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Cary Welcome to TWOW 12B. Artwork graciously provided by John Dubuc. Isn’t it wonderful?

Now, here’s some interesting stats. TWOW 12B marks the 26th TWOW video, which is also the same number of BFDI season one videos. Coolio! Also, I’m 7,000 days old today. Such a round number!

Back to actual TWOW matters. I’m bringing Meester Tweester back, after seeing evidence of their original PMs. By the way, these were Meester Tweester’s responses, even though they won’t be voted on. Sorry for all the inconveniences, MT. I’m hoping it won’t happen again.

Second, last time, I featured some_nerd (The Pi Guy)’s cool TWOW Spreadsheet. I just checked up on it, and wow, you guys have really pillaged—I mean, uh, contributed to the chat and suggestions page. Like, what’s going on with this map? Why is there so much cancer? And how are there 3,000 rows of this?! Is… is this artwork? And it looks like they’ve built some statues of TWOW gods. I guess, xXBombs_ AwayXx, some_nerd (The Pi Guy), GreenTree, and Riley have been deified. You four can now cross that off your bucket list. I will admit, I was impressed by this musical notation of the TWOW elimination song that I found in the so-called… “Image Gallery.”

[“Childhood Memories of Winter” plays]
Cary Although, it’s not really my music. The piece is “Childhood Memories of Winter” from music4yourvids.co.uk.

But let’s get back on track. This is TWOW 12B, and the 12th TWOW prompt was “Jade was climbing a tree in her backyard for fun. She began to feel lonely, so she went to Ruby’s house to invite her to climb trees together. Ruby agreed and followed Jade back to Jade’s backyard, but upon arriving, Jade instantly knew they would not be climbing trees together. Why?” Not counting Meester Tweester, 26 TWOWers submitted 28 responses to that prompt. Out of those 26 TWOWers, the top 21 will survive and the bottom 5 will die. The top 3 will get a double-response prize for TWOW 13.

In the last episode, 417 voters cast… 19,136 votes. Okay, I really shouldn’t have brought attention to ComputerCat for submitting 564 votes last time. Because this time, about a dozen voters cast over 100 votes each! You stupid little… uh… shiny cowards! (That’s a new insult now, TWOW Certified!) You do remember that you don’t get any additional voting power by doing that, right? I did think about removing votes that were exactly identical, but I was kinda lazy, and also, some people, like ComputerCat, submitted tons of ever-so-slightly different votes. Whatever, vote count is a near-meaningless metric anyway.

So, which of the 26 remaining TWOWers of TWOW 12 responded to the prompt the best? Before I answer that question, I want to point out that there are only four living TWOWers that haven’t top-10ed yet: GreenTree, Joseph Howard, Ean EStone, and Jennings AsYetUntitled. And guess what; one of underdogs actually won TWOW 12! They won with a percentile of 66.30%. Who was it? Well, it’s… Joseph Howard, who said, “Climbing was now illegal, according to the tree’s executive branch.” Congratulations, Joseph! You’re our 12th round winner! In your response, Ruby and Jade seem to be law-abiding citizens; good for them. Also, you used a pun, marking the second episode in a row where a pun found its way to the top spot.

I wonder, how many of the top 10 used puns this time? Pun, pun, pun, pun, pun, pun, pun, pun, pun. Thank you so much for being unique, TheMightyMidge. I like your unexpected turn of events, but it looks like some other voters did not. Your response was the most controversial of all the TWOW 12 entries. The Futech Hacker, you scored two major achievements this time around. First off, you’re the first TWOWer ever to get both entries into the top 10! Secondly, that third-place percentile, 58.50%, is the lowest percentile ever to still award a prize! But The Futech Hacker, your responses were a bit unoriginal. “The root of the problem” was a phrase shared with alexlion0511, and replacing “leave” with “leaf” was a strategy shared by Crafty7. Though, I have to say, Crafty7, you were the only one to use an actual species of tree in your response! Wait, family, not species. Sam Billinge, good job on fitting two puns in one word — something Spicyman33 was able to do in TWOW 5. Ping Pong Cup Shots, you made it seem like Ruby faints super easily, but I guess, what do you expect when her composure isn’t rock-solid? And finally, we find two TWOW gods placing back-to-back: Riley, whose rhyme was astoundingly long, and GreenTree, whose name would indicate they’re perfect for this prompt!

So, this was technically only the top 9; thank The Futech Hacker for that. But that means 17 TWOWers have not been declared safe yet, and only 12 safe spots remain. Which TWOWers will be able to reach for the next highest branch, and which ones will lose their footing on the very highest branch of Hyperion, the largest tree in the world, and fall over 100 meters to their TWOW deaths? Let’s find out.

[The eliminated contestants are revealed in the classic format.]
Cary Goodbye to rinkrat02, Ean EStone, beanme100, former BAGUETTEr THATcommenter, and FlareonTheFlareon. Over the last 24 TWOW videos, we’ve gotten to know you so well. That’s why it’s so hard for us to accept the fact that, like Jade or Ruby, who might not exist according to TheMightyMidge, you five TWOWers won’t be able to climb any higher up the TWOW tree. Rest in peace.

I updated the TWOW normal distribution curves again, and got this. Due to placing at the second-to-last safe spot, Tak Ajnin lost 16 points to now have a 28% chance of winning TWOW, and for the first time, every person has a noticable chance of winning TWOW, with Jennings AsYetUntitled finally registering with 0.01%!

To summarize, here’s who’s still in and who’s eliminated. If you’re eliminated, you won’t be able to send me any more responses for upcoming TWOW season 1 prompts.

Okay, onto TWOW 13, which will be unlucky for about four of you. Remaining 22 TWOWers, the 13th TWOW prompt is: “Try to sound as intellegent as possible while mispelling every word.” There’s a lot open for interpretation here; what does “intellegent” mean? what actually counts as mispelling a word? and so on, so have fun with it! Submit your responses via YouTube PM to me, carykh, by May 20, 2016, at 10p.m. UTC. Joseph Howard, Sam Billinge, and The Futech Hacker, you get to submit two entries to this prompt, and only the better one will count. Voting on these responses will commence in TWOW 13A. See you then!