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Friday, September 18, 2009

The Friday Challenge: 9/18/09

I'll admit that "9/11/2001" was not an easy challenge, nor was it meant to be. While we usually tend to the silly side here at The Friday Challenge, there are some memories still too fresh and topics far too serious to joke about.

As of the deadline, we have received the following entries:

Arisia, "Nine Eleven"

Snowdog, "History from the Edge - A 9/11 Remembrance"

Torainfor, "A Day at the Beach"

The Bandit, "That September Morn"

Al, "Portrait of the Author as a Young Conspiracy Whacko"

Rigel Kent, "9/11 Memories"

Passinthrough also posted a few paragraphs in the Comments, but I seem to have lost the ability to link to individual comments again.

As always, even if you haven't submitted an entry this week—even if you never submit an entry in any week—you're invited to read, comment on, and vote for your favorite. Don't be shy about leaving feedback on the authors' sites, either. Writers thrive on knowing that someone out there is actually reading their words. The winner will be announced on Sunday.

And now for this week's challenge.

I have a collection of web sites I visit on a regular basis whenever I need a laugh, or a recharge, or a simple-minded break. The mother of them all is icanhascheezburger.com, which is far more fun than actually owning a cat, and it's sister sites, ihasahotdog.com, which is the same idea but dog-oriented, engrishfunny.com, which is inexplicable and often just plain unintelligible, and of course, the legendary failblog.org. After that there's always that glorious testimony to the depths of human ingenuity, thereifixedit.com, (I believe their preferred term is "abomineering"), the second-greatest car-oriented site in the world after Jay Leno's Garage, thatwillbuffout.com

Look, Leno's site is utterly beautiful, but it's also a bandwidth hog and a colossal time-sink. For more explanation, go see his page on the Jaguar XK 120. And then try to remember to come back here.

—and finally the site that inspired this week's Friday Challenge, pictureisunrelated.com, an astonishing [But often not work-safe! ~brb] collection of photos to which the only possible response is often, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?"

For example, I recently came across this one:

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Therefore, your limit this week is no more than 1,000 words. Use them to explain this picture.

As always, we are playing by the loosely enforced Official Rules of the Friday Challenge and playing for whatever is behind Door #3. The deadline for this contest is midnight Central time, Thursday, 9/24/09.

Me, I keep looking at this one and thinking it starts with something like, "After his humiliating dishonorable discharge from the Royal Army of Oz, Tik-Tok fell into a downward spiral and became a mercenary, hiring himself out to whoever would put up with his quart-a-day fusel oil habit..."
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