17-year-old Austin Weirschke was crowned on Wednesday America’s fastest texter for the second time in two years after defeating 10 other contestants in thumb speed, memory and fluency in texting shorthand.
Sponsored by LG Electronics, the event took place in New York’s time square in front 200 text addicts. For his texting skills Weirschke received a $50,000 prize.
One round was performed with contestants blindfolded and having 45 seconds to type the verse: “Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are, up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky,” Capital Fm reports.
The teenage boy said he became an expert at texting after practicing with his mother whom he described as “my texting coach.”