Off the Mark by Mark Parisi for June 03, 2023

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    angelolady Premium Member 9 months ago

    Snoopy might take umbrage at that.

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    Ratkin  9 months ago

    A novel approach.

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    MichaelAxelFleming  9 months ago

    Once upon a time they lived happily ever after. The end.

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    Jml58  9 months ago

    Once upon a time there were two chinese. Now there are a billion.

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    Vilyehm  9 months ago

    The last man on Earth sat alone in a locked room.

    He never heard the knock on the door as he was busy on his phone, deleting Spam and watching cat videos.

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    in-dubio-pro-rainbow  9 months ago

    Once I tried to read the manual for my auger – the chapter how to change the boring bit was a bit boring

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    TStyle78  9 months ago

    Sounds like good book.

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    jimmjonzz Premium Member 9 months ago

    There are at least two fascinating real world books called “A Million Dots.” They are similar in that they both depict exactly what the title promises, all the while offering insight about math and numbers.

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    jimmjonzz Premium Member 9 months ago

    This is the song that never ends

    It just goes on and on my friends

    Some people started singing it

    Not knowing what it was

    And now they go on singing it forever just because

    This is the song that never ends….

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    The Reader Premium Member 9 months ago

    TYPO!!! It was a dark and snorey night.

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    Darryl Heine  9 months ago

    Snoopy would have used this since he did a “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night” novel.

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    GreenT267  9 months ago

    The line was first used in “Paul Clifford,” in 1830 by Sir Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton. the English novelist, playwright, and politician. The book tells the story of a highwayman in the time of the French Revolution who doesn’t know his origins. While disguised as a gentleman, he meets and falls in love with Lucy Brandon. Clifford is arrested and brought before Judge Brandon, her uncle, for trial, where it is revealed that Clifford is actually Brandon’s son. Clifford is convicted and condemned to death, but instead he is sent to a penal colony. He escapes and Lucy and he flee to America

    But what is remembered are the first 7 words of the introduction. In full, it reads:

    “It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents—except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.”

    A 58-word starting sentence — conventional at the time, over-descriptive and melodramatic. But the first 7 words caught on and were borrowed and parodied almost from the beginning. One of the chapters of “The Three Musketeers” [Alexander Dumas, 1844] begins, “C’etait une nuit orageuse et sombre,” [It was a night stormy and dark]. Madeleine L’Engle’s Newbery Award-winning “A Wrinkle in Time” (1962) begins with the exact same line. And then there is Snoopy launching his literary career on top of his doghouse [Peanuts].

    The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest was started in 1982 and sponsored by the English department at San José State University, California. It’s an annual contest that asks people to send in their best terrible opening sentence to a novel. Check out the winners at .

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    ladykat  9 months ago

    If a book hasn’t engaged my attention by the end of the first chapter, I don’t read it.

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    JoshHere  9 months ago

    But it was a huge hit in the feline community

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    jasonsnakelover  9 months ago

    Jesus tried to sleep through a storm, but the disciples woke Him up because they were afraid.

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    Frank Burns Eats Worms  9 months ago

    They thought it would be the sleeper hit of the Christmas season.

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    T...  9 months ago

    Trial and Error, see today’s BC…

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    David Rickard Premium Member 9 months ago

    Comes preinstalled with Moby Dick, Death Comes for the Archbishop, and the complete works of Ayn Rand.

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    Boots at the Boar Premium Member 9 months ago

    Am I the only one who thinks it should be “Downloads the most boring books”?

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    Ceeg22 Premium Member 9 months ago

    Sounds like a good sleep aid

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