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The one millionth comment countdown: So you want to know about prizes?


Comments are coming in at breakneck speed, especially since we put counters on our sites Monday.

In fact, look at the graph below, which shows total comments per day since Sept. 1. You can see just how many more comments we've been getting since the start of our Millionth Comment Countdown on Sept. 16.


All that leads me to believe everyone is in a hurry to get those "possibly fabulous prizes" just as quickly as possible. Well, the time has come for me to make plain what we'll be offering our user who correctly predicts when the 1,000,000th comment is posted.

Drumroll, please.

From LJWorld.com: A megaphone, so you have a little bit of help in getting your message across
From KUsports.com: Two tickets to the Nov. 14 KU-NU game.
From lawrence.com: Two concert tickets to a local concert that fits you. (Ben Folds has been mentioned as possible...)
From The World Company in general: Dinner with members of the staffs in Lawrence. A tour of the News Center. Various mugs, pens, T-shirts and other World Company schwag. If the winner isn't in the Topeka-Lawrence-Kansas City area, we may substitute the local dinner for a gift certificate.

That's it for now. We'd also like to give some public recognition to both the person who wins the contest as well as the individual who posts comment 1,000,000.

As of noon on Tuesday, we're just a few comments away from punching through 997,000. It won't be long now.


Jonathan Kealing 8 years ago

Iristh-- We won't know a winner until we actually get the 1,000,000th comment, probably sometime on Thursday or Friday.

Jonathan Kealing Online editor

trinity 8 years ago

i dunno but boy the pens and mugs sound awesome! :)

Ronda Miller 8 years ago

"dinner with member of the staff"...I think you should include a hungry blogger or two who helped make this all possible.

Me? No, seriously, you can't really be asking me....Well, now that you mention it I don't have plans for 'that' evening.......let me check my schedule with tange........

Chrissy Neibarger 8 years ago

I'm pretty impressed that they are actually giving away prizes!

ksjayhawk74 8 years ago

What if the millionth comment is some outrageously offensive statement?

RoeDapple 8 years ago

Can I get fries with that?...........

Ronda Miller 8 years ago

So, Jonathan, go ahead and answer the question already...who is the winner?

How about a blog predicting the winner! Let's let Irish announce it though......

flamingoroad 8 years ago

It would be awesome to win the KU-NU tickets!!

vwelch 8 years ago

I would love to be the winner!

supernik 8 years ago

so, how do we compete? i wanna play!!! can i can i?

Ricky_Vaughn 8 years ago

What the hell is the average person going to do with a megaphone (without getting in trouble)?

JimmyJoeBob 8 years ago

Good prizes except for dinner with the staff

JimmyJoeBob 8 years ago

Can the locals get the gift certificate also

supernik 8 years ago

ok so disregard my comments - i checked the history, I'm too late! darn the luck!

trinity 8 years ago

so who got it? lol-i have my suspicions.

trinity 8 years ago

ok never mind that post that said "i'm too late" i took to mean that it'd been decided.

love your post satirical. :)

Kent Shrack 8 years ago

I hope I am Close, This is SO exciting

d_prowess 8 years ago

I love the dinner with various staff! It's like you guys get a prize too by having a free dinner.

Stebbins 8 years ago

This is great. We're commenting on a story about commenting. And the winner may have to sacrifice anonymity to claim the prize. Ha.

bankboy119 8 years ago

If I win I may have to make a new ID then haha. Good point Stebbins.

But if Marion wins he won't have to.

Mel Briscoe 8 years ago

i honestly don't understand the contest... so whoever GUESSES when the last post will happen and/or who will make the last post wins??

Mel Briscoe 8 years ago

i would love the football tickets-- my son would go ape sh*t if i told him we were going to that game!

mom_of_three 8 years ago

Cool prices. I use my ljworld mug all the time.
The won I won about the great saying.

Jonathan Kealing 8 years ago


If you'll read back to previous blog entries, you'll see that the winner of the prizes is the person who guesses when comment 1,000,000 is posted. We will, however, give some recognition to the person who posts comment 1,000,000.

Jonathan Kealing Online editor

Julie Jacob 8 years ago

Jonathan says "the winner of the prizes is the person who guesses when comment 1,000,000 is posted. We will, however, give some recognition to the person who posts comment 1,000,000"

Can I get $5 if they are the same person? :)

Mel Briscoe 8 years ago

okay, so my guess is this thursday at 3:58 pm. is that the way i'm supposed to do it?

Mel Briscoe 8 years ago

i doubt i'll be the 1 millionth poster but i would really like those tickets. big cheesy grin

Mel Briscoe 8 years ago

i've always liked that song. :)

i missed the boat... maybe i'll happen upon some KU football tickets someway somehow anyway. sigh pitiful puppydog look big alligator tears rolling down my face sobbing uncontrollably so distraught i'm vomiting

Satirical 8 years ago

Sign me up Multi

My anonymity comes with a price, and that price is free food from FreeState.

KSGraphicsguy 8 years ago

<--------- My second post

When did this become a contest?

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 8 years ago

OK, so now that we know the penalties, what are the prizes?

unelectable 8 years ago

J.K. writes "From The World Company in general: Dinner with members of the staffs in Lawrence. A tour of the News Center. Various mugs, pens, T-shirts and other World Company schwag."

Correct me if i'm wrong (i'm sure someone on here will) but aren't items with company logos giving out to increase awareness of the company referred to as "swag" not "schwag?"

Last i checked schwag was something you got in a baggie.

jonas_opines 8 years ago

I went back to check the number of my earliest comment. On the old profile, turns out it was number 22,134 or something close to that.


tangential_reasoners_anonymous 8 years ago

Ah... and I remember when it was about quality....


OldEnuf2BYurDad 8 years ago


I picked a time that has passed. Can I pick another one, or am I screwed?

angel4dennis 8 years ago

I love contests and think the prizes are just great. It would be neat to have dinner with the staff. I comment on here but have never met any of the staff. I am still in the running!

jaywalker 8 years ago

Looks like a Wednesday winner......

bearded_gnome 8 years ago

Multi, that 10pm post was a winner! LMAO, and the artwork was the robotman! he was in front of a vacant storefront downtown, by a freshly increased parking meter.

well, now I'm just hoping for mass disqualifications due to unsportsmanlike conduct. you see, my official guess passed slightly more than 26 hours ago...thought there's be more of a rush at the close of the contest... d---d humans, who can predict 'em.

Jonathan, the megaphone is hilarious! great concept.
Dinner with members of the staffs in Lawrence.

---okay, is this a McDinner, or at Paisano's? or, maybe its a brownbag at the ljworld compound?

anyway, thanks for making this a contest, great concept.

jonas_opines 8 years ago

tangential_reasoners_anonymous (Anonymous) says…

"Ah… and I remember when it was about quality…."

Funny. . . . I don't remember any time like that.

SpiritTat 8 years ago

Yay for prizes ~ and what a clever plan to boot readership: way to go and all in good fun.


SpiritTat 8 years ago

That should have said "booSt" readership... :)

Sigmund 8 years ago

lristh1230 (Anonymous) says… "So who is the winner???????????"

We're all winners, everyone gets a trophy just for participation! Still I understand your confusion as the headline reads, "The one millionth comment countdown: So you want to know about prizes?" even though the count is obviously going up (998,991, 998,992, 998,993...) and not down (10, 9, 8, 7...). The LJW has never awarded prizes based upon accuracy of their reporting.

remember_username 8 years ago

Okay everybody - somewhere around post 999,950 everybody just stop posting for a while. You can just see Jonathan Kealing sitting in front of his computer watching the post count tic off and then...nothing. Watching...watching...still nothing.

Somehow that just seems funny to me.

blindrabbit 8 years ago

To speed things up; the LJW should run some more stories about KU inter-sport fighting; and anything else that will give some of the right-wingers, or religious nuts a chance to blame Obama... Tom, Bozo, Pilgrim, Right-winger and many others will gladly respond.

jcnovacek 8 years ago

So has 1Million been submitted yet?

MKrics 8 years ago

Hmm, that's a tough decision who to root for... KU or NU. Beak 'em Hawks!

Mel Briscoe 8 years ago

sigmund... you're full of it, brotha man.

RoeDapple 8 years ago

Tonight's... . . .the... . . . Night.....

Alexander Neighbors 8 years ago

I think a dinner with the owners of the Journal World company and reporters would be awesome !

Sigmund 8 years ago

honeychild (Mel Briscoe) says… "sigmund… you're full of it, brotha man."

OK, there are no trophies for participation. So besides the one winner all the rest are losers. BTW you have confused me with a relative, I am not your "brotha."

iplaysupernintendo 8 years ago

Whoooo! I want an LJ WORLD coffee mug!

David Lignell 8 years ago

Come on, Roe, Ronda, Shula, Multi....only about 800 comments to go. Surely you can do that amount in one sitting. (And please, don't call me "Shirley")

Boosh 8 years ago

You can tell me. I'm a doctor

Boosh 8 years ago

Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.

Boosh 8 years ago

Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking.

webmocker 8 years ago

At this rate, the millionth comment will arrive long before the basketball and football team learn to play together nicely.

Boosh 8 years ago

Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking

Boosh 8 years ago

Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit amphetamines

Boosh 8 years ago

The last thing he said to me, "Doc," he said, "some time when the crew is up against it, and the breaks are beating the boys, tell them to get out there and give it all they got and win just one for the Zipper. I don't know where I'll be then, Doc," he said, "but I won't smell too good, that's for sure."

Boosh 8 years ago

Shanna, they bought their tickets, they knew what they were getting into. I say, let 'em crash.

jonas_opines 8 years ago

Dammit, it's going Way too fast today. Y'all need to hold off for tomorrow at 3:00!

RoeDapple 8 years ago

New guess....

5:11AM 09/24/2009 / 1 millionth post

Too late to change my original guess?


Socratic 8 years ago

Is there a no-prize for comment no. 1 million ?

ivalueamerica 8 years ago

Are those who do not live in Lawrence eligable?

maxcrabb 8 years ago

It's close! I can't wait to see a graph on tonight alone...

alm77 8 years ago

Looks like we'll be waking up to comment 1,000,000. Good night all!!

alm77 8 years ago

These numbers are going up FAST!! :D I'm staying up just for this.

Kris Craven 8 years ago

does the millionth post get a prize?

alm77 8 years ago

So who did it?? I see that we've passed it. Where is 1,000,000? The front page counter is a lil behind.

riverdrifter 8 years ago

I second Multi's 1134pm!

We can sleep peacefully now.

ivalueamerica 8 years ago

Multidisciplinary (Anonymous) says… I don't care WHO got it..marion DIDN'T!

Amen Brother, Amen.

And congrats! Jayhawk1952

twinetowngirl 8 years ago

It will all come out tomorrow...the FB/BB boys played a prank to get us all commenting...they were just helping out!!

riverdrifter 8 years ago

Er, didn't mean thet literally, Multi....

Jonathan Kealing 8 years ago

Thanks to everyone who commented. Got a wrap on the whole thing posted over here:

Jonathan Kealing Online editor

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