“Gibberish or Not”

Divisions I, II, III & IV

  1. September 30, 2019
    Human Characters:
    Required human characters must be presented as being common human beings. That is, they may not be humans who are no longer alive; are creatures that are partially human; which have some human characteristics; or have special powers, etc.. The human characters may be portrayed in any way the team wishes. 
  2. October 8, 2019
    Page 48 of the Program Guide, Assigned Value Items: Number (7) 3-D Printed Items shows .50 cents per hour of printing time. This is a misprint. The assigned value of the cost of 3-D printed items is 50 cents per hour or $0.50 (US).
  3. November 5, 2019
    B7 – The three gibberish statements: Idioms or other phrases with previously-existing meanings will not be considered gibberish statements. For example, if the Gibberish Character were to say, “They’re pulling your leg” when someone is being dishonest, that is not gibberish. Gibberish is recognizable language and words put together in a way where they make no sense/have no useful meaning.
  4. November 5, 2019
    B11c – The original song: All or parts of both the music and lyrics must be original to be eligible for score.
  5. December 4, 2019
    Program Guide p37 (reminder) – Program Rules (8): 
    Nudity, profanity, vulgarity, violent acts, and ethnic/racial slurs are not permitted. This includes the inappropriate use of potentially offensive words or actions. Teams may simulate violent acts during a performance only. Judges have discretion to determine additional situations, portrayals, or behaviors that may be deemed inappropriate for an Odyssey of the Mind performance and they may issue an Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty, as detailed on p44 of the Program Guide. If the prohibited behavior or portrayal is recurrent, judges may stop a team’s performance.
  6. February 11, 2020
    B10b – Statements making the Masses happy: The Masses must visually and/or audibly indicate that the gibberish statements make them feel happy after the meaning of each of the three gibberish statement is revealed. If they only indicate they are happy after only one or two statements, teams will receive a score of zero for D7b.

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