Tuesday, February 28th, 2006
Update: Ugly Baby Contest Extension and Prize Update
Update: The 2006 contest is over. View the contest photo gallery!
Original Post: The entry deadline for the Ugly Baby Contest will has been extended a week until Friday, March 20. As of this moment, there are only 12 entrants! 1 in 12? Those are some good odds of winning, but let’s make it a bit better.
I am expanding the prize offerings to include a second and third place prize. The first place (grand prize) winner will choose from among a pool of three prizes. The second place winner will choose from the remaining two prizes. And the third place winner gets whichever prize is left.
The prize pool:
A $25 gift certificate to Amazon.com.
My personal pet Tribble. It’s basically a brownish ball of fur with no other markings except for a Star Trek tag. Sorry, this Tribble has never shared the stage with William Shatner, but it does come in its original plastic tube case. You see, the Tribble was a gift from a friend a few years ago and when someone gives you such a nice gift you feel guilty about petting it and getting it dirty, so our Tribble has led a lonely existence sitting on a display shelf in a guest room which never sees any guests. This is an old school Tribble which does not use batteries. It does not purr. It does nothing. And yet, the one time I took it from its case to show Little Miss she was scared by this blob of fur. Maybe your kid is made of stronger stuff.
My personal spare Rabbit With Big Pointy Teeth. It’s a cute plush bunny rabbit with sharp-looking (but soft) teeth. No batteries. What better teaching aide for a toddler learning to brush his or her teeth?
I gave a bunny to each of my best men at my wedding (long story), and kept one for myself and bought an extra as a future gift (because that’s just how I think). Of course, I didn’t end up meeting anyone hip enough to deserve a bloodthirsty bunny, so she has been sitting across the room from my Tribble in a box in a storage cabinet in my unused guest room.
My other killer bunny, the one in active use in our house, has grown on Little Miss. You see, sharp teeth are only frightening when accompanied by a fierce growl. If you win this bunny I suggest you maneuver it so that it gives your child loving bunny kisses and playfully gnaws at your child’s limbs while making parent-provided cooing sounds.