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The 100 Word Stories Podcast

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100 word stories written and recorded by Laurence Simon every day, and a Weekly Challenge rounding up the best 100 word stories on a given topic every Sunday.


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Weekly Challenge #707 – BOOM
Richard Lizzie Serendipidy Tom Norval Joe Planet Z RICHARD Boom Town It’s amazing what you can do with clever advertising. Dingo Gulch was a dead end, no hope, washed out hovel in the back end of nowhere, but the mayor hired a top notch PR company, whose glossy brochures and slick ads sold us as a boom town… And, before you know it, we had prospectors, speculators, investors and entrepreneurs beating down our doors to get a piece of the action. It didn’t last long, of course, when people realised what a dump Dingo Gulch was, they pulled out sharpish – but not before they’d spent all their cash! Boom town! LIZZIE Boom, and the moon was gone. No one believed it could happen, but it did. The so-called brotherly neighbors from next door, meaning the next galaxy or wherever they came from, threatened to do it and everyone laughed, not a care in the world. Then, it happened. Those damn little green jerks. Ever since they moved in with all that scientific progress, new ideas, new concepts, new gadgets, life was a lot more complicated. That resonant boom was only outmatched by the roaring sound of space ships exploding as they left Earth. Oops! “Should we prepare for war?” someone asked. SERENDIPIDY I still hear the boom of artillery, even though the war is done. I can still smell the acrid tang of napalm, even on the freshest of breezes. The insistent thud of choppers; the whine and thud of missiles; the staccato clatter of machine gun fire pervades my waking hours, and stirs me from my sleep. And, over it all, the screams and cries of my fallen comrades; the pungent smell of cordite, sweat and blood. Even now. Even after all these years. And, somehow, I have been forgotten. For although I was a soldier. I was also Viet Cong. — TOM Boom The second best thing to a controlled fire is, wait for it … things that go BOOM. Yup from M80s to Bikini Atoll, boom just can’t help but put a smile on ones face. Of course being on the business end of boom, not so good. As a rule landmines not of the top ten boom list. That’s boom bad. What I’m talking about is a deep pre-adolescent desire to see thing fly apart with sufficient amount of loudness. I still have a boom scar from my gas pool plastic Bismarck explosion. It was a teachable moment for damage radius NORVAL JOE Whatever had been used to cause such a boom in the corner of the cafeteria also produced a large amount of smoke. The smoke continued to rise toward the ceiling, even while Ms. Frunsio ranted about how much trouble all the boys would be in when she found out who had caused the explosion. As it reached the ceiling it set off the smoke detectors and the sprinklers kicked on. Boys and girls ran from the cafeteria, screaming and covering their heads, except for Billbert who stayed to watch Linoliumanda dancing to music only she could hear, water raining down. PLANET Z Every time Ricky Ka sacks a quarterback, he gets down on one knee and waits for the crowd to shout KA-BOOM! And he jumps up with his arms raised. He racked up a dozen sacks in his rookie year, twenty in his next year. Defensive player of the year award. Again and again. KA-BOOM! KA-BOOM! KA-BOOM! Playoff wins, two Super Bowl rings. Then came the injuries. Knee surgery. Shoulder surgery. Back from rehab, and then done for good. Hall of Fame ceremony, he got down on one knee. KA-BOOM. He held his chest, fell over, and never got back up.
The next weekly topic is WHO CARES?
Hi there. This is Laurence Simon of the 100 Word Stories Podcast at Every week, I post a topic for the Weekly Challenge, where you come up with the stories and I collect them up and share them. Want to give it a try? The topic of the next 100 Word Stories Weekly Challenge is WHO CARES? Write a 100 word story on that topic. Then, send it in an email to isfullofcrap (at) with the subject line of WEEKLY CHALLENGE. Also, suggest a topic or topics for future Weekly Challenges. Do you have a website where people can learn more about you and your writing? Include the URL to that website. Most importantly, include a recording of your story. Be sure to introduce yourself to the audience. I put the episode together on Sunday morning. However, if you need more time, I can put your story up on the feed in a separate post. Good luck, and as always… keep it brief. JAN 6 corner JAN 13 adult JAN 20 The Devil JAN 27 PICK TWO judge, delivery, your, lion, unicorn, cherry, Incense, if FEB 3 transmission FEB 10 mug FEB 17 sharp FEB 24 PICK TWO bob, stitch, eaten, pittance, delete, trumpet, ribcage, ticke, Ziegler MAR 3 wordy MAR 10 kill MAR 17 why can’t you be more like your sister? MAR 24 confluence MAR 31 PICK TWO standard, grafitti, blinding, blithering, pony, sparkle, amuse, Fire APR 7 emotive APR 14 charge APR 21 potato chips APR 28 PICK TWO hire, heart attack, strip, weaponize, fink, nancy, Bumbling, volt MAY 5 jack MAY 12 slurp MAY 19 zone MAY 26 PICK TWO stunted growth, bath, passive, pelt, atmosphere,nameless,tendency JUN 2 surrounded JUN 9 losing JUN 16 logic JUN 23 plot JUN 30 PICK TWO reason, discretion, zone, stunt, simple, deadwood, Tuba JUL 7 current JUN 14 devotion JUL 21 peer JUL 28 PICK TWO alligator, bath, vindictive, caterwaul, mildred, bruises, That’s Life, mush AUG 4 speed AUG 11 lady AUG 18 partners AUG 25 PICK TWO German, in the darkness…, vehicle, halfway, cute, color-coded, Pan SEP 1 furrow SEP 8 dresser SEP 15 void SEP 22 net SEP 29 PICK TWO avoid, intertwine, den, get, fudged, meltdown, Tan OCT 6 smutty OCT 13 sturdy OCT 20 tool OCT 27 PICK TWO saucy, holidays, turtle, boom, cluster, chainsaw, Breast NOV 3 boom NOV 10 who cares? NOV 17 option NOV 24 PICK TWO panel, acid, blaine, current, coma, stink, Taste DEC 1 sassy DEC 8 the F word DEC 15 broken DEC 22 throne DEC 29 PICK TWO probiotic, seventh, fletch, brown manilla envelope, mention, that’s what she said…, Support NEXT YEAR’S TOPICS crunch fake shark pulled from the water quirk pride ploy goof exposed hankering lapse photobomb contest hop to it toys pain treading water protect tinfoil gate gulf device zimbabwe selfie jute impossible do the needful icon not dendrite sanitize ecology rash aberration plinth mnemonic wrought chemistry nobody gets out of here alive empowered illuminate null smartphone audio alternative hot seek We apologise for the inconvenience mushroom what’s that on the radar? mass trade headache pick me? It’s not you, it’s me cleave ninny powder case chewable grasshopper signals from outer space here be monsters! deadly who’s blood is that? beans traitor pick a card… any card! removal shopping confused tipsy offer early camp deploy anchor indigo anchor shell squeaky clean jaw amphibious money boxer kitten piano mongoose tower cartoon evil serve revolution the hand that feeds you soar shop to hell with the critics hot potato plump chainsaw cluster reward puppet global
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Fat Freddy was so fat, he couldn’t see the numbers on the scale. So, he bought a talking scale. No, the talking scale didn’t groan or say “Only one at a time!” It just told him his weight. In kilograms. Which is a smaller number than pounds. Freddy thought it was telling him his weight in pounds. When he used his treadmill, it was set to use kilometers. So he thought he was walking more miles than he actually walked. He died of a massive heart attack. His family paid for the funeral in dollars. American dollars, not Canadian dollars.


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Apr 17th, 2017
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Nov 9th, 2019
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