FYI you can go to the contest videos on youtube and leave comments....i left an innocent enough question about the contest and the enigmatic item....here is the youtube link to one of the contest videos.

2012, Doomsday, and the Lost Symbol Challenge - YouTube

just don't type anything that will make you look like the bad guy or get yourself banned from youtube! i really did want to type something mean and sarcastic, but thought better of it. let's see what happens!

the old pages to the contest can probably be found at 'the wayback machine' which is an archive of almost every page that ever was on the internet. i did save those contest pages to my old laptop (i don't know why) but maybe they will come in handy for...for let's say...a class action suit? can we all say the words 'set a precedent'?