karen_w_newton (karen_w_newton) wrote,
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The soul of more than mere wit

Shakespeare said "brevity is the soul of wit." In the modern age, miladyinsanity has said that she likes Twitter, because it forces people to come to the point. Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in six words. He came up with, "For sale: Baby shoes, never worn."

My Helpful Friend sent me a link to this site where people have posted one-sentence true stories. They range from hilarious to poignant, and some of them are pretty good. Some of my favorites:

"I lost my virginity in a fraternity bunk bed, I lost my dignity on the fire escape the next morning, and I lost my sanity buying the pregnancy test the next month."

"If I could fold the country like a Mad Magazine cover, I'd bring Baton Rouge to Denver."

"201 electricity-free hours will make you reconsider ever buying frozen fish again."

"I began my story with "I'm not pregnant" because I knew he would want to know the ending first."

"My childhood and my dog share a grave in my backyard."

Another reminder that good things can come in small packages.






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