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The condensed directions: Read the cue, react to the cue. There's no right answer, no research required. I cite sources where applicable but it's all about coming up with creative answers. Winners are picked in a week.

The number one rule? Have FUN!!!

05/23 - I'll be naming final winners this week!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Parrot Fever

In the News: - This category features news-related prompts. (No research necessary - just make it up)

Today, it's swine flu. A few years ago, bird flu. Write a news article to accompany the following headline:
In 1929, Parrot Fever Gripped the Country
Source: NPR - this is an actual headline.

We have a winner!!! (11/09/09)
People are in a panic as they do all they can to prevent themselves from getting this flu and the side effects that can come with it. People have reported their noses growing to parrot size dimensions and shape as they struggle with this illess. There have been no reports of noses not reducing in size after the flu is over, however. In the meantime, people are eating in over abundance the only food known so far to prevent this epidemic and bags of peanuts are disappearing quickly off of grocers' shelves.
Big ups to: Betty @ a corgi in southern california
Method of Selection: Betty understands that we are a very vain people. Screw health, just don't let me have a big nose!

6 comments:

C. Beth said...

In '29 New Yorkers were rash--
On parrots they spent all their cash.
The birds fell, one and all
On New York's street called Wall--
The original stock market crash.

TMC said...

I'm totally boycotting today's game because I didn't win for last week.

(also, I'm swamped today & don't feel I can give 100%. I play to win.)

That corgi :) said...

People are in a panic as they do all they can to prevent themselves from getting this flu and the side effects that can come with it. People have reported their noses growing to parrot size dimensions and shape as they struggle with this illess. There have been no reports of noses not reducing in size after the flu is over, however. In the meantime, people are eating in over abundance the only food known so far to prevent this epidemic and bags of peanuts are disappearing quickly off of grocers' shelves

(congrats to last week's winner :)

betty

Mellodee said...

Press Release: In a surprise announcment today, the International Brotherhood of Parrot Protectors, have finally admitted the culpability of the parrot in the Stock Market Crash and Great Depression that began in 1929. The last few years of the "Roaring 20s" were filled with excesses of all types from bootleg hootch to the "Flappers". One of the biggest trends was the popularity among the Flappers to accessorize their outfits with the largest most colorful live parrots they could find. This led to a world-wide shortage of Amazon parrots available for legal purchase. It is generally accepted on Wall Street, that the ultimate failure of the enormous Black Market in the Parrot trade, that developed was the first business failure that caused a domino effect as one business after another collapsed leading to Black Monday in October, 1929.

The press release also clarified that many of the suicides on that day were not bankrupt businessmen as has long been believed. No, the majority of the suicides were really young women trying to fly with their pet parrots.

All parrots in captivity will don black leg bands in memory of their lost ancestors!

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

Flappers everywhere are throwing out their feather boas, fearful of contamination.

2cats said...

With the crash of Wall Street just over there is widepspread panic in the streets over...wait for it...PARROTS!

No one ever dreamed that it only took 3 weeks from conception to hatching. With everyone now owning a parrot the area is being overrun with the silly birds. And as yet not one of them can talk.

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