)

  3. gig Says:
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    When the portmanteau entry was originally put up, I scratched my head. I had only ever heard of portmanteau as a suitcase and could not figure out what this meant. I’ve learned the secondary meaning now which, hopefully, will stave off alzheimers yet another week.

  4. Garrett Says:
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    How does the admin feel about lobbying for votes on behalf of oneself?

    For example, my previous MM winnings went toward furthering the availability of rare and foreign knowledge in English when I purchased the Statistical Handbook of Japanese baseball, which I have been supplementing with my own translations of current stats to allow the Anglophone world access to the info for free and in an easily comprehensible manner.

    My future winnings will be of even more benefit to mankind. (Just wait till E-Z Bake Ovens become available again!)

  5. Gabriel Says:
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    Lobby is an old an noble endeavor that is perfectly within your rights as a finalist. The only thing we don’t allow is deal-making between finalists (I and my friends vote for you; you split the prize with me).

  6. Garrett Says:
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    So attempting to bribe you to fix the vote in exchange for a chunk of the prize you purchased isn’t going to work, I take it.

    OK. Well, to the MM people:
    Look at the above entries. Think of which one will give your imagination the greatest scope to run wild, which will produce the best future MM merch as fruit of the contest, which will produce the entries most fun to read and discuss.

    Then consider voting for mine anyway.

    Notice that my competitors, valiant as they are, speak not to you directly, but sit, disengaged, in their ivory towers, assuming your vote is theirs while I, alone, have the humility and forthrightness to ask you to vote for me so that, together, we can make a bitchin’ contest.

    Thank you.

  7. Shirin Says:
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    Shameless, Garrett…just shameless.

  8. Mrs. Sara Says:
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    Hey, if my entry wins, maybe the prize will be a FREE DOLPHIN! Who doesn’t want their own dolphin?

  9. fooly cooly Says:
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    i think everyone votes before they even go to the comments page, sadly.

  10. Jakutz Says:
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    If I win (looking pretty slim at this point) I’m willing to donate my prize to the kidnapping of one of the James Bond actors from Sean Connery to Pierce Brosnan. The winner of my contest will have their wish come true!

  11. fooly cooly Says:
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    no way! yours is the one i thought was beating me. either the votes are evenly distributed, or people’s tastes are way different than mine

  12. fooly cooly Says:
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    i guess i didn’t consider that you don’t need a majority to win(over 50%).

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    Easybake ovens are available. My oldest just bought my youngest one for her birthday.
    If I win 8000 times, I will buy the 40 acres of timber land behind my property and sell carbon credits, thus saving the environment.
    You do want to save the earth, don’t you?

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