Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Slog Contest: Explain Why Site Says Carrot Top's Worth $70M

I don't much like puzzly puzzles. Crosswords, sudokus, etc., do nothing for me. But I can't resist real-life puzzles. Like this one. Sorry to have inflicted that photo on you, but read beneath it. Carrot Top is worth $70 Million? Whoseewhuwaitahuhwuhwhat??

If the dude's got that sort of cash, it sure ain't from comedy. Those AT&T commercials paid well, but that's no $70M gig. So I ran over to Wikipedia to see if he's the heir to some fortune or other. But no, Scott Thompson (snicker) doesn't appear to come from extravagant wealth.

But wait a minute. The site itself is sort of weirdly bland. There's no accounting for how these figures are ascertained; just the number, boom. On the other hand, most of the other listings (
Elijah Wood = $20 Million) seem vaguely plausible, so it's not completely random.

It took a minute, but I've got it. Can you figure out what's going on? Post your guess in the comments, and I'll reveal the answer on Friday. First correct response wins a genuine vintage Chowhound Passport!


Seth Godin said...

The Chowhound Passport in my wallet has finally given up, with the outer wrapper dissolved.

So I just smile and point a lot.

I spent half an hour researching this one, Jim, just so I could win a new one. The SEO shenanigans these guys play are amazing, with a lot of copying and one upping and abridging.

But no, I don't have an insightful truthy answer.

Jim Leff said...

Heh. I stumped Godin.

Any other visionary geniuses wanna concede defeat?

Barry said...

Neither visionary nor genius, but I see okay if I'm wearing my glasses. ;-)

Stray thought: A lot of countries besides the US use a currency called a "dollar" (and the traditional symbol for it), and this could be a "dollar" with a very different value.

Yeah, I got nothin'.

Wayne said...

Long term Vegas contract, "Carrot Top" character licensing deals, and he is Gene Simmons' bitch.

Jim Leff said...

Hint. Think less about Carrot Top and more about the site.

Bigger hint: he's not worth $70M.

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