“Come and look out of the window,” she added.
The child moved reluctantly to the window. “Why are those sheep being driven out of that field?” he asked.
“I expect they are being driven to another field where there is more grass,” said the aunt weakly.
“But there is lots of grass in that field,” protested the boy; “there’s nothing else but grass there. Aunt, there’s lots of grass in that field.”
“Perhaps the grass in the other field is better,” suggested the aunt fatuously.
Excerpted from The Story teller by H. H. Munro (Saki) (1870-1916)
Prompt~ Worm (transitive verb)
In the past 150 years, improved sanitation, water treatment, the advent of vaccines and antibiotics has saved countless lives. It now seems that the steps we took to fight infections decimated organisms that kept our bodies healthy. We have cleaned ourselves to an extent that our own systems have gone haywire. The rise of diseases attributable to immune dysfunction in the developed world is because of an absence of exposure to worms.
The controversial “worm therapy”—deliberate infection with parasitic worms may open new ways to treat autoimmune disease. Looks like the past generations in their aversion to worms failed to worm out the real function of their existence vis a vis human well being.
This piece is inspired by the book – An Epidemic of Absence: A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases by Morris Velasquez-Manoff
Words < 333
Prompt~ Funk (noun)
In the 17th and 18th centuries Europe and North America suffered the coldest part of little Ice Age. It was attributed to almost no sunspot activity.
Looks like we humans are very susceptible to ‘funk’.
Our governments race from one crisis to another and we hop-scotch from one funk to another. Hardly out of the economic funk we leap in to a solar funk.
I wonder which is the next (aside from our very own mental, social or spiritual funks) ?
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Prompt~ MANIPULATE (transitive verb)
The forthcoming elections in India will be won by a small group of persons, who know the psyche of Indian masses. They can manipulate the masses to vote for people who shall benefit them.
People are really not in a position to know who (if any) is good for them.
Democracies are so organized that decisions are made, tastes made and ideas suggested so as to appear …….. public opinion. Vast majority of people are forced to cooperate for they realize that they have no alternative.
A few speeches later the meeting ended. A small group of people exited the plush meeting room.
Words ~ 103
The Highgate Vampire was in high spirits. It had a wonderful dinner last night and then read a hilarious report about vampirism. It could not stop smirking and wanted to rile one of its famous neighbors. Also, it wanted to stretch its cramped legs.
HV finally reached Marx’s grave and greeted him. Karl was deep in his thoughts and did not bother to reply.
“Equitable distribution of wealth is such a quaint idea, especially in a world where a tiny elite of 85 richest individuals hold wealth equivalent to that owned by 3.5 billion of the poorest”, HV chided Karl.
Karl’s habitual scowl deepened.
Words >33 <333
Global inequality has increased to the extent that the €1.2 trillion combined wealth of the 85 richest people is equal to that of the poorest 3.5 billion — half of the world’s population — according to a new report from development charity Oxfam.
Dom brr brr ed
I watched nursing hot rum (Dom is a teetotaler these days)
D – Why the hell do they call it global warming?
I – No longer, It has been renamed ‘climate change’.
D – So it is not global warming now?
I – Essentially it is about warming as denoted by the rising trend in ‘average global temperature’.
D – I thought average is not a true indicator in a set of data.
I – True, it should be qualified with a range or standard deviation.
D – I knew there is a rabbit and a hat to it.
I – No! You just have to grasp the basics and its all above board.
D – Whatever! I will just call it Global Shilling.
Words ~ between 33 and 333,
“How do I explain this to you, my dear boy?” The man with unkempt beard in dirty overalls scratched his chin.
“If you take away the outer layers from most people, you shall find muscle and nerves and fibers – right? You learn about muscles in school?” He queried.
The boy nodded.
“Well, there are other ways people are assembled. If you peel away their outer layers – you shall find leaves and roots and bark, And a few like I and your dad have whirlys, chips, discs and wires inside us.”
“Okay,” The boy quietly watched the man reassemble the father he loved.
Words ~ between 33 and 333,
Prompt~ melt (soften)
Tough cuts of meat generally do not cook well. However, a good cook knows how to make it tender and delicious. They do it by cutting across the grain, pounding, braising and occasionally marinating it with papaya pulp and other tenderizers.
The lady pounding the meat in her kitchen thought, ‘can you melt hearts using one of these culinary techniques’. She dwelt long on the problem. ‘It can be done,’ she decided.
‘Braise – would work best because it’s pretty tough to screw a dish by braising it, and it requires a minimal effort on my part.’ She concluded.
‘How to braise a person to make him melt – just let him simmer in right amount of liquids after browning.’ She smiled to herself.
‘There is that small risk of turning him in to mush,’ she frowned.
‘You can go higher, you can go deeper
There are no boundaries above and beneath you.’ Kris Allen sang through her cell.
Words >33 and <333
Prompt~ tush (buttock)
The lady peered at her reflection. She had never worn anything so beautiful ever. The green and gold dress was magically made to shrink her waist – wasp-like . It camouflaged her figure into flowing curves and her short neck seemed twice as long. The shop assistant helping her to try it could not hide her smirk.
‘How much?’ the lady asked.
‘Three thousand six hundred and ninety nine pounds’ the assistant answered.
A mime-artist would have envied the many expressions that appeared and vanished on her face.
The lady inspected her reflection and said, ‘it makes my tush protrude.’
Disenthralled, she started unzipping the dress.
Words >33 and <333
Prompt~ Pluck (transitive verb)
The tower of Babel was very tall,
You could pluck stars from the top,
Those in heaven raised a bawl,
Upset by the earthling’s gall !
Ensure they lose focus and brawl,
Said the wisest of them to fellow celestials,
True, true shouted one and all,
Confused, diversely the earthlings drawl !
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