Help Me Think of a Contest!!
Posted: 14 December 2005 11:06 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Okay, this has gotten kind of ridiculous. It was almost half a year ago that I announced I was going to have a contest to give away a book a publisher had sent me (A Treasury of Deception). I just needed to think of a contest idea… But I totally bailed on the contest because I never could think of a good enough idea. However, I still have the book. Plus, I now have ANOTHER book a publisher has sent me (Bar Mitzvah Disco... it has nothing to do with hoaxes, but it’s a good book). So I’m feeling guilty and want to get these contests underway. By the end of today or tomorrow I’m hoping we can come up with some ideas so that I can get rid of these books.

There’s just one condition. I want to be able to use the contest responses as sidebar material in my archive of famous hoaxes throughout history. Two reasons for this. First, it’ll help make the archive funnier. And second, it’ll ensure that the contest responses have a more permanent home, that they don’t end up getting forgotten somewhere in the hundreds of pages of my weblog (as happened with the hoax haiku contest).

So, for example, when I was fishing for ideas before, a number of people suggested having a hoax contest. The most inventive hoax wins. That’s a bit broad and open-ended, but if it were focused to generate material that could be saved in the hoax archive, then a possible contest could look something like this: Imagine the Loch Ness Monster didn’t exist. Invent another hoax (monster, or otherwise) that Loch Ness could use to promote tourism. OR Imagine other hoaxes the Loch Ness Tourism council might have considered before going with the Monster hoax. Photoshopped entries acceptable.

I’m hoping to come up with a better idea than that. But get the idea? The best/funniest responses could be saved permanently on my page of Nessie Hoaxes. (The contest doesn’t need to be focused on Nessie. That’s just an example.)

Alternatively, I could ask people to write hoax haiku about specific hoaxes (i.e. the best haiku about Nessie or Bigfoot wins), since it would be cool to one day have all the hoaxes in the hoax archive described in haiku. But since there’s already been a haiku contest, I want to try something new.

I was sent two copies of A Treasury of Deception. So if someone comes up with a good contest idea (or ideas) that I use, I’ll send them one. In other words, this itself is a contest. But if no one has a better idea than my Nessie thing, or the haiku, then I’ll keep the copy for myself and give away the other one.

Update: I should also note that I don’t want contest ideas to demand people to do elaborate things like creating a hoax website, or creating a hoax on eBay. That creates too much of a technical challenge. People should be able to submit contest responses as text in the comments section (though if someone is inspired to photoshop something or create a website, that’s fine, but it shouldn’t be a requirement for entering the contest).

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Posted: 14 December 2005 09:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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How about a contest about inventing a hoax that uses two or more hoaxes from history?
Like,
One of Mary Toft’s rabbit babies told her to write the Silence Dogood letters and then send them to Ben Franklin.
He then sent one that detailed the The Great Chess Automaton to Baron Wolfgang von Kempelen.
Then the one that ties the hoaxes together into the best hoax wins the prize.

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Posted: 15 December 2005 06:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Alex, how about having to make up the best ‘merchandise’ for famous hoaxes? For example (and I know this isn’t a hoax, but it’ll give you an idea of what I’m getting at), in the Father Ted episode ‘Flight into Terror’, Ted visists the shrine at Kilnettle where the Holy Mother appeared to a fellow on the thirteenth hole of the golf course. Ted buys from the gift shop a money box with a golfer in mid swing on top, and when you put a coin in, a little Mary figurine pops up in front of him.

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Posted: 15 December 2005 07:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Nice idea Nettie, I also like the caption one though.

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Posted: 20 December 2005 03:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I believe that hoaxes can be use to advantage without harming others.
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