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Goldberg Contest Winner

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Last Saturday, we announced our first-ever "Feel Art Again" contest, challenging our readers to design Rube Goldberg devices. Entrants were asked to "draw as complex a device as you can think of for a very simple task. The more complex the device or the funnier the device/task/situation, the better." And the winner is....

The Winner: Victor

"My design is for a cheese powered well. The clock has a knife as the minute hand so that every hour it cuts a slice of cheese off that falls into the basket in front of the hampster. The hampster then runs in his cage which has a wedge wrapped around it so that it pumps the bellows for the fire under the tea kettle. The fire makes the water boil and the steam goes through a pipe outside to push against a paddle wheel. As the steam turns the paddle wheel the gears on the wheel turn another gear which in turn turns another gear that turns a spindle the raises and lowers a bucket into a well."

ThePrize.jpgVictor wins a copy of Secret Lives of Great Artists: What Your Teachers Never Told You About Master Painters and Sculptors by Elizabeth Lunday, who writes the "Masterpieces" column for mental_floss magazine. You can pick up your own copy from Quirk Books.

Honorable Mention: Therese

GoldbergHonorableMention.jpg"This is a Wind-Powered Page-Turner. The user sits in the comfortable armchair. He can either place his copy of mental_floss magazine (or other reading material) into the holder that attaches to the sides of the chair or hold it in his hand. When he is ready to turn the page, he simply pedals with his feet on the pedals that extend out from the bottom of the chair. The pedals are attached to a bar that rises and falls as he pedals, in turn powering a gear that, in turn, powers a fan. The wind from the fan is directed, by means of an attached funnel, toward the magazine. The burst of air coming through the properly adjusted funnel will turn the page. This enables the reader to keep his hands free for drinking and snacking... and may even help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome that could result from repeated page-turning."

Thanks go out to everyone who entered! If you'd like to see more "Feel Art Again" contests (or just drawing contests in general), let us know in the comments.

To learn more about Rube Goldberg, read our two Saturday posts: The Incomparable Rube Goldberg and Rube Goldberg, part 2. To watch some Rube Goldberg devices in action, head to Jason English's video-packed post.

"Feel Art Again" appears every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. You can e-mail us at feelartagain@gmail.com with details of current exhibitions, for sources or further reading, or to suggest artists.

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Owe Money to the IRS? You Could Score a Free One-Way Trip with JetBlue
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April 18—Tax Day—is fast approaching. Not expecting a fat refund check? Here’s some consolation: Travel + Leisure reports that JetBlue is giving away 1000 free one-way flights to taxpayers who owe money to Uncle Sam.

The airline launched its Tax Return Return Flight giveaway on April 11. The giveaway runs until April 25, and you’re eligible to enter once a day. Just visit JetBlueTaxReturnFlight.com and fill out the required fields (name, email, age, and whether you owe money to the IRS on your 2016 return).

JetBlue will select 66 winners each day during the promotion’s first 14 days, and on the last day, they’ll choose 76 winners. These lucky individuals—who will receive the good news via email—will score a one-way flight certificate, which they can use to book trips anywhere in the contiguous United States or Alaska. That said, the certificate is only valid between May 1 and June 15, 2017, so consider whether or not you’re up for a spur-of-the-moment spring break trip before throwing your hat in the ring.

The promotion is open to adults ages 18 or older. All must be legal residents of one of the contiguous 48 United States, Washington, DC, or Alaska. (Sorry, Hawaii.) Winners probably won’t be required to show JetBlue their tax forms, but in the name of honesty (and karma), don't lie about owing money just to snag a discount trip.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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Megabus Wants to Throw You a Free Wedding (on a Megabus)
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Marriage can be a bumpy road, but Megabus wants to give one lucky couple a smooth start by awarding them a free wedding. The discount travel company's new “Marry Me On A Megabus” sweepstakes provides winners with an all-expenses-paid ceremony aboard a bus, along with two round-trip tickets for the honeymoon and $2500 in cash.

For most people, buses don’t exactly scream “romance.” But according to Sean Hughes, Megabus's director of public affairs, they often serve as a vehicle for lasting love.

"Over the past 10 years, we have loved hearing about couples that have met on a Megabus or used megabus.com to travel to see their long-distance loves," Hughes said in a news release. "It's a pleasure to play Cupid and be a part of so many people's love life."

Touching anecdotes aside, all couples—not just far-flung sweethearts—are invited to enter Megabus’s giveaway until February 21, either through the company's Facebook page or an online form. Submit the story of how you met, and why exactly you want to be married on a Megabus. (The giveaway’s perks—which, in addition to a paid honeymoon, include free music, flowers, and an officiant; and complimentary transportation to and from the ceremony—probably don’t count toward your answer.)

The winning duo will be announced on social media on March 15, 2017; they can select a wedding destination from more than 100 cities. Interested couples can view the official sweepstakes rules online.

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