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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

On today's show: the editors of Smith Magazine pick the winners of our “Sum Up 2010 in 6 Words Contest!" And we'll find out how to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style, even on a shoestring budget!

Sum Up 2010 in Six Words Contest!

The year 2010 has been an interesting year: unemployment, multiple wars, the Tea Party, health care reform, Lady Gaga and even an “underwear bomber.” See if you can sum up 12 months in 6 words by entering our latest contest! Your submissions can be personal, political or pop-culture related, but please keep them pithy. Post your six-word entry in the survey below, and on December 29 we’ll announce the winners with Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser of Smith Magazine! The deadline for submissions is December 27 at 3 pm! Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser's most recent book is It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure.

See all the submissions here!

The Winning Summaries

Went from self employed to unemployed.
Lost 50 pounds. Found myself underneath.
                    - both Sandi Hemmerlein

Got masters moved home permanent intern.
                    - Dana

Salinger waked. Haiti quaked. Oil caked.
                    - Coleen Goodson

Bedbugs, earthquakes, overeating, Snooki eclipsed Wikileaking.
                    - Janet

Green Day on Broadway? Oy vey!
                    - Leigh Giza

I could not stop checking Facebook!
                    - Janet Villas

Kanye Tweeted all the important stuff.
                    - Galia Abramson 

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Celebrating New Year's Eve on the Cheap

Karen Page and  Andrew Dornenburg, wine columnists for The Washington Post from 2007 to 2008, and authors of The Flavor Bible and What to Drink with What You Eat, talk about ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve on a budget without sacrificing taste.

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2010 in Your Words

We asked, you wrote. There were 327 six-word phrases submitted in our Sum Up 2010 challenge. And while we're mostly interested in hearing your perspectives on the year, looked at in total, these phrases give us a good idea of what 2010 meant for many of us. To visually show you the wisdom of the crowd, we've created a word cloud—an image that shows the 75 most repeated words in your submitted phrases, with the size of the word proportional to how frequently it was used. Judging from the image below, it's hard to deny the influence that President Obama continued to exert in 2010—but the relative size of Sarah Palin and the Tea Party shows that this frequency might be due more to political fracturing than political unity. Lady GaGa, the BP oil spill, China, and, of course, the economy, were also well-represented by your phrases. Check out the image below and let us know what you think—does this seem like a good summary of 2010? What do you think was left out? And, of course—tell us your predictions for 2011!

Six-Word Word Cloud

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