Sorted from a field of 100,000 texters that had battled in qualifying rounds around the country, 10 competitors, plus the reigning 2011 champ, squared off on stage to prove just who is the fastest person in America to type and send a message on a cell phone.
Texters were eliminated through rounds that required them to type and send an arbitrary phrase consisting of random letters (capital and lower-case), numbers and symbols in a minute or less -- and messaging out the first four lines of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" while blindfolded.
In the climatic final round, the 2011 champion, 17-year-old Austin Wierschke, successfully defended his title from 15-year-old Kent Augustine to became the first ever two-time champion.
His prize? A trophy and $50,000.
Yep, we're warming up to try out for next year's contest.
You might remember Seattle Children's Hospital's oncology unit for its amazing rendition of Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger," which made rounds on the Internet a few months ago.
Well, they're back with another inspiring YouTube video -- so, get the box of tissues ready before you watch it (below).
This time, the hospital put together a project for its cancer patients who are stuck in isolation due to weak immune systems. Patients, like Maga Barzallo Sockemtickem, miss not only the company of their families and friends, but even of their pets who have to stay at home.
To alleviate the loneliness, the hospital asked Facebook users to send in pictures of their pets -- and received more than 3,000 from folks wanting to help out. The team combined the pics into a slideshow with cat-purring noises, and played them inside a canvas tent for her to enjoy.
We're tearing up just thinking about it.
DiD yOu KnOw? ... You can help Seattle Children's to keep doing great things for its patients! Learn more, here.
VIDEO: Seattle Children's Presents The Cat Immersion Project for Maga
It seems that prisoners are encouraged to enjoy a wide variety of media from the camp library – guards believe it helps ease tension – and, as of late, the show has spread like wild fire. (Previous hits with detainees include "The Cosby Show" and the Harry Potter books.)
Honestly, we're kind of surprised that captured terrorists would have such similar taste as us. We guess it just goes to show that quality media transcends boundaries.
If they get into "Arrested Development" next, we're pretty sure world peace isn't too far away.
Photographer Bob Carey's latest book showcases photos of himself -- in a pink tutu -- posing in unlikely spots (like the ferry, above).
Well, he didn't do it just because he's weird (though that may also be a reason). Bob's wife is a breast-cancer survivor and proceeds from "Ballerina" sales will benefit The Carey Foundation, which provides support to women diagnosed with breast cancer.
Want to help the cause as you giggle at some silly pictures?
The finalists of this season's "American Idol" are on tour this summer.
And, last night, they packed the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
The concert was part of the "American Idol LIVE!" Tour, which gives fans the unique opportunity to be up-close-and-personal with Idol finalists Colton Dixon, DeAndre Brackensick, Elise Testone, Erika Van Pelt, Heejun Han, Hollie Cavanagh, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips and Skylar Laine -- all of whom were announced on Thursday, March 15, on Fox.
Phillip Phillips, this season's winner, set the crowd on fire with his acoustic rendition of Usher's "Nice and Slow" and Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" as the rest of the Idol stars cooled things down with some hot, choreographed songs.
Want to see the show for yourelf? Get tour dates and ticket info, here!
VIDEO: American Idol's Colton Dixon, Skylar Laine and Heejun Han talk Olympic crushes and meeting Obama
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Last week, the 15-year-old Bethesda, Md., native won a gold medal at the Olympics in swimming (800-meter freestyle). But, 13 years ago, she wasn't doing too shabby, either.
Someone on the interwebs found this photo of Katie, chilling with Michael Jordan (winner of gold medals at 1984 and 1992) and Ted Leonsis (an Internet pioneer, businessman and sports-team owner that's worth a lot of gold) in a VIP box, along with her uncle, Jon, who used to be one of Ted's biz partners.
In the pic, she is obviously not concerned with the game that the men are watching. Why? We assume she's making plans for her big 'n' gold 2012 win.
Moral to the story: surround yourself with good people -- because birds of a feather apparently flock together.
DiD yOu KnOw? ... Katie's uncle is also a friend (and former classmate) of Matt Lauer who interviewed her on her big win this week.
VIDEO: Katie Ledecky Wins Gold Medal
PHOTO: A young Katie Ledecky poses with Michael Phelps
It's all part of a collaboration between CuteCircuit, a London based fashion company that's been playing with clothes and tech for a while, and Ballantine's, a brand of blended scotch.
According to the below promotional video, they've already built a working prototype. The shirt features a huge LED screen, microphone, camera and speaker. It's controlled via your cellphone and some of the ideas of what it could do include connecting to Twitter to display random content, using the shirt's input devices to upload to various social-networking sites, and playing music through the speaker. Of course, something like this wasn't inexpensive to design and build. Right now, the team is just gaging demand for the shirt before heading into mass production. The more people interested, the lower the price.
To recap: a fashion company and liquor company are creating a t-shirt that acts like a smartphone only on your body in front of everyone else -- all, we assume, while you're out at the clubs and bars.
This week, I've debated with friends, prayed (alone) and talked with young gay men about the Chick-Fil-A debacle.
Yes, an American has the right to express his/her opinions. Yes, Chick-Fil-A's sweet tea is pretty darn good. But, no, a company in the public eye that serves, and employs, so many young people should not discriminate -- especially during a gay teen suicide epidemic. Unitarian Minister Debra Haffner says that we have known for more than 30 years that at least one third of all suicides to teens are to gay youth. This means, according to HealthyPlace.com's Ciara Thomas, that "gay teens are 300% more likely to kill themselves than heterosexual youth."
So, why add additional stress to their lives?
When Chick-Fil-A's CEO made his statement, he might not have realized, but he was promoting a form of bullying.
What if either a Twitter or Facebook exec had made these statements? All hell would have broken loose. Why? Because companies in the public eye that serve young people have a responsibility to look out for our youth and our families. No exec should make statements about a group of people based on gender, religion, race or sexual preference - because it leads to hate in communities, and, in some cases, families. Chick-Fil-A is no different.
I've received several notes, DMs and tweets from youngsters:
One young gay man is from a family in the south. His dad, mom and siblings have been running around, talking about how great it is that Chick-Fil-A has taken a stand against gays -- and stood in line for sandwiches. That kid cannot speak out. If he does, he might get kicked out of his home.
Another teen was sent to his room for saying he doesn't like Chick-Fil-A because it is hurting his LGBT friends.
A girl that works at Chick-Fil-A also wrote to us. She isn't sure if she is gay, but thinks she might be a lesbian. She is now extremely stressed about the situation at work, but needs the money.
Another teen-aged boy said his friends that work at Chick-Fil-A are being treated badly by their peers -- because their friends disagree with the company's stance. But, they need the money and cannot quit.
It's really strange to me how some conservative Christians in America have been so quick to almost idolize a chain of restaurants for taking a public stand against gay marriage, but have been so slow to realize they are supporting something that hurts people -- possibly even their own children.
If you are a true Christian, do you want to hurt people? COO Dan Cathy is not God.
On the flip side, I also thought it was strange that the liberals among us are protesting the stance with signage and chants outside Chick-Fil-A restaurants. Why waste your valuable energy?
I personally think we should let them eat their chikin until they're so full of grease that they have to hit the Pepto. Then, maybe they'll have some time on their porcelain goddesses to think about the big picture.
Pastor Mike Patz of Gainesville, Fla., who wrote about the Chick-Fil-A disaster a bit more eloquently and Christian-like than I, writes:
"I am so sorry today for all the hatred that Christians have dished out toward gays. I am so sorry for all of the homophobic sarcasm that has come from the pulpits of Christian ministers. I am so sorry for the way we pick and choose which sins to condemn. I am so sorry that we have claimed to follow Jesus while we neglected widows and orphans, and then engaged in gossip and gluttony. I am so sorry that we have provided such a bad example for the rest of society to follow. I’m embarrassed, I’m ashamed, and I repent. I’m serious. I repent."
On my Facebook page, I (a self-professed health nut) poked fun at the sad sight of people that were waiting in line to get chicken sandwiches -- because so many of them were just plain fat.
Most of America is fat. It's an awful truth. The "Classic" Chick-Fil-A sandwich has 440 calories and 16 grams of fat, and a medium order of "Waffle Fries" contains 390 calories and 20 grams of fat. Just ask Michelle Obama how much clogging that's doing to America's arteries.
Even sadder, however, is the fact that it is usually pretty hard to get people in the USA to stand up for their rights (or what they believe is their right).
But, in this case, since there was food involved, Americans came out in droves to gorge -- and to support bullying.
About the author: Kelly Ann Collins is the founder of Glittarazzi. The opinions expressed in this article are her own. She is also very annoyed that she will now have to boycott Chick-Fil-A's yummy sweet tea -- for life. Have a comment? Leave it below, or tweet Kelly Ann @kellyanncollins.
We Heart The Men Of The Occupy Movement: When we heard officials were thinking about evicting the Occupy activists in Washington, D.C., we hopped in our car and hightailed it to McPherson Square. Nobody is going to take our future husbands away from us -- especially before Valentine's Day.