New contest for Week 1235: The Sound of Science
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.