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Dracula Meets Al Gore

November 16th, 2013 · 1 Comment · American Humor, Amusing, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Cute, Family Humor, Farce, Funny Banter, Funny Dialogue Story, Funny Environmental, Funny Family, Funny Horror, Funny Husband and Wife Banter, General Humor, Horror, Jokes, Literary, Macabre, Monster, Oddball, Offbeat, Outrageous, Romp, Sardonic, Satire, Screwball, Silly, Uncategorized, Whimsy, Witty, Zany

The 19th century writers Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker were among the first great environmentalists. Their creations – Frankenstein’s “monster” and Count Dracula respectively ‒ blazed new trails in preserving scarce resources. In his research and during the operation that led to his triumph, Dr. Frankenstein was careful to use the purest form of electric […]

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The Priestess and Her Strobe Light Burden

January 28th, 2012 · No Comments · Afterlife, Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, British Humour, Canada Humor, Cop Humor, Disturbing, Fairy Tale, Family, Family Humor, Family Tragedy, Fantasy, Funny Horror, Funny Murder, Funny Paranormal, Ghost Story, Horror, Human Nature, Imagery, Lifestyle, Lyrical, Macabre, Magic Realism, Medieval, Monster, Murder, Mystery, Oddball, Offbeat, Outrageous, Prose Poetry, Religion, Retribution, Revenge, Sardonic, Scary, Screwball, Sorcery, Supernatural, Surprise Twists, Twisted, Witchcraft

With the exception of a section towards the end of this story, all of the events recorded below occurred in one special year. The season and the locales are noted in italics. ** Early spring, Barrie, Ontario, Canada: The first officer on the scene struggled to come up with a reaction. He thought it wasn’t […]

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Foil’s Forsaken Folio

December 18th, 2011 · Comments Off · Academics, Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Clash of the Sexes, Coming of Age, Fairy Tale, Family Humor, Family Tragedy, Fantasy, Funny Horror, Funny Murder, General Humor, General Interest, Horror, Human Nature, Irony, Jokes, Lifestyle, Literary, Macabre, Monster, Murder, Murder Mystery, Not As It Seems, Oddball, Offbeat, Parable, Romance, Sardonic, Satire, School Days, Screwball, Sexual Innuendo, Storytelling, Surprise Twists, Twisted, Whimsy, Zany

There once lived a king who loved the theater. His taste crossed all genres – romances, sophisticated comedies, broad farces and stomach-churning tragedies. He particularly liked historical pieces that featured his ancestors. Watching his predecessors parade around in crowns and tiaras while engaging in outrageous behavior was a self-centered delight. The royals’ peccadilloes were well […]

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Pretty Sure What Done Him In

November 26th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Academics, Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Cop Humor, Cute, Disturbing, Fairy Tale, Family Tragedy, Fantasy, Funny Horror, Funny Murder, Funny Noir, General Humor, Horror, Human Nature, Imagery, Jokes, Lifestyle, Literary, Mood, Murder, Murder Mystery, Mystery, Noir, Not As It Seems, Oddball, Offbeat, Outrageous, Parable, Police Lifestyle, Sardonic, Satire, Scary, Screwball, Slice of Life, Supernatural, Surprise Twists, Twisted, Whimsy, Witty, Zany

“His brain was trashed,” she said. “Excuse me?” was his response. “I don’t know how it happened, but his brain was trashed. You know, like a hotel room after a rock star’s attack of indigestion,” said Corina. “Wow! Any idea how it happened?” asked Chief Inspector Beige. “I’m pretty sure I answered that question.” Corina […]

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Two Men Who Thought They Knew People

February 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Cop Humor, Crossed Wires, Economic Humor, Funny Government, Funny Horror, Funny Monster, Funny Parable, Funny Politics, Funny Scary, Funny Science Fiction, Geopolitics, Human Nature, Lifestyle, Monster, Not As It Seems, Opinion Piece, Parable, Political Humor, Politicians, Satire, Science Fiction, Slice of Life, Storytelling, Surprise Twists, Technology Advances, Whimsy

The lives of two not-so-different men lay in ruins a week after the affair headlined in the media as either the Peoples’ Rally in the Clouds or Civil Unrest in Make-believe Square. Of course that wasn’t the official name. The event was first advertised under the title, World-wide Freedom Day. Preston Fleshman and Stephan Bossberg […]

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The Mystery of the Witch’s Knickers

October 8th, 2010 · 11 Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Charming, Children and Pets, Clash of the Sexes, Crossed Wires, Cute, Difficult Decisions, Entertainment, Family, Family Humor, Fantasy, Funny Horror, General Humor, General Interest, Halloween, Horror, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Monster, Not As It Seems, Oddball, Offbeat, Outrageous, Puns, Romance, Satire, Screwball, Seduction, Sexual Innuendo, Supernatural, Surprise Twists, Twisted, Whimsy, Witty, Zany

Griselda Beamish was happier than she had been in a hundred years. While others of her kind were having trouble adjusting to modern times, Zelda embraced the new. All of the most recent advances in technology made her life simpler. There were opportunities that she could never have imagined before. Take her job for instance. […]

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Giving a Finger to the Moon

November 6th, 2009 · 7 Comments · Afterlife, Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Celebrities, Cute, Dreams, Family Humor, Fantasy, Funny Celebrity, Funny Horror, Funny Paranormal, Ghost Story, Horror, Human Nature, Jokes, Lifestyle, Lyrical, Medical Humor, Movies, Music, Musical Humor, Puns, Science Fiction, Song Lyrics, Supernatural, Theology, Twisted, Whimsy

Frank had learned how to control his dreams. He’d never experienced nightmares before. That’s why the past several months were so disturbing for him.   His power over dreams first came when he was a little boy. He saw a magazine photo of Michelangelo’s famous scene on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome’s Vatican. […]

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Real Estate Purgatory

October 5th, 2009 · 7 Comments · Afterlife, Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Children and Pets, Clash of the Sexes, Entertainment, Family Humor, Family Tragedy, Farce, Funny Horror, Funny Murder, Funny Noir, Funny Scary, Ghost Story, Halloween, Horror, Lifestyle, Love Triangle, Macabre, Murder, Offbeat, Romance, Sexual Innuendo, Supernatural, Surprise Twists, Twisted, Whimsy

My family – wife and two daughters – had already re-located to Calgary. My job in the energy sector was taking me to where the action is, Alberta’s oil patch. I was staying behind temporarily to spend time with our real estate agent, trying to sell our townhome. It was mid-fall and we’d been conducting an […]

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The Weatherman, the Economist and the Gypsy Lady

August 25th, 2009 · No Comments · Allegory or Fairy Tale, American Humor, British Comedy, British Humour, Canada Humor, Children and Pets, Coming of Age, Corruption, Crossed Wires, Economic Humor, Family Humor, Family Tragedy, Funny Banter, Funny Corruption, Funny Crystal Ball, Funny Dialogue Story, Funny Horror, Funny Irony, Funny Murder, Funny Noir, Human Nature, Lifestyle, Murder, Not As It Seems, Outrageous, Sardonic, Satire, Slice of Life, Surprise Twists, Twisted

A weatherman, an economist and a little old gypsy lady were attending a forecasters’ convention. After all the speeches and the events of the first day, they met in a bar and had a few drinks together.   As the night wore on, they challenged each other to reveal their worst forecasting errors.   The […]

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