Teen Wins $50,000... For TEXTING

Well, it looks like for the second year in a row, Austin Wierschke, has taken home the big prize at the LG U.S. National Texting Competition. I know what you're thinking...THERE'S A FRIGGIN' TEXTING COMPETITION!?!?! Yup. And you can win big money. With the added bonus of saying to your parents "SEE?? I told you it wasn't a waste of my time!"   

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So what is the secret to Austin's success? He claims to have "abnormally fast thumbs".  Fellow competitor Kelly Barracato verified this fact, saying that she noticed during the press tour that "his thumbs were flying." That's called science, folks. The competition tested three skills--speed, accuracy and dexterity. Challenges included a text speak quiz, texting backwards and texting blind-folded. I think they should have a 'macking on a girl while texting and getting away with it' test. Now that would be a BOSS challenge!

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In preparation for the competition Austin says he sends approximately 500 texts a day. I guess that explains why he can text 149 characters in 39 seconds with no spelling or punctuation errors, a practically Olympian feat! But much less admirable. I think Austin has a career in texting! Is there such a thing? Maybe some Tony Robbins-like motivational speaking thing? Actually I'd rather get this guy's texting advice:

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So yay Austin! You won 50 grand and that is for sure a text win. But since I'm not getting any of that money, I have to say I still prefer text fails. They're funny.

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What do you think? Could you win? Let me know @desijedeikin or in the comments below!

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