Great Minds Think Alike

95B134E4-C385-4CCB-A520-5D551205FDFFIt took ten months, but sooner or later it was bound to happen. Three of the four daily one-word prompts I follow — my Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, the Your Daily Word Prompt, and the Ragtag Daily Prompt — chose the word  “fool” in recognition that today is April Fool’s Day. The one outlier was the Word of the Day Challenge, where the word is “down.”

Hey, I’m no fool, so I’m down with that.

FOWC with Fandango — Fool

FOWCWelcome to April 1, 2019 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).

In honor of April Fool’s Day, today’s word is “fool.”

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. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

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

On Wheels and Walls

994c23b5-55c0-49c5-9e21-8d2a0f5c5f0b“They say a wall is medieval, well so is a wheel. A wheel is older than a wall,” Trump said today, later adding, “The wheel is older than the wall, you know that? There are some things that work. You know what? A wheel works and a wall works. Nothing like a wall.”

Then our imbicile president said, “And I looked, and every single car out there, even the really expensive ones that the Secret Service uses — and believe me they are expensive — I said, ‘Do they all have wheels?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Oh. I thought it was medieval.’”

It’s kind of ridiculous to have to fact check every “fact” our lying leader spews, but here goes.

The oldest walls found in existence so far are those of the temple of Gobekli Tepe in Urfa, southeast Turkey, which date to 11,500 years ago.

Conversely, the first wheels were created to serve as potter’s wheels around 3500 BC, or around 5,500 years ago, in Mesopotamia.

Donald, Donald, Donald. Haven’t you heard what a truly great president, Abraham Lincoln, said? “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

Three Day Quote Challenge — Day 2

2F8AA5B1-ACDA-485B-9FBA-86B3961A4CFAThis is Day 2 of the Three Day Quote Challenge that Kat Myrman tagged me for. Here’s my Day 1 post just in case you missed it.

For Day 2, I’m staying with the political theme. I’m going to use an extraordinarily prescient quote from H. L. Mencken that he made almost a century ago.

Henry Louis (H. L.) Mencken was a prominent newspaperman and political commentator during the first half of the 20th century. His quote, featured in the image at the top of this post, was published in the Baltimore Evening Sun on July 26, 1920.

Well, old H. L. was quite prophetic, wasn’t he? It took 96 years, but in 2016 “the plain folks of the land” did, in fact, elect a “downright fool and a complete narcissistic moron” as their president.

How did he know what to expect?

By the way, the rules of this challenge call for me to post a unique quote for three consecutive days and to nominate three bloggers each day to do the same.

There’s a lot going on this month, what with Easter, Passover, baseball season having started, tax day coming up, spring cleaning, etc., etc. I don’t want to unduly burden other bloggers, so I’m gonna skip the part about nominating three other bloggers each day. If you want to participate, go for it. If not, no worries.