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Get In Your Last Shot: Photo Contest's Final Days


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Saturday, February 23, 2008

No new contest this week. While the sun never seems to set on the Empress, even she ventures outside the Forbidden City once in a while. Meanwhile, there's still enough time to e-mail us -- the deadline is Monday night -- with entries for our Week 750 contest to illustrate, humorously with your own original photo, any of five captions we supplied:

* I should have just stayed in bed today.

* Washington, D.C.: Sister City of Xplf, Planet Zornog

* Seventy-eight percent of Americans consider their pet "an equal member of the family."

* Chris has never been quite like the other kids.

* This is why it is important to read the directions on the package.

The rules: Photos must be your own work and not previously published. E-mail them as attachments 1 megabyte or smaller. You may digitally alter photos as long as you don't insert copyrighted material. You must include your real name, the best e-mail address for contacting you, your postal address and the caption that goes with your photo. You may enter as many photos as you like, but please send each digital photo in a separate e-mail to losers@washpost.com, with "Week 750" in the subject line. Deadline for entries is Feb. 25; winning photos will be published sometime in March. The winner, as usual, receives the Inker, the official Style Invitational trophy. Second place gets a wristwatch purchased on Tiananmen Square by Longtime Loser Sarah W. Gaymon, depicting Chairman Mao waving his arm up and down.

Other runners-up win their choice of a coveted Style Invitational Loser T-shirt or yearned-for Loser Mug. Honorable Mentions get one of the lusted-after Style Invitational Magnets. Contests are judged on the basis of humor and originality. All entries become the property of The Washington Post. Employees of The Washington Post, and their immediate relatives, are not eligible for prizes. Pseudonymous entries will be disqualified. The revised title for next week's contest is by Brendan Beary; this week's Honorable Mentions name is by Brad Alexander.

More From Week 749

the contest in which we asked you to supply new meanings for common English words beginning with A- through H-, so people like cartoonist Berkeley Breathed of "Opus" wouldn't have to steal the ones from a contest we did in 1998: As we noted last week, entries to this contest arrived by the thousands (including 288 from Kevin Dopart of Washington, who is, believe it or not, employed full time in the private sector), and there were so many worthies that we're spreading them over two weeks, with two sets of prizes. As with last week's results, we've italicized entries in which the word has to be pronounced very differently, such as Catholic: The lady whose house smells like six litter boxes. (Yes, that one's by Kevin Dopart, too.)

4. Automated: Got lucky in the back seat. (Russell Beland, Springfield)

3. Coping saw: "Look on the sunny side of life." (Mel Loftus, Holmen, Wis.)

2. Gramophone: A landline that's, like, attached to a wall in an old person's house. (Anne Paris, Arlington)


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