June’s contest winner announced


Well the entries are in and the tabs have been tabulated and we have a winner for June’s contest.

Steven Rupp is the big winner and will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card.

Mucho Congratso to Steven.

First off, if you’re wondering how your answers fared, please feel free to contact me.  I was trying to figure out a way to include an answer key with this post but the various open-ended questions made that a little difficult.

Second, I can’t begin to tell you how fun this contest was. The answers to the more open-ended questions were really enjoyable to read. How everyone went about defining Scarface’s Burden was just awesome.  I will definitely be doing something like this again in the future, possibly about Probability Angels.  And, considering that waaaaaay more people than I expected got waaaaaay more answers right than I expected, I’ll have to be a lot more devious.

For those of you who like to kick yourself, the biggest stumbling block was question 14 which was a deliberately sticky wicket:  What language (outside of English) is being spoken by the principle characters in “The Donkey of Vincento?”

A lot of people tried to guess the language without realizing that it was pure gibberish.  I didn’t want to peg that story to any real country, I wanted it to remain somewhat fairytale-ish, so when it came time to pick a language I opted to, in a rather elaborate manner, type pure nonsense. I also accepted, “The language of the people,” as that is how it is referred to directly and exactly in the text.

Thanks everyone for entering, the next contest will be announced in early August.

Oh, and I might be out of town next Tuesday so I might miss a blog post next week.  I’ll be back on Thursday at the latest.