The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) today offered up a rather interesting challenge: find and plot 10 red weather balloons scattered at undisclosed locations across the country. The first person to identify the location of all the balloons and enter them on the challenge Web site will win a $40,000 cash prize.
Don't let the "weather balloon" code name fool you.
This actually could be a really interesting social experiment. I wonder how many false sightings will be reported in attempts to throw others off of the correct trail. How coordinated can the effort get when there is only one prize available?