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Welcome to the Short Stories Newsletter. I am Shannon and I'm your editor this week.
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"Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience." ~ Mark Twain
Did you know that in my home state of Idaho it's illegal to eat another human being except during "extreme life-threatening conditions as the only apparent means of survival"? (1) Whew! Thank God they clarified that with actual legislation. I mean, times are tough, am I right? I've been eyeballing my neighbors and Googling recipes.
Having been born and raised in Alaska, I can attest to the fact that The Last Frontier has some pretty strange laws too. For instance, Moose aren't allowed on Fairbanks' city sidewalks (2) and statewide, drunks aren't allowed in establishments (bars) that sell alcohol. (3)
Knowing these facts got me thinking. What other ridiculous rules and regulations exist in America? Here are but a few:
In Connecticut, a pickle cannot be sold unless it bounces when dropped from a one-foot height, thus proving it is fit for human consumption. (4)
Better think twice before selling your children in Florida. That crap's a felony in The Sunshine State. (4)
"Listen here, city slicker: Galesburg [Illinois] city law strictly prohibits 'fancy riding' of any bicycle on city streets, particularly riding with both hands removed from the handlebars, both feet removed from the pedals, or 'any acrobatic' shenanigans on your fancy velocipede." (4)
Got a hankerin' to wrestle a bear in Missouri? Fuggedaboudit! (5)
If you live in Nebraska and plan to tie the knot, better keep that VD on the DL. It is illegal for someone with a sexually transmitted disease to get married in The Cornhusker State. (5)
In Utah, it's illegal to bite your opponent during a boxing match. (5) I'm sure Evander Holyfield would give this particular law two lobes up.
"This ordinance is from 1984, and I will level with you, I didn’t look too hard to see if it was still current because you should all respect it regardless. If you are the one to confirm the existence of Sasquatch and then decide to kill Sasquatch, you are guilty of a misdemeanor and face a fine, jail, or both. It used to be a felony, which seems fitting. 'Sasquatch' here is legally interchangeable with the terms 'Yeti,' 'Bigfoot,' and 'Giant Hairy Ape,' but it seems clear that if you kill Sasquatch—by any name—it is you who are the true monster." (6)
Did your protagonist perform onstage and have the audacity to stop singing mid-song in the state of Montana? (6) Did she spend a night in the slammer for taking big cat selfies with The Tiger King in New York? (6) Did he make glue out of dead skunks in Oklahoma? (6) Did they pee on the Alamo, sell homemade cookies in Wisconsin, or leave a fence open in Wyoming? (6) All illegal and all hilarious short story ideas. Share your thoughts, comments, and creations by responding to this newsletter and I will share them in my next edition.
P.S. Every registered author who shares their ideas and/or creative endeavors relating to or inspired by this week's topic will receive an exclusive trinket. I will retire this month's limited-edition trinket at 11:59 p.m. WDC time on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, when my next short stories newsletter goes live.
"Suppose you were a member of congress, and suppose you were an idiot.
But I repeat myself." ~ Mark Twain
Thank you for reading.
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One night, while on vacation visiting my grandparents at their lake house in Montana, she wakes me up in the middle of the night and takes me out into the middle of the lake on a boat. It was a full moon, and she told me she read somewhere that an old sailor's natural remedy for warts is to rub raw potatoes on the warts under the light of the full moon, then throw the potatoes overboard. So that's just what we did... and, no, the warts didn't go away.
A few years later, they went away on their own. Although my mom, up until as recently as earlier this year, still maintained that it was her old sailor's remedy (albeit delayed) was the real reason I no longer have any warts on my hands. You could see in her eyes when she said it that she thought it was funny and ridiculous, but she never broke character, not even once.
Mary Ann MCPhedran/fearless writes: Thank you for sharing the newsletter with me. Animal stories. I have one to tell.
Sylvester came to me as a tiny kitten. He likes to be nursed and pampered, and at first, he scratched and bit if he didn't' get your attention. As well as scratching the new leather chairs and swinging from the curtains. Now Sylvester is a clever cat. He can open the window to let himself in and out of our home. One morning I entered my living room and I'd had a few drinks the night before, and I thought I was seeing double because there were 2 of them making themselves comfortable on my chairs. I scolded him and told him he was too naughty.
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Elycia Lee ☮ writes: Great newsletter, Shannon. I'm sorry you lost your dad in December. You are right. Last year is such a horrible year. I struggle to keep a heart of gratitude. I have a good friend who is always grateful and I want to learn to be like her. Somehow, I always find myself sinking into the emotional depths of complaints when things don't go my way. It made me feel miserable and it's so hard to change. I'll try the activity you suggest. I have a job but I think I'll lose it soon. I have a wonderful family but I didn't dare to visit them because the virus got real bad over the past two months. My friends - church group - had problems on their own. So, we didn't connect well and I left from the lack of support. I am thankful that we still have a roof over our heads and food on the table. I'm glad I have my hubby's support. My family and my hubby are all I ever have right now. Besides my relationship with God.
dragonwoman writes: Practicing gratitude has sustained me during the last difficult months.
sindbad writes: Hi, Shannon. As always you express complex things that interest us all in a simple, informative, and interesting manner. This is indeed a rare skill. You have developed it to a level that can relate to all cross-sections of people in this world. Great job indeed.
Patrece~ writes: I really enjoyed reading this newsletter! You make some very good points in it. Humankind really needs to learn to appreciate what we do have, and not dwell so much on what we wish for and can't have. Thank you for that valuable reminder!
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