Psst. Hey you. Yeah, you, the one with the crumbs from your Cherry Pop-Tart on your chin (don’t worry, no one else has noticed).
I talked to your boss this morning and she told me you could take 30 minutes out of your busy day this morning to participate in our special sponsor event, ‘Liar Liar CMEpalooza Pants on Fire.’
You do know that entries close tomorrow (Friday, March 31) at 5 pm ET, right? And that if you play, you will have a very good chance to win one of five $100 Amazon gift cards we are giving away? I know you’ve been eying up a new pair of Air Pods.
So here’s what you do – go into your calendar and put down a meeting from 11-1130 am. Call it, “Million Dollar Idea” so it looks special and legit. No one is going to bother you, I promise.
And then at 11 am, just check out our post from Monday with all of the details you’ll need to play. You figure out the truths, you figure out the lies, and then you send me your winning entry forms. Easy peasy.
For most of the history of CMEpalooza, our special sponsor events have been a riff off of a popular board game, game show, or church fundraiser for people over the age of 75. Consequently, we’ve adapted things like Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly, Clue, and Bingo, not just because they are easy for you to understand, but because they are proven formats that should work (and usually do, as long as I don’t screw up the instructions).
But this Spring, we’re trying something a little bit different with the launch of our one-of-a-kind design called “Liar Liar Pants on Fire” (I couldn’t think of a good way to fit “CME” or “Palooza” into the title – my branding needs work) (note from Derek: It’s not that hard. “Liar Liar Pants on CMEpalooza Fire.” See? Brilliant.). This special event combines two of my favorite things — our CMEpalooza sponsors and making stuff up.
Here is how it works:
- Click here to download the forms you will need. Liar Liar Pants on Fire is pretty simple – no gameboard to figure out. You’ll just get the full list of “truths/lies” and an answer sheet.
- Our “truth/lie” statements have been divided into three sections, grouped alphabetically. What you need to do is read each statement and determine if it’s a true statement about the sponsor or a lie. So how do you do that? Well, you can guess, but you probably wouldn’t do so well, and that’d just be wasting your time and mine. Your best bet is to go to our Sponsor page and visit each company in question. You should be able to figure out pretty quickly through some basic sleuthing whether the statements are true or an altered version of the truth (ie, a lie). These shouldn’t be that hard with just a teensy little effort on your part.
- You can use the answer sheet in the forms to complete your guesses/responses. You get up to three entries – one for each group of sponsors. There is one group of sponsors with only 7 clues while the others have 8 clues (we have an odd number of sponsors for the Spring). You must get every answer correct to qualify for our prize drawing. If I’m in a nice mood, maybe I’ll let you get one wrong. We’ll see.
- Completed answer forms can be sent to me at email@example.com. Make sure to include your name and professional affiliation in your email so that when we announce that you’ve won, everyone can be sufficiently jealous.
We’ll have five prize winners who will each receive a $100 Amazon gift card. Derek recommends fancy bath salts like these.
This event will be open until Friday, March 31, at 5 pm ET, so get cracking!
Lots of news recently about the failures of regional banks. Makes me glad that Derek and I agreed years ago to invest all of the dollars we bring in from CMEpalooza sponsorships into 1980s vintage T-shirts (Note from Derek: Dude! I thought we agreed to keep this quiet? You’re going to drive down the value of the Hardcastle and McCormick shirt I just bought on eBay.”)
Here is Derek modeling one of our most recent finds:
As you can imagine, the market for these kinds of rarities is red hot, and we have no problem finding other
suckers wise investors willing to plunk down some serious scratch for our primo wears. That’s good news for you, O Wise CMEpalooza Acolyte, because it means we have plenty of money to spread around in our various promotions.
In the next two weeks, we’ll have two opportunities for you to pad your bank account:
- Monday, March 27 marks the debut of a brand-new sponsor event called “Liar Liar Pants on Fire.” This will test your sleuthing skills of our current CMEpalooza Spring sponsors and let us see how smart you are at deducing truth from fiction.
- The following Monday (April 3) marks the return of the CMEpalooza STEPtacular Challenge, sponsored by Talem Health. The great thing about this one is that, even if you don’t win money in our prize drawing, you will get a free (and soon to be vintage) T-shirt just for participating.
Further details about each of these opportunities will be forthcoming shortly. But at least this gives you something a little extra to look forward to this weekend.