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February 21, 2016

Miss Sewer Cleaner

October 1951: Gaylia Davis, 17, was awarded the title "Miss Sewer Cleaner of 1952." She reflected philosophically that, "It may be a soggy title but if it helps my career I don't care."

I can't figure out what became of her after 1951. So it's hard to know if it helped her career or not.

Southern Illinoisan - Oct 15, 1951

Detroit Free Press - Oct 11, 1951



Detroit Free Press - Dec 23, 1951



Detroit Free Press - Dec 23, 1951

Posted By: Alex - Sun Feb 21, 2016 - Comments (8)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, 1950's,

January 22, 2016

Shirley Dinsdale and Judy Splinters

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Female ventriloquists are pretty rare. So it's always weird to find a forgotten one, especially one who might be remembered for garnering the first Emmy award ever given. Shirley Dinsdale might have been talented, but Judy Splinters was surely ugly as all get-out.



This 1945 radio show (not embeddable) features her act in its prime, starting after the 3-minute mark.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jan 22, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Entertainment, Puppets and Automatons, 1940's,

November 16, 2015

The Hambone Award

Nationwide Insurance has created the "Hambone Award" which, for the past five years, it's been giving to the most unusual pet insurance claim of the year. It seems to be like a Darwin Awards for animals, except they only give awards to animals that recover from their mishaps, not the ones that die. (Are Darwin Awards given to animals? I'm not sure.)

The Hambone Award was named after a "dog that got stuck in a refrigerator and ate an entire Thanksgiving ham while waiting for someone to find him."

The most recent winner is Curtis, a 5-year-old Boxer, who ate an entire BBQ skewer during a birthday party. He was rushed to the hospital, but doctors couldn't find the skewer. It was only a year later, when he was taken back to the doctor because he still wasn't feeling well, that surgeons found the skewer, which had become a "baseball-sized mass" encapsulated by the body, located between the dog's stomach and pancreas.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Nov 16, 2015 - Comments (1)
Category: Accidents, Animals, Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests,

October 21, 2015

Mystery Illustration 11

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Without googling, try to guess what military event this insignia celebrates.

Answer after the jump.


More in extended >>

Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 21, 2015 - Comments (9)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, History, Military,

September 26, 2015

Science Quiz

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Try this science test and see how you score.

Posted By: patty - Sat Sep 26, 2015 - Comments (20)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Quizzes, Science,

August 29, 2015

The Trouble With The Lottery

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The Illinois State Lottery is not currently paying out jackpots above $25,000 until the state budget is passed. There's not even an estimated time frame for the winners who are waiting for their payouts. As you can imagine, the winners have a problem with this.

Posted By: patty - Sat Aug 29, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Annoying Things, Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Government, Politics,

August 18, 2015

Sober Desperados

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Robbers broke into a store in Germany and took 1200 Koenig beer caps. That's right, just the caps, the bottles of untouched beer were left in the crates. Apparently the company is running a promotion giving away prizes on certain caps. The company also says there is no way to trace where the winning caps were delivered so if the criminals are careful in how they redeem the winners they are home free.

Posted By: patty - Tue Aug 18, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Crime, Alcohol,

July 8, 2015

Taser Raffle

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The town of Van Meter, Iowa is holding a raffle to benefit the police department. Each $5 ticket buys a chance to taser either the city Administrator or a city Councilman. The money is going for new equipment, like tasers.

Posted By: patty - Wed Jul 08, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Charities and Philanthropy, Pain, Self-inflicted and Otherwise,

May 23, 2015

Air Guitar?  ...  pffffftttt

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Bare your instrument and win the championship

Posted By: BrokeDad - Sat May 23, 2015 - Comments (2)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Sex,

April 26, 2015

2015 North American Manure Expo

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Not just a manure expo, but the 13th annual manure expo. Also, they held a slogan contest. I have no doubt that our community here on WU can come up with some interesting slogans. Slogans better than the ones at the link I bet. How about it guys?

Posted By: patty - Sun Apr 26, 2015 - Comments (13)
Category: Agriculture, Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Farming,

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