Posts tagged with "Contest"

Whatchamacallit candy bar maker asks fans to name its newest creation

June 1, 2020

What’s in a name? Well, according to Hershey’s, it depends what’s in a candy bar—and who knows that better than the customer who eats it?

Now, Fox News reports, the popular bar, Whatchamacallit—launched by the Pennsylvania-based chocolate manufacturer back in 1978—is expanding its “wacky, crazy, crunchy, chewy” brand by releasing another equally layered and equally zany confection in July. But, instead of adding another no-named bar to its repertoire, Whatchamacallit wants its fans to weigh in.

The as-yet-to-be-named candy—slated to be the first released under the Whatchamacallit brand in ten years—will be made up of layers of chocolate rice crisps and peanut butter crème, and covered in chocolate.

If naming the “latest wacky and wild innovation” sounds like a dream come true, simply submit your moniker on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag whatchamacallit and hashtag contest, along with tagging @whatchamacallit on Twitter or @whatchamacallit_bar on Instagram.

The contest will run from June 1 through June 15. The winner will receive $5,000 and a year’s supply of the new chocolate bar, as well as lifetime fame of seeing the name printed on the bar’s packaging.

Research contact: FoxNews

A German city offers $1.1M to prove it doesn’t exist

September 9, 2019

A city with a population of 340,000 in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany is daring people to prove it doesn’t exist—for a prize of 1 million euros (US$1.1 million).

Officials in Bielefeld announced the competition last month, saying that there are “no limits to creativity,” but only incontrovertible evidence will be rewarded, according to a report by SFGate.

What is known as the “ Bielefeld Conspiracy “ originated in 1994 as a spoof on Internet conspiracies, in general. A member of a German Internet forum claimed at that time that the city existed “only as an illusion, possibly invented by the CIA.

It has been 25 years, yet the conspiracy continues to spread —so much so, according to Atlas Obscura, that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has joked about the hoax. What’s more, Mayor Pit Klausen of Bielefeld says that he receives emails from across the country asking if the city truly exists.

Indeed, believers in the conspiracy ask three questions:

  • Have you ever been to Bielefeld?
  • Do you know anybody who lives there?
  • Do you know anyone who has ever been there?

The city’s marketing agency said on September 5 that it had received more than 2,000 emails by the September 4 deadline—close to 300 of them, from abroad. The winner will be announced on September 17.

Research contact: @SFGate