People approach The Post’s “Peeps Diorama Contest” in the same way that they approach Halloween: When it comes to contests, the cultural talker has a strong chance at winning the day.
A couple of examples to back up this non-scientific theory: Just as Chesley Burnett Sullenberger’s heroic effort to safely land an airplane in the Hudson River launched a thousand ”Sully” costumes ahead of Halloween 2009, the Peep-ified version won a finalist nod. Last year, after 33 trapped Chilean miners kept the rest of the world captivated for 69 days in late 2010, their plight became the perfect group costume and, coincidentally, the 2011 Peeps winner. (The Foggy Bottom Metro station escalator collapse and TSA’s crazy new full-body scans achieved finalist status.)
Of course, an eye for Peeping out current affairs won’t always get you a win — the 2009 winner was actually a clever take on Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks” — but I’m curious to know what you think will be the recent cultural event that sparks the most inspiration.