Wednesday, January 30, 2013

From the Temple at Delphi





Excedrin Headache No. 47


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Picture prompt above, "story" below, and my shortest post ever at an itty-bitty four words.  Yeah, it's kind of a cheat, but maybe I owe words back for all the posts in which I shamefully rampaged wildly past the designated 100 word limit.

If you're too young to remember the famous "Excedrin Headache Number" commercials, here's two of the classics.  Not sure if they still make them, but I know they lasted far past the era of these two.  

Sure to cure your headache is an ample dose of the offerings of the Fabulous Friday Fictioneers and Groundhog Appreciation Society for February 1, 2013.  No prescription required.

53 comments:

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields said...

Ha! The title's longer than your "story."

Perry Block said...

Yes, there ought to be some kind of award for that, I think.

greenwalledtower said...

Sometimes all it takes is a caption. :) Very funny.

worksbyclaire said...

Hah! Painfully clever.

Perry Block said...

And this post features much more character development than my usual! Thanks, Dave.

Perry Block said...

Yes, but it hurts me more than it does you!

Great prompt, Claire; admire your work.

tenwordstory said...

That was bloody brilliant! haha

wmqcolby said...

HAHAHAHAHAHA! OK, Perry. I'll give you this one. After all, I DO remember those commercials and the "story" really says it all. Thanks!

Russell said...

I remember those too.

theeclecticeccentricshopaholic said...

cheat! ^^ unfortunately, i have no idea what you're talking about.lol i'll check out the commercials. knowing you, it's gotta be hilarious. hmmmn, yeah it kinda looked to me too like someone is trying to come out of the person's head... a split personality. two dominany personalities struggling for power -- yeah i believe that'll cause a hell of a headache ^^

janet said...

Perry, how rude of you to make those of us of a certain age reveal ourselves by understanding your story. :-) I guess you weren aspirin' to do something a little different this week. And it worked.

janet

train-whistle said...

hahaha, my laugh for the day. I'm old enough to remember.

muZer said...

hehe.. I had to look up the commercial to know what you are talking about. And i know now.. Some times few words say it all.. :-)

Sandra Crook said...

You never miss the mark, even briefly. :)

Perry Block said...

Well, in all due modesty it was brilliant. Not sure it was "bloody brilliant! ha, ha," though.

Thanks, Misanthropic One.

Perry Block said...

Thanks, Kent. And it's great to get away with four words or less on any assignment!

Perry Block said...

You remember those? Oh, come now.

I remember commercials for leeches.

Perry Block said...

I knew that some people wouldn't know the Excedrin commercials, but my laziness this week exceeded my desire to be universally accessible. Hope the clips helped!

Perry Block said...

Yes, I wasn't interested at all in buffering anyone's feelings.

So there.

Perry Block said...

All of us old enough to remember have one big Excedrin headache all right!

Parul said...

How do I write a comment shorter than your "story"?!
I really like your "brevity".
I don't think anyone ever got this frugal with words in this gang before. It's a world record!
Headache, LOL!!

Brudberg said...

Have not seen the commercial, but to have an outgrowth like that is clearly an issue.

writeondude said...

Ok, this one's a bit US-centric and clearly waaay before my time. But I definitely think you should get something for having a longer title than story. In fact, I'm off to create myself a new 101 word title!

Beth said...

LOVED this. Very clever, and yes, I do remember those commercials (barely). Ha!

Maybe you should become a six-word memoirist like me. Go to my blog and you'll find posts about it. Hemingway started the whole phenom.

Beth said...

http://banterwithbeth.blogspot.com

Perry Block said...

Thanks, Beth. Anyone who says they liked the post gets a free complimentary "but you can't possibly be old enough to remember those commercials!" directly from me. And this was yours.

I'll take a look at six word memoirizing, but in general it takes me more than six words to clear my throat.

Perry Block said...

That's a nice compliment that you went and did research in order to get a joke. I don't think that joke was worth it, but thank you for thinking it might have been!

Perry Block said...

Thanks, Sandra. A lucky shot, I guess.

Perry Block said...

The comment you might have written which would have been shorter than my story was "sucks."

But thanks for not writing that! (`I was thinking it.)

Perry Block said...

And an outgrowth that appears to be judging you as well.

Quite frankly, I doubt even the Excedrin would have been strong enough here!

Perry Block said...

Looking forward to reading your title real soon!

Probably won't bother with the story ....

Douglas MacIlroy said...

Dear Perry,

This does make up for two and a half of your stories. Good job.

Aloha,

Doug

kindredspirit23 said...

I remember.
Scott
Mine: http://kindredspirit23.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/3636/

joelib92 said...

I hate to admit I remember, but i guess I am among peers. Very interesting take and funny to the last.

bridgesareforburning said...

Hi Perry,
Sorry, I was too lazy to read your whole story. I got tired in the middle after "headache" so I can only comment on the first part. I thought it was a painful story, heady and cerebral. Ron

Tom Poet said...

What is this some kind of a sick joke?

Tom

newpillowbook said...

I guess being sculpted would be enough to bring on an Excedrin headache! But how will they manage to swallow the stuff? Clever.

newpillowbook said...

Don't you mean bufferin' ?

Shirley said...

Haven't heard that commercial in years. Great job.

Perry Block said...

Two and a half of my stories, Doug? One of them was 347 pages long.

I've still got a lot of atoning to do.

Perry Block said...

I miss those commercials. I miss Dick Cavett too, whose voice is on both of them.

I am old. I miss not being.

Perry Block said...

Thanks, but please don't use the expression "to the last" to anyone who's old enough to remember those commercials!

Perry Block said...

Don't worry, Ron. The Cliff's Notes come out next week.

Perry Block said...

The sickest. The not funny kind.

At least it was over fast.

Perry Block said...

Good Question! Headache No. 48.

Perry Block said...

Thank you, Shirley. But you can't possibly be old enough to remember those commercials.

See above

elmowrites said...

With brevity like this, you should look at entering some of those "six word story" contests, Perry. Thanks for lightening the load this week!

Perry Block said...

You're welcome. Drop your load here anytime, Elmo/Jennifer!

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