Awkward Family Photos Contest Winners!

We're so excited to have the Awkward Family Photos Game in our store that we partnered with to run a contest to give away copies of the game!

On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, we posted awkward photos from the game along with caption prompts. We asked you to post your best responses to the prompts in the comments. Now, after much deliberation, I'm proud to present our three winners for each day!

And the winners are...

What would be a perfect caption bubble for the person in this photo?

1. "At least it's not a Sousaphone... Now that would be dorky."
--submitted by Nathan

2. "Aw, man... that song's gonna be stuck in my head for ETERNITY!"
--submitted by Amy

3. "See the clarinet, Danny... be the clarinet."
--submitted by Jody Jordan

What was the last thing said by the person in this photo before it was taken?

1. "I’m right behind you, whatever you do, don’t fart."
--submitted by Wayne_Stevens

2. "I don't care if it's a kid's chair. My butt fits in it perfectly, which means I'm not too big for it!"
--submitted by Tinkerschnitzel

3. "You two are dangerously close to the fire! I'm going to move back and so should y..."
--submitted by Foogie

What words of encouragement can you offer the person in this photo?

1. "That's OK, Mitt, you can run for President someday."
--submitted by RobertSeattle

2. "Lookin' good, champ! Maybe tomorrow we'll take off these foam weights and add real weights!"
--submitted by dreamer55

3. "Imagine you're Darth Maul preparing to battle Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan on Naboo, you Sith Beast!"
--submitted by John

Congratulations to all the winners!

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Scandal! 12 Camels Were Disqualified from a Saudi Arabia Beauty Contest Over Botox Allegations

Saudi Arabia’s central Riyadh Region has been roiled by an animal show scandal straight from a Christopher Guest film. As NPR reports, around a dozen camels were disqualified from a beauty contest at the annual King Abdulaziz Camel Festival because their handlers illegally plumped their features with Botox injections.

The month-long Camel Festival in Al Dhana, Saudi Arabia, runs through February 1, 2018, and features around 30,000 camels. The animals participate in races, an obedience competition, and a beauty contest. Nearly $57 million in prize money rides on these high-stakes events, and owners preen their prized steeds accordingly with massages, hairspray, and—as it turns out—banned cosmetic surgery procedures, according to The Telegraph.

Camels in the ungulate pageant are judged on whether they have long necks, enlarged lips and noses, a big head, and defined humps. The criteria evidently drove some owners to desperate measures: Shortly before the Camel Festival kicked off, officials discovered that a vet had been injecting some participating camels with botulism.

The vet is receiving heat, but he’s by no means the only competitor to use illegal tactics, according to United Arab Emirates-based newspaper The National. In addition to Botox injections and collagen fillers, some sneaky handlers darken their animals’ coats with oil, rely on hormone injections for enhanced muscularity, and stretch the camels' lips by hand to elongate their appearance. And while large facial features are considered desirable, large lobes aren’t, so the guilty vet’s humped charges also received ear reductions.

Officials can ban enhanced camels from entering future beauty competitions, and owners can face possible legal recourse for violating animal welfare laws. Some breeders have called for cheaters to face stronger punishments, like a fine, which is already applied to drug-enhanced racing camels. As for now, the 12 camels who went under the needle are now under the microscope.

[h/t NPR]

LEGO Wants to Turn Your Space-Themed Design Into a New Set

LEGO wants to turn your out-of-this-world brick design into a reality as part of a new contest calling for space exploration-themed concepts. The winning entry in the LEGO Moments in Space competition will be transformed into a real-life LEGO set that the company will give away as a promotional "gift with purchase" product.

As part of the contest, LEGO is inviting designers ages 13 and up to create what the company describes as “the ultimate space model." The design can be realistic or based on science fiction, as long as it follows a few important guidelines. The final assembled product must be made from around 300 basic pieces, and it can't be too big. It has to be able to fit on a 16-stud-by-16-stud LEGO baseplate inside one of the smaller LEGO boxes. The designs can feature stickers, but they have to be decals from old LEGO sets.

Participants can submit entries for the “LEGO Moments in Space” contest either in the form of digital renderings or photos of real-life projects through February 9, 2018. Fans can vote for the top 25 builds on the LEGO Ideas site, and then a special panel will select the grand-prize winner and 10 runner-ups. The results will be revealed to the public on March 2, 2018.

The winner will not only have the opportunity to see their design made into a real product in 2019, but will also receive a $250 online LEGO shopping spree and a curated collection of LEGO's previous "gift with purchase" sets. Get more information about entering the contest on the LEGO Ideas website.


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