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Had our whacky Reality TV show contest been for a series with the punniest title, we'd certainly have to give it up for David, whose "American Idyll" show earned a hearty guffaw. And Jennifer's Physics Graduate School show would have certainly been our top pick were the contest not to try and outdo the pure bizarreness of A&E's Designing Blind.

So the winning show idea, then, goes to Anthony, whose two part entry for a program about roommates not only seems odd and original, but just Hollyweird enough that we wouldn't be surprised if the execs in Tinseltown come-a-knockin'.

When they do, you might want to impress them with the following Candid Camera trivia (courtesy of Candidcamera.com) -- the show many consider the granddaddy of all realityTV programming:

When Allen Funt was in the Army in the mid-1940's, it was his job to record the messages of servicemen to be sent to their folks back home. Things always went well in rehearsal, but when the red light came on for the actual taping, the men often became tongue-tied. The solution? Allen simply disconnected the red light and secretly recorded the GIs during rehearsal. After the Army, Allen put the hidden-recording concept to work as a radio show called Candid Microphone. The very next year, 1948, it had its debut as Candid Camera on TV!

Woody Allen wrote for the show and apparently even appeared in a couple episodes in the 1960s.

Over the course of its many years on the air, the show has been co-hosted by celebrities such as Dina Eastwood and Suzanne Somers.

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Can You Find the Money in Santa’s Sack in This Hidden Image Puzzle?
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Vouchercloud, a website and app for online deals, brings us this holiday-themed test of your vision just in time for Christmas. Hidden among all the identical Santa Clauses carrying sacks of presents, one financially-savvy Santa is carrying a big sack of money. Can you figure out where he is? (Warning: Spoilers below.)

Spot him yet? If you’re stumped, check out the solution below. If this one was a breeze for you, try out a few more hidden-object puzzles here, here, and here. Or if you’re looking for something with a little more real-life relevancy, try to figure out where the snake is in this photo. Happy hunting!

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