SMS is the new black

A review of mass market mobile apps

Competition Extension

Posted by Admin on February 13, 2009

As you know, SMS is the new Black, sponsored by AQA, is running a competition for the ‘best’ text message sent or received in January.

When I set the deadline, I forgot that I would be in Barcelona for the mobile trade show – Mobile World Congress, so I’ve decided to extend the deadline to next Friday.

Get your texts in to smsblack@googlemail.com (subject line ‘Competition’), or forward them to +44 (0)7957 197817.

I’ve also realised that I should probably provide a bit more of an explanation of ‘best’. For the competition, best can mean a variety of things:

– funniest
– strangest
– most effective (ie a marriage proposal that worked)
– cutest (if it’s your kids first text – it’s got a good chance)
– most romantic (especially if it’s sent tomorrow)
– worst (shock value is good)
– or, of course it could be the best answer you got from texting a question to 63336 for AQA to answer recently

Whatever it is – send them in and you could win the Brilliant Answers book.

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More about Brilliant Answers

With 13 chapters covering food and drink, nature, celebrities, sport, language, travel, sex and the pick of the odd unanswerables and most bizarre, Brilliant Answers is AQA’s madcap fans and ingenious answer gurus at their very best.

Find the answers to such questions as:
− What is the best type of biscuit to make a mattress from?
− I want to write a film script which makes me millions, what should it be about?
− Which British football club has no letters from the word ‘football’ in its name?
− What is the world’s funniest word?
− Why are smiley faces yellow?*

Answers:
− The best type of biscuits to make a mattress from would be fig rolls or strawberry Newtons. They would be soft, but still provide some back support.
− Based on the top-grossing films, your script should be about a young wizard and a robot looking for a ring on a pirate ship which sinks. Good luck.
− Dundee is the only British football club that has no letters from the word ‘football’ in its name. Founded in 1893, Dundee play at Dens Park.
− The funniest word in the English language is fartlek (an athletic training regime); other funny words include furphy, pratfall, parp and firkin.
− The smiley face, first used by Harvey Ball, is yellow because the logo was influenced by Kolobok, a yellow spherical being in an East Slavic fairy tale.

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