2022 Cheesemonger Invitational Crowns New Champion

At the Cheesemongers Invitational, the competition is fierce, but the feeling of cheese community is strong.

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There’s a New Gerber Baby and Some Parents Are Mad

Though not at the very adorable winner, fortunately.

#baby-foods, #contests-and-prizes, #gerber-products-co

In ‘American Song Contest,’ It’s About the Songs, Not Just the Lungs

Ahead of this week’s final round, a writer and photographer went backstage for this state-versus-state competition based on Eurovision. The singers get it. Does America?

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Who Wrote the Pledge of Allegiance? It Might Be up for Debate.

More than a century after a Baptist minister from upstate New York took credit for writing the Pledge of Allegiance, new evidence suggests the possibility of a very different story.

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Guess Who’s Back on the Line

Hint: He likes you almost as much as he does Putin.

#campaign-finance, #contests-and-prizes, #e-mail, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #trump-donald-j-jr, #united-states-politics-and-government

Modern Love College Essay Contest: What Is Love Like For You?

In these turbulent times, are the kids … all right? If you’re in college, tell us what love is like for you today. (Maybe it’s good?)

#colleges-and-universities, #contests-and-prizes, #love-emotion, #new-york-times

Amy Schneider Beats Matt Amodio’s Streak on ‘Jeopardy!’

Her winning streak is now second only to that of Ken Jennings, who racked up a 74-game run.

#contests-and-prizes, #jeopardy-tv-program, #schneider-amy-1979, #television

What Is Miss America, if Not a Beauty Pageant?

Maybe the contest should coldly, openly reward women for being beautiful. Give them money. Don’t pretend that this is about what you can earn through hard work alone.

#beauty-contests, #contests-and-prizes, #miss-america-organization

‘Jeopardy!’ Keeps Seeing Winning Streaks. Champions Ponder Why.

Amy Schneider isn’t the only one on a roll. Just a dozen players have won 10 or more games, half of those in the past five years, and a quarter in this season alone.

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Amy Schneider Wins the Most Consecutive ‘Jeopardy!’ Games of Any Female Contestant

Ms. Schneider won her 21st “Jeopardy!” game in a row, bringing her total earnings to $806,000.

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Meet The Two Teenage Brothers Dominating Tetris

The best player in the world over the last two years is a 14-year-old boy from Fort Worth. One of his main challengers? His 16-year-old brother.

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Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik to Share ‘Jeopardy!’ Hosting Duties

The long-running quiz show decided to keep the hosts into its 38th season in 2022, putting an end, at least for now, to speculation and drama around the job.

#bialik-mayim, #contests-and-prizes, #culver-city-calif, #game-shows, #jennings-ken, #jeopardy-tv-program, #sony-pictures-entertainment, #television

Meet the Beauty Queens of Al Dhafra

Camel beauty contests take center stage at a celebration of Bedouin culture, held annually in the United Arab Emirates.

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New Zealand Held a Contest for Bird of the Year. The Birds Lost.

The long-tailed bat, one of the country’s only two native land mammals, flew away with the top prize.

#bats, #birds, #contests-and-prizes, #new-zealand

Jo-Carroll Dennison, Miss America During World War II, Dies at 97

The oldest surviving former Miss America, she was among the first to object to wearing a swimsuit during her reign.

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Matt Amodio, the Latest ‘Jeopardy!’ Star, Breaks $1 Million

The Ph.D. student in computer science at Yale is only the third contestant to reach that level of winnings.

#amodio-matt, #contests-and-prizes, #game-shows, #jeopardy-tv-program, #television

Sequins and Soul-Searching in the Competitive Dance World

Calls for change in this lucrative dance subculture have become broader and deeper, encompassing issues of race, gender and predatory behavior.

#black-people, #contests-and-prizes, #dancing, #discrimination, #gender, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states

He’s No Longer Host. But Mike Richards Is Still Running ‘Jeopardy!’

Defying a backlash over sexist and crude comments, a top Sony TV executive told the show’s staff that they were standing behind Mr. Richards as the executive producer.

#contests-and-prizes, #jeopardy-tv-program, #richards-mike-1975, #sony-pictures-entertainment, #television, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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.

#archives-and-records, #contests-and-prizes, #jennings-ken, #jeopardy-tv-program, #museums, #rochester-ny, #strong-national-museum-of-play-rochester-ny, #the-price-is-right-tv-program, #trebek-alex, #white-vanna

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

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.

#cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #contests-and-prizes, #damiano-david, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #european-broadcasting-union, #eurovision-song-contest, #maneskin, #music, #news-and-news-media, #pop-and-rock-music, #television, #tests-drug-use

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

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

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.

#arceneaux-hayley, #christopher-sembroski, #contests-and-prizes, #high-net-worth-individuals, #isaacman-jared-1983, #musk-elon, #private-spaceflight, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #sian-proctor, #space-and-astronomy, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #st-jude-childrens-research-hospital

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘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

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

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

Ken Jennings: What Alex Trebek Is Really Like

An ode to our generation’s Cronkite.

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

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

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.

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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

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

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

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.

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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

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

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

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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