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The Week contest: Big Message - August 5, 2011
A billionaire sheik in Abu Dhabi had workmen carve his name into 3,200-foot long letters in the sand that are now visible from space. What telling word or phrase would you like to see carved into the terrain of the U.S.?
 
The beach may be a perfect backdrop for epic drawings, but did you ever think it was possible to create something so big you could see if from space? One billionaire did.
The beach may be a perfect backdrop for epic drawings, but did you ever think it was possible to create something so big you could see if from space? One billionaire did.
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Welcome to The Week's "What Next?" contest, an invitation to test your powers of imagination with challenges inspired by current events.

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Results: A billionaire sheik in Abu Dhabi recently paid workmen to carve his name — Hamad — into 3,200-foot long letters in the sand that are now visible from space. We asked you for a telling word or phrase that should be carved in giant letters into the terrain of the U.S.

THE WINNER: Out of Order
Gerry Harvey, Sebastopol, CA
 
SECOND PLACE: Got Oil?
Courtney Prescott, Astoria, NY
 
THIRD PLACE: Winning!
Stephanie Cook, Clovis, CA

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Lost Our Lease!
Frank Letchworth, Knoxville, TN

Wash Me
Rob James, San Francisco, CA

Privet Kosmonavtam.  Ne zhdite nas. ("Hey, cosmonauts. Don't wait up.")
Bob Braddock, Arlington, VA

Send Money!
Gale Davis, Pasadena, CA

For sale - foreclosure
Leroy Hawthorne, Sanger, TX

Are you hiring?
Mary Jo Bohr, Chicago, IL
 
Make Educacion #1
Jeffrey Contompasis, Ashburn, VA

Your Ad Here
John Barry, Waltham, MA

If You Can Read This, You’re Light Years Too Close
Miles Klein, Frisco, TX

Dear Aliens - Politicians are delicious
Mike Paul, Carrboro, NC

Parking Lot Full
Jack Bulavsky, Henderson, NV

We’re Sorry, Pluto!
Alan Parven, Commerce Twp, MI
 
Documents, please
Todd S. Hyatt, North Grafton, MA

Fat & Broke but Still Proud!
Mark Weaver, Redondo Beach, CA

Go Away!
Charles Hotchkiss, Union, KY

For Sale: $14 Trillion OBO
Angela James, Westminster, MD

Any Other Nations Hiring Astronauts?
Rob Thrift, Austin, TX
 
您好 ("Hello" in Chinese)
Christine Dean, Los Angeles, CA

Turn Around!
Richard G. Marcil, Macomb, MI

Don’t Tread on Me
Mark Richards, San Juan Capistrano, CA

God Bless America – Please!
Joan A. Hunt, Greensboro, NC

Garage Sale, Sat.
Don Curry, Petaluma, CA

Going Out of Business Sale
Lorene Lambert, Spokane, WA 99203

Pardon Our Mess
Tim Lanter, Alexandria, KY

Bring Ice
Shannon Smith, Medford, OR

Your ego here
Iris Eichenlaub, Washington, ME

Your Tax Dollars at Work
Heather Watson, Barrington, NH

Will Work for Hamad
Melinda B. Eskow-Calis, Hollywood, FL

 

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