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Wisconsin Boy, 17, is Declared Fastest Texter in U.S. After Faceoff in Times Square (AP)
Seventeen-year-old Austin Wierschke, who says he has “abnormally fast thumbs,” has been named the fastest texter in America for the second year in a row. He gets $50,000 in prize money, which he says he’ll save and use to pay for college, along with the $50,000 he won last year. CNET The competition, which takes place in New York’s Times Square, tests texters on three skills: speed, accuracy and dexterity. The thumb athletes must text blindfolded, know “text speak,” be able to copy phrases quickly and text jumbled words. Los Angeles Times Eleven contestants had to make it through eight grueling rounds of challenges. The gripping play-by-play of the contest, which was sponsored by cellphone maker LG Electronics, was listed on the LG Texter Facebook page. Daily Mail Wierschke sent 500 texts a day to friends to prepare for the challenge and plans to hold on to his title. “I’ll see you next year … bring it on,” he said. New York Daily News Kent Augustine, a 16-year-old Queens, N.Y., boy, blew home field advantage but still walkged away in second place with a cool $10,000. “I think that I had a huge advantage because I’d been here before,” Augustine said. continued…
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