Odds/Ends: The Odds/Ends I Forgot To Mention Last Time


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Hey, remember that childhood toy Haiku contest? I should have wrapped that up weeks ago. But first, here are some of the other entries we enjoyed:

Weeks of strong slamming
I won that hologram pog
Just as the fad died
"“posted by Nathan

He-Man likes to yell:
"By the power of Grayskull,
I have the power!"
"“posted by Kale
"“Rock-em Sock-em Go!
Robots punching, pummeling
You knocked my block off!
"“posted by James Drake
Showtime Synergy!
Jem and the Holograms were
TRULY outrageous.
"“posted by Chelsea
Hands, feet, but no legs
Wait, there's more! Hats, shoes, and 'stache
So much in one ass.
"“posted by phosita (titled "Mr. Potato Head")
skip-it, oh skip-it
hoola hoop for your ankle
just don't trip and fall
"“posted by NateJ
Connect Four: A game
where I could best my brother.
"Pretty sneaky, Sis!"
"“posted by loripop
Bricks and plates combined
And their worlds were mine to shape
From LEGO atoms
"“posted by Arlen
Operation Game
Steady hand pulled out some bones
Almost win then BUZZ!!
"“posted by Shelly
G.I. Joe told us
"Knowing is half the battle"
Rest is up to you
"“posted by Eric Y.
two chairs, one blanket
or maybe some fresh, damp snow"“
fort building for me!
"“posted by Jason

But after consulting with my panel of judges, one haiku emerged above the rest. The winner is Tricia, who wrote so elegantly about her Etch-A-Sketch:

Ode to Etch-a-sketch:
Art appears and disappears
Time to start again
"“posted by Tricia

Congratulations! You've won a copy of Discover Your Inner Economist by Tyler Cowen. I'll be in touch about how you can claim your prize. And I could have posted another three dozen great haikus, so thanks for all your submissions.
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