New con­test for Week 1235: The Sound of Sci­ence

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In our last song par­ody con­test, just days af­ter the election, the Em­press pleaded for lyrics that in some way ex­pressed hope. Eight months later, we’re not both­er­ing to ask for that again. This time we’ll switch gears a bit with a new theme, sug­gested by vet­eran Loser­bard Mark Raffman: This week: Write hu­mor­ous lyrics on the sub­ject of sci­ence or tech­nol­ogy, set to a well­known tune. “Sci­ence or tech­nol­ogy” can cover a lot — any­thing from an ode to the vast­ness of the uni­verse to a ditty about a phone app that won’t up­date. And while the songs, for once, aren’t re­quired to per­tain to cur­rent events and pol­i­tics, nei­ther are they re­quired not to. As al­ways, the re­sults we run in the print edi­tion (in­clud­ing the top win­ners) will be par­o­dies of (what we hope are) very well known songs; in the on­line In­vite, we’ll sup­ply links to all the melodies so that read­ers can hear an un­fa­mil­iar tune. See this week’s Style Con­ver­sa­tional col­umn for more on what we’re look­ing for in a song par­ody (re­mem­ber, it has to be read). And since the Em­press will be on va­ca­tion, you get an ex­tra week to work on them; en­tries aren’t due till July 24. Sub­mit en­tries at this web­site: wapo.st/en­ter­in­vite

1235 (all low­er­case). Feel free to in­clude a link to an au­dio or video clip to the tune you’re us­ing. You can even make your own record­ing. Win­ner gets the Inkin’ Me­mo­rial, the Lin­coln statue bob­ble­head that is the of­fi­cial Style In­vi­ta­tional tro­phy — one of the last few be­fore we come out with a new de­sign. Second place re­ceives yet an­other in our lengthy se­ries of Silly Se­condPlace Head­wear: This time it’s a face­cov­er­ing chicken­head

hat, worn by donor Dave Pre­var last month dur­ing much of the 22nd an­nual Flushies, the Loser Com­mu­nity’s award “ban­quet.” Other run­ners-up win our “You Gotta Play to Lose” Loser Mug or our Grossery Bag, “I Got a B in Pun­man­ship.” Hon­or­able men­tions get one of our lusted­af­ter Loser mag­nets, “No Child­ish­ness Left Be­hind” or “Mag­num Do­pus.” First Of­fend­ers re­ceive only a smelly tree­shaped air “fresh­ener” (FirStink for their first ink). Dead­line is Mon­day night, July 24; re­sults pub­lished Aug. 6 (on­line Aug. 3). See gen­eral con­test rules and guide­lines at wapo.st/In­vRules. The head­line for this week’s re­sults is by Jeff Con­tom­pa­sis; the hon­or­able­men­tions sub­head is by Wil­liam Ken­nard. Join the Style In­vi­ta­tional Devo­tees group on Face­book at on.fb.me/ in­vdev. “Like” Style In­vi­ta­tional Ink of the Day on Face­book at bit.ly/inkof­day.

THE STYLE CON­VER­SA­TIONAL The Em­press’s weekly on­line col­umn dis­cusses each new con­test and set of re­sults. Es­pe­cially for song par­ody guid­ance this week, check it out at wapo.st/style­conv.

BOB STAAKE FOR THE WASH­ING­TON POST

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