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!

**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:

- There are 10.3 trillion stars for each human on the planet »
- $3.95 was the price of Apple’s stock on the day Mark Zuckerberg

was born » - Calories in 1 short ton of fruitcake = 2.9×10^6 »
- Riding a sleigh around the Earth in a single day would require the sleigh to travel at 1,037 miles per hour »
- “Snowmen” has a Scrabble score of 12. FTW! »

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.

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

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

Hurricane Isabel started sept 6 2003 and ended sept 20 2003

HHHEEEHAAAW

my fact:

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

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

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

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

‘An Error Has Occured’

It happens every time I\am trying to sign in. ;(

I wanna enter the contest!!

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.

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

:((

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.