A little nook for ….

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PHOTO by Ady.

In the hollow Lotos-land to live and lie reclined

On the hills like Gods together, careless of mankind.

The little grass patch with a bench was an oasis. Usually, there was an unending queue for the benches here. Today, there was no scuffling of the feet across the tarmac just before the greenery.

Like all days a crowd of lotus eaters had gathered but had soon dissipated. The tea shop across the road was open but it looked gloomy. The tea boys that rushed to and fro seemed lost and forlorn. Others vending a variety of food and spicy snacks were simply gossiping.

Amazingly the regulars came, saw and walked away. None enquired the reason for this desolation.

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A few elderly people walked in ………..

It is that new corporator!

Who else would waste money painting the benches here with slow drying paint?

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The mischief monger

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PHOTO  by pixabay.com

The car was mischief personified.

Every time she hit the break spiders came out from under the pedal. She feared arachnids and avoided using the pedal and ended up riding the divider.

Even though turned off, the radio in the car cackled – Going for a date?

Once she entered the car and closed the driver’s door. But immediately, all the doors began to open and shut repeatedly, like wings flapping and the car rose and flew while she clung to the wheels for dear life; the vehicle landed soon after and guffawed, “So you wanted become a pilot when you were a little girl”.

At last she sought help from a class-mate. He dived beneath the engine ………

What did you find?

A  Poltergeist.

Why here?

It is the original owner of the car.

I shall sell this car.

She heard an ominous rumbling deep from the open bonnet.

May be I can do something ….

What?

Oil it with garlic extract.

The water in the radiator boiled over ….  scalding them.

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A different bacon

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PHOTO PROMPT © Erin Leary

PHOTO PROMPT – © Erin Leary

I wanted to address this prompt differently, so did some web research and I found the story of US bill for importation of useful new animals in US—the hippo bill (H.R. 23261).  It was introduced by the Louisiana congressman Robert Broussard in 1910.

It proposed importing Hippos from Africa to Louisiana. They would provide a delicious new source of protein for a meat-hungry nation. Furthermore, the animals would gobble up the invasive water hyacinth that was killing fish and choking off waterways – a perfect ivory-tower solution to hyacinth menace.

The bill failed by one vote.

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http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/food-matters/the-hunger-game-meat-how-hippos-nearly-invaded-american-cuisine/

 

 

 

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Hideout

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PHOTO PROMPT - © ceayr

PHOTO PROMPT – © ceayr

A royal spy from the highest ranks of European society would stick out like a sore thumb in a bedsit. A spy from the elite class demands a safe house that has the facilities they are used to. However, the objective is always – camouflage.

A former Soviet agent or Osama bin Laden living in Abbottabad – the desire is essentially to escape the prying eyes of their enemy.

Bungalows built in last century found on isolated beaches across the globe with private boathouses, gatephone-video intercoms and private armies for security are ideal hideouts. These are the real sand castles.

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Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

 

PhD in Mathematics

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The professor of mathematics was fond of wearing a sunflower in his buttonhole. A few students doing PhD under his guidance knew the reason.

He supervised their work in the innermost sanctum of his office. There was a small sign above his head that read ……… “Let none enter here who are ignorant of Geometry.”

He would ask the special students to interpret this statement.

Most of the answers were mundane and such students would be asked to work on non-esoteric issues.

A particularly favorite student had answered – It is believed that this was inscribed above the entrance of Plato’s Academy.

The word Geometry means – measurement of earth. Did Plato conduct course on land survey in his academy?

Perhaps he simply wanted to impress on his students  that the least distance between two points is a straight line and it’s truth in philosophy.

The student had to study the sunflower in detail to learn the mathematical secrets of nature.

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Hard to play

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PHOTO PROMPT – © Jan W. Fields

The accomplished pianist finished the concert and wiped the sweat from his brow. He apologized to his host and admitted that this was a difficult piano to play.

The host smiled and assured him that other pianists too had complained about it. The pianist was intrigued and wanted to know their names.

Johann Sebastian Bach.

The pianist looked at his host with a blank face expecting an explanation.

This is one of the pianos that Gottfried Silbermann made and when Bach played on it he said the keys were hard to play. The host explained

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Wash-town

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In the late 19th century this was Washton. It was so called because Harriet Bendix started taking in laundry to finance her husband’s fishing boat that had capsized in one of the especially violent storms that are so frequent here. Unfortunately, the fishing trawlers had discovered this pond by the time she was able to buy the boat her husband wanted. Later a number of wash houses came up across the beach on the Shore Road.

A later Bendix marketed the first automatic washing money. The township came up with the growth of the Bendix Corporation. In late 20th century the Bendix sold the Washton to developers. It was developed as a weekend escape for the IT-professionals from the nearby IT-hub.

The property boom in early 21st century led to its boom housing 30,000 people. The economic downturn of 2008 resulted in a exodus from houses built to cash the rising demand. The city has become a ghost town of few hundred who incessantly talk about the good old days.

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