Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Of Questionable Import



Want to win $1,000? I don't really know anything about this contest, but...

WORK STEW, A Collection of Essays and Interviews, is hosting a July 2013 writing contest. They say: "Bring us into your world. What is something about your work (past or present) that outsiders typically don’t understand? It can be something required by the job, something that happens on the job, something you feel about the job -- but whatever it is, do not exceed 800 words."

The first prize is $1,000, second prize is $400, and third prize is $100. And that's all I know about it.

Details HERE


Two little-known factoids:

Romance novelist Barbara Cartland wrote an incredible 723 books, which were translated into 38 languages. She is reported to have dictated all her novels from a chaise lounge, with a rug at her feet and her pet Pekinese curled up next to her. It took her an average of one week to complete a novel. By the time she died in 2000 at the age of 98, she had sold more than 1 billion books.

The worst Romance Novel metaphor and simile ever written is: "His finger, weathered and rough from years on the ranch, danced in and out of his nose like a slimy ballerina."



A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.
(Of course, a ferret will also eventually die if it does find a mate.)



On July 10, 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called "Monkey Trial" began with John Thomas Scopes, a young high school science teacher, accused of teaching evolution in violation of a Tennessee state law.

Hearing of the coordinated attack on Christian fundamentalism, William Jennings Bryan, the three-time Democratic presidential candidate and a fundamentalist hero, volunteered to assist the prosecution. Soon after, the great attorney Clarence Darrow agreed to join the ACLU in the defense, and the stage was set for one of the most famous trials in U.S. history.

After eight minutes of deliberation, the jury returned with a guilty verdict, and Judge Raulston ordered Scopes to pay a fine of $100, the minimum the law allowed.

In 1927, the Tennessee Supreme Court overturned the Monkey Trial verdict on a technicality but left the constitutional issues unresolved until 1968, when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a similar Arkansas law on the grounds that it violated the First Amendment.



concatenation [kahn-kat-uh-nay-shun]
1.  a series of interconnected events, concepts, etc.
2.  the act of linking together or the state of being joined
3.  (Logic) a function that forms a single string of symbols from two given strings by placing the second after the first

Concatenation refers to a series of things - ideas, events, animals - that are somehow interconnected, individual parts that are linked to form a single unit, like the links in a chain.

If you think about a chain, you can imagine the individual links - they move separately, yet are linked so they always move together as well. This aptly describes concatenation, the state of several things being bound together.


(July 10, 1926 - July 2, 1993) 
Fred Gwynne was an American actor. Gwynne was best known for his roles in the 1960s sitcoms Car 54, Where Are You? and The Munsters, as well as his later roles in Pet Sematary, Cotton Club and My Cousin Vinny. He was recognized for his distinctive baritone voice.

(born 10 July 1958)
Fiona Shaw is an Irish actress and theater director. Although to international audiences she is primarily known for her role as Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter films or her role portraying Marnie Stonebrook in the HBO series True Blood.

(born July 10, 1945)
Ron Glass is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as the witty detective Ron Harris in the television sitcom Barney Miller (1975–1982), and as the spiritual Shepherd Derrial Book in the short-lived 2002 science fiction series Firefly and its sequel film Serenity.

(July 10, 1920 - June 11, 2003)
David Brinkley was an American newscaster for NBC and ABC in a career lasting from 1943 to 1997. From 1956 through 1970, he co-anchored NBC's top-rated nightly news program, The Huntley–Brinkley Report, with Chet Huntley and thereafter appeared as commentator on its successor, NBC Nightly News, through the 1970s. In the 1980s and 1990s, Brinkley was host of the popular Sunday This Week with David Brinkley program and a top commentator on election-night coverage for ABC News.


The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance - the idea that anything is possible.
--Ray Bradbury



  1. I love that metaphor. Hard to believe it would ever be included in a published book, though.

    1. I know what you mean, Nora. It was probably first published in some kind of "Badly Written Similes and Metaphors" contest, something like from 'Must Share The Wrong' posted April 29, 2003.

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