UPDATE – THIS RAFFLE HAS ENDED AND THE WINNER IS LISTED BELOW. Keep you eyes on my blog as a new raffle / contest will be starting again soon. Thanks for playing everyone!
Ultimate Blog Challenge Day 1 – We have passed the first week point of the Ultimate Blog Challenge and it has been fun. I missed the first few days as I was still on vacation, but been trying to keep up since 🙂 Today’s post was to have a contest to engage our readers. It is a little ironic on the timing, as I had been having a free raffle that was set to expire last night.
Since our task for today was to create a contest, I decided to extend mine another week and let all of the readers doing the Ultimate Blog Challenge have a chance to enter as well. However, the rules have changed a little, but it will still be a raffle (see my post Free Oahu Souvenir for details). Before I go into more details of how this part of the contest/raffle will work, I thought I would share a little bit about contests and how they have made a major impact on our history.
- Contest lets sailors figure out where they are. It wasn’t hard to determine the latitude of the ship, but it was impossible to accurately fix the ship’s position in terms of longitude. The British, the Dutch, and the Spanish offered large rewards for solving the problem, in which the eventual prize went to Britishman John Harris, a nearly uneducated working man, who created a highly accurate portable clock that could be used to calculate longitude.
- Charles Lindbergh’s historic transatlantic flight happened due to a contest. Lindbergh was motivated by the Orteig Prize, offered by famous hotelier Raymond Orteig, which promised $25,000 cash for the first aviator to make the flight from New York to Paris.
- Napoleon contest spurs creation of canned foods. Napoleon Bonaparte faced many problems in his goal to dominate Europe, one of which was feeding a large and sprawling army. So Napoleon offered a contest, with a prize of 12,000 francs, to the person who could come up with the most innovative new method of storing food. Nicolas François Appert, who submitted a method of boiling and sealing food in glass bottles in 1809, was the winner of this contest. Note that tin cans were substituted for glass a few years later.
- A contest by Napoleon III led to the creation of margarine. The demand for butter in Paris was fast outstripping the supply in the 1860’s, thus he held a contest to find a substitute for butter that could help meet the supply and keep prices reasonable.
As you can see contest have had a major impact on our lives, but they can also be fun or used for declaring a victor. We have such contests as the World Series, the Super Bowl, the World Cup, the Olympics, Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, and the list goes on and on. Some are from prizes and some are for prestige. My contest is for a prize!It is really easy to enter my contest. Just post a comment on the name of the item in the picture below (hint, they are famous in Hawaii). It’s that easy. Everyone you comments (right or wrong) will be entered into the raffle which will now end on Saturday Jan 14th at midnight EST. If you are already entered into my raffle, comment again and you will be entered into the raffle again! Good luck to everyone, and have a great second week!
Desiree Ponte!!!! Congratulations Desiree, you are the winner of the 2017 Oahu calendar below. I will reach out to you via Facebook to see about getting you your prize. Even though the correct answer was shaved ice, specifically a rainbow shaved ice from Rainbow House on the North Shore, all guess counted. Justina’s answer was actually the closest, but again all guess counted. Good job ladies. Congratulations Desiree. Thanks for playing everyone, Keep your eyes on my blog as a new raffle will be coming soon! Congratulations again Desiree!
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