Category Archives: contest

Yesterday’s optical illusion: the hearts are the same color!

On yesterday’s Hili Dialogue, I posted this tweet, an optical illusion provided by Matthew: There appear to be greenish hearts and bluish ones, though they are the same color. — Akiyoshi Kitaoka (@AkiyoshiKitaoka) February 16, 2018 The hearts are said to be the same color, with the illusion of their being different colors due […]

Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank, and Richard Henderson (and another contest)

I’m not keeping track on who’s guessed correctly on the biology, physics, chemistry Nobel Prizes, but we may already have a winner. (If you were the first to guess at least one winner in two of those categories, let me know). As announced by many venues this morning, including the New York Times, this year’s Nobel Prize […]

Winners: WaPo 2017 Squirrel Week photo contest winners

Here are three winners of the 2017 Washington Post Squirrel Week Photo Contest, held annually by reporter John Kelly. First, the winner:   The winner this year is Kristy Casto of Ashburn, Va., twice a runner-up in earlier contests. She titled her photo of a juvenile squirrel looking up at its mother “Just One Bite.” Kristy […]

Winner: Squirrel appreciation contest

Sadly, there was only one entry in my contest on Squirrel Appreciation Day, involving readers sending a good picture of themselves helping squirrels. (Don’t you people like squirrels?) The good news is that the single entry was a great picture, and so reader Christopher Moss wins a free copy of Faith Versus Fact with a fact-based squirrel drawn […]

It’s National Squirrel Appreciation Day!

How could I forget? Well, I am still feeding my gang 3 times per day: sunflower seeds, pecans, and peanuts. Be good to your squirrels, even though there are some nasty people on the Internet who want to hurt them.  And you can get bonus points here if you do something nice for a squirrel. […]

Contest winner: Dawkins/Julia Sweeney event in Grand Rapids

As announced last week, a generous reader offered her two tickets to this event. Jerry requested a photo of a pet from readers wishing to attend. There were only three entries, but of course the readers had to be somewhere near Grand Rapids. Cheyney sent this in. Attached is a picture of our pretty adopted kitten, […]

Contest: Win two tickets to a Dawkins/Julia Sweeney event in Grand Rapids, Michigan

A kind reader who planned to go to Richard Dawkins’s conversation with Julia Sweeney in Grand Rapids, Michigan, couldn’t make it, and offered me her two tickets to give away. Here are the details of the event, sponsored by the Center for Inquiry: Monday, November 7, 2016, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Fountain Street Church, 24 […]

Heather Hastie’s “Science and religion” essay contest

Over at Heather’s Homilies, Heather Hastie, prop., has set up an essay competition deriving from the Templeton-sponsored “religion and science are BFFs” essay contest I posted about the other day.  Read the whole post and the contest’s rationale at her site, but here are the rules: There are two categories, and you can enter both if you […]

Winners: Mock the HuffPo headline contest

Not long ago I announced a contest (twice: here and here), asking readers to make up “two mock headlines satirizing those that might appear in the PuffHo.” I added that the winner would receive either an autographed copy or an audiobook of Faith Versus Fact, with a cat drawn in the former. I reserved the right […]

Contest: Make up two PuffHo headlines

Sometimes, after looking at PuffHo, the Ultimate Social Justice Website, I amuse myself with the idea of making up some annoying PuffHo headlines for its articles, nearly all written by privileged white post-college women who want to either shame us or tell us what do to. If you don’t look at PuffHo and aren’t familiar with their unspeakably annoying style, you […]