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2001 Valentine Slam Winners

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Thanks to everyone who submitted a couplet to this year's Valentine Slam! In just two weeks we received over 600 submissions and accepted nearly 300 for publication on the site.

People's choice awards

We developed a randomized voting booth to collect data on which couplets our users like best and used this data to rank the submissions by popularity. Based on this popularity data (as of midnight EST on Valentine's Day), the following six poems are the first six winners of the 2001 Valentine Slam. This will be updated with author names later today.

I would go to the ends of the earth,
To kick the tramp who gave you birth.

39 wins, 16 losses.
In the card game of life we are a pair
But I'd rather be playing solitaire.

47 wins, 20 losses.
Submitted by Lori L. Gordon of British Columbia, Canada.

I'll stay with you no matter what
But man, oh man, your sister's hot!

49 wins, 21 losses.
Submitted by Paul Hehn of Portland, Oregon, USA.
My love for you is like a rose
One that's dead and never grows

53 wins, 23 losses.
Submitted by Paul Hehn of Portland, Oregon, USA.

You've brought such joy into my life,
My friend, I'm sleeping with your wife.

16 wins, 7 losses.
A greater love we'll never find
the gym should fix your fat behind

41 wins, 18 losses.
Submitted by Michael Witbrock of Newton, Massachussetts, USA.

Judges' choice awards

There were a number of entries that we felt were exceptionally funny but didn't make it into the top six. Here are four couplets whose authors will also win magnet sets:

Your lips and mine, one and the same.
But before we kiss, remind me your name.

My love is like the morning dew
I stay the night, then spit on you.

My love for you words can't express...
Well, maybe "angst", or "dreadfulness".

Submitted by John Bariou of San Antonio, Texas, USA.
I long to see your lovely face
down in the mud you big disgrace

Submitted by Justin

Please note that there were dozens of others that were hysterically funny and at least as deserving of the space above. Read all of the accepted submissions for more.


What did we learn from the 2001 contest? We found that a couplet is likely to fare well in the voting arena if it has the following properties:

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