The Week contest: Crowded Venice
This week's question: Residents of popular European vacation destinations are complaining that they're being overwhelmed by ever-growing numbers of tourists — from April to October, some 500,000 sightseers visit Venice every day. In seven words or fewer, please come up with a new advertising slogan that the famed Italian canal city could use to discourage tourists from visiting.
THE WINNER: "Venice: Our Sewers Are Open!"
Barb Bruning, Marathon, Wisconsin
SECOND PLACE: "Venice: Marco Polo left for a reason"
Justin Short, Baltimore
THIRD PLACE: "Save thousands! Visit your own polluted river"
Chrissy Brady, Wall Township, New Jersey
"When in Rome, STAY!"
Patty Oberhausen, Fort Wayne, Indiana
"Death in Venice: It's not fiction"
Nancy Swanson, Pleasant Valley, New York
"Venice: A sewer runs through it"
Elaine Horn, Los Osos, California
"Avoid that sinking feeling"
Ed Levin, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
"Venice: Wish You Were Gone-dola!"
Troup Miller, Austin, Texas
"Where you're one in a million, literally!"
Janine Witte, New Hope, Pennsylvania
"Our streets are flooded. Better stay home."
Allan Thomson, Gordonsville, Virginia
"Now featuring the largest collection of Americans!"
Jordan Shin, Eugene, Oregon
"You can-al find somewhere else to visit"
Emily Aborn, Temple, New Hampshire
"California has a Venice, too"
Robyn Kupferman, Culver City, California
"Gondoliers will now only sing 'Baby Shark'"
Barbara James, Bedford, Massachusetts
"Summer in Venice: Wading room only"
Skip Flanagan, Roseville, California
"An agoraphobic's nightmare"
Ivan Kershner, Salem, South Carolina