Friday, July 6th, 2007
Name Your Child’s Super Power Contest
This contest has ended. The winners are listed below. Thanks for playing!
The Name your Child’s Super Power Contest was tough to judge. Two trusted brains, and I, independently chose our favorite twelve super powers/hero names out of 91 submissions, then we compared notes. In our lists of 36 submissions, there was only one overlap between us. After much gnashing of teeth and discussion, we whittled the list to a final twelve and submitted them to Little Capers to pick the three winners.
The winners of Little Capers costumes (in no particular order):
- Jeannie from Ashburn, VA (Pink Star Hero)
- Tracey from Springfield, MA (Blue Earth Hero)
- Kevin from Glendale, AZ (Red Star Hero)
Charmstrong possesses the ability to effortlessly force opponents to bend to her whims, voluntarily wrapping themselves around her dainty little finger, using naught but her charming smile and disarming giggle. â€“ Jeannie
The Clencher – What better way to stop a thief but to grab onto their leg and not let go. This has been proven by history to be a very effective way to stop parents. â€“ Kevin
Captain Action has the keen ability to be constantly in motion, forever alert and awake and certainly never tired or in need of a rest. Captain Action is a literal blur of color and sound as he races past at super human speed. Always moving, always active, never slowing, that is Captain Action’s superpower! â€“ Tracey
The runners-up who begrudgingly have to buy their own super hero costumes:
The Hypnotist – Simply by catching their eyes, he can thaw anyone’s heart with his beatific smile and flirtatious ways. Criminals have no chance against this power that makes even confirmed baby haters smile and coo. â€“ Kelly
"Little Triple F" – being of course the Fantastic Food Flinger – A mild mannered young girl was sitting in her high chair one day when radioactive oatmeal somehow found it’s way onto her place setting. Forever changed, she now has the ability to throw ANY food stuff with *outstanding* speed and aim. Watch your eyes, ears, mouth and dress pants bad guys. She in hungry and ready for action. â€“ Hawkfeather
Gummy Girl – Able to crush any object â€“ be it Cheerio, daddy’s finger or mommy’s bits â€“ with a single, toothless chomp! Also able to melt hearts with a single, gummy grin. â€“ ikate
The Power of the Dramatic Pause – Anytime we’re playing pillow fight my 2 year old gets hit, falls dramatically onto the bed and then lays there for a good 10 seconds. Completely still until he feels the proper level of drama has been reached. It’s hilarious. â€“ Julie Frais
Block Buster – He has the ability to bust up any type of block tower in his path. Not just knocking the blocks down, but hurling them into space. Pow! â€“ Shelly
Captain Catapult – Once bitten by a unique breed of alien monkey, Captain Catapult inherited the ability to climb to the top of anyone or anything in a split second and hurl herself off without breaking any teeth or bones. â€“Roxanne
The Inquisitor – a 4-year old able to reduce his foes to a quivering mass before the onslaught of his interminable questions. â€“ Earl
Half-Pint Houdini – This flexible super hero has the uncanny ability to contort himself and escape from strollers and highchairs. No straps can bind him. No crib can hold him. â€“ Linda
The Communicator! With her superhuman verbal skills, the Communicator enriches friends with fascinating tidbits and fantastical ideas, artfully dodging the obstacles of bedtime, naptime, the telephone and computer. This superhero can wear down her enemies with a torrent of words and confuses them with incessant questions, leaving the listener brain dead and zombie-like. It is no use to cover the ears or run away, because The Communicator can achieve a volume of amazing proportions. She will be heard, just give in! â€“ Jennifer
If your submission didn’t rank in the top 12, tell yourself you were surely in the top 36 and that the judge who originally picked your entry just didn’t lobby for it effectively with his two nitwit comrades. Thanks for playing!
For posterity, the original contest details and all of the contest submissions are archived below.
This is an opportunity for three contest entrants to win a super baby or toddler outfit.
"Little Capers are fun and stylish alternative Super Hero T-shirts that come with detachable capes. The non-violent and non-commercial shirts encourage children to imagine their own superpowers. Little Capers are 100% cotton shirts made in the USA in a non-sweatshop environment. Little Capers inspire big imaginations!"
Children’s sizes range 2 to 8, and there are options for "littlest heroes" who are 6-to-12, 12-to-18 and 18-to-24-months-old.
The company calls these things T-shirts. They look like cool costumes to me. We’ll find out later this month when I review them. (Cart before the horse, I know, but in time to influence your prize choice if you win!)
What to do: Imagine your child as a super hero. Tell us his or her amazing super power(s).
Each submission should follow this format:
Super power name or hero name : description of the super power.
- Super Yell: The ability to silence a restaurant with a single scream.
- Dynamic Drooler: Immobilizing friend and foe alike in a pool of sticky goo.
Submit super powers as often as you like via the comment form located at the bottom of this article. Be sure to include a valid e-mail address (it won’t be published, but will be used to contact the winners)!
The contest ends 11:59 p.m. Monday, August 6, 2007.
Copycat submissions are frowned upon, but it is possible multiple people will submit similar super powers conveying
the same ideas and/or using similar words. If anyone feels cheated by
the selected winners, sorry, but you are subject to the whims of personal taste.
The top three submissions will each win one Little Capers outfit. Twelve finalists will be selected by Thingamababy, with Little Capers selecting the three winners. The remaining seven will bask in the non-material glory of having been thought almost, but not quite, good enough to win a prize. D’oh!
Thank you to Little Capers, LLC for sponsoring the contestâ€”times three!