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Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests

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 | Date: Mon Nov 16, 2015 | Comments (1)
Category: Accidents, Animals, Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests

Mystery Illustration 11


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

Answer after the jump.
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Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Oct 21, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, History, Military

Science Quiz

Try this science test and see how you score.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Sep 26, 2015 | Comments (20)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Quizzes, Science

The Trouble With The Lottery

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 | Date: Sat Aug 29, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Annoying Things, Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Government, Politics

Sober Desperados

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 | Date: Tue Aug 18, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Crime, Alcohol

Taser Raffle

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.

Air Guitar?  ...  pffffftttt


Bare your instrument and win the championship

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

2015 North American Manure Expo

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 | Date: Sun Apr 26, 2015 | Comments (13)
Category: Agriculture, Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Farming

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.

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