Sometimes the news is so bizarre that it defies belief. I found out about this incredible "contest" story from a terrific site called MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute) which provides translations of Arabic, Farsi, and Hebrew media from the Middle East. The link to the "contest" is here.
The "contest" is real, the prize is real, all I did was to add a punch line.
These days "72 virgins" is synonymous with "go kill yourself!"