It's the most wonderful time of the year! Suffice it to say, if you've been listening to Eastern Iowa's Christmas Station, 104.5 KDAT at any length this past few weeks, we appreciate it. But you're also probably already out of the running in the game that is sweeping social media again this holiday season. You can find out more about the "Whamageddon Challenge" at Lifehacker. But be warned, some of the language in the rule book is not too suitable for work, so I will rehash it for you here.

  1. The basic objective: Go as long as possible between December 1-24, without hearing "Last Christmas" by Wham!
  2. You're eliminated from the game as soon as you hear it.
  3. Only the original version applies. Any subsequent remake by any other artist does not count, so you can listen to the versions done by *Taylor Swift, The cast of "Glee", The Backstreet Boys, Jimmy Eat World, Carly Rae Jepsen, Ariana Grande, and others to your heart's content.
  4. Post on social media with the hashtag "#whamageddon" when you "get hit"/hear the song.

Keep in mind, it's all in good fun. Even if you're already out of the running based on the above criteria, this could be a fun little party game to condense into a shorter time span to play at the office Christmas party or with friends or relatives visiting for the holiday. Above all else, thank you for making KDAT Eastern Iowa's Christmas Music Station.

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*We're NOT suggesting you try this at home. In fact, we recommend listening for the song as intently as possible. And speaking of Taylor Swift, did you know you can win tickets to her concert on the Eras tour in Minneapolis next June? Listen for codes at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and enter them in the free mobile app. That means you'll have to miss out on winning at Whamageddon but aren't Taylor tickets WAY better!?

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