Fibbing Friday — SciFi

Frank (aka PCGuy) and Di (aka Pensitivity101) alternate as hosts for Fibbing Friday, a silly little exercise where we are to write a post with our answers to the ten questions below. But as the title suggests, truth is not an option. The idea is to fib a little, a lot, tell whoppers, be inventive, silly, or even outrageous, in our responses. Today is Frank’s turn to host and he wants to know…

1. What was “Fahrenheit 451” about?

Climate change.

2. In “1984,” who or what was “Big Brother”?

Eric Trump was born in 1984 and Don Jr. was — and still is — his big brother.

3. What do the Hunger Games supposedly commemorate?

These are celebratory games that people of many religions play at the end of their religious fasting rituals.

4. What exactly was the Andromeda Strain?

It was the name of the first COVID-19 variant.

5. What was “Logan’s Run” about?

It was a melodrama about a group of whitewater rafters who got stranded in a river in Georgia at a section of the river called “Logan’s Run.”

6. What is the difference between the red pill and the blue pill in “The Matrix”?

The red pill makes you larger, the blue pill makes you small, and the ones that mother gives you don’t do anything at all.

7. What is the significance of the different hats in “The Adjustment Bureau”?

The different hats were used to take measurement of one’s head to determine the best size and fit.

8. What happens to all the Martians at the end of “The War of the Worlds”?

When they first landed on Earth in 2017, they said “Take me to your leader” and were taken to see Donald Trump. After meeting with him, they left and flew back to Mars. The Martian general was pissed and said to his underlings, “I thought you said there was intelligent life on Earth.”

9. What vessel does Capt. Nemo pilot?

The Goodyear blimp.

10. What do Axel, Otto, and Hans find at the center of the earth?

A red rubber ball.

Fandango’s Flashback Friday — December 3rd

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 3rd) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on December 3, 2017.

Is That a Typo?


I was sure that WordPress had a serious typo in today’s one word prompt, “tenterhooks.” I was absolutely positive the word was supposed to be “tenderhooks,” a word I’ve use occasionally to mean to be filled with painful or anxious anticipation or suspense. Like when you and your girlfriend are waiting to see if that plastic pregnancy test stick she peed on has a little plus sign in the window.

So I was going to write a snide post in which I would be laughing my virtual ass off at Michelle Weber, who posted the prompt, for her careless error. It turns out, though, that the error is mine. “Tenterhooks” it is! Sad!

Then I figured that tenterhooks must be hooks that campers use to secure their tents. I’ve tent-camped many times and had never heard of that term, so I thought maybe it was an archaic term for tent poles, stakes, or ropes. To confirm that, I Googled “tenterhooks.”

It turns out that tenterhooks have nothing whatsoever to do with tents. The word “tenterhooks” comes from the metal hooks that manufacturers used to stretch wool on a tenter while it dried. A tenter is a wooden frame, often in the form of a line of fencing, used to hang woolen or linen cloth to prevent it from shrinking as it dries. The tenterhooks are, not surprisingly, the hooks on the tenter used to hold the cloth in place.

Tenters are no longer everyday objects, but a hundred years ago, in wool weaving areas like the north of England, they were a common sight on the land around the many woollen mills, called “tenter-fields.”

Who knew? So I apologize to WordPress and to Michelle Weber for thinking it was a typo. And I am now swearing off ever using the phrase, “I’m on tenderhooks.”

By the way, she wasn’t pregnant.

FOWC with Fandango — Profit


Welcome to December 3, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “profit.”

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.