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'Fingerhakeln': Germany Has a Lesser-Known Festival

Finger wrestling sounds like a surefire way to put your digit out of joint

(Newser) - Despite the threat of dislocated fingers and strained muscles, more than 150 Bavarian men came together to compete in Germany's unique national championship of "Fingerhakeln," or finger wrestling. The "finger wrestlers" met in a big beer tent in the small southern village of Bernbeuren, reports the...

Eurovision Contestant Booted Right Before Finale

Joost Klein of the Netherlands was removed over a backstage incident now being investigation

(Newser) - A Dutch public broadcaster reacted angrily after the Netherlands' contestant in the Eurovision Song Contest was dramatically expelled from the competition hours before Saturday's final over a backstage incident that's being investigated by police. The European Broadcasting Union, which organizes Eurovision, said Swedish police were investigating "a...

Judge Orders Lindell to Pay Contest Winner $5M

MyPillow founder says he'll appeal

(Newser) - A federal judge on Wednesday affirmed a $5 million arbitration award against MyPillow chief executive Mike Lindell in favor of a software engineer who challenged data that Lindell said proves China interfered in the 2020 US presidential election and tipped the outcome to Joe Biden. Lindell said he plans to...

Have You Gotten 'Whammed' Yet This Holiday Season?
39 Years Later, Wham!
Tops UK Christmas Chart

39 Years Later, Wham! Tops UK Christmas Chart

George Michael wanted a holiday No. 1, Andrew Ridgeley says

(Newser) - The avoidance game that's all the rage apparently is not hurting the popularity of "Last Christmas," released by Wham! 39 years ago. For the first time, the song is top of the Christmas chart in the UK, the BBC reports. Andrew Ridgeley said the other half of...

Reese's $25K Contest Might Violate Federal Law

Feds haven't commented on whether investigation has been opened

(Newser) - Reese's may be in violation of state and federal laws with its new sweepstakes offer currently advertised on packs of peanut butter cups, the AP reports. The promotion on two-cup packages reads "You could win $25,000" and, in smaller print, "See details inside." But only...

Ever Wanted to Race Through a Bog? No? Keep Moving
Well, This Is an
Unusual Contest

Well, This Is an Unusual Contest

Ever wanted to snorkel your way through 120 yards of a Welsh peat bog?

(Newser) - If slogging through mud potentially infected with bacteria doesn't seem like a good idea to you, this will probably also fail your survival test: Intrepid athletes donned snorkels and slithered through slime over the weekend during one of Britain's quirkiest sporting events, the World Bog Snorkeling Championships. The...

Hemingway Look-Alike Wins Contest, Despite Big Difference

'I only have one wife,' jokes Gerrit Marshall, 68, victor of annual Key West doppelganger contest

(Newser) - On his 68th birthday, a white-bearded Wisconsin man won the Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, a highlight of Key West's annual Hemingway Days celebration that ends Sunday. Gerrit Marshall, a retired television broadcast engineer from Madison, prevailed over the weekend at Sloppy Joe's Bar, a frequent hangout of Ernest Hemingway...

Amid Air Raids, Ukrainian Group Preps for Eurovision

Tvorchi, featuring Andrii Hutsuliak and Jeffrey Kenny, will perform 'Heart of Steel' Saturday in UK

(Newser) - Last year, Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra took home the grand prize at Eurovision for "Stefania," just a few months after the Russian invasion that has upended life there since. Per NPR , there's now a "special spotlight" on Ukraine for its entry this year into the international...

Woman Eats Chip Potentially Worth $120K
Eats Chip
Worth $120K
in case you missed it

Woman Eats Chip Potentially Worth $120K

UK woman was unaware of a contest being run by Walkers Crisps

(Newser) - A single mother in the UK may have missed out on a huge cash prize after eating an essentially perfect heart-shaped potato chip. Walkers Crisps (the British version of Lay's) is holding a contest, offering a £100,000 ($120,000) prize to the person who pulls the best...

Mind Taking the Middle Seat? Will a Big Prize Convince You?
Airline Gets Creative in Getting
Travelers to Take Middle Seat

Airline Gets Creative in Getting Travelers to Take Middle Seat

Virgin Australia launches $147K lottery, with prizes each week for those who sit in least desirable spots

(Newser) - Is there ever anyone who actually wants the middle seat during a flight? If there is, we haven't met them, but that may soon change thanks to some coaxing on the matter by Virgin Australia. Per a recent social media poll offered by the airline, a paltry 0.6%...

Epic Mullet Contest Is Upon Us
Epic Mullet Contest Is Upon Us

Epic Mullet Contest Is Upon Us

Finalists from 16 states are competing for best 'business in the front, party in the back'

(Newser) - Summer will soon be coming to a close, but that doesn't mean the party's over quite yet—especially for everyone sporting a mullet, a haircut affectionately described as "business in the front, party in the back." That's because the USA Mullet Championships are currently underway,...

Betty White Gets Unusual Honor in Minnesota

'Betty Whiteout' snowplow has been named after her in 2nd annual naming contest

(Newser) - Betty White fans came through and donated to animal rights causes in her name after her death on New Year's Eve. Now, a new honor for the late comedian and actress, albeit a more unusual one. MPR News reports that Minnesota's Department of Transportation has held a snowplow-naming...

Can You Stay Away From Tech for a Day? $2.4K Awaits's 'detox' challenge offers the chance to ditch your phone, TV, other devices for cash prize

(Newser) - Could you go a whole day without checking your smartphone, posting on Instagram, and watching TV? There could be $2,400 in it for you if you think you're up for the task. CNN reports on the 2021 Digital Detox Challenge being held by , which offers a...

Quest for Faster COVID Test Spurs $5M Contest

XPrize is offering big bucks to innovators who can come up with rapid-result virus testing

(Newser) - Last week, the Trump administration's point man on COVID-19 testing acknowledged that turnaround times for test results have been too slow , noting that "we are never going to be happy with testing until we get turnaround times within 24 hours." Now, a nonprofit hopes to help expedite...

Andrew Lloyd Webber Offers Something to 'Lift the Spirits'

Win contest and you could sing for 13 seconds after 'Phantom' performance on Broadway or in London

(Newser) - Andrew Lloyd Webber has launched a virtual competition that could lead to one fan singing on Broadway or the West End when musicals resume playing. The composer has invited singers to make up their own tiny vocal showcase at the end of the song "Think of Me" from The ...

This Is the World's Best Cheese
This Is the World's
Best Cheese

This Is the World's Best Cheese

Gruyere from Switzerland takes top prize at world's biggest cheese, butter, yogurt competition

(Newser) - A Gruyere from Switzerland has been named the world's best cheese, chosen from a record number of entrants from 26 nations in the World Championship Cheese Contest in Wisconsin. The cheese from Bern, Switzerland, made its maker, Michael Spycher of Mountain Dairy Fritzenhaus, a two-time winner. Spycher also won...

Rock's Baffling Inscription May Finally Be Deciphered

2 translations point to a man's death off French coast in the 1700s

(Newser) - A mysterious 230-year-old message inscribed on a rock at the base of a seaside cliff in northwestern France has been deciphered, at least enough to convey a tragic death. The town of Plougastel-Daoulas in Brittany, which offered about $2,200 to anyone who could translate the 20-line message written in...

3 Dozen 'Lost' Corvettes Are Up for Grabs
3 Dozen 'Lost' Corvettes
Are Up for Grabs

3 Dozen 'Lost' Corvettes Are Up for Grabs

Sweepstakes will offer model for every production year from 1953 to 1989, for $3 a ticket

(Newser) - In 1989, Long Island carpenter Dennis Amodeo won 36 Corvettes (one from each production year stretching back to 1953) in a VH1 contest—and what a long, strange trip it's been for the cars since. Now, after years of gathering dust in various New York City parking garages, the...

He Was Adopted From the Streets. He Just Won a Big Prize

Scamp the Tramp took home top honors in World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, Calif.

(Newser) - Scamp the Tramp's looks have made him a winner—but it wasn't a beauty contest. The snaggle-haired, bug-eyed pooch took the top prize Friday at the 31st annual World's Ugliest Dog contest in Petaluma, Calif., the AP reports. Owner Yvonne Morones of Santa Rosa won an appearance...

Reynolds Wrap PR Stunt Might Appeal to Rib Lovers

Company will pay someone $10K to travel around for 2 weeks sampling spare ribs

(Newser) - If your dream job in this gig economy consists of gnawing meat off the bone for a couple of weeks, you may be just the person Reynolds Wrap is looking for. Per CNN , the aluminum foil and plastic wrap brand is seeking someone to travel across the US for two...

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