Okay folks. Today is the big day. The Day of the Draw.*

If you are new here, or if you are not new here and just happened to miss listing your favourite things in the comments of entry #416, you are too late. There is no turning back, no tracing your way through the last three days of your life to a moment in time when you could have entered to win.

There, there. I know how terribly depressing that is.

I am giving one Schmutzie-made washcloth with a monogrammed "S" in the corner to one of the forty-plus people who left me comments about their favourite things in entry #416. In an effort to be as fair as possible, I printed out the comments from that entry and cut out the names of the people that linked to their website and/or contact information. Each of the pieces of paper were cut to the same dimensions, folded twice, and dropped into the Fiery One's hat. Then, I reached in, fished around a bit, and pulled out one of the pieces of paper without any witnesses present.

I am sure, though, that the Fiery One will attest to my honesty.

Now, I will tentatively announce the winner of the draw. I say tentatively, because I do not at present have the winner's mailing address, and without a mailing address, winning means nothing. The key to this winning-the-draw part is that the winner is actually able to physically receive the prize.

Before the big reveal, somebody start some kind of drumroll...





Zaz LaMarr!

(That is, unless this lucky individual does not want to cough up an address, in which case, there will be another much less exciting and likely very anticlimactic draw tomorrow).

*I have a sneaking suspicion that my holding this draw makes me the biggest nerd nerding around this corner of the internet, but that's to be expected, because this last weekend I claimed to be on the verge of blowing my "nerd gasket" while playing Scrabble with friends.

You can cook an egg between two cell phones, and now I have one more reason not to own one. (via mimi smartypants)

And then, I offer you this, because why not:

Ten Top Trivia Tips about Schmutzie!

  1. Scientists believe that Schmutzie began billions of years ago as an enormous ball of dust and gas!
  2. Schmutzie once came third in a Charlie Chaplin lookalike contest.
  3. Schmutzie has little need for water and is capable of going for months without drinking at all.
  4. Schmutzie can't sweat!
  5. The eye of an ostrich is bigger than Schmutzie.
  6. The word 'samba' means 'to rub Schmutzie'!
  7. Schmutzie is the only one of the original Seven Wonders of the World that still survives.
  8. About one tenth of Schmutzie is permanently covered in ice!
  9. Some birds use Schmutzie to orientate themselves during migration!
  10. Peanuts and Schmutzie are beans!
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