I find myself in possession of $2500 that isn't mine, and due to a series of events I'm not sure what to do with it. [more inside]
Where can I find the previously shortlisted nominees for the Nobel Prize for Literature? [more inside]
I won a prize in an online drawing from a small business. (The prize is something I want, and I don't want to sell it or give it away.) The stated value of the prize is $750 (and I've confirmed that is what it would actually cost if I were paying for it—the price is not inflated for the prize). How can I determine what taxes I will need to pay on this, given that I pay taxes in NYC, New York State, and federally?
Help me name my new product, which combines the functionality of popular existing apps, but is specialized with high-security features. [more inside]
Where can I buy Mo Yan's books "Red Sorghum" and "The Garlic Ballads" in traditional Chinese? (not the English translation)? [more inside]
Canadian filter: Consumer Research Centre survey from 2012 Consumer Product Survey of British Columbia, from Diane Simon, offering a possible $2,500 from answering a 16-page survey. Legit or fake? [more inside]
Is it illegal for a not-for-profit to promise a prize drawing for people who've raised money and then not do it?
Is it illegal or just not very ethical for a not-for-profit to promise a prize drawing for raising a certain amount of money and then not follow through? I know YANML; I just need some info as I decide how to proceed. [more inside]
How should prize money be divided in order to generate the most high-quality submissions to a contest? [more inside]
At some older fast-food joints and other smaller businesses, there used to be a contraption filled with water that you could insert a coin into, and hope that it'd land on a small platform. If it did, you'd get something from the business, if it didn't, your coin would go towards some charitable cause (I think). Any more details/ideas on what this was called? [more inside]
I won a washing machine and dryer that I can't use, and it's turning into a bit of a nightmare. How on earth can I get rid of it? I live in Washington, DC. Special soap-bubble details inside. [more inside]
The end of year party for my work has a masquerade theme. What sort of mask can I make that will work with glasses? [more inside]
How do you improve your odds of winning at a drawing with multiple prizes? [more inside]
At work, I won a new macbook air in a contest that I don't want/need When I get it, I plan to just sell it on craigslist, where I'll take a loss compared to its retail price. Thing is, I'm 98% sure that my boss, who organized the contest, hasn't actually bought the computer yet. Would it be rude to just ask him to give me the cash he would have spent directly?
GagPrizeFilter: If I wanted to either a) have a shiny gold (spraypainted?) rubber chicken mounted to a plaque or b) have a gold rubber chicken converted into something that could be worn like a medal, how would I go about doing this / obtaining one? This needs to be done in 1 week (for next Friday.) [more inside]
So, I've won tickets to Brandon Flower's show at the Riveria in Chicago, IL next week. Problem is, I'll be gone. I want to give my tickets to my friends who are big fans, but my name is on the will call and not in physical tickets. I'm wondering if they can go without me. [more inside]
If someone contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's work on climate change, for which the organization was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, is this person a Nobel laureate? If not, what are they? [more inside]
How does prize money effect entry to free to enter competitions? [more inside]
Can you suggest prizes and trophies for a software/hardware hacking competition? [more inside]
Think-Back-To-High-School-Filter: What incentives / prizes / privileges really motivated you? (Aside from grades) [more inside]
My company has offered to spend $25,000 on 35 people for an activity in February. What do we do? [more inside]
I won a trip! But where should I go? I've got six choices. [more inside]
I need a really great, somewhat poker related prize (or a couple of prizes) that will cost less than $1200. I'm giving it away in early August (somewhat flexible on the date). [more inside]
Help me design a small Access application to run a prize drawing. As I see it, the MC will open the application and click the Draw button, which will select from the available prizes for that month. Once drawn, that prize becomes unavailable. MC will then type in the winner's name and click Save, setting the form ready for the next contestant. Specs and examples follow. [more inside]
Is anyone familiar with the web site Photography Laureates? [more inside]
When companies sponsor contests to win a "lifetime supply" of their product, how do they decide what constitutes a lifetime supply? [more inside]
Lost book question: When I was a kid, our upstairs neighbors lent me a book of wild fantasy illustrations that contained a hidden puzzle. There was a sizable prize for whoever figured out the riddle. [more inside]
How can I win this writing bursary? [more inside]
In 1959, Richard Feynman gave a now-famous talk at Caltech titled Plenty of Room at the Bottom in which he challenges the scientific community to write the entire Encyclopedia Brittanica on the head of a pin. Has anybody ever done this? [more inside]
Scam? I've been contacted and told I was selected to win a prize as a thank you for filling out a survey a few months ago. I have to go to a lunch and draw for which prize I'll receive out of 5. Presumably this is a scam, and I imagine it's a Time Share sales thing. So my question is this, if I go, and withstand the stupid timeshare marketing thing, will I actually get a prize? Or will I be scammed out of that, too? The company in question is 'The Vacation Store' and this is local to Toronto, since there are a lot of Vacation Stores out there on the net.
Has anyone here ever won either the grand prize or a major prize from one of those "instant win" games on cereal boxes, candy bars, fast food promotions, or soda cans? Has anyone ever known someone who has won or known someone who knows someone? [More inside] [more inside]