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Ten Word Wikipedia an exercise in brevity and succinct awesomeness

You know what. You can take your 140 characters and stick them somewhere else on the internet. Because 10 word Wiki is where it’s at as far as concise online writing is concerned.

The “encyclopedia for the ADD generation” has a ten word limit.

Michael Jackson

“Legendary pop singer/songwriter, trouble with press. Died June 2009. “

Australia

“Send your criminals down south to develop a horrible accent.”

Or:

Vast southern country inhabited by ex-convicts, aboriginees, kangaroos and sharks.

The rules are cool:

  • Describe your subject in ten words. No more, no less.
  • We like to stick to single sentence descriptions. Please try.
  • For more fun, make your revision comments ten words also.
  • Regarding images copyright is bad, drawing your own is awesome
  • The facts can be sexy, but don’t use personal opinions.
  • There’s no such word as libel. We’re fairly laid back
  • Bonus “points” for using humour or indeed using some Gludu

Summary Justice

Izaac has introduced a new weekly feature. One sentence summaries of books of the Bible.

In the spirit of this feature comes this site offering one sentence summaries of heaps of movies. Like these…

FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF: Amoral narcissist makes world dance for his amusement.
BLADE: Obsessed loner stalks minority group.
FIGHT CLUB: Deranged sociopath guides yuppies to their deaths.
STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE: Religious extremist terrorists destroy government installation, killing thousands.
STAR WARS: EMPIRE STRIKES BACK: Boy is abused by midget, kisses sister, attempts patricide.
STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI: Handicapped mass murderer kills septugenarian, is lauded.

I’m Pressed*

For anyone looking to get some media coverage through the power of PR (and not willing to pay me big bucks to do it – my Google Profile says I’m a PR Specialist) I endorse most of the content in this article.

“Omit needless words. Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.”

*Weakest heading ever.