dennis scharnberg

fluid flow properties

“Loose Reptiles,” read the sign.  Whether it was a warning or a boast was not clear.

Dell Arbogast,  The Null Hypothesis and Other Stories.

beans and frankness

“You’re not a Nihilist are you, Georgie?”

“Well, I don’t know.  I would love to visit Egypt some day.”

Diana Moone,  Living Well.

watch the birdie

Order is a useful illusion.

Godfrey Tooke,  Collected Aphorisms.

unfortunate boating catastrophe

The falling tree—with no person present—creates a wind, yes, but not a sound.

Hampton Fancher,  Variations on the Red Barn Con.

walking on stilts

“I would expect about 370 pages, Patricia.  And each one of those pages will be loaded with carefully constructed sentences that I certainly do not want to read.”

Thaddeus Crewes,  Crowded Evil World.

no side effects

“Why would you want to be like that, Jameson?  Why would anybody?”

“Wanting has absolutely nothing to do with it.”

Mark Anthony,  The Tale of the Mirror.

x minus y

“What is it about collecting the old coins, Otto?  Why do you like that?”

“There is no noise.  None at all.”

Christopher Blasey,  The Perplexity of the Two Doors.

null and void

“Hum it all away, Alice.  Just hum it away.”

Stephanie Biggers,  Cat Farming in Nigeria.

packing trunk blues

Practice the science of not noticing.

Godfrey Tooke,  Collected Aphorisms.

salt on tail


Andrew Tertullian,  Pandora’s Ponderous Puns.