America’s Next Top Texter

I’m the world’s slowest text messager. So I’m pretty darn impressed by the contestants who took part in LG’s third annual U.S. National Texting Championship on Tuesday. More than 250,000 applied, but only a very lucky 20 earned spots in the competition and got to show off their skills at texting blindfolded, texting while running an obstacle course, and (GASP!) texting without grammar and capitalization errors.

So who won? Kate Moore, a 15-year-old from Des Moines, Iowa, who sends about 14,000 texts per month—between 400 and 470 a day. (Geez, I hope her parents sprung for the unlimited texting package.) “Let your kid text during dinner! Let your kid text during school! It pays off,” she said, while cradling her trophy. She took home a ginormous $50,000 prize check. Let’s hope she doesn’t also take home texting thumb. [Yahoo News]

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