Improbable Island does a competition every month or so
(well, has done for the past two months anyway). Each month, the task of the viewers is to pervert the contest in some way, so that it turns into a competition of who can cheat in the most obvious and brazen manner. As there is no apparrent penalty for such cheating it is widely accepted that cheaters always prosper. It is worth noting that all entrants will be labelled CHEATING BASTARDS regardless of their relative innocence.
The bizarre thing is, this page doesn't actually contain any lies just yet. Truth is sometimes more ridiculous than fiction.
Here are the contests thus far:
Glory was a stat created by The Watcher which depended largely on how injured a contestant could get and still keep on fighting. Caveman Joe created the stat with a rough number in mind - 'If any player gets above about 900 million,' he thought, 'then I should probably keep a close eye on them.'
Due to a rip in the fabric of time and space, most contestants managed to cheat the Glory competition by going back and forth over the same square in the World Map, killing the same poor creature over and over again and amassing vast amounts of Glory. 1)
Rhiannon managed to cheat the most, gathering a thoroughly outrageous 227 BILLION Glory Points, and was awarded a favour from The Watcher. So far, the favour hasn't been carried out, as The Watcher is a lazy bitch sometimes.
After noticing how much cheating was going on, The Watcher publicly accused the entire Island of cheating. A grand total of six contestants protested this accusation, while the other sixteen-hundred-odd shuffled their feet and looked sheepish. 2)
The glory statistic has since been reset, and rather quickly, the Count of S-G gathered 4 billion points. He was passed up by JtPN with 6 billion. More recently, Count of S-G passed up JtPN again with 6 billion and a couple million more then JtPN's score. Are they cheating? The world may never know.
See the Entries and Read about the winners!
In early May, Caveman Joe thought it would be a good idea to ask the Islanders to dress up like Robots using tinfoil, pots and pans, cardboard boxes and such, and post pictures to the Enquirer, promising to install Geeklog's Media Gallery plugin over the next day or two. A mere two and a half weeks later the plugin was installed, and pictures started dribbling in. At the time of writing, nearly all of the pictures are PhotoShopped 3) or otherwise cheated on somehow, and one of them is a picture of a pirate 4), not a robot5).
So far, only two entries are actually acceptable: Kbman's and Truly's. Every other entry was either completely photoshopped, mostly photoshopped, not the actual contestant, or they forgot to hold a sign with their name on it.6)
We will see how this contest goes.7)
Truly won the contest, with KBMan as first runner up, and Plaigan as second runner up, with honorable mentions going to Haley, Cookie Crumbs and Snickerer.
A separate Tournament Server was set up, with some Severe Restrictions in place. Contestants were again asked to gather as much glory as possible within one month. By the end of the month, only a handful of contestants were left playing on the server, apparently because it was really hard. Twig won the contest, and the 10,000 Donor Point reward, with over three times the amount of glory as anyone else, making Twig, naturally, a cheating bastard.
Contestants were not required to use their main character's name, and so far we have not found out who Twig actually is.19)