Jennifer Stood There, Quietly Ovulating

“Your task is to write the first line of an imaginary novel. Your goal is to make it hilariously bad…. Maximum sentence length: 25 words.” (Deadline: 14 April 2003) –Jennifer Stood There, Quietly OvulatingAdam Cadre) Adam Cadre, who started the Lyttle Lytton contest as a reaction against what he sees as the increasingly lengthy and unfunny entries in the more famous Bulwer-Lytton contest, is also the author of several top-notch…

Cool 2B Real Home Page

“Cool-2B-Real is about real girls like you! Whether you’re in school, playing sports or just having fun, strive to be the best you can be! Real girls are ‘keepin’ it real’ by building strong bodies and strong minds… and they’re feeling great about themselves!” Brought to real girls everywhere by the award-winning experts in girl culture, the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. (I am not making…

What Do Ya Call It

“I want to invent a word which describes the experience of following all those links on the sidebar of someone’s blog. Yeah, I know blogrolling exists. But that’s just for making the links. When I visit DFWblogs or Grumpy Girl , I get hooked on all these fascinating blog names (ethnic lounge, not so girlie, bathtub gin, sqeeshee) and want to check out every site. Blurging? Blurfing? Nameadexing? Linkalogging? Gimmee…

U.S. Tries E-Mail to Charm Iraqis

“Over the past month, the U.S. military has periodically sent e-mail to Iraqi military and government officials urging them to protect their families by helping U.N. inspectors and turning away from Saddam Hussein.|U.S. government officials won’t comment on the campaign, but according to sources in Iraq and Iraqis living in the United States, each time the e-mails are sent, Internet access all over Iraq soon suffers a ‘service outage.’ Service…

How I Joined Teach for America and Got Sued for $20 Million

“By the time school opened, I was thrilled to start molding the brains of my children. My optimism and naiveté evaporated within hours…. Raynard had told [his mother] that I had violently shoved him in the chest out the door of my classroom, injuring his head and back. His mother had dialed 911 and summoned the cops and the fire department. Two months later, Raynard?s mother filed a $20 million…