FOWC with Fandango — Hysterical

FOWCWelcome to November 9, 2020 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “hysterical.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.

42 thoughts on “FOWC with Fandango — Hysterical

    • Fandango November 9, 2020 / 10:46 am

      Well, if he paid less than £10 for the ticket, he still came out ahead!


  1. Marleen November 9, 2020 / 10:34 am

    It’s kinda long, but I found it worthwhile:

    Comedy Actors Roundtable: Sacha Baron Cohen, Jim Carrey, Don Cheadle & More | Close Up

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    • Mister Bump UK November 9, 2020 / 1:13 pm

      I do like Jim Carey in real life. He comes out with some good stuff.

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      • Marleen November 9, 2020 / 1:24 pm

        One of my sons dressed as Ace Ventura for Halloween this year — the tutu outfit (quite faithfully). I don’t think I’ve ever seen the movie all the way through, but I watched a couple clips. Pretty funny. I have seen others of Carey’s movies and enjoyed them.

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        • Mister Bump UK November 9, 2020 / 10:48 pm

          None of his movies are very memorable for me, I’m afraid. But he has said some interesting things in real life. I tend to regard actors as mannequins so I take note when somebody says something intelligent. i remember that movie because I’m sure it had Dan Marino in it. 😀 And, for some reason, I remember a dolphin!

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          • Fandango November 9, 2020 / 11:03 pm

            I agree that most of his movies aren’t that impressive, but I did like him in “The Truman Show.”

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          • Marleen November 9, 2020 / 11:41 pm

            What do you remember him saying (before now) that was intelligent? I must have heard him say something intelligent as well, before, but I don’t remember what.

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            • Mister Bump UK November 9, 2020 / 11:45 pm

              Not sure now, too long ago. I remember the feeling I had, but not the words that he said.

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            • Marleen November 10, 2020 / 12:08 am

              I vaguely have a similar sense.

              (Meanwhile, the “art” I liked was political — while I just did a search, and the set of visuals that came up right away were sort of disturbing. As if someone who liked his art might be “off” 😱… but it has been specific commentary, at times, that I found clever.)

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      • Marleen November 9, 2020 / 11:25 pm

        I was pleasantly surprised by what he said in this conversation. The last time I’d seen him was in a late night show, had wondered if he was mentally healthy. But he seemed better here. I’ve appreciated some of his visual art, too.

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  3. Marleen November 17, 2020 / 2:13 pm


    Even so, both Trump and Atlas have pushed the concept of letting the virus circulate widely — at least among young health[y] people — without using the term “herd immunity.”

    Last month, the president expressed interest in exploring the option of allowing the disease to spread quickly and allow the populace to build up resistance. “Well, once you get to a certain number, you know, we use the word ‘herd,’ right, once you get to a certain number, it’s going to go away,” Trump said on Fox News. “So — you know — it doesn’t have to be…”

    Atlas has also drawn ire for controversial statements about returning children to schools. He has questioned whether children can transmit the virus and complained that the U.S. is “the only country … this hysterical about opening schools.”


    Atlas is a senior fellow at Stanford’s conservative Hoover Institution.

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  4. Marleen November 17, 2020 / 2:17 pm

    On Sunday, Atlas tweeted: “The only way this stops is if people rise up.” You get what you accept. #FreedomMatters #StepUp.” The tweet came in response to the announcement of new Covid-19 restrictions made by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in the latest attempt to slow the spread of the virus, which has surged to all-time-high levels in recent weeks.

    Atlas’ comments were seen as particularly offensive because of the discovery last month that Governor Witmer was the target of a kidnapping plot allegedly orchestrated by more than a dozen men, who have since been arrested and now face a list of terrorism, conspiracy and weapons charges. She has also been the target of protests by armed demonstrators in Michigan.

    For her part, Whitmer told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, “We know that the White House likes to single us out here in Michigan, me out in particular. I’m not going to be bullied into not following reputable scientists and medical professionals.” Whitmer said she would continue to consult with”people that actually have studied and are well respected worldwide on these issues, not the — not the individual that is doing the President’s bidding on this one.”

    On Monday, Stanford, recognizing the controversy that Atlas had stirred up, issued the following statement:



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    • Marleen November 17, 2020 / 4:17 pm


      Atlas, who previously served as a healthcare adviser to both Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney during their unsuccessful presidential campaigns, was back at it Monday. In an interview with Martha MacCallum, he claimed that state-level lockdowns increased the number of Covid-19 infections. “Because we had states that were restricting businesses, restricting activities,” he explained, “we forced cases to be building up in this season when you cannot social distance.” Then, Atlas went further, lamented the isolation of elderly people during the pandemic, and endorsed holding large Thanksgiving gatherings because “for many people, this is their final Thanksgiving.”

      {He keeps exacerbating unhappiness and hysteria, apparently based on the unproven wish that having gotten the disease earlier will preclude a person from being infected with the pathogen later, when there are young people who have experienced it more than once. Also, spreading it doesn’t keep it from spreading. See?}


      My aunt has recently started living in a care home. My cousin (the one who lives in the same city) hasn’t been able to make it there for two weeks. For my cousin to visit her mother once a week, my cousin is tested every fourteen days. I wonder how truly helpful that is; it sounds like a policy to seem like the facility is doing something (and it IS something while they do other things as well). I wonder how much more expensive the “Rapid” test is, which could be given each time there is going to be a visit.

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