One Hundred Thousand – WINNER DECLARED

April 19, 2008 | 68 comments
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Within the next few hours, T&S’s spam filter is going to announce that it has spared us from 100,000 offers of recreational pharmaceuticals, links to images of anatomically correct models in morally incorrect situations, promises of guaranteed wealth, solemn pleas from 12,394 persons of good moral character who need your help kindly Christian sir to transfer funds out of war-torn countries for to do the good Lord’s most benificent charitableness, and warnings that we will surely be cast down to the uttermost depths of hell unless we renounce our false Jesus and transfer allegiance to the god of the loving soul who has so blasphemously cursed us to bless us. You know what I mean.

So — who can guess the hour and the minute of the good Akismet’s rollover to 100,000?

Post your guesses here. Winner gets a T&S post written especially in his or her honor, a treasure I am sooooo sure will bring floods of participation. Winner to be determined by me.

99,896 and counting.

68 Responses to One Hundred Thousand – WINNER DECLARED

  1. Neal on April 19, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    15:52 MDT.

  2. Jacob F on April 19, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    6:46 MST.

  3. Chris on April 19, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    2:30 Central

  4. Adam Greenwood on April 19, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    The horror, the horror. 15:48 EDT.

  5. Ray on April 19, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    14:09 here in good old Ohio (Eastern)

  6. Christopher on April 19, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    2:33 Utah time (MST).

  7. Julie M. Smith on April 19, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    “anatomically correct models in morally incorrect situations”

    LOL!

    Ardis, you weren’t at T & S back in the day when we didn’t have a spam filter. Sometimes I’d wake up to find that the last 100 or 200 comments were spam that needed to be deleted by hand (Uphill. Both ways. In the snow.) before a young, impressionable reader clicked through the link.

  8. Steve on April 19, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    2:00 pm MST

  9. Ann on April 19, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    15:38 CDT.

  10. Ardis Parshall on April 19, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    7: Nope, but I’ve watched the ticker mount up so fast that I knew that this was either a new or a newly-installed replacement for an older model filter. If we only had nickel for every one …

    It’s 99,906 at 2:01 MST! Getcher entries (and second guesses) in!

  11. Ray on April 19, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    12:45 AM Sunday morning, Eastern time

  12. Ann on April 19, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Is Utah not on Daylight Savings Time?

  13. Starfoxy on April 19, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    I’ll guess 2:37 (pm) MST

  14. Christopher on April 19, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    5:25 p.m. MST

  15. Ardis Parshall on April 19, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Yes, Ann, it is. That wasn’t an error, it was a FEATURE. I, uh, just wanted to, um, confuse the situation more than it already is by all these nominated time zones so that when I declare a winner everybody will be too discombobulated to argue. (As if that were ever a possibility with us!)

  16. Left Field on April 19, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    I assume that if one specifies standard time (rather than daylight saving time), then the prediction will have to be officially recorded as standard time, rather than the current DST.

  17. Mark IV on April 19, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Ardis, you are leading a brother astray. I am sooooooooo tempted to make a guess that the event will accur within the next five minutes, then fire up a spambot to make my prediction come true. The flesh is weak . . .

  18. Dennis on April 19, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Is this like the Price is Right, where if you overbid you automatically lose?

    If so, one dollar.

  19. Brad Kramer on April 19, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    Right now.

  20. Dennis on April 19, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    I can play this game, Brad.

    Right now.

  21. Sideshow on April 19, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    7:08 pm MST.

  22. Ben on April 19, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    4:15pm, Utah time

  23. Jared T. on April 19, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    6:13 MST

  24. Ardis Parshall on April 19, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Mark IV’s threats to the contrary, the spammers appear to be enjoying a leisurely weekend — it’s only up to 99,921 now.

  25. Dennis on April 19, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    3:15 a.m. Sunday MST

  26. Jared on April 19, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    4:07 MST on Sat 4-19-08

  27. Dennis on April 19, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Scratch that last one. I calculated wrong.

    11:37 p.m. MST

  28. Jared on April 19, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    Ardis, in the small print you didn’t say how many guesses we could make. Here is my second guess:

    7:37PM on Sat 4-19-08

  29. queuno on April 19, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    8:45PM MST on Saturday, 4/19/2008

  30. Bruce V Chiarelli on April 19, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    20:18 MDT

  31. Ben on April 19, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    12am, Sunday, 4/20/08

  32. Sarah on April 19, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    I’m going to say 3am on Sunday morning, Eastern time — 1am Mountain time.

  33. Ann on April 19, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Are we allowed to guess again?

  34. Ardis Parshall on April 19, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    999,35 as of 5:32 MDT.

    Sure — when your time goes by, guess again.

  35. Justin on April 19, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    8:31pm MDT

  36. Ann on April 19, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    10:31 p.m. CDT

  37. Eric Boysen on April 19, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    3:30 am EST tomorrow morning.

  38. Proud Daughter of Eve on April 19, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    2pm Sunday, Eastern Daylight Time.

  39. Left Field on April 19, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    My guess is

    7:32am CDT Sunday

    For comparison with those giving their times in standard time or in other time zones, that’s

    6:32 am CST or…
    8:32 am EDT or…
    7:32 am EST or…
    6:32 am MDT or…
    5:32 am MST or…
    12:32 pm GMT

    …just to be clear…

  40. Eric Boysen on April 19, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    OOps! I meant 3:30 EDT.

  41. Ann on April 19, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Is it a measure of the patheticness of my life that I keep looking in on this thread? Has the big moment come? Did I win? Who will write my post? What will they write about? Can I request a writer? A topic?

  42. Ardis Parshall on April 19, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    999,47

    Ann, it’s a measure of the dullness of my own weekend that I could think of nothing better to do with it!

    The winner is stuck with me as the writer of the honorary post since I didn’t check with any of my cobloggers about putting them at risk for having to pony up on my offer. I’ll consult with the winner.

    Thank you, Left Field, for your handy dandy little chart, which I confess I may have to resort to for reference, no matter when The Great Moment comes.

  43. kristine N on April 19, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    12:01 EST, 4/20

  44. Chris on April 19, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    3:00 AM Central

  45. Just me on April 19, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    12:02 EST, 4/20

  46. Ardis Parshall on April 19, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    99,968 — today’s batch has been largely credit card offers, by the way.

  47. Ray on April 19, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    2:30 AM Eastern – 3rd and last time’s the charm?

  48. Ann on April 19, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    1:53 a.m. CDT

  49. Christopher on April 19, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    1:46 A.M. (4/20) Utah Time.

  50. Just me on April 20, 2008 at 12:04 am

    (If allowed a new guess): 0403 hours New York City’s time zone?

  51. Bruce V Chiarelli on April 20, 2008 at 12:04 am

    1:23 AM MST.

  52. Keith on April 20, 2008 at 12:40 am

    9:05 P.M. Hawaiian time.

  53. Ardis Parshall on April 20, 2008 at 1:49 am

    999,82 — we’re getting close.

  54. Dennis on April 20, 2008 at 1:53 am

    OK, new guess: 2:22 a.m. MST

  55. Starfoxy on April 20, 2008 at 2:31 am

    Okay, one more guess: 3:45 am

  56. Ardis Parshall on April 20, 2008 at 9:05 am

    /drumroll/

    By blocking the offer to get-a-student-loan-with-bad-credit, Akismet rescued us all for the 100,000th time this morning at 3:02 MDT.

    I’ve played around converting the various time zones in the guesses, and I *think* that Dennis, in comment 54, is closest by being only 20 minutes off (converting his 2:22 MST to 3:22 MDT), and I declare him the tentative winner.

    I’m open to appeal, though, through noon today, MDT, in case I haven’t converted correctly in some other case. (No appeal will be entertained based on Dennis’s having made his final estimate after I last posted the count when everybody but Dennis, Starfoxy, and me were asleep — anybody who checked T&S at that hour deserved the extra help. And a sleeping pill from one of our other 99,999 offers.)

    Thank you all for coming out to play on a dull housework day.

  57. Just me on April 20, 2008 at 10:56 am

    My guess in comment 50, “0403 hours New York City’s time zone” translates to 0203 hours Salt Lake City’s time.

  58. Just me on April 20, 2008 at 11:46 am

    I committed a technical foul [um since my original guess in comment #45 of "12:02 EST, 4/20," which translates to 1:02 Eastern Daylightsavings Time, makes it so that when I tried to change my guess at 12:04 Eastern Daylightsavings Time it---was . . . too early for me to do so, so . . . no score].

  59. Ardis Parshall on April 20, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    “Just me” takes honorable mention. A round of applause for all our players, please.

  60. Jonathan Green on April 20, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Shouldn’t there be some kind of award for whoever sent the spam? Like, maybe, we’ll let it through the filter just this once? Or maybe you should do an honorable mention post dedicated to the problem of student loans and bad credit. I could think of a lot of ways that the winning spam could have been a whole lot more problematic.

  61. Jonathan Green on April 20, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    I mean, really, if someone is ready to ask their doctor about Vigara, I can point them to 17,000 exclusive web offers.

  62. Bob on April 20, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Tired of being late? Missed another important date? Others see you as lacking? We have the Answer for you! Call NOW……

  63. Just me on April 20, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Bob’s ad copy reminds me of the series of “Burma Shave” signs said to have been strung along highway roadsides back in the 50s (when “highways” were little two way roads strung between the downtown districts of small towns,

    such as)

    On curves ahead

    Remember, sonny

    That rabbit’s foot

    Didn’t save

    The bunny

    Burma-Shave

  64. Ardis Parshall on April 20, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    I couldn’t wait

    To lower the hammer,

    While Jonathan would

    Reward the spammer.

    Burma Shave.

  65. East Coast on April 20, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    They’ve got purpose

    They’ve got reasons

    They’ve got lots of words

    At Times and Seasons.

    Burma Shave.

  66. Adam on April 21, 2008 at 11:37 am

    2pm (HST) Tuesday

  67. Bro Jones (2) on April 21, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Nobody seems to be addressing the golrilla in the room…

    All of your posts on this thread could be considered spam….and they slipped through the filter

  68. Bro Jones (2) on April 21, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Nobody seems to be addressing the gorilla in the room…

    All of your posts on this thread could be considered spam….and they slipped through the filter