I got in the "10 items or less" line behind a woman with 164 things in her
Just trying to strike up a conversation, I said: "I suppose you've never
been praised for your math skills."
She gave me the stink-eye and replied: "If you say one more thing, I'm
calling the manager!"
"One more thing," I said - just to keep the conversation going, mind you.
From this point on, the story's not very interesting, although the part
about the muskrat did have its moments.
I like muskrats. Here's an honorable mention from the Bulyer-Lytton contest
for the worst opening sentence of a novel:
"Clarence stared out the window of the Smithsonian and wondered how many
more goddamn muskrat hides he'd have to stretch before lunch."
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