This week I found the new Code Golf community at StackExchange (which, coincidentally, doesn’t look promising to make it out of the beta run). The concept is fun and interesting, but judging is performed strictly by number of characters in the source code. That means Perl generally wins, unless someone competes with the GolfScript ‘language’ designed just for code golfing. Most importantly, it means C never wins.
Some of the solutions are really incredible, and weigh in at under 30 characters, but their performance is 1/10th to 1/1000th that of the obfuscated C code in the 500-1000 character range.
Not that anyone is competing in C anyway.