This page was created to broadcast mini-Google-challenges to the Bostulous network and to pay homage to the winners of past challenges. Each challenge has its own rules and prizes associated, often payable in the currency of Border margaritas, should the winner choose. The objective is typically to find an answer fastest or to come up with the best idea. In the past, I’ve called them Google Challenges, but at the risk of a lawsuit, they will hereafter be known as Bostulous Google Challenges, or B-Google Challenges for short.
As illustration of the concept, I’ll use first B-Google Challenge. There was a red raincoat I found on a random celebrity spotting site that I absolutely had to have. After searching myself for about five hours (and shamelessly, desperately contacting the UK celebrity’s personal home page), I posted a challenge to my very good Google-genius friends at MIT: $40 to find a retailer or web site that sold the red raincoat. More importantly, the winner would have bragging rights in the realm of Google know-it-all-ness. The boys were stumped for about 90 minutes until Ann Marie of Nacho Patrol caught wind of the challenge and informed me that it was Burberry. Upon offering her the cash reward, she began the rich tradition of accepting in its stead the cash value in Border margaritas, which she tauntingly consumed in front of the Googlers.
The second B-Google Challenge was for a V-Day party thrown at Nacho Patrol headquarters, Ye Olde One-Four-Four. The party was put together within about 48 hours and designated for people who felt like celebrating V’s that didn’t involve Valentines (vendettas, Vianneys, varistors, and Vin Diesels, for example). The girls pulled off many ideas quite nicely: 3D twister, Mario Kart Wii, plentiful noms, Kings, etc. But we’d been inspired by Phil’s Birthday Casino Night to set up a craps table. I posted a B-Google Challenge: $30 to find a place in the greater Boston area that sells craps felts. Google-Extraordinaire C4 (aka, Schlagothy) found a woman in Woburn who had one for $15. C4 should get extra B-Google brags for finding a location that gave us an excuse to go to On The Border. A few margaritas and one craps felt later, we were ready for the V-day party! (Of course, it was only during the event itself that we realized no one knew how to manage a craps table, but it sure made a nice decoration.) C4 declined his due reward, but gracefully accepted a couple of Border margs.
The third B-Google Challenge was a bit of a dud. It was a Sunday night and my unusually-scruffy boyfriend had an interview the next day. He needed a haircut like crazy. With a pair of safety scissors and a comb in the bathroom as backup, we frantically started calling every salon in greater Boston. Then I posted the challenge: $30 to the first person who could find an open salon and make an appointment for a men’s haircut at 8pm on a Sunday. It was brought to my attention that this wasn’t a very good B-Google challenge, as it involved phone calls. This has been taken into consideration, and phone calls will be omitted in future Challenges. In the end, I found a place called Igor’s in Brookline. Thank goodness for patrons who service affluent Jews. My boyfriend nailed the interview and landed the job, and owes me $30 in Border margaritas. 🙂
Hopefully, these stories have inspired you to hone your Google skills! Note that these examples have been time-dependent examples. While I haven’t done a test-run of quality-dependent Challenges, I have one in mind for the first B-Google Challenge of this blog. Any browser, social networking site, or previous knowledge is welcomed and encouraged in the B-Google Challenge. As the Challenge matures, I may add a Rules page to include specifics. For now, I hope you find the challenge fun and rewarding. Answers may be submitted to me in an e-mail or as comments on this blog; I have bought the occasional consolation margarita for seekers who put in the effort, but didn’t get the winning response. Good luck, and happy hunting!
(As a final point-of-information, this challenge is not rewardable to people I don’t know personally, but I will not restrict such people from providing responses.)