Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts to encourage us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.
This month, i am providing the prompts. You can write your story on your blog and leave a link here, or write your story in the comments, your choice.
Use all of the prompts, or some, or use none. The whole point is to get us writing, so please have fun with it!
This week's prompts are:
and/or one or both of the following phrases:
short end of the stick
Frank sat staring more through than at his computer screen as the image underwent the GRADUAL changes from ISLAND to mountain to a cow in a meadow with her CALF and on and on.
His thoughts were going 'round and 'round on this whole investigation, similar, he finally perked up and realized, to how his computer image was changing. With a sigh, he grabbed the mouse and his desktop came up. He decided to distract himself from his thoughts by checking email, but the first one had as the subject line, Hello, GOODY TWO-SHOES, and he thought, great, my brother must be back in the state.
Frank and his brother, Mort, both thought that, genetically speaking, they'd gotten the SHORT END OF THE STICK. Frank thought so because he didn't have Mort's good looks and the flair for comedy that made him able to spend his life making the rounds on the club circuit. Mort thought the same because he didn't have Frank's brains, especially his brains for figuring out thorny problems, like this latest case.
Well right now, Frank thought, I have a HYPOTHESIS, and I need to figure out why the widow seems to be making PREPARATION to leave town, but meanwhile, I need a distraction so let's see what my brother has to say.
Mort was indeed back in town, and would be doing a show that night. He was inviting Frank to be his special guest. Frank knew what that meant; many of the jokes would be at his expense, but it was all in fun. He and Mort were night and day but they were brothers and had each other's backs, always. He fired off a reply accepting the invite with a bit of sarcasm he knew would draw out a joke or two that evening, but he needed a laugh and some time not thinking about this case.
His grandmother would have told him to put it on the back burner and let it percolate while doing something different.
He knew, THANKS to Mort, he'd be able to do just that.
Apple Day -- U.K. (to inspire local orchard revival and celebrate local varieties)
Antillean Day -- Bonaire; Curacao; Saba; St. Eustatius
Armed Forces Day -- Honduras (Dia de las Fuerzas Armadas; traditional date, now usually celebrated earlier in the month as part of Morazanica Week)
Babbling Day -- an internet generated day for Blatherskites
Caramel Apple Day -- US (leave it to the US to add sugar to a delicious, nutritious snack!)
Count Your Buttons Day -- whoever came up with this one needs to count his marbles maybe?
Egyptian Naval Day -- Egypt
Garbanzo Bean Day
Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day
Hagfish Day -- a day to celebrate the uniqueness and necessity of even the ugliest of sea creatures, like the hagfish
Humble Yourself By Having Your Picture Made Wearing A Bicycle Helmet Day -- no comment
Hurricane Bebe Day -- Funafuti, Tuvalu (commemoration of the destruction by this hurricane in 1972)
Independence Day -- Marshall Islands(1986)
International Day of the Nacho -- Mexico; U.S.
Jailhouse Rock Day -- Elvis' song hit #1 today in 1957
National Nurses Day -- Thailand
National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
National Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day -- US
Overseas Chinese Day -- Taiwan (Republic of China)
President Ndadaye Day -- Burundi
Reptile Awareness Day -- hooray for snakes and turtles! and lizards, don't forget lizards, and gators, and...
Seeking of King Look Under Your Mattress -- Fairy Calendar
St. John of Bridlington's Day (Patron against complications in childbirth)
St. Ursula's Day (Patron of educators/teachers, holy death, schoolchildren, students; British Virgin Islands; Catholic education, especially of girls; Cologne, Germany; University of Paris)
Trafalgar Day -- British Empire (noted, but no longer an officially holiday)
Juan Peron marries actress Evita (María Eva Duarte), 1945
Jeremy Miller, 1976
Ken Watanabe, 1959
Carrie Fisher, 1956
Benjamin Netanyahu, 1949
Elvin Bishop, 1942
Judge Judy Sheindlin, 1942
Frances Fitzgerald, 1940
Ursula K. LeGuin, 1929
Edward Charles "Whitey" Ford, 1928
Celia Cruz, 1925
Joyce Randolph, 1925
Dizzy Gillespie, 1917
Georg Solti, 1912
Edwin Myers "Ted" Shawn, 1891
Will Carleton, 1845
Alfred Nobel, 1833
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772
"Butterflies are Free"(Play), 1969
"Orphee aux enfer/Orpheus in the Underworld"(Offenbach operetta), 1858
Today in History:
Sultan Kilidj Arslan of Nicea defeats 1st Crusaders, 1096
Martin Luther joins the theological faculty of the University of Wittenberg., 1512
Ferdinand Magellen arrives at Tierra Del Fuego (Pacific Ocean), 1520
Sea battle at Dunes, Lt Admiral Maarten Tromp defeats Spanish Armada under De Oquendo, 1639
First display of the word "Liberty" on a flag, raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts and which was in defiance of British rule in Colonial America, 1774
US Navy frigate Constitution, Old Ironsides, launched in Boston, 1797
Battle of Trafalgar, Adm Nelson defeats French & Spanish fleet & dies, 1805
The Penang Free School is founded in George Town, Penang, Malaysia, by the Rev Hutchings. It is the oldest English-language school in Southeast Asia, 1816
Joseph Aspdin patents Portland cement (Yorkshire England), 1824
Thomas Edison perfects carbonized cotton filament light bulb, 1879
First transatlantic radiotelephone message, Arlington, Va to Paris, 1915
Women are allowed to vote in France for the first time, 1945
Comet Ikeya-Seki approaches perihelion, passing 450,000 kilometers from the sun, 1965
The European Patent Institute is founded, 1977
The metre is defined at the seventeenth General Conference on Weights and Measures as the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second, 1983
Images of the dwarf planet Eris are taken and subsequently used in its discovery by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz, 2003
The European Parliament awards Cuban Dissident Guillermo Farinas the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, 2010
Kateri Tekakwitha is canonized as the first Native American saint by Pope Benedict XVI, 2012
The Parliament of Canada confers Honorary Canadian citizenship on women's rights and education activist Malala Yousafzai, 2013
Oscar Pistorius is sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, 2014
The Spanish government suspends Catalonia's autonomy in the face of a deepening political crisis over the region's push for independence, 2017
Excavations at an 8,000 year old site at Marawah Island, near Abu Dhabi, UAE, uncover the world's oldest natural pearl, 2019