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First Caption Contest Finalists!

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[note: This post is a repeat from earlier in the week. Just wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to get ballots in before the end of the weekend.]

As promised, we're back with the finalists for our first caption contest. It was hard to whittle your 100+ sparkling entries down to six, but we tried our best. So now the fun really begins. We're going to let YOU pick the winner. Here's how it'll work: Each finalist is labeled with a letter. All you have to do is decide which is the best (whatever your definition of "best" is), and drop your ballot in the comments below.

A couple more rules: obviously you can only vote once. Any tricksters trying to enter multiple ballots will be disqualified from the voting process. (Not that we expect such nefarious behavior from our readers, but y'know, we have to put it out there just in case.)

Lastly: in the event of a tie, Mangesh will be the arbiter of taste and pick one winner out of those tied for the top spot. He hasn't told me he'll do this, mind you. But hey, it's his site, so who else should we trust?

Now then, on with the 6 finalists!

A "“ Josh entered: ""¦..Well all I'm saying is I don't see any rain"

B "“ Scott entered: "I thought it said all geniuses welcome. That says genuses!"

C "“ Cas entered: "I read the Bible and I am not liking where this is going..."

D "“ Ed Hands entered: "And THIS is why you never put your business card in the "˜free cruise giveaway' bowl at the Chinese buffet"¦"

E "“ Dennis entered: "This is not what was advertised in the brochure when we booked our cruise to the mountains of Ararat."

F "“ Sally entered: "Hey, when Noah asked for two asses to come aboard, do you think maybe he meant the two-legged kind instead of us?"

And remember, you can always click on the cartoon if you want to enlarge the image. We'll leave the voting open through the weekend and roll out the winner next week.

Note to finalists: start browsing our store now to pick out a t-shirt in case it's yours to claim next week!

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NASA Could Send Your Tweet Into Deep Space
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The inventors of Twitter could never have imagined how their creation would change the world. The social media platform has become the stage upon which some of the most important dramas—and pettiest comedies—of the last few years have played out. And now it'll help beam one lucky person's message into interstellar space, thanks to NASA's #MessageToVoyager contest.

The Voyager 2 and Voyager 1 spacecrafts launched on August 20 and September 5, of 1977. The probes set sail in opposite directions, bound for the outer reaches of space, each bearing a golden record imprinted with messages of peace and welcome from Earth to whomever else the spacecraft might encounter along the way.

The decades since have seen years of astonishing firsts from the two little probes. Voyager 2 has cruised past and sent back images from Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Just five years ago, Voyager 1 became the first craft to enter interstellar space.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the missions, NASA wants to give the people of Earth the opportunity to send a new message. The agency will transmit the single winning tweet into the area of deep space Voyager 1 now occupies.

To participate, compose a message of up to 60 characters. That includes letters, numbers, spaces, and punctuation. Tag your submission with #MessageToVoyager and post it to Twitter by August 15. You can also share it on Instagram, Facebook, Google+, or Tumblr.

Representatives from NASA, JPL, and the Voyager team will narrow down the entries, and then hold a public vote for the winner.

For full contest rules, check out NASA's #MessageToVoyager website.

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You Could Be One of the First People to See the Upcoming Solar Eclipse With New Airbnb Contest
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Airbnb is going to help two lucky people become some of the first in the nation to see the cross-continental total solar eclipse when it journeys across the U.S. on August 21. As Travel + Leisure reports, the company is holding a contest to send two guests on a deluxe eclipse-viewing mini-vacation in Oregon.

First, the winner and their guest will head to Bend, Oregon on August 20 to stay in a geodesic dome under the stars, looking up at the night sky from the observation deck with multiple telescopes, according to the press release. They’ll hang out and chat about the stars with with astrophysicist Jedidah Isler, who studies black holes, and learn how to shoot great nighttime photos with Babak Tafreshi, a National Geographic photographer.

An interior view of the Airbnb geodesic dome.
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The next day, Isler will accompany the winners on a private jet for a two-hour flight over the Pacific Ocean. The plane will fly along the path of totality, potentially extending the amount of time the guests have to view the Moon completely covering the Sun by up to a minute compared to what people will see from the ground.

Even if you don’t win, plenty of people are trekking out to the path of totality, and you can probably find another place to crash. Airbnb estimates that it has around 3800 listed houses along the path of totality. (This one in Oregon is going for $10,000 a night that weekend.) But you might have more trouble finding a private plane to fly you to a viewing spot atop the clouds. The next total solar eclipse won't be visible from the U.S. until 2024, so this is your last chance for a while.

You have until August 10 to send Airbnb your best argument for why you should get to go on a great eclipse adventure.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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