Take It To The Limit
Forrest J. Ackerman Cosmic Report Card: Earth
(For this he was paid $100 for the initial sale, as well as for four more sales, so he was paid (he estimates) at a nominal $500 per word per sale, or $2500 per word for all five. Not bad for a night's work, especially in 1973)
(But this guy managed to top it:)
M. Stanley Bubien The Life and Times of the Laziest Man Who Ever Lived
Frederic Brown The Last Man On Earth
The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door.
For Sale: baby shoes. Never worn.
This inspired a later challenge to other writers:
The Story of Adam
SS Assignment Sex, Royalty, Religion, Mystery
"My God," said the queen, "I'm pregnant. I wonder who did it?"
M. Stanley Bubien All the President's Men
Yes sir. You're absolutely right once again sir.
Bubien has a web page of other very short stories
Chris Worth The Boatman
“I can’t see” complained the man.
“That’s because of the pennies on your eyes,” said the boatman.
Martin Marks Pink Slip
He had never enjoyed losing his job so much, he thought,
leaping from her bedroom window with his boss in hot pursuit.
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