More than 150 of you clever Fake Adders–154, to be exact–correctly identified the Fake Ad for Beta Vulgaris Extract on page 92 of the December Observer.
Many of you pointed out that Beta Vulgaris is the scientific name for the sugar beet, so its crystallized extract would be good old-fashioned sugar. “Beetroot extract is indeed suggested to reduce stress,” wrote David Cook. “Whether it would add muscle and endurance is another matter. Think I’ll wait for more studies on the effects of BVE.”
“Too bad it isn’t real!” wrote Liz Downs. “‘It’s all natural, too, so I know it’s good for me!’ Hilarious. Thanks for the laugh.”
The entries also included at least one first-time contestant. “Wow, I can’t believe I spotted it this time,” wrote Karen Lin. “This is the first time ever I’ve actually been able to find it! I probably noticed it because I could use a jolt of energy!”
Our winner was Kathy Rich. She’s taking her gift certificate to Spun.
To enter this month’s contest, find the fake ad in the January issue and follow the instructions in the box at the bottom of the Back Page. The fake ad always contains the name of last month’s winner in some form.