Win, Lose And Draw

Time to find out who’s living Murphy’s Law, and who just fell victim to it…

The contest is over, the entries have been submitted, and now it’s time for me to finally make a decision that only one of you will approve of.  This is it… the day the winner of the 2020 Contest of Whatever is crowned!

Hopefully your new tiara fits…

Nine of you braved Murphy’s Law to post an official entry, and I thank each and every one of you for keeping the Contest of Whatever viable!  Fun CoW Fact: In all seven contests, there have been either exactly 8, 9 or 11 entries.  This was the first Contest that contained no rookie entries.  Maybe that’s not too surprising since blog contests like this seem to be a thing of the past.  I remember when it seemed like almost everyone I followed was giving away something other than another stupid Liebster Award.  Alas, the bloggy contest seems to be a lost art…

Without stupid blog contests, I wouldn’t have wound up on this damned shelf!

Oh well, enough pussyfooting around the big decision.  As usual, picking one winner was not easy.  There were elements of every single one of the entries that I thought were unique and clever.  No matter what kind of silly theme I throw out there, you all do a heck of a job at both impressing me with your creativity, and making me smile with your humor.

Ladies and gentlemen, the overall winner of the Seventh Annual Contest of Whatever is….

drum roll

Drum roll please, Hottie…


Please don’t get too excited!!! I can’t go through THAT again!

This is Mandy’s third straight year entering the CoW, and always with a story worthy of contention.  This year, The Shittening, courtesy of Murphy’s Paw, was too over the top not to be recognized with The Nest’s top honor!  It was an amusingly creative piece from start to utterly disgusting finish.  Congrats, Mandy, on taking home one of our cheesy prizes, and don’t worry, we won’t make you walk the red carpet to claim it…

We have a special carpet for our award ceremonies.

Alright now, don’t start claiming shenanigans just yet.  We still have the random prize that all of the rest of you are eligible to win… if the cards go your way.  Here is the order I drew the entries in for my post on Friday:

  1. Merby
  2. Phenny
  3. Marilyn
  4. Draliman
  5. Melanie
  6. Trisha
  7. Pam
  8. Mandy
  9. Juliette

As I’ve done in years past, I pulled the ace through nine out of a deck of cards (The same deck I’ve used in every CoW drawing now), and pitched the eight that belonged to Mandy.  That leaves all of the rest of you with a 12.5% chance of being a second chance winner!

Mitzi!  Front and center!

MITZI: Yaysies!  Are we gonna play, like, strip poker?  I guess Mitzi will have to totally put some clothes on now…

No Mitzi, we’re not playing strip poker.  I just need you to channel your inner Vanna White and help me turn over a card.

MITZI: Okie dokies!  Oh, like, hai little foxy woxy!  Did you come by to give Mitzi a nut flush?

Mr. Fox is acting as the supervisor to make sure the drawing is fair and square.  Please don’t jump his bones until after the ceremony…

OK, I’ve shuffled the cards enough that I have no idea where any of the cards could possibly be.  Would you please do the honor of turning over the top card for everyone to see?

MITZI: Mitzi totally likes putting things in her mouf!

Why am I not surprised…..

And the winner of the random drawing is…………………….

Mr. Fox, did you witness anything out of the ordinary in this drawing?

MR. FOX: ………………………………

Then it’s official, the random winner is PAM!!!!!!!!


And so it’s fitting that the entry that most skirted the theme takes home one of the prizes!  Pam’s was also the first post submitted for this year’s Contest, so the early bird sometime does catch the snake…. er, worm.

Mandy and Pam may both choose any item valued at $20 or less from my Cafepress shop.  Designs on an item can even be customized if there’s something on my blog you like (that is actually my image).  Please send you request as well as delivery info to my email address which can be found on this page.

And it wouldn’t be an official Contest of Whatever without the cheesy badges nobody would dare actually put on their blogs!  For our two winners, you are entitled to display this for perpetuity….

And for the rest of you who earned a participation trophy….

Thanks a million to everyone who took the time to make something for this year’s contest to help keep the flame of fucked up creativity alive and well!  We’ll do this again next February with Dog only knows what theme, assuming Murphy doesn’t get me before then….

Goodbye cruel world…


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19 Responses to Win, Lose And Draw

  1. Merbear74 says:

    Congratulations to the winners!!

  2. draliman says:

    Yay, congrats to Mandy and Pam!

  3. Well it’s with a bit of smoke in my eye that I hand over the ‘crown’ of C.O.W., but I enjoyed a great year!! 😛 Congratulations to both the winners! 😀 Now I’m off to display the badge I ‘earned’ this year…with a small amount of tweaking applied to it. That leprechaun is giving me the fish eyed willies and I’m Irish by marriage!! :-O !!

    • The crown is getting passed around like a joint at Fuzzywig’s crib. I’ve chosen 7 different winners now in 7 years, and I kinda like that the love gets shared. I’ll have to see what you did to poor Murphy, and also hope that he doesn’t get his revenge on you for it!

  4. Congratulations to the winners and congratulation to Mr. Evil for having the energy to run the contest! I’m glad I managed to finally come up with an entry, no matter how pathetic.

  5. Congratulations Mandy and congratulations ME – I’ll proudly display my badge of honor and just be happy my rather lame snake-o-rama entry managed to be a random winner. EVERYONE did a wonderful job – truly – I have a lot of laughs and fun reading them all. Thanks for having the contest…’s barrels of fun really.


  6. Mandy White says:

    Well, holy crap! I nearly s**t myself when I heard. I never win stuff! Thank you!

    • That makes it very ironic that a contest about Murphy’s Law made a winner out of someone who never wins stuff! Evil Squirrel says everyone can be a winner in the Contest of Whatever!

  7. Congratulations Mandy. OMG Happy Dances for you ALL NIGHT LONG. Good job. I loved your story. Bravo Bravo Bravo. Woo Hoo.

    Thank you Evil Squirrel for another splendid Contest of Whatever. Whatever you do it is always fun.

  8. Trisha says:

    Congratulations to Mandy and Pam! I really enjoyed reading everyone’s entries and was amazed by all the creativity. It was fun to see all the different directions thinking about Murphy’s Law could take our minds. No two entries were anything alike!

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