[We'll start the judging at 8am Eastern Time Friday morning. Get in those last-minute entries overnight.]
Last month, the fine folks at Quirk sent us a copy of Thomas J. Craughwell's This Saint's For You! 300 Heavenly Allies for Architects, Athletes, Brides, Bachelors, Babies, Librarians, Murderers, Whales, Widows, and You. After being assured holding this giveaway didn't mean parting with my copy, Mangesh and I came up with these contest rules:
1) Declare Yourself a Saint. Tell us in the comments about the obscure area over which you'll preside and hover. The more obscure "“ and the more funny "“ the better. But remember, patron saints already exist for all sorts of random topics, including advertising professionals, beekeepers, lost objects, poets, rabbits, riots, makers of playing cards, the falsely accused, and the physically unattractive.
2) We'll pick our favorite on Thursday and send you the book. Two runners-up will get free mental_floss t-shirts. It's that easy. Well, winning the book is that easy. Recognition as an official patron saint may require additional paperwork.
Here's a little more about information, excerpted from the back cover:
"This Saint's for You! describes the real-life histories of more than 300 saints and explains how they have become associated with certain people, places, and professions. Also included are images of 300 gorgeous full-color holy cards that depict these heavenly allies in all their glory. Whether you're a flight attendant or a stenographer (or an ice skater or a motorcyclist or a Girl Scout...), we guarantee these saints will save your life!"
Let your campaigns for sainthood begin.