My mystery visitor left an anonymous comment confirming that they had loaded the votes for RTP's Charlie Brown tree. For those of you who may not remember that entry, here it is:
Here is what Anonymous had to say in answer to my query as to whether they had voted many many times for this tree:
"I did and i feel bad. i just liked the little tree.sorry i wont do it anymore if you want to start over."
The feeble foliage on RTP's small tree was bound to evoke feelings like this in somebody. I thought from the start that it might win thanks to its "Charlie Brown" qualities. How can I not forgive somebody who feels remorse and "just really liked the little tree"? Didn't we all? Don't feel too bad mystery visitor, because I've got a decent solution that does not involve starting over.
For submitting an entry that moved somebody to vote like crazy, RTP will receive one of the prizes. The entry that receives the next highest number of votes will receive the same prize, as will one more entrant selected at random. This bumps the prize count from 2 to 3, but when you start with really small and cheap prizes, it's not so bad.
the prize: 100 mL (3.4 fl. oz.) of pure joy joy tree juice
I admonish anyone reading this or interested in this contest not to engage in any more crazy voting - one vote per reader, please!
Oh, yeah, Happy New Year! Can I do that now, or am I guilty of premature congratulation?
R A N T W I C K