£££ Txt Wnnr

By sizemore Last edited 166 months ago
£££ Txt Wnnr

When it comes to news sources we're quite happy to leave CNN to the Americans (because it's mostly adverts for golfing hotels in Dubai), Reuters to the broadsheets and rifling through dustbins to the tabloids. Here at Londonist we go to a trusted news source that has been doing its job ever since we were kids. NEWSROUND.

True, it's not the quite the same as when John Craven ruled over it with an iron hand and broad tie, but it's still the flagship of children's news. Catching our eye today was the victory of Craig Crosbie in some kind of fast texting competition that although held here in London we were completely oblivious of.

Craig's fast fingers netted him a cool £50,000 after it took him just 48 seconds to tap out the following message:

The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.

The Newsround site cleverly asks you to have a go yourself and is polling the results. The last time we looked a staggering 46% of those polled claimed to have beaten Craig which just goes to show that kids are all liars and should never ever be trusted.

Craig meanwhile is apparently going to spend "part of his winnings on a new phone". You'd think that'd leave quite a lot of the fifty grand untouched but some of those mobile contracts are murder. We predict that Craig's winnings, a mention on Newsround and fast fingering ability will make him a big hit with the ladies.

For the record we were still trying to send the text after five minutes because we still don't know how to spell pirah... pirana... killer fish.

Last Updated 23 March 2005