Monday, April 23, 2007

Teen Proves Whippersnappers Are Better at Newfangled Technowhatsits

Brian
Thirteen-year-old Morgan Pozgar of Claysburg, Pennsylvania, became the national text-messaging champion this weekend, taking home $25,000 and a ridiculous claim to fame for her college applications:
In the end, 13-year-old Morgan Pozgar faced off against Michael "Cheeser" Nguyen in the east coast final, with Pozgar slipping past her challenger to face west coast champion [Eli] Tirosh, a law student from Los Angeles.

"I just wasn't fast enough," said Nguyen, a 23-year-old engineer from Pennsylvania. Asked how it felt to take second place, he was clearly disappointed: "I just got beaten by a teenage girl, but you know."

Tirosh, who said she practiced with her friend and trainer Amy, who threw out random words or symbols and even motivational Buddhist quotes, admitted to feeling a certain pressure due to the home side advantage.

Wearing a satin boxing robe before her championship bout against Pozgar, she said success would come down to who could marry lightning speed and accuracy.

"It's all about the thumbwork," she said. "It's about balance." She said she owed her success to relaxation and deep breathing.

So dedicated is she to the art of the text message that Tirosh apparently unwittingly uses abbreviations such as BTW (by the way), TTYL (talk to you later) and LOL (laughing out loud) in her normal speech.
Link (via Neatorama). The winning message is of course common among texting teenagers: the lyrics to "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." It's kind of absurd that they treat this as if it were as big a deal as the ever-important Wing Bowl.

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