Thursday, December 4, 2008

Fun with Brains - The Contest Results

It figures. After the contest is over, I FINALLY come up with a brains related title that doesn't suck, and I use it for my blog. Oh, the irony. The delicious, brainarific irony.

Anyway, I'm beyond pleased. When I was considering this whole title contest thing, there was a moment when I worried that I'd be stuck choosing between two entries: "Brains, Trains, and Automobiles" versus "Throw Momma from the Brain." (Look! I just came up with two more titles! You've cured my block!) But then I told myself that all of you reader types must have sufficiently wonky senses of humor, because hey, you read my blog on purpose. Repeatedly, even. But still, I'm impressed, surprised, and grateful at your response to the contest. I doff my Batmask to all of you.

This was a difficult contest to judge, because we had 171 freaking titles submitted for judging. The mind boggles at the number. So I couldn't resist giving out a few honorable mentions...

The Get Out of My Head Award goes to Kelly and Tracey M. Cox for "Insane in the Membrane." Because ever since I started this contest, I've been repeatedly and randomly exclaiming "Insane in the membrane. Insane in the brain!" Which has made for some interesting conversations.

The Gratuitous Christopher Walken Reference Award goes to Brain Bliss for "Less Brain, More Cowbell." Besides, I was in high school percussion. I played the cowbell. And man, did it suck, although not quite as bad as when I had to play the triangle. It is difficult to look kewl while playing the triangle.

I can't resist it...



The I Bow Down Before Your Perviness Award goes to Elizabeth for "Full Frontal - Lobes." Thanks for making me seriously consider brain porn for the first time in my life. I really appreciate that.

The That Sounds Cool If Only I Knew What It Means Award goes to Slayer for "Gyrating Gyri and Sucky Sulci." It sounds pervy, whatever it is.

The Thanks for Reminding Me of My Ex-Boyfriend Award goes to Adrienne and Susan Sandmore for "The Life of Brain." Because I once dated a Brian who got out of a speeding ticket because the officer spelled his name incorrectly on the ticket. As Brain, obviously.

The This Belongs on a Bumper Sticker Award goes to cijaykremsner for "I've Got the Brains, You've Got the Blonde." Seriously, I want to put this on my car. My nameless, irate car.

The Flipper Baby Award goes to Big Plain V for "Brain Candy." If you've not seen the Kids in the Hall movie by that name, you won't understand this. But trust me, it's funny. You should be laughing.

The I Can't Believe You Compared Brains to Baked Beans Award goes to bringerofbrains for "Brains, Brains, the Musical Fruit." And that's all I'm going to say about that.

The Title for My Eventual Autobiography Award goes to Rena for "Darth Carrie Brains and Revenge of the Love Nubs." I was so tempted to give her a prize just for having the balls to put me in the title, but unfortunately I don't have any extras.

And then, we've got our two runners up. I loved these titles, but they just didn't suit my book as well as the winner did. But these peeps have some mad title skillz. So a round of applause goes to:

Paul Michael Murray for "Seven Deadly Synapses."
sruble for "Zit for Brains."

And then there's the winner: "No Pain, No Brain" from Susan Sandmore. It's just perfect: snarfy and snappy. It's everything I wanted in a title and more. If I wasn't already married, I would elope with this title.

So, Susan, please email me at carr dot harr at yahoo dot com with the following info: mailing address, gift card vendor (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Borders), and t-shirt size (S/M/L). I'll get your prize pack out to you ASAP.

And for everyone else... this contest was so much fun that I'm planning to do another one in January. I hope you'll stop back and play again.

17 comments:

SlayerOfBees said...

I wanted to clarify for all the readers-

Gyri - the surface of the brain that sooks like a bunch of worms.

Sulci- the grooves between the gyri.

Abdullah Oblongata - NOT the #2 man in Al Qaida (at least not at the present time.)

Hopefully that clears everything up.

adrienne said...

Great choice! Thanks for the brain-picking fun and um...sorry about the ex-boyfriend thing.

Rob Brooks said...

Is your "Brains, Trains, and Automobiles" a thinly-veiled dig at my entry? Because my title has nothing to do with the song, "Take the Last Train to Clarksville." Seriously, we've got to get that brain to Clarksville. It's the last one, for Pete's sake!

Okay, I was having a brain dead week.

K.C. Shaw said...

I love the winner! And I forgot to go back and add more of my suggestions, which was probably good because they would have sucked.

Elizabeth said...

YAY!I won the pervert award! I can't wait to tell my mother.

Lady Glamis said...

This was all very educational. Very, ahem, brainy . . .

Catherine J Gardner said...

YAY! For the winner.

Carrie Harris said...

Slayer: And this is one of the many reasons why it's cool to have a doctor as a husband. ;)

adrienne: Oh, I know it wasn't deliberate! Actually, it made me laugh.

Rob: Actually, that never crossed my mind. Which is kinda embarrassing.

KC: Come on! You had some good ones! Who knows, maybe you'll win the next contest...

Elizabeth: I'm sure she'll be proud of your brain porn talents. ;)

Glamis: Snarf.

Cate: See, with your mad title skillz, you don't need to do contests like this.

Scillius Maximus said...

Gratz to Ms. Susan. A great pick.

Although I still like: "Brains - The other white meat"

Kelly said...

I just watched that cowbell clip a few weeks ago! LOVE Will Ferrell.
By the way, Insane in the Membrane (which coincidentally I heard on the radio two days ago) was only payback for my children singing the "mahna mahna" song for days. Doo, dooo, didoo-doo.

Kelly said...

Oh, yeah, Congrats to Susan!
This contest and its entries made me giggle!

Brenda said...

Congrats to the winner!!! Who knew so many people liked to have fun with the brain...grin...

Bryan B. said...

God, that video is funny...

Big Plain V said...

Aw, I wanted the Gratuitous Christopher Walken Reference Award.

Hey Bryan, want to trade for my Flipper Baby award? I only used it once, but then I washed it thoroughly, I swear.

Susan Sandmore said...

Great blinkety-blankety! I won? I won something! Me! I never win anything. Are you sure?

::emailing you my info before you take it back::

sruble said...

You got a lot of good suggestions and I like the title you picked!

I blame Sheila for the Zit For Brains title, as I suck at titles. In order to get a runner up mention, I must have had help with it ;)

Paul Michael Murphy said...

Well looky there. I forgot I had entered and was hanging out on Susan Sandmore's blog when I saw the link over here and remembered, "Oh yeah heel of hand to forehead)that title contest!" So imagine my surprise when I saw that I was chosen as a runner-up. Thanks for the recognition. Now if I can just come up with a story to match the title...