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TheWheelYLT: A Twitter-Fueled Wheelspin For A Pair Of Tickets



As many of you have read, Yo La Tengo is embarking on a tour where the band will go into each night putting the fate of the evening's setlist in the hands of a lucky wheel spinner.

To take the wheel concept into 2011 online contest mode, the band has posted a mesmerizing spinning contest wheel on their site - http://yolatengo.com/thewheelylt/.

Winning two free concerts tickets via the wheel is simple:

1.  Follow (or be a follower already of) Yo La Tengo on Twitter (www.twitter.com/therealYLT).

2.  Every day between 12 pm EST and 1 pm EST the wheel will land on one lucky Twitter follower.

3.  That winning Twitter follower will win two free tickets to the following day's show near their hometown (travel to show is not included).

The wheel will claim the first winner tomorrow (Wednesday) for the Philly show.

(Note:  To allay any travel concerns, somehow they have figured out how to select only followers near an upcoming show.)

Additionally, every night the band will be webcasting the wheel spin live on the home page of YoLaTengo.com.

A full rundown of dates and where you can buy tickets - should the wheel let you down - are on the band's site.
Obligatory legaleze:

1.  Must be over 18 to win

2.  Travel to and from show not included in prize

3.  No purchase necessary

Mr. Butler's wet grinder



This is one of the best infomercials I've ever seen. Stick with it - their product range is wide and deep.

(Also, you now all know what to get me for Christmas.)

If you liked that one, you might also enjoy the commercial below for a tilting wet grinder (industrial size). I mainly found it interesting for the insanely weird background music.

Bert Parks sings Wings Let 'Em In

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