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THEME: HIS -- Historical

October 17, 199333 POST IMPRESSIONISM Give us the opening lines of a big story from American history as it might have been written by someone whose work appears in The Washington Post. Maximum 100 words. You must choose one of three news stories: "Lincoln Assassinated," "Stock Market Crashes" or "Man Walks on Moon." Stephen Licht HIS  30   HTML   
July 17, 199473 LUNACY Tell us what Neil Armstrong should have said upon stepping onto the moon's surface, instead of what he did, the greatest gaffe in the history of Historic Sayings. Stuart Segal HIS  70   HTML   
April 9, 1995108 NEAR MISSES Come up with the first drafts of great lines in history, entertainment or literature. Joseph Romm HIS CUL LIT  105   HTML 
November 19, 1995140 WHAT IF YOU GIVE IT A TRY? Come up with "What-If" scenarios and logical outcomes. Russell Beland HIS  137   HTML 
September 29, 1996185 WONDERLUST Come up with replacements for the Seven Wonders of the World. To qualify, an object must really exist, and be manmade and, in some way, awesome. Don Maclean HIS  182   HTML 
September 14, 1997235 ROOTS Make up historical explanations--they should be vaguely plausible--for the etymology of any term you wish. The term should be the punch line. Sue Lin Chong HIS WOR  232   HTML 
March 15, 1998261 WHAT IF YOU GIVE IT A TRY II Alter some crucial moment in history, and then tell us the likely outcome. Andrew B. Gibson HIS  258   HTML  
April 23, 2000346
Greasy Kids Tough Take any news event from history, recent or ancient, large or small, and rewrite it in 100 words or fewer as it might have appeared in KidsPost. Mary Lou French HIS  342   HTML 
November 26, 2000377
Week MMDCXLIV Provide a headline (and, if necessary, the first line of the text) for any article that will appear in The Washington Post on this day in the year 2050. Tom Witte HEA HIS  373   HTML 
August 26, 2001416
Diff'rent Jokes Describe how things might have been different if a famous person, living or dead, had had one of the provided conditions. Drew Knoblauch HIS  412   HTML 
February 1, 2004543 Read Our Leaps Fill any readers of The Washington Post on Sunday, Feb. 29, 2032, on: (a) the day's lead news story; (b) the highest-flying company and its business; (c) the best-selling self-help book; and/or (d) the day's winning Style Invitational entry. Chris Doyle WAS BUS LIT STY HIS  539   HTML 
August 8, 2004570 Timeline Rhyme Lines Produce colorful chronological couplets about some historical event. They must rhyme and be in good meter. Russell Beland HIS POE  566   HTML 
January 23, 2005594 History Loves Company Name an appropriate corporate sponsor for some historical event or for someone's life story. Jim Getz
Jennifer LaFleur 
BUS HIS  590   HTML 
April 24, 2005607 Contest Fodder Created! Produce absurdly parochial views of historical events. Anne Clark HIS  603   HTML 
July 1, 2007720 The Course of Humor Events Sum up a historical event in a two-line rhyme or other clever and pithy epigram. Chris Doyle POE HIS  716   
October 27, 2007737 No River, No Woods Send us a funny parody of a well-known song, with lyrics that commemorate an occasion other than Christmas or Hanukkah. Brendan Beary POE HIS  733   html 
November 10, 2007739 Lies, All Lies Give us some humorous fictional revelation about a current or past political figure. Joel Knanishu HIS POL FIC  735   html 
March 29, 2008758 Wrong Address Using any of the words of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, in whatever order you like, create your own passage. Barry Koch HIS WOR  754    html 
June 21, 2008770 A Knack for Anachronism Take a famous historical moment, literary passage, or movie scene and place it in an entirely different age. Rick Haynes
Peter Metrinko 
HIS LIT MOV  766    
November 8, 2008790 If Only! Explain how the world would be different had some event not occurred. Chris Doyle POL HIS CUL  786      
February 7, 2009803 The Pepys Show Write a humorous diary or journal entry for someone, famous or not, for any point in history. Jeff Brechlin HIS  799    
December 5, 2009846 Season's gratings Write a brief (50 words or fewer) holiday letter from a personage from past or present, or from fiction. Peter Metrinko HIS LIT  842    
June 19, 2011924 Doomed to repeat it Create "Unreal Facts" about history. Judy Blanchard HIS FIC  920    html 
October 16, 2011941 They don't say! Give us a quote that a particular person, present or past, real or fictional, sooo wouldn't have said. Larry Flynn HIS  937    html 
November 13, 2011945 Laugh-baked ideas Cleverly depict a person, event or phenomenon of the 21st century real history as well as scenes from movies, books, videos, etc. using edible materials, and send us a photo of your creation. Alethea Dopart
Kevin Dopart 
PIX HIS MOV LIT  941    html  
November 10, 20131046 Derive us crazy Offer a bogus but funny explanation of how a particular expression originated. Frank Osen HIS WOR  1042   HTML   E 
March 16, 20141064 HistoRebuffs Alter some moment in history and tell us -- in no more than about 50 words -- the likely outcome. Gary Crockett HIS  1060   HTML   E 
April 26, 20151121 The an(n)als of civilization Briefly describe some "bad day in history" -- you may be creative in what you classify as such -- and sum it up with a humorous heading. Chris Doyle HIS  1117    E 
February 7, 20161161 Give us four Pinocchios Tell us some false "facts" about politicians, present or past. Jeff Shirley HIS POL  1157    E 
January 8, 20171209 Invented facts: A fictoid contest Tell us a humorously untrue account of how a product or invention came to be, or got its name. Rob Huffman HIS  1205    E 
January 22, 20171211 The best tweets in history  Write a stupidly disparaging tweet (140 characters or fewer, including spaces) about some laudable figure of past or present, true or fictional. Gary Crockett HIS  1207    E 
April 2, 20171221 Who's kidding whom? Take two people from history, past or present, and tell what their child would be like Dave Matuskey HIS  1217    E 
November 4, 20181304 All the muse that's fit to print Present a "what if" scenario and explain its effect. Jesse Frankovich HIS CUL  1300     E