The Hemingway Challenge, named after the poet Ernest Hemingway, is a celebration of his genius when it came to words. It asks for the writer to convey a story in six words and not more, not less.
The best six word story, I have come across till date, courtesy him, is “For sale : baby shoes, never worn”.
Here’s my first, and hopefully not last, shot at the challenge :
World’s moonlit night, moonless to him.
P.S. : Julia from ‘Life Matters’ is also doing the #sixwordstory challenge. Here’s my favourite from her collection.
Picture Courtesy : Pinterest.
By 2050 :
Mirror, Mirror on the wall!
Who’s the fairest of them all?
Once upon a time, on a full moon night, somewhere in the West, someone may have spent a night like this :
Husband (relaxing after a long day of work in his balcony) : I love how peaceful the night is. Look at the full moon. It is heavenly!
His peace was interrupted by the sound of breaking glass! He hurriedly got up from his seat.
Wife (peeking out of the window from her bedside) : And there goes another bulb from your basketball court.
Husband : How many times will I have to tell your boy to aim for the basket and not for the lights?
Wife : Change the bulb for him tomorrow please. And he’s your son too!
Flopping back on his armchair, he looked up at the sky in exasperation.
Husband (to the moon) : If only you had been a little brighter, I wouldn’t have to keep changing bulbs then!
And that is when the idea hit him!
Husband : What if we made the moon brighter? What more would our company have to do to prove we indeed are the best in the business?
Meanwhile, here in India, on the same night, the moon smiled down as a young man was being agonized by his girlfriend to fish for the right kind of compliment. The Bollywood-romance stricken, Chetan Bhagat-Ravinder Singh avid reader, was barely wading through.
Boyfriend : Baby, you are so beautiful!
Girlfriend : Don’t you have anything new to say?
Boyfriend (clutching at any straws he could find!) : You’re as beautiful as the full moon!
Girlfriend (looking up at the sky) : The moon? This moon? The moon has black spots! Just look at it. I can’t believe you think I have bad skin. I use Fair And Lovely every day.
She walks off in a huff.
Boyfriend (hassled) : I wish someone gave a Fair And Lovely to the moon too!
Realizing she wasn’t coming back, he hurried to catch up with her!
Little did he know someone, somewhere was planning to do just that!
Jokes aside, here’s what a Swedish cosmetics company has proposed to achieve, if all goes well :
A Sweden-based cosmetics company has proposed a bizarre new method to eliminate the need for streetlights – brighten the surface of the Moon.The idea is to use materials already on the Moon to lighten its surface. The goal is to reflect slightly more sunlight onto Earth, making the night sky brighter, according to the company’s think-tank Foreo Institute.A brighter night sky would mean less need for streetlights, which could potentially translate to less electricity usage and thus fewer globe-warming carbon emissions, it said.…
“Making the Moon brighter is not something I’ve ever heard of in the geoengineering literature,” said Ben Kravitz, a postdoctoral researcher in the atmospheric sciences and global change division of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Foreo’s claims to have raised USD 52 million for research and testing and a timeline on the company’s website says its first Moon mission is slated for 2020 with new rovers deploying every three years.
Foreo suggests the brightening effect would happen gradually over 30 years, allowing humans and animals time to adjust.
What do you have to say about it? 😉
P.S. : Regardless to say, I do not intend to harm anyone’s sentiments scientifically or cosmetically!