13 March 2009

Memoirs of the Famous

~ six words maximum ~

Competition in The Spectator inspired by a $10 bet to Hemingway that he couldn't write a six-word short story.

The sly beggar came up with

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

I've pruned the winners so you don't have to. (Besides, I have a sharper eye than you for what's funny)

  • Julius Caesar: Veni, vidi, vici, vivi, vale
  • Proust: Twelve novel epic? Piece of cake
  • Methusalah: 'Look' sayeth Lamech. 'About thy pension.'
  • George Bush: I misunderestimated the power of eviltude
  • Leda: He swanned off, leaving the kids
  • Henry V: Sorry, Lads. France again this year

    Humerus Hubris: I have been challenged to list the also-rans that didn't make the cut:

  • God: A six-day week, before endless holidays
  • Godot: Philanthropic landowner lacking only a watch (actually, that coulda been a contender)
  • Goliath: Stone's throw from victory, and ... Aagh!
  • William S.Borroughs: Queer junkie shoots wife; writes porn.
  • 1 comment :

    Sibadd said...

    Someone went on a rapid reading course. A friend gave him a copy of War and Peace which he read cover to cover in 30 seconds. "It's about Russia"