The phrase "Founding Fathers" exists to make me giggle
The flexing of pectorals in a dream
I've known some pretty dumb chess players in my life
Further proof that standardized tests mean nothing more
Than a nickel in someone's lonesome tip jar
The Queen's Indian Defense won't save you now
Mistaking a herd of sheep for an approaching army
You too will be trampled underfoot
Want to get smart? Get a loan
That alone won't be enough
You'll need a couple jobs too
This course of action is in both of our best inerests
Studies have found that everyone
Wins every now and again
Just remember, don't be a sheep.
The Bulwer-Lytton fiction contest is held ever year at San Jose State Univ. by Professor Scott Rice. It is held in memory of Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873), a rather prolific and popular (in his time) novelist. He is best known today for having written "The Last Days of Pompeii." Whenever Snoopy starts typing his novel from the top of his doghouse, beginning "It was a dark and stormy night..." he is borrowing from Lord Bulwer-Lytton. This was the line that opened his novel, "Paul Clifford," written in 1830. The full line reveals why it is so bad: 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.
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