This is a special feature, Humor 41, in honor of April Fools’ Day. We were looking for humorous stories 41 words or fewer (fourth month, the first day).
Two winners determined by a readers’ poll get either a copy of our editor, Mark Budman’s book “My Life at First Try” or our editor Sue O’Neill’s “Don’t Mean Nothing.”
Publishers Weekly described “My Life at First Try” this way: “This blazingly fast and funny ‘semi-autobiographical’ novel follows a Russian man’s comically earnest pursuit of the American dream.”
From “Don’t Mean Nothing” review:
“With remarkable restraint and uncommon poignancy, O’Neill . . . delivers assertions of humanity from the depths of a barbarous war.”—Boston Magazine
The following entries are the runner-ups. Please vote for the your favorite entry.
by Vincent Poturica
I’m Dead. And I still don’t know anything.
by James Valvis
Kneeling, an old man prayed all day.
The priest was impressed. “What are you praying for?” the priest asked.
“Yes. My knees locked, so I was praying for someone to happen by and help me up.
by Bruce McAllister
Passion in the Time of Prohibition
by John Murray Lewis
Inspector O’Grady nursed his bourbon. He made love to it. Later, they would enjoy a few short years of happiness together. But tonight, there was a case to solve: just who was flooding the speakeasy scene with attractive, sentient hooch?