Wolfram|Alpha Deck the Halls with Facts and Knowledge Holiday Gift-Away

It has been a magical year here at Wolfram|Alpha, so to say thank you to our loyal community, and to spread a little holiday cheer, we’re kicking off the Wolfram|Alpha Deck the Halls with Facts and Knowledge Holiday Gift-Away

Beginning today, we’re gifting away highly sought after Wolfram|Alpha Spikey sculpture kits to the first 500 people to submit their favorite Wolfram|Alpha fun facts!

But the giving doesn’t end there! If you’re one of the first 500 winners, you can upload a fun photo of your Wolfram|Alpha Spikey to the contest’s photo gallery. And then ask your friends and social networks to vote for your entry every day from December 15, 2010 to January 3, 2011. (Be sure to let them know they can win Wolfram|Alpha T-shirts just for voting!)

The 25 entries with the highest vote totals can win a copy of Mathematica Professional (valued at $2495), an iPad (valued at $499), Wolfram mobile apps, T-shirts, laptop skins, and other gifts. And because the contest is limited to the first 500 people, your chance of winning is shiny and bright!

Wolfram|Alpha Spikey sculptures in action

So, what is a Wolfram|Alpha fun fact? A Wolfram|Alpha fun fact is a unique Wolfram|Alpha result that has some cultural or scientific significance, one which you’ve likely never stumbled upon anywhere else on the web. Here are a few sample submissions to get your wheels turning:

To get started, find a fun or interesting fact in Wolfram|Alpha, and then dash over to the Deck the Halls with Facts and Knowledge Holiday Gift-Away contest page to submit your entry today! Follow @Wolfram_Alpha on Twitter for contest updates and the official hashtag #holidayspikey for fun facts and photo ideas from fellow Wolfram|Alpha Holiday Gift-Away participants.

18 Comments

Yay! I’m gonna get a spikey! :D

Posted by Freddy December 1, 2010 at 4:26 pm Reply

Will make a fine paper weight. THX

Posted by V_Clapps December 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm Reply

Hooray for spikeys! What a treat

Posted by Erik December 1, 2010 at 5:32 pm Reply

Yeah,it said I am getting a spikey:)

Posted by Alex December 1, 2010 at 6:11 pm Reply

I can’t wait to get my spikey.Thanks Wolfram Alpha

Posted by Alex December 1, 2010 at 7:33 pm Reply

Yay! I’m gonna get a spikey!

Posted by Anit December 1, 2010 at 10:08 pm Reply

I’ve already submitted my fun fact!

The energy expenditure of a male of 83 kg bicycling at 15 mph for 23 miles is exactly the energy released by one kilogram of TNT! That is amazing, isn’t it? :D Time matters! :D

Posted by dieguico December 2, 2010 at 3:54 am Reply

“Participants, AGED 18 AND UP, are eligible to win a prize (“Prize”) after submitting a Wolfram|Alpha Fun Fact (defined below).” :(

Posted by Matt December 2, 2010 at 6:17 am Reply

Hurricane Isabel started sept 6 2003 and ended sept 20 2003

Posted by Carolyn Barnett December 2, 2010 at 12:10 pm Reply

HHHEEEHAAAW

my fact:
http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=wolframalpha

Self definging WolframAlpha on WolframAlpha Doesn’t that blow your mind!

Posted by RobM December 2, 2010 at 2:11 pm Reply

Just a classic one.
The answer to everything is 42.

Posted by Franz December 2, 2010 at 4:00 pm Reply

    If you look carefully at your new computer you will see it is made of cardboard.

    Posted by Brian Gilbert December 3, 2010 at 4:10 am Reply

There are about the same number of carbon atoms in a 7 carat diamond as stars in the observable universe!! (If only I could actually afford to “give her the universe” some day haha)

http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=atoms+7+carat+diamond
http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=stars+observable+universe

Also, here’s a helpful diamonds-to-universes Wolfram|Alpha widget I put together 8-)
http://developer.wolframalpha.com/widgets/gallery/view.jsp?id=2eeb0ca3f02a275d5179f3b6d9e86e7d&sms_ss=facebook&at_xt=4cf0868ec17fccae%2C0

Posted by udqbpn December 3, 2010 at 11:52 am Reply

‘An Error Has Occured’

It happens every time I\am trying to sign in. ;(
I wanna enter the contest!!

Posted by annafrompoland December 4, 2010 at 4:32 am Reply

    Hi Anna, Thank you for letting us know about the error. Please try your entry now. If you continue to experience this issue please contact us at holidayspikey@wolframalpha.com. We’re happy to help with your entry. Thank you.

    Posted by The Wolfram|Alpha Team December 4, 2010 at 4:52 pm Reply

I’ve tried to to participate, but was unable to submit my form, and now when I click on “Enter the contest”, an error ocurred: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9356056/wolfram.png

:((

Posted by Adam December 4, 2010 at 5:23 am Reply

    Hi Adam, Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Please try your submission now. If you continue to experience this issue, please contact us at holidayspikey@wolframalpha.com. We’re happy to help with your entry. Thank you.

    Posted by The Wolfram|Alpha Team December 4, 2010 at 4:50 pm Reply

A termite can live up to 25 years

Posted by Tien Yin December 5, 2010 at 4:58 pm Reply
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