There are two challenges.
First Challenge: The
Primordial Existential Question
Risking cruel ridicule, posit your own hypothesis as to "why
something exists rather than nothing" and win our covetable
prize: a basket of salami, cheese and wine.
Someone once commented that our scandalous
juxtapositioning of salami and Parmenides, was, er, scandalous.
However, she has since come round to seeing it our way, which is
essentially our argument that both Parmenides and salami are excellent.
There is a variation on the basket's contents to cater for all
needs and tastes if necessary.
To read Parmenides' poem out loud (all 152 lines of it) in the
Prize: Bottle of an excellent champagne.
If no one is willing to read the poem in the original Greek, then
they may read it in English, but in this case they must do it with
feeling and abandon.