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Pringles ARE Potato Crisps (Chips)

Procter & Gamble will be forced to pay tens of millions of pounds in VAT after losing a legal battle with the (UK) taxman over its Pringles snack.The Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the Inland Revenue, which maintained that Pringles constitute a potato snack and are, therefore, liable for VAT (tax). The Appeal Court judges disagreed with a previous ruling that the low potato content (42%) exempted Pringles from VAT.See here for BBC article

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With gambling soon being OK'd in MD, will you be able to win prizes off of say, 1vs100 LIVE? Answered

  Alright, so I'm sure many of you saw my comments griping about not getting Xbox Live. Well, my dad finally succumbed to my begging, and said that he'll set up a home network for my house, if I got him the router and the adapter for the 360. I'm excited, and I think he may be, too, because when we set up a network, he can use his laptop online without having to transfer files or connect to a finicky, unlock wireless access point. Anyway, I noticed that you get 1vs100 Live with a gold subscription, but, it also says you can't win MSpoints off of it if you live in Maryland or a couple other states. Our state legislature passed a gambling bill(they're putting in some slots/tables near a mall that happens to be in my county), so I'm wondering if that'll let you win prizes off of games on the internet.

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How to/Chances or qualifying for WSOP? Answered

Hello. I just had a quick simple question. The WSOP torment, are you gambling with plastic chips representative of money, or do you buy them with money? And how do you train for such events?

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Diy Roulette Wheel?

I am wondering if anybody here has the knowledge on how to construct a roulette wheel? The internet has so far proven very un-helpful on this topic.  I want to make a wooden tabletop wheel with a ball, not a vertical one with an arrow.

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Random Thread: Demystifying LasVegas

The mystery of the man known to us as LasVegas.. Always helpfull, knows almost everything (seriously!)..The one person worthy of a recognition in the instructable archive.. It is one of life's burning question..who is LasVegas.. Can he snap a man in two?? ( i seriously think he could)..Is he an escaped scientist from Area-51?? Does he gamble?? Is it true that he can talk to machines?? Share your thoughts..tributes.. BTW, LasVegas, if you are uncomfortable with this, i'll take it down.. Cheers..

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3D Printed Ornament Design Challenge Winners!

We're very proud to announce the winners of the Instructables 3D Printed Ornament Design Challenge. The White House chose five designs to be printed and displayed in the East Wing over the holidays. If you want to add a piece of White House history to your holiday tree this year, you can download and print one of the winning designs from the Instructables or by visiting 3D.si.edu. A big congratulations to Gil Rivera, Vicky Somma, Antar Gamble Hall, Roy Eid, and David Moore and Brandy Badami — you all made history today!

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Gaining free game credits with Jackpot Credit Device?!? (Hack or Smokin Crack?)

I was surfing the web and came across these cheating 'devices.' The claim is that somehow these black boxes manipulate the system into giving additional free credits as you're feeding the machine and/or causing the machine to more likely pay out. I am 99.5% sure this is total BS. Still the chance to play TimeCrisis 3 for hours and hours at a deep discount sounds awesome. ;-)Here is the descriptions on the website: Third and Fourth Items downThis device was developed through years of research on machines and by beta testers. It has potential to jackpot or give credits in gambling machines and fruit machines. When put in a small box and powered by 1 or 2 (9VDC) batteries, it will fit in your pocket or up your sleeve. This unit can be used as a contact induction device (soundless arc system) or EMP induction device via magnetic induction pulses which are also soundless. This device uses in excess of 1000volts so use caution. There are two ways to use this device in either mode: as you are inserting coins, adding credits or adding money to the machine you activate the device and it will cause the credits to jump higher. The other way to use the device is to use it while you are playing and you have great odds of hitting a jackpot or winning. Kit includes all parts to build a complete unit to operate in either mode.The completed kit can be used in two modes: vacuum arc induction or magnetic induction coil mode. The device is so small you will need to coat it with epoxy and electrical tape, as a box would take up too much space. It is powered by one 9v battery, it will fit in your pocket, up your sleeve or in the palm of your hand. This unit is a contact induction device (soundless arc system) or can be converted into an EMP induction device via magnetic induction pulses which are also soundless and generated by connecting a small pinwheel coil to the output probes. This device generates around 500volts so use caution. There are two ways to use this device: as you are inserting coins, adding credits or adding money to the machine, you activate the device and it will cause the credits to jump. The other way to use the device is to activate it while you are playing and you have great odds of hitting a jackpot or winning. Kit includes all parts to build one complete unit, epoxy and tape not included.

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looking for reference/info on basic electromagnetic coil design

I am an inventor/re-designer and work with a wide variety of technology, tools and materials.  I repair all of my tools myself and have built a number of custom tools and devices. I was a professional auto mechanic for many years, as well as growing up and working as a building contractor for many, many years.  From those and other experiences, I have been exposed to many different coil-based devices. I have been replacing/repairing coils, coil actuated valves. relays, etc for 30+ yrs, but I've always just replaced the coils with the appropriate new part. I did rewire a relay last year, for the first time, when I couldn't bring myself to pay $80 for a new coil.  I measured the wire diameter, then carefully uncoiled it, measured the length, then rewound it with the same length of wire.  I figured it was worth the gamble of $4-5 on wire.  It works and controls my 240v air compressor, but it was a bit of a tenuous and nerve wracking job; I had wire ALL over my shop for an hour or two. I'm finding a need/desire to understand how different voltage coils, ie: 12v DC, 120v AC, 24v DC... are calculated/designed.  Can anyone point me to a resource that will explain the process on a non-electrical engineer basis? Thanks, GeoD

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Stick Rpg CompleteCheats

Stick RPG CompleteSubmitted by: RMCheat mode:Enter HEYZEUS!!!! as a user name to get 555 Stats and 10,000 to start the game.Save money:Start with your intelligence at maximum, then get a job and keep getting promotions until you are the CEO. Do not increase anything else or do anything else until you are Ceo with an intelligence level of 250. Then, stop increasing intelligence until you get a penthouse with a television. Watch the news until you have about 330 intelligence. You can then hot wire the car. The car is like the skateboard except faster and cooler.Easy money:First, start a bank account. You do not need much, but the more the better. Next, go into your apartment and sleep for a few days. The interest in the bank will earn money slowly. The more money you have, the more you will receive. This is very useful if you are trying to get a few stats. Buy the items that raise all of the stats when you sleep. Each night you sleep, you will get better.When you have 999 Intelligence, Charm, and Strength, get to -100 Karma by doing a lot of Drug deals and bar fights. Notice that you will receive an invitation in your home to join in an Election. Click on the 50,000 Election and you should win it. After that, sleep and you will get $5,000 a day.Save the game, then play blackjack. Bet all your money. If you lose, refresh and try again. Save the game each time you win more money.Note: While playing blackjack is an easy way to get money, it takes a long time to click the chips to bet. Instead, do not click them. Press [Tab] until the 500 chip is selected then hold [Enter] for a faster method.Red car:If you get over $500 you will get a new car.Commodities:While doing Commodities, before you leave the bus station to sell, make sure you have agun with 99 ammunition. Also make sure that you pump up Strength and Charm and lower your Karma for extra safety.Darts:When doing the darts, go for the lighter dart board. Convertible:Start out with unlimited intelligence and get the job of the CEO. Follow the first car cheat and get to day 381. Then, press C and you should be in a red convertible.President or Dictator:When it is 2,000 days and you have a castle and lots of money (200,000), you should be invited to have an election. For Dictator, have $200,000, Karma -100, 850+ Stats, CEO, and a castle ($500,000).For President, have $200,000, Karma 100, 750+ Stats, CEO, and a castle ($500,000).Funny messages 1:Whenever your stickman gets run over by a car, he will get one of three messages. One is from Sticknews, another from You Hit, They Run law agency, and the final one is is from Cash for Skidmarks' Inc.Funny messages 2:Give the boy who wants smoke exactly ten of them. He will die and you will get a message from a detective.Red Stickman:Keep robbing places.Kill kid on the corner:Keep giving the kid on the corner of the street cigarettes. He will eventually die from too much smoke inhalation.Sleeping:If you are trying to sleep very quickly, press [Tab] twice, [Enter], [Tab], [Enter] and repeat.Hint:Submitted by: Brandonto wake up at 12:00 am everyday, get a job or the HEYZEUS!!!! and purchase an alarm clock. this should wake up a little earlyer, next buy as many nicatinue pills as possible because every pill used + alarm clock will wake you up at 12:00 amHint:Submitted by: nathanstart the game enter HEYZEUS!!!! get 999 of charm intellagence and streinth get castle check email erace it you will get a lottory if its not when you leave the castle is in the bank choose 50000 you win go to bed you get 5000 each day hey you deserve it for all your hard work im still getting my presidensial account byeEasy money:Get an alarm clock ($200) and caffeine pills. You will be able to work four times a day.For a CEO this results in $2,400 per day. Note: This is also how you get a bus ride.Good karma:Go to the bum by the bar and keep giving him money. You will get good karma in return. Hint:Submitted by:adamif you start a new game and keep working as a CEO and dont rob any places you will get a white stick man. Hint:Submitted by: Daniel Householder to get a red stickman you can either kill the kid on the block and make a lot of deals in las vegas, you can also get into some barfights or you can rob places a lotHint:Submitted by:tim get some money then go to the bank and deposite all but 1 dollar. then go to casino and play black jack click on the token that says 0 on it and a 0 will be added to your money. you can repeat this as long as you want.Very Easy money:Submitted by: davidfirst become presedenant then sleep for 50 days put all your money in the bank and keep doing this.Hint:Submitted by: BoabaDO YOU NEED MOR MONEY? Buy 10 cocain or beer and travel to NJ or LA by bus. Make sure you have a cell phone and a gun with atleast 90 ammo. Sell your comidates and you will get a BIG profit.Hint:Submitted by: PManHi i have just found out a new hint for Stickman RPG:When you get your intelligence up to 330 you can steal a car but if you already have a yellow/red car go to sleep untill day 364 and you should get a message saying Congratzyou have been playing for a game year and you will recieve A BRAAANNNDD NEEEEWWW SPOORRRTTTSS CCAAARRRRbyeMoon walk:So to do the moon walk you hold up left right then you look like you walking forward but your going backwards Sports Car:After 365 stick days you should wake up and get some mail and a sports car!Changing colors:Purple - Win a lot of bar fightsWhite - Become PresidentRed - Rob banksBlue - Start of gameHint:Submitted by: ya mumto get easy money get all your cash out of the bank exepet for 1 doller and go to the casino and bet all of it al if u loose get out of it then back in to iit then u should still have all your cash. and if u win go save it then do it all over again keep doing this until u have alot of cashMoney Trick:Use the following trick for easy money and decreased Karma. Buy 20 pieces of cocaine from the person besides the pawn shop. Make sure every time you wake up it is midnight so you could catch up to the bus. Go to Los Angeles and sell the cocaine you bought for easy money. It is possible that your stick will be red.Cool car:To get a cool car get unlimited time and sleep until the number says like 365 which is a year. If you slept for a year in stick RPG then you get a cool car I guess. It happened to me. Take a bus:Get a alarm clock then get caffine pills go to sleep then go to the bus station and pik anywhere u want to go but its not wat u think it is.Wake Up Car:After you have hotwired the car by your home, enter it and go to your inventory. Press the go home button and go to sleep. After you wake up the next day, save your game and leave your home. You should start off inside your car.Hint:Submitted by: keithMake your car do the moon walk press up left and right together it you'll moon walkHint:Submitted by: hubfirst, buy a computer. the stocks can not go below 1 dollar. Buy as much of it as u can at 1 dollar than wait till it doubles or triples, easy & fast money. Hats:Go to twilly in Falconreach and put minigame prises.win big:If your new to this game listen to me. first make sure you are playing stick rpg complete. Now make your name HEYZEUS!!!! make sure you typed all of the !!!! marks and its all in caps.Now youy shold be playing. If you want to be prez or dictator follow this: prez=999 in all stats, 100 karma, a castle, a convetable, a ceo, and your stick figure has to be white. Dictator= 999 in all stats, -100 karma, a castle, a convertable, a ceo, and your stick has to be red. p.s. you have to wait 2000 days to have election and you need $20000.Skateboard tricks:When you have a skateboard and want to do a trick, hold [Shift] and press [Left], [Right], and [Up].Easy Money:Use the following trick for easy money and decreased Karma. Buy 20 pieces of cocaine from the person besides the pawn shop. Make sure every time you wake up it is midnight so you could catch up to the bus. Go to Los Angeles and sell the cocaine you bought for easy money. It is possible that your stick will be red.Hint:Submitted by: JoshTo get a red stick, just rob the bank a whole lot. you dont have to get away with money to turn red. you just have to have a gun with ammo, and click "Rob the place" when your at the bank and eventually, you will turn redHint:Submitted by: josephcomplete cheats:codes,HEYZEUS!!!! Tips,Sleep for 365 days(1 year) you will get a messege and press c and you can drive a hot rod or to get the yellow car neer apartment and hotwire it by geting 370 intelegence,become CEO evrey day do job and when you get enogh funds you can by a mansion tv satlite (for tv) computer bed!!more information email me at jprgameboy@hotmail.comHints:Submitted by: willeversteps for ultimate gameGOOD1 HEYZUES!!!! improtant (!!!!) 4=555 all stats, $100002 go to the house click on the car at your house hotwire it. 3 go to the bar out side is a bum click on him give him 10 dolars4 go to the pawn shop and buy a almarm clock 5 go to the school and use the gym till u have 999 strenth6 go back to the school with 5000 dollars and do `go to class`7 after u have finished th 5000 dollars if your not at 999 intelagence go to `study` 8 go to the big building beside the bank and ask for promptions till your ceo9 work till you have 600,000 dollars 10 buy the caslte at the bank11 go the bar and drink beer untill you have 999 charm12 make shure u have 100 karma13 go to your castle and sleep untill u get a letter asking to run for presedent 14 say yes 15 play as u wish u are presadent what more could u want u get 5000 dollars a night EVIL1 HEYZUES!!!! improtant (!!!!) 4=555 all stats, $100002 go to the house clic on the car at ur hose hotwir it. 3 go to the bar out side is a bum lick him and giv im 10 dolars ( holly shit ive never accidentally done something that funy)4 go to the pan shop and buy a alarm cock (lol) and knife5 go to the bar and bar fiht till u hav -100 karma6 go to the scool and go to clas until u hav 0 karma7 repet step 5 and 6 til u have 999 strengh and intelgense as well as -100 karma8 go to the bulding beside the bank and become ceo9 work until u have 600000 dolars9 drink ber until u hav 999 charm10 bar fite until u have -100 karma11 wait til u got an emal sain u can be dick-tater ( who wold wana be a dick made of taters) 12 say oui13 play as, want sorry for my BAD spellingHint:Submitted by: tjIf you start out with the name HEYZEUS!!!! you will get money and to get money get the ceo job and then you save to buy castleHint:Submitted by: DillanGet the car and get in and then press the direction pad and press c and the car raves its engineHint:Submitted by: wronTo get lots of money put 10,000 dollars in bank and sleep for 365 day you will wake up check your messages you will get a new car and in your bank is tons of cash, i got a castle fron doing this with money left over!!!Hint:Submitted by: JAKEIf u want a totally black screen while playing, hold "c" and the right arrow key at the same time.Hints:Submitted by: Jordy Give the bum by the bar lots of money until you turn white.Kill the kid that asks for smokes (10 smokes) then go by some coke then go to LA.Hint:Submitted by: mathewplay the game get at least 700 intelligence steel the car then get promotions until u r ceo the get a clock and caffeine pills the sleep go t work u should get $2,400 the go home save game then go to the casino bet all your money if u win u get lots if u8 lose close window and re-open it the keep repeating it and ull beHint:Submitted by: tomfirst put your name as HEYZEUS!!!!second when you have your stats and money save your file then go to the casino.next go to the blackjack table and bet all your money.if you win go to your house and save.if you lose quit the game and go to continue.keep doing this until you have 640,000 dollars.now go buy a castle.go to the furnishing store and buy everything.now go to your house and get on the computer.now buy all the stocks that are at 1 dollar.because the stocks cant go bellow 1.spend all your money.now sleep and next morning the stocks should go up.wait till they are about 2-4 dollars or more. then sell them you should make alot of money.if you get good at stock managing then you can make alot of money.this doesnt take long. about 1-2 hours depending on how good you are.i made over 1.2 mil in 15 mins. so give it a try.Cheat:Submitted by: ZaneGet mega money by either going to the casino and betting all it may take long but if you win save (also save before you go) press tab till its on the 500 and hold enter for faster betting also you can put all your money in the bank then wait untill the intrest is high then make a lot of money and put it in the bank and you will sky rocket up in money i did and got over 5 mil and im still going up.Hint:Submitted by: j&b;If you you are president or dictator get 1million$ and put it in bank. sleep till you get 1million with you. the keep with drawing 1million you should be very richHint:Submitted by: RobbieSave then get 1 mil then bet it all on blackjack. If you don't win then close down the game then log back on and do it again but when u do win save strait awayHint:Submitted by: Sidow21st get a lot of money(no loan)2nd go to Fine Line Furnishings3rd buy every thing there4th go back the next day5th buy every thing again (it has new stuff)6th if you bought every thing you should get more intelligence, Strength and charm everydayHint:Submitted by: Sidow2You need 200 charm 1st you need a gun ($400)2nd get money (CEO is best)3rd deposit money4rd rob the bank4rd-B or go to jail for 5 daysCheat:Submitted by: cODYFirst you must have a health lvl of 560. Use HEYZUES!!!! as your name at the start of the game your health will be at 560/560. go towards tthe edge of the area and fall off you should then have 560/570. Go home and sleep BANG extra hpChanging color:2 become white, u just go 2 work. 2 become red, u smoke, drink, rob, fight and buy cocaine.Hint:Submitted by: JulioHeres a good tip...buy alll the exercise things...and then sleep all the time...your strength will go up with your charm and intellgence...just from sleeping!!! ALSO! Do that Zeus thing from other tips...and you will get so much money fast...after you get 999 of all skillzHint:Submitted by: keaneto work at mcsticks you have to type in HEYZUES in capitals as password.to get are scateboard you have to buy smokes and give them to the blue person on the corner of path.Hint:Submitted by: rexxarWhen u get to one thousand days and when u get $200,000 -100 karma and a castle and ceo u get to become a dictator and its not 2,000 days its 1,000 days.Hint:Submitted by: SETHyou must play complete version of stick rpg you will have a car outside your house click on it to hot wire the press c to drive then hold c to make the screen blink black makes stickman like hes in a invisable car.Easter Egg - Back Wards Cars:Sometime when u put Heyzeus!!!!. U might see a car driving backwards.(It doesn't realy have to be HEYZEUS!!!! as ur name but thats a different code)Cocaine:Dont go to a place with to much cocaine the cops find you and your sent to jail u lose your gun and your stuff.Gambling win:Take out a loan at the bank,then click repay loan.type minus and then the amount that you want(repeat this as many times as you like).then gamble it at the casino and hope you win.if you dont then start a new game and try again.Hint:Submitted by: freddydavebobsmithgrayomif you are in a bar fight and it freezes instead of clicking it froze just click the done button on the fighting bar and it should come back to life... do this every time it freezes and finish off your enemy =]Cheat:Submitted by: Shawn JTo become prez all u have 2 do is have a castle be ceo and haf 200,000$ because that is the best chance to win election and you don't have to wait 1000 days,i was prez at 400 days.Hint:Submitted by: CazzerTo become dictator you have to have been playing for 1000 days, On the 1001 day you will get an answering machine message asking you to become dictator of sticks, the more money you put in the more chance you have of winning the electionHint:Submitted by: EvaWhen you have a lot of money, take it all out of your bank acount and save the game. Then go to the Casino and bet it all on blackjack. If you win, save your game and you will get double money. If you lose however, just dont save, exit, and go back and all your money will be returned to you.Hint:Submitted by: AndrewIf you want to sell stuff in other citys but don't want bad karma sell beer insted of cocain.Bank Glitch:Submitted by: CamerantGet some money. Then go to the bank and put a 0 before it than deposit. Might only work with even number like 02000, 01000 etc. You'll deposit that much and keep half. Email gnicol116@aol.com Bye! hope it helps it did for me.Easy Strength + Charm:Submitted by: brodyAn easy way to build strength and charm is to buy the mansion and the treadmill from the furniture store. Next, go to the convinience store and buy a whole bunch of smokes. Then, go stand one pace away from entering your mansion. Then all you have to do is smoke until your health is too low to smoke any more (you will be prohibited to smoke automaticly, so don't worry about dieing) then enter your house and sleep whickh will raise you health and strength. Continue this until desired.Cheat:Submitted by: shaun when you have a castle + $200,000 + the job as a CEO + 100 karma and have played for a virtual year you should be invited to have an election, accept and choose the $200,000 campaing and you should become presidentnote: when you are president you can not work and you get $5000 when you sleepCheat:Submitted by: BOOBhold forward and backwards in the car put your bonet over the edge near the mansion and make sure u just start the game or i wont work btw u can fall thogh ground why u on the road and went u respawn u start with 999 everthing and preisdent and castle and 9000,00000 money.Here are some cheats for stick Rpg CompleteCheat:Submitted by: samto be director get 999 on every thing but karma, a castle and 200,000 dollars and sleep till 999 days egzactly and you have a messeage read then erase then you get another message and choose the 200,000 dollar option (if u kill people you cant be presidant).

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Contest FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

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We're going to want to click through and look at it as soon as we see it if it's pretty! Good explanation of both WHAT the project is and HOW you made it. Sometimes it can be really hard to figure out what we're looking at. (Personally, if I have to spend several minutes staring at photos and reading to understand it, I'm not very excited about it anymore.) Try to convey the project through both photos and video if it's needed. For example - if it's a rocket, upload a video of it in action! A good story! I read more projects than you could ever imagine every month. I love it when an author takes time to explain why they made the project, or documents the errors they made along the way. That makes an instructable so much more enjoyable to read. :) Citing your sources/inspirations - look, we realize there's hardly an original idea on the internets anymore, so we can't fault you for that. But it's only fair to give credit where credit is due. We like that. Plus, it sometimes makes for an awesome story. Creativity! Look, I cannot even begin to tell you how many paracord bracelets, Altoid tin survival kits and Iron Man arc reactors I have looked at. My eyes glaze at the thought. Don't just go for the common and easy, take that project and put a new spin on it!!Relation to prize. In some contests, we offer a Judges Prize. Entries that qualify for this prize are also taken into consideration. We always suggest authors read their own work with an objective eye. Does it make sense if you aren’t familiar with the subject already? Did you provide enough description? Are the photos understandable? How many finalists are there?To find this out easily, go to the contest page and look at the total number of prizes to be awarded. The number of finalists for a given contest will match the number of total prizes. Why wasn't my project chosen as a winner/finalist?This can happen for all kinds of reasons, honestly. See the "How are finalists selected?" question above for a more in depth explanation of what we're looking for.The most important thing to stress is that we are going through TONS of entries for every contest, so it's important to set yourself apart. Choose a clear and concise title, tell us a story, share great photos, explain the project well. If there are projects similar to yours in the contest already, make sure your project exceeds theirs in awesomeness. Also remember that competition is fierce in the contests - there are always a LOT of amazing entries. When it comes down to selecting winners sometimes it's the little things because when you're comparing awesome to awesome the little things are all you can look at. So be detailed orientated when writing your instructable. Judging Who judges the contests?This is typically a mix of Instructables staff and authors on the site (your peers!). Each contest is normally assigned 10-50 judges.Lately we’ve had an average of 15-20 judges complete the process. I always try to add as many judges as possible, because more judges means the judging is more fair and helps to reduce bias. How can I help judge a contest?If you’re interested in helping us judge, check out this forum topic! To judge, you must have published at least one Instructable.We send out PMs to judges on the Friday after a contest closes. How do I judge a contest/access the judging ballot?We’ve written up an Instructable over it! You can find it here: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Judge-a-C...Once you're added to the list of judges, you’ll be able to access the ballot. Prizes How do you pick prizes? Can I suggest prizes?We've got a pretty small budget prize here, so it's a mix of trying to be frugal but still give you guys something fancy. We try to order most of our prizes from Amazon.com because they have reliable shipping and tons of options.If you'd like to suggest an awesome prize, do it here! I don't like these prizes, can I trade?Short answer: nope!Long answer: we choose prizes well ahead of time and order prizes at the start of the contest (for 95% of what we run) and we don’t make substitutions. We typically have anywhere from 100-250 winners a month (and increasing all the time!), so it’s not feasible to give choices and sub things out. Only three of us on staff work with ordering the prizes and shipping them out, so that would be lots of work!However, we have allowed winners to switch prizes with another winner on occasion (both parties must agree and let us know before we ship them!) and we’re fine with you selling your prize somewhere else. How do I get my prize if I win?When contest winners are announced, we’ll send you a message with a form to fill out. Make sure to fill this out completely and remember that we require a phone number and that we can’t ship to P.O. boxes.Winners are responsible for any trade tax or tariffs incurred for shipping to your location. We cannot reduce the value of the prize so you pay less tax (nice try, though, you sneaky hobbit!!). When will my prize ship?We try to ship prizes as soon as possible! 75% of our contests have prizes that are easily shipped right away and you should receive notification of shipment within a week or so.Sometimes we do have to order items AFTER the contest ends or wait for a sponsor to ship the items. If we think there will be a delay, we’ll let the winners know. We’ve been trying very hard to make sure we’re reaching out and updating winners about prize statuses.Also: VERY IMPORTANT - the sooner all winners give us their contact info, the sooner we can make big orders of custom sizes. Sometimes there’s a huge delay just because we’ve got one straggler. Be a good winner and let us give you prizes, dangit!!

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