News in Pictures, September 22 - 28
10 entries - contest ended 9/29/2014

Create images of something that happened in the news during September 22 - 28, 2014.
The submission span for this weekly "News in pictures" contest are open for the whole 7 days - Monday through Sunday, followed by a day for voting (next Monday). Now you can chop and submit news as soon as it happens, without waiting for a weekend.
News in Pictures contest now has double jackpots: 1st place: $10, 2nd place: $6, 3rd place: $4, 4th place: $2.
In the Creator's Comments, it is mandatory to link to a news story. You should use this format to make a link: [URL=""] news title[/URL]
Keep the BLACK as is, replace GREEN with the link, and replace the RED with the news story title.
( Themepost image credit: Associated Press )

National Beers
12 entries - contest ended 9/28/2014

Every fall, masses of revelers descend on Munich to celebrate Oktoberfest with Bavarian culture and mainline beer. Happily, local German pubs are bringing Oktoberfest to most big cities in the world with brews and sausages galore minus the overcrowded tents and epic bathroom waits. This year's festival began on Saturday, Sept. 20 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 5, adding up to over two weeks of buzz-worthy specials, contests and prizes.
To celebrate Oktoberfest at Freaking News, create beer brands specific to some countries, their cultures or political parties. Many thanks to LunaC for the themepost.

Facebook Carrot Meme
14 entries - contest ended 9/27/2014

You probably noticed a growing trend on facebook where quite a few people would post this as their status: "I know nobody will see my status but sometimes I like to dig a hole in my backyard, stand in the hole, and pretend Im a carrot." Sometimes they put variations of other vegetables instead of a carrot. Some facebook groups and people get so sick of such trashing of everyone's newsfeed that they demand that others stop posting this. We did some research and see that this meme is actually quite old and dates back to 2007, but is gaining momentum on facebook only now. Apparently it turned into some kind of facebook game where everyone who responds to this status should receive a PM from a poster. Some people say it's about breast cancer awareness, but we hardly see the connection here. Can anyone shed some light on what this game is about?
Photoshop anyone in a hole in his backyard pretending to be a carrot.

South Park Movies
22 entries - contest ended 9/26/2014

The long-awaited season 18 of South Park premiers this Wednesday, September 24. Comedy Central released a promo for the season's first episode featuring the Washington Redskins name debate. In 2011 Trey Parker inked a contract with Comedy Central to run South Park through season 20 in 2016. We hope the contract will be renewed for many years to come!
To celebrate the opening of season 18, take any movie and turn it into a South Park movie (by giving it a South Park theme, changing the main characters for the South Park characters, etc.). Many thanks to Burntfaery for the themepost.

Peace Day
14 entries - contest ended 9/25/2014

This Sunday the world celebrates the International Day of Peace (a.k.a. Peace Day). Established in 1981 and celebrated annually on September 21, the International Day of Peace calls for a full day of peace and ceasefire through the world.
Photoshop anything peace related. Some examples may include - showing some parties / people / animals / or things that don't normally mix making peace with each other; photoshopping peace signs some way, peace doves, or any other symbols of peace, etc. Many thanks to hidreley for the themepost.

Freak Show
18 entries - contest ended 9/24/2014

It's the Freak Show time of the week... Get your whips ready and get the freaking circus started! In this contest you can photoshop and exhibit anything you wish (standard site rules still apply). This is basically a weekly exhibition of your creative works with no "contest restrictions". Many thanks to williambanzai7 for the themepost.

Soccer Players
14 entries - contest ended 9/23/2014

Soccer is getting more popular around the world these days. Practically everyone we know watched 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil two months ago. With the rising soccer popularity comes the bigger TV audience, higher game ticket sales, and the popular soccer teams and players are making way more than just 2-3 years ago. Top soccer coaches are often paid more than their colleagues in hockey or basketball. Even Russia (whose team is ranked just the 13th in the world) signed Italian coach Fabio Capello (who is not even in the list of top world coaches) for $85 million to be paid over the next 5 years. In comparison, Spanish club Real Madrid signed footballer Cristiano Ronaldo for $150 million a year.
Photoshop this photo of soccer players any way you wish.

Renaissance Got Swag
0 entries - contest started 9/29/2014 8:00:00 AM

"Swag" is one of the most commonly used slang words these days. If your friends tell you "You got swag!" it means they are complementing you on the way you dress, look, and present yourself. The origins of the word go back to the 18th century Australia where criminals called "swag" any stolen goods or money. Sailors brought the word to Scotland where it got its second meaning as a verb - to walk with style in swaying motion (with stolen goods or money) - this is when somebody would tell you "You got swag!". Eventually when the word reached the ghetto subcultures of the United States it was transformed to simply mean "the way one presents oneself", and "you got swag" meaning "you've got style". Note that swag does not refer to any particular style - it can be any anything from formal to punk to hipster to ghetto style with low jeans showing underwear, baseball hats worn sideways, jewel-encrusted sunglasses, and heavy golden chains. Often "you got swag" is used ironically for any ridiculous personal style that looks awkward and does not fit any subcultures.
Take any old paintings and give the characters some new style with modern clothes, hats, chains, sunglasses, shoes, etc so we can compliment them "You got swag!". We use the word "Renaissance" to refer to the old paintings, but they can be also taken from any other historic periods.

Hanging a Goya Painting
20 entries - contest started 9/28/2014 8:00:00 AM

If you are near Boston in the coming weeks, we advise you to visit the wonderful exhibition of Francisco Goya art in the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA). The exhibition features more than 160 of Goya's most significant paintings collected from different museums all over the world. While 60 of those paintings are on permanent display in the MFA, the other 120 Goya works have never been shown together before. The paintings on loan from other galleries are handled with extra care so that they are not damaged during the transportation and exhibition.
Photoshop this photo of two museum employees hanging a Goya painting (The Duchess of Alba) any way you wish.

Freak Show
18 entries - contest started 9/27/2014 8:00:00 AM

It's the Freak Show time of the week... Get your whips ready and get the freaking circus started! In this contest you can photoshop and exhibit anything you wish (standard site rules still apply). This is basically a weekly exhibition of your creative works with no "contest restrictions". Many thanks to AZRainmain for the themepost.

Michael Douglas
21 entries - contest started 9/25/2014 8:00:00 AM

American actor and producer Michael Douglas celebrates his 70th birthday today. He has been acting for 48 years, ever since he debuted with his father Kirk Douglas in "Cast a Giant Shadow" (1966). Michael holds two academy awards - as Best Actor for his role as Gordon Gekko in "Wall Street" (1987), and as producer for Best Picture "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975). Douglas is a cancer survivor. He said his strong genes helped him beat the cancer - his parents, Kirk Douglas and Diana Dill, are well in their 90s. Happy Birthday, Michael - here's to many great roles ahead!
To mark the 70th birthday of Michael Douglas, photoshop him any way you wish. Through his career of almost half a century, he turned down hundreds of offers, so one of the possible ideas is to put him into movies where he might (or might not) have played.

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Ostrich Having a Ball
8 entries - apprentice contest ended 9/2/2014