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« on: July 05, 2009, 07:29:09 pm »

"It was a dark and stormy night"

<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_was_a_dark_and_stormy_night">is a phrase penned by Victorian novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton at the beginning of his 1830 novel Paul Clifford.</a>
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<img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/9/95/LordLytton_Omnibus.jpg/180px-LordLytton_Omnibus.jpg">
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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2009, 08:04:42 pm »

"It was a dark and stormy night, and the captain said to the mate "Tell us a story." So the mate began, "It was a dark and stormy night, and the capatin said to the mate "Tell us a story." So the mate began, "It was a dark and stormy night...."
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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2009, 08:06:13 pm »

It was a dark and stormy night, so I threw some more coal on as I didn't fancy walking up the garden to fetch wood.
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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2009, 09:38:47 pm »

Is it possible that you are familiar with the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Competition?
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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2009, 02:31:17 am »

It was a dark and stormy night when Horatio decided to write his 'great American novel'.  He sat down at his desk, put pen to paper and wrote...  'It was a dark and stormy night...
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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2009, 11:16:20 am »

It was a dark and stormy night and there was such a howling and a screaming at the door, claws and teeth could be heard tearing in to the old wooden door, we all sat in terror huddle round the dimly glowing fire dreading what was the otherside of the door, what could it be? some demented insane creature? a demon? our thoughts ran wild in our heads and fear thumped in our hearts, till mother stormed through from the kitchen and yelled "will somebody let the poor bloody cat in !"
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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2009, 03:54:58 pm »

It was a dark and stormy night. I was riding my trusty steed, racing the wind. I had to make it there tonight, I didn't have a choice. So I hunched lower in the saddle and rode hard. Suddenly I noticed a tiger pacing me to the left! I dodged right, directly into the path of a lion! I flicked the reigns hard, and glanced behind me. A giant bear was coming up from behind! I pushed my mount harder, then suddenly he came to a stop!

A man came up to me and said, "I have to shut the carousel down early, the storm is getting too bad!"
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« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2009, 05:10:47 pm »

It was a dark and stormy night. The girl grabbed what she would need...a candle, a book, a bell, and a bottle of whiskey and went outside. She had one chance. The moon was in the right place and she had to be in the graveyard at exactly three a.m. There was only one way to contact the old woman and she was beginning to dread what she would have to do. If she had to cross the threshold between life and death tonight then so be it. Her lover would be avenged if she had to die to do it.
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« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2009, 07:06:05 pm »

It was a dark and stormy night.  No, really, it was.  The first winds of the hurricane had hit the island just before sunset, and, in a new record, had managed to knock down four different power lines along the Keys in just under fifteen minutes.  There was no way the utilities people were going out in this weather to fix them, so we were stuck with, quite literally, a dark and stormy night.
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« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2009, 06:06:33 am »

"It was a dark and stormy night, and the captain said to the mate "Tell us a story." So the mate began, "It was a dark and stormy night, and the capatin said to the mate "Tell us a story." So the mate began, "It was a dark and stormy night...."

My dad and I say that ALL the time!! It annoys my mother to no end... which makes it all the more fun!! Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2009, 06:59:21 am »

Aye, it were a dark and a stormy noight, when outter the darkness there rode a stormy knight! He were all covered in darkness and his bloody eyes was all stormy...
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« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2009, 07:36:39 am »

     T'was a dark and stormy night, the cold wind creaked through the slatted wood walls. Cursing the cold, the old man threw another book on the fire. "Such a waste" he sighed, for the wood outside was far to wet to burn, and the only things left in the room were books and walls. Settling himself next to the fire, the old man shuddered, and wrapped the treadbare blanket closer about him. It was to be a long night ahead.

     The rain finally let up three days later, but it was already to late. the old man had starved to death in the rickety old cabin. No one ever came to find him, and by the time some unfortunate soul stubbled across the spot, the old man was one with the dirt. Much of the cabin had crumbled from the weight of time on it's old joints. All that truly remained was a single book, some how sheltered from the harsh weather of Rupert's Land.

     The passerby stooped into the decprid shack, seeking shelter for the night. Reassembling the partially destroyed firepit, he lit a small fire, and looked about. Near the non exsistant west wall, he spotted something. Walking over, he shoveled some of the old planks aside, and found the old man's bones. Startled, the man jumped back a bit, but on closer expection, realized that the skeleton would cause him no harm.

     Also noted, was the book, still tight in the old mans grasp. The man reached over and plucked it from the dead fingers of the old man. Flipping through a few pages, he realized he had found a....
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« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2009, 08:22:07 am »

It was a dark and stormy night, yet no rain touched the gritty sand that spread for an eternity around me. The little of my face I'd left exposed stung from the grains whipped about by the swirling wind. Navigation had become impossible. All of the stars had been swallowed by the mighty thunderheads. The towering columns of vapor glowed as lightning leapt from cloud to cloud, accompanied by the timpani rolls of thunder.

As remarkable a sight as the storm was, I hadn't come to the Sahara for the weather patterns. Cresting a dune, I hauled my tired camel to a stop. The reins nearly slipped from my fingers.

I'd found the St. Anne.

She was little more than a half-buried fractured wreck bearing a token resemblance to the majestic airship she had once been. I slid my magnivisors down and in place. My confidence swelled with each additional glance. A treasure ship, lost for nearly decades, and here I'd found her.

She'd gone down in a tempest much like the one rumbling over my very head. Mysterious circumstances, they said. Only a single survivor had walked away from her wreck, and he'd somehow survived a week-long trudge through the desert.

The airship was a pure historical artifact, with a quality price to match. And, if her cargo was still aboard, this little adventurer from the Bronx was in for the good life.

"Hut-hut!" I said. The camel sidled forward, carrying me towards the wrecked ship.

I smiled as I bounced across the sand. The St. Anne. Just where I'd left her. Just where I'd put her. I'd nearly died in crossing the desert. Now it was time to collect on my efforts.
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« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2009, 05:38:28 pm »

It was a stark and dormy night, as the Residence Halls had not yet been furnished...
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« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2009, 06:14:06 pm »

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It was a stark and dormy night,

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It was a dark and stormy night in the aether.  The ion-streams were in a knot, and the intrepid crew of HMS Valentia could only huddle in their berths, waiting for the streams of incandescent fire to ebb away.

It was worse for little Vick.  Tucked into the belly of the shuddering warship, she cursed the day she decided to stow away.  Her grimy face screwed up in terror as a ball of roiling St. Elmo's fire emerged from the hull and crackled down the gangway towards her.

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« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2009, 06:31:01 pm »

To paraphrase GeisterLibrarian

It was a dark and stormy night,
  Too bad for little Vick
The warship tossed and turned so much
  It made her very sick!
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« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2009, 06:57:36 pm »

It was a dark and stormy night, which was a shame because the gods were actually feeling quite chipper today and it was irritating when the weather didn't co-operate. So they decided to go cow-tipping with some lightning bolts they found under the rug, but this backfired when they realised that this didn't so much tip the cows as griddle them to a wonderfully crispy state, so they gave up on this pretty quickly and had a barbecue instead. But then the rain put the fire out and they were most upset. And to make matters worse, the storm wound itself up just as they were all ready to settle down and have a good long cry.

Damn that contrary weather.
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« Reply #17 on: July 10, 2009, 08:00:29 pm »

It was a dark and stormy night and by a fluke or coincidence, a certain Mrs. Night gave birth to twins. After some thought the twins were named as Dark and Stormy, so even when the weather is fine and sunny there is still a Dark and Stormy Night.
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« Reply #18 on: July 10, 2009, 09:20:50 pm »

It was a dark and stormy night as I was reading these very boards.
One story made me shiver, but many made me giggle.
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« Reply #19 on: July 10, 2009, 09:57:43 pm »

It would have been a Dark and Stormy night if we could have found the ginger beer...
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« Reply #20 on: August 06, 2009, 08:49:43 pm »

"It wasn't a dark and stormy night. It should have been, but there's the weather for you."
--Good Omens (Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett)
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« Reply #21 on: August 06, 2009, 09:27:14 pm »

it was a dark and stormy night, or that's what they would have you believe if you had not seen that it was infact an eve like any other, nothing particularly special... except on this night... you, would die...

{enter creepy music}

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« Reply #22 on: August 06, 2009, 09:31:52 pm »

"It was a dark and stormy night... Suddenly, a door slammed! A maid screamed!  A pirate ship appeared on the horizon!"

Oh, wait, I'm plagiarizing Snoopy... Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: August 06, 2009, 09:35:07 pm »

"It was a dark and stormy night, which was fine with me, as I love dark and stormy nights..."

"It wasn't a dark and stormy night. It should have been, but there's the weather for you."
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I haven't read Good Omens in aaaages! Thanks for quoting that Cheesy
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« Reply #24 on: August 08, 2009, 01:47:10 am »

It would have been a Dark and Stormy night if we could have found the ginger beer...

Aye! Now yer on it, mate! That sounds damnably good right about now.
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