Category: Stories (Fiction)

Weird But True!

Due to administrative oversight, murder is legal in more than two dozen U.S. municipalities. Staring upward into the moving blades of a ceiling fan from a prone position may induce hiccups. The screw is merely a cylinder wrapped with an inclined plane! Among the items salvaged from the Titanic debris field on the floor of […]

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Good Friday

Them Catholics sure know how to make themselves miserable, let me tell you. I know, ’cause I used to work with one. Fred Murphy, that was his name, he used to work down in the supply cage, only decent guy in the whole department. Everybody on the shop floor knew to go to Freddy if […]

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April Fool’s Day: A Brief History

April Fool’s Day has long been a socially sanctioned occasion for lighthearted pranks. Like many traditions, the roots of this celebration of tomfoolery belie its modern celebration. In fact, April Fool’s Day has a somewhat sinister origin that is seldom recognized today. The genesis of the April Fool is said to have arisen some time […]

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Sharpening Student Skills

When it comes to hitting the mark on test scores, one innovative educator at a San Diego charter school may be onto something. Ron Owens, a fifth-grade teacher at Cosner Exceptional Academy, has daringly defied conventional wisdom by putting pocket knives in the hands of elementary students. While many educators might cry foul at the […]

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Black Friday 2050

NEWSCASTER:  And now, over to NewsForYou Nine’s roving reporter Matilda Morris, who’s standing by live at the Best Buy at the Big Shoppes at Birch Meadows.  Matilda? MATILDA:  Thanks, Kent!  For the past several months, this parking lot has been a thriving community, a curb-to-curb sea of tents and shanties that have served as a […]

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Trick Or Treat

An icy wind cut through the fabric of my jeans and numbed my legs as I paused under the streetlight at the end of the block.  When had it ever been so cold in October?  And where was everybody?  Our dark street was as deserted as it might have been on the bitterest winter night.  […]

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Three Days Of Darkness

“Take that, Satan’s minion!” cried Moe. CHAPTER I Three Days of Darkness!               “Good grief!” exclaimed Moe Hardee as he perused the latest Parish Post.  He ran his fingers through his blonde hair and cast a worried glance toward his brother, Hank.  “It says here that Padre Pio has prophesied Three Days of Darkness!” […]

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The Annotated Edward Cramer

An early influence? When children express their boundless imagination in writing, the results can be bizarre.  I am regularly reminded of this as a teacher of elementary-age students.  It is my privilege to observe their literary development at a formative stage, when their novice attempts to emulate various styles sometimes merge with their limited background […]

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Two Minutes For Holding

Things had just quieted down in the east wing when the welcome silence was pierced by another bellowing shout from Room 11.  “Loo-eeeeze!!” “Good heavens,” sighed Kaylee from behind the nursing station.  She brushed a lock of hair from her eyes and replaced the phone in its cradle.  “Doesn’t that man ever stop?” “I can […]

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Dynadormophis Up

What if people could bank, sell, and buy their sleep? It doesn’t matter if you’re dealing with a sleeper or a dynamo, every service call on a Dynadorm unit leads to an angry or incoherent customer.  That’s why there’s such a high turnover rate for us service techs, never mind the money.  I don’t care […]

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