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Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests

Win an Elephant


Remember when Bart Simpson won a radio contest and had to choose between a live elephant and lots of cash--and he chose the elephant?

I wonder if that happened back in 1970, when this contest ran?

I wish I could find a better scan to read the fine print. But the first sentence seems to promise the winner a real beast if desired.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jan 17, 2013 | Comments (15)
Category: Animals, Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Television, Cartoons, 1970's

The Sculptures of Sarah Braman




Of course, these are the ones the innocent janitor always throws out into the trash. She recently received a ten-thousand dollar prize for excellence.

A gallery of images here.

Miss U.S. Television

The Miss America pageant has been conducted since 1921, but it's only been televised since 1954. Before then, it briefly had competition when the Miss U.S. Television contest, conducted by the DuMont Television Network, aired in 1950. Watch the full pageant at the internet archive, or a version edited for length below. It has a strange opening segment in which the contestants introduce themselves, framed by a fake TV set. Then they go on to their talent performances, some of which were truly awful. The winner was a young Edie Adams.

According to wikipedia, the Miss U.S. Television contest only took place once, but there must have been subsequent pageants that used the same title, since once can find women being crowned Miss U.S. Television in later years, such as Phyllis Maygers (below), who won the title in 1952.

11 Year Old Wins Award for Rode Dog App

Stories like this make me optimistic for the future. If an 11 year old can beat professional app developers (and her mother!), I can't wait to see what's next!!


This is Victoria Walker and her mother. The idea is to have the cell phone bark when your friends are texting and driving.

Story can be found here:

Saving lives and ending texting and driving. That's a great idea.

She won $20,000.00 for first place.
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Wed Sep 19, 2012 | Comments (3)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests

The Wellingborough Carnival


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The town of Wellingborough, UK, has been holding a carnival for over 100 years. The old affairs certainly featured things that look weird to us today. Here's a photo album to peruse.

And the Wellingborough Carnival home page reveals this year's affair is on July 7th! Plenty of time to make your plans to attend!

Miss Lobster

I'm not sure what's going on in these pictures, except that there appears to be a woman competing in a lobster-themed beauty pageant. Or is it crab-themed? And that looks like a Mr. Lobster in the bottom picture. via West Visayas State University

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun Jun 10, 2012 | Comments (3)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests

Some Unusual Beauty Pageants

Embalmer Merit Badge


Well, it doesn't actually come from the Boy Scouts, but it's similar. Purchase yours here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 27, 2011 | Comments (5)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Body Modifications, Death

Intelligent Bacteria Orchestra

HONF | Intelligent Bacteria Orchestra from Christoph Müller-Girod on Vimeo.

Why do all these award-winning art installations remind me of what I and my thirteen-year-old buddies used to do with Dad's Super-8 movie camera?
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