The winner of last month’s Fake Ad contest is a perfect reminder that if at first you don’t succeed, keep trying. Cynthia Radcliffe’s entry was chosen from the 187 entries we received correctly identifying the Fake Ad for Kenzawac Kishka on page 75 of the February issue. “How exciting to finally win!” Radcliffe wrote. “I’ve been reading the Ann Arbor Observer and entering the Fake Ad off and on for 25 years! Hooray!”
The ad, which announced the closing of Stan and Zadie Kenzawac’s kishka emporium, tugged on the heartstrings of Polish and Jewish kishka eaters, and polka fans. “My favorite polka as a child was Who Stole the Keeshka by Frankie Yankovic,” wrote Chris Robertson-Primeau.
“I know who stole the kishka!” wrote U-M Polish history prof Brian Porter-Szucs. “Here’s some trivia: The Yiddish terms comes from the Polish kaszanaka, which is a sausage made from buckwheat (kasza) and all the parts of the pig that would otherwise be thrown out (blood, skin, organs). To be honest, it’s … an acquired taste. In the Polish version, it’s also about as un-kosher as you can get! In the Jewish version, the pork is replaced by beef.”
Oh, the things you can learn from our little contest. Just imagine the knowledge Radcliffe has picked up in her twenty-five years as a reader. She’s taking her gift certificate to the Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Department’s Gallup Park Livery for a class in stand-up paddle boarding.
To enter this month’s contest, find the fake ad in the March 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.