Museum to Create a National Archives of Game Show History

The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, N.Y., will house the archives, which it hopes will include set pieces, audience tickets, press photos and other memorabilia.

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Want to Win $5 Million? Get Vaccinated, New Mexico Says.

As states scramble to persuade people to get coronavirus vaccines, New Mexico announces one of the biggest cash awards as an incentive.

#contests-and-prizes, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #grisham-michelle-lujan, #new-mexico, #states-us, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Eurovision-Winning Damiano David Did Not Use Drugs, Broadcaster Says

Damiano David of the Italian rock band Maneskin hunched over a table in a sniffing motion during the show’s finale, fueling speculation of drug use.

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2 Maine Students Win National Awards for Cursive Writing

Although cursive handwriting “is a dying field,” as one teacher said, it has made a comeback in some schools, including one in Maine where two students won awards this month.

#contests-and-prizes, #handwriting, #maine, #reading-and-writing-skills-education, #trubek-anne-r-1966

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What Should the New ‘Jeopardy!’ Be? Guest Hosts Provide the Clues.

Following Alex Trebek’s death, a parade of replacements seem to be battling for the soul of the game — and the state of knowledge itself.

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Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! Britain’s Town Criers Put It in Writing

A clear ringing voice will be of no use to contemporary criers in this year’s British Town Crier Championships, which will be judged only on written proclamations because of the pandemic.

#contests-and-prizes, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #town-crier

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A Billionaire Names His Team to Ride SpaceX, No Pros Allowed

Meet the four people who will take the first all-civilian rocket trip to orbit Earth.

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Listen to Five of the World’s Newest, Wildest Instruments

A Lego guitar and a “war tuba” are among the highlights of this year’s Guthman Musical Instrument Competition.

#classical-music, #contests-and-prizes, #georgia-institute-of-technology, #music, #musical-instruments

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Move Over, RuPaul! Meet the Drag Kings

The blurring of gender boundaries has allowed for more freedom in online pageants — and soon, it’s hoped, back in the clubs.

#content-type-personal-profile, #contests-and-prizes, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #television, #transvestism, #your-feed-selfcare

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F. Salt Fitzgerald and Snowbi Wan Kenobi Will Plow Minnesota. Sorry, Luke Snowalker.

More than 122,000 voted to pick eight names in the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Name a Snowplow contest.

#contests-and-prizes, #minnesota, #roads-and-traffic, #snow-and-snowstorms

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Brayden Smith, Five-Time ‘Jeopardy!’ Champion, Dies at 24

Mr. Smith had appeared on some of the last shows hosted by Alex Trebek, earning $115,798 and the moniker “Alex’s Last Great Champion.”

#contests-and-prizes, #deaths-obituaries, #jeopardy-tv-program, #smith-brayden-1996-2021, #television, #trebek-alex

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To Get on This SpaceX Flight, You Don’t Have to Be Rich, Just Lucky

Jared Isaacman, 37-year-old founder of Shift4 Payments, is chartering a trip to orbit and raffling a seat to a random winner to raise money for childhood cancer research.

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Fanny Waterman, Doyenne of the Leeds Piano Competition, Dies at 100

A British pianist and teacher, she helped establish one of the world’s most important piano showcases and then presided over it for decades.

#classical-music, #contests-and-prizes, #deaths-obituaries, #leeds-england, #leeds-international-piano-competition, #waterman-fanny-1920-2020

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Bad Sex in Fiction Award Is Canceled, as 2020 Was Bad Enough

Editors of the Literary Review, which has given the award for almost 30 years, said the public had been “subjected to too many bad things this year to justify exposing it to bad sex as well.”

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #books-and-literature, #contests-and-prizes, #great-britain, #literary-review-the, #magazines, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sex, #writing-and-writers

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This ‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Will Temporarily Succeed Alex Trebek

The game show is holding off on naming a new long-term host, but the game show superstar Ken Jennings will be a short-term replacement.

#contests-and-prizes, #jennings-ken, #jeopardy-tv-program, #television, #trebek-alex

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‘MasterChef Junior’ Star Ben Watkins Dies at 14 From Cancer

Ben, who lost his parents in a murder-suicide in 2017, had also worked at his father’s barbecue restaurant selling homemade cookies and brownies.

#ben-watkins, #contests-and-prizes, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #gary-ind, #masterchef-junior-tv-program, #ramsay-gordon

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Who Will Win the ‘Genius Dog Contest?’ Watch the Competition Begin

Scientists in Hungary are streaming experiments with dogs that know many words, featuring them in a contest of canine intelligence.

#animal-cognition, #budapest-hungary, #contests-and-prizes, #dogs, #fugazza-claudia, #your-feed-science

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Bird of the Year 2020 Vote in New Zealand Hit by Hack

More than 1,500 fake votes were slipped into New Zealand’s Bird of the Year 2020 contest in favor of the kiwi pukupuku.

#birds, #contests-and-prizes, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #frauds-and-swindling, #new-zealand

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Ken Jennings: What Alex Trebek Is Really Like

An ode to our generation’s Cronkite.

#contests-and-prizes, #jeopardy-tv-program, #television, #trebek-alex

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Need a Good Cry? In Mexico, a Town Picks the Best Person for the Job

Cemeteries were closed on the Day of the Dead, depriving Mexicans of mourning rituals. But one town went ahead with its annual weeping competition, giving everyone a chance to share in a cathartic cry.

#contests-and-prizes, #crying, #funerals-and-memorials, #mexico, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Meet the Next Generation of Cabaret Showstoppers

Teens competing for the New York Cabaret Convention are proving that young people are invested in the Great American Songbook.

#content-type-personal-profile, #contests-and-prizes, #henry-savannah-lee, #jazz, #mcneill-kylie, #music, #new-york-cabaret-convention, #parasram-julia, #poroye-jennifer, #reno-anais, #shepherd-leonay, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #theater

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The Fattest Bears in Alaska Want Your Vote

Each year, people vote for the heftiest brown bear at the Katmai National Park and Preserve during the Fat Bear Week contest.

#bears, #contests-and-prizes, #fat-bear-week, #hibernation, #katmai-national-park-alaska

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Chi Chi DeVayne, Popular Contestant on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ Dies at 34

The classically trained dancer delighted audiences with her performances and charmed them with her candor.

#charles-rupaul, #contests-and-prizes, #devayne-chi-chi, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #louisiana, #rupauls-drag-race-tv-program, #rupauls-drag-race-all-stars-tv-program, #shreveport-la

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Trump’s Cabinet From Hell

The contest is over. Meet the winning Worst.

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How Many Hot Dogs Can Someone Eat In 10 Minutes?

The world’s best hot dog eaters could outeat a grizzly bear or a coyote, but would fall far behind a wolf or a Burmese python, a new study finds.

#animal-behavior, #athletics-and-sports, #biology-letters-journal, #contests-and-prizes, #hot-dogs-and-frankfurters, #research, #sports-medicine

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With Plexiglass and Piles of Hot Dogs, a Fourth of July Tradition Lives On

“They’re going to be burping and groaning, and I’m just going to have to focus on my hot dogs,” the winner of last year’s Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest mused of a quieter, crowd-free competition.

#coney-island-brooklyn-ny, #contests-and-prizes, #hot-dogs-and-frankfurters, #independence-day-us-july-4, #joey-chestnut, #nathans-famous-inc

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Herb Stempel, Quiz Show Whistle-Blower, Is Dead at 93

After being instructed to give a wrong answer and lose to his golden-boy opponent, he played a key role in exposing a major television scandal.

#contests-and-prizes, #deaths-obituaries, #quiz-show-movie, #stempel-herbert, #television, #twenty-one-tv-program, #van-doren-charles-1926, #whistle-blowers

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Eurovision’s Canceled, but Not for These Fans

Europe’s annual song contest would have had its final this Saturday. Its devoted followers aren’t letting its coronavirus-related cancellation slow them down.

#contests-and-prizes, #europe, #eurovision-song-contest, #pop-and-rock-music, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #social-media

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A First Among Gerber Babies: She’s Adopted

Magnolia Earl, a 1-year-old from California, was selected from among more than 327,000 entrants to represent Gerber in marketing campaigns.

#adoptions, #advertising-and-marketing, #babies-and-infants, #baby-foods, #contests-and-prizes, #earl-magnolia, #gerber-products-co

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Missed Spelling Bee? Not if These Siblings Can Help It

Shobha and Shourav Dasari have organized a national spelling bee after the Scripps tournament was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. It will take place online.

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