Category Archives: contest

Candidate contest: Big Fail (but I declare a winner anyway)

On August 8 of last year, I put up a contest asking readers to name three Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates, to wit: “I’m having this contest now because it’s early on and many things are uncertain—remember the 2008 election? Some surprises are certainly in store. So I have a two-part question, and the winner is […]

Winner: song contest

We had 61 comments on the song contest from yesterday, with readers asked to guess the name and artists of songs containing the words in bold below. Next to each word I’ve put the song I had in mind, all of which were at least minor rock and roll hits. The links go to the song so you […]

Song contest: win a book

Here’s another song contest. To win, you have to name all of the songs (and artists) that mention the following items (mostly foods, but not all of them). Every song was at least a minor hit, and all are rock and roll (no rap or folk). The winner gets an autographed copy of the new […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue

April 17 it is, and on this day in 1949, the Republic of Ireland came into being. On this day were born J. P. Morgan (1837), Karen Blixen (Iaak Dinesen; 1885), and Liz Phair (1967). Those who died on this day include Louise Nevelson (1988) and Linda McCartney (1998). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, it rained a […]

Contest: guess the winner of the 2016 Templeton Prize

As the announcement below notes (click screenshot for full announcement), the winner of the £1.1 million 2016 Templeton Prize (full name: “The Templeton Prize for Progress Toward Research or Discoveries about Spiritual Realities”, historically awarded to those who espouse comity between science and religion, will be announced March 2. Click the screenshot below to go to […]

Obama says he will nominate a replacement for Scalia (and a contest)

Well, let the games begin. Today’s New York Times, after reporting on the death of Antonin Scalia yesterday, notes that Obama plans to nominate a successor while he, Obama, is still President: Speaking to reporters from Rancho Mirage, where he is golfing with old friends, Mr. Obama paid tribute to Justice Scalia, who died earlier […]

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ Paris

Today’s excellent Jesus and Mo refers to something you may already know about: the Paris attacks caused the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Least Reverend Justin Welby, to doubt the presence of God. The BBC recently reported this: The Archbishop of Canterbury has said the terror attacks in Paris made him “doubt” the presence of God. The Most […]

And the winner is. . .

Thanks to everyone who participated in the “photograph FvF in an incongruous place” competition; there were so many funny, clever and daring pictures to choose from. The summary post, with links to all the entries, is here. The winner is Peter M. for his carefully constructed photo WMSSH (Wise men still seek Him). It’s the sort of […]

Last of the Ninjas: FvF photo contest

I was immensely pleased with the response to our “Photograph Faith versus Fact in an incongruous place” contest, which closed on August 20. We’ve wound up with six groups of entries (links below), with the prize being an autographed (and cat-drawing-illustrated) copy of the book. This is the fifth group of entries, and thanks to Grania […]

Faith vs Fact: more reader ninja portraits

by Grania We’ve received a bountiful supply of new entries for the Fact vs Faith in Strange Places contest. Jerry has extended the deadline from Aug. 20 to August 31, so you have eleven more days to get your entries in.  The winner gets a first-printing, hardbound edition of FvF, autographed and, if you like, with a […]


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