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42: A Photo Scavenger Hunt

I started collecting images of “42” during a microstory challenge in which we had to respond to a question in exactly 42 words. That challenge ended, but I continued to pursue 42. It is, after all, the answer to life, the universe, and everything.

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From Chicken Feet to Swan Boats: Birthday Fun in New York and Boston

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42 degrees too timid and squeamish

Junction 42

Gate A42 Denver airportA gate at the airport, seen in Denver after not finding Forrest Fenn’s treasure: Up a Creek, but Unsinkable: Weekend in Denver.
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42 March MadnessAnd I start seeing “42” everywhere: Odds and Ends as Spring Arrives

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42 New York City subway station42: the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything, or in this case, tiles admired in a New York City subway station while I was there for the #BlogHer15 conference.

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CHS parking space number 42

42 cents

Dan holding 42 Home Depot house numbers

42 Facebook reactions

Rum 42%

42 views of a dead chickenA Chicken Experience

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Match time: 42 minutes, Baghdatis v. KarlovicAt the Tennis Hall of Fame

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Bridge marker 42, Newport, RI

42 car stereo

Order 42

Tavern 42

42 W Main St Plantsville CT

42 centimeters

Deli number 42

Duckpin bowling 42 What the Duckpin? in which I terribly stink at bowling.

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Don't Panic towelThanks so much to yeah write for awarding me a special “Don’t Panic” towel as a prize for making a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster cocktail. This is undoubtedly the coolest towel I own. It reads: “Don’t Panic / For Marcy, a frood who really knows where her towel is,” and features the yeah write Gargleblaster badge on the other side..

42 illuminated number pad

Pan Galactic Gargle BlasterOde to the Gargleblaster

For my fellow Gargleblaster enthusiasts:

Check out my Ode to the Gargleblaster (the writing challenge and the cocktail).

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42 recycled cans

Locker 42

Today-42-views

Home Depot $42

And my collected responses to the Gargleblaster, a 42-word microstory challenge:

34. Dance Like Pachamama’s Watching
Dance Like Pachamama's Watching, festival on Amantani island, Peru

  • The prompt: “What’s on fire?”
  • My favorite comment: “And the world is richer for their stubbornness to conform. Great images here!” — Melony of The Write Melony
  • My favorite microstory:HeartBurn” by Hema of Mixed Bag
  • Check out all the responses: Challenge 261 Winners at yeah write

33. Perfection slips away, one shot at a time
Tennis microstory - Perfection slips away

  • The prompt: “Where did the time go?”
  • My favorite comment: “I love how you slow down time with your short short lines. Subtle, clever take on the prompt. Nice to see you here again!” — Jennifer of Graceful Press Poetry
  • My favorite microstory: “Star-crossed” by Christine of Trudging Through Fog
  • Check out all the responsesChallenge #257 Winners at yeah write. Thanks to yeah write for Editor Pick.

32. Cry “Havoc!” in a Sleepy Classroom (Image by Vincenzo Camuccini – public domain)A 42-word microstory that answers the question, "Who let the dogs out?" It was Antony who "let slip the dogs of war" in Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." Image by Vincenzo Camuccini (public domain)

  • The prompt: “Who let the dogs out?”
  • My favorite comment: “My husband teaches 7th grade, and 6th grade English. His favorite line from Star Trek is when Christopher Plummer cries havoc, so I am familiar with this particular line. Of course I loved this!” –Tina of Not Just Another Mother Blogger
  • My favorite microstory: “Unleashed” by Ruby of Whispering Thoughts
  • Check out all the responses: Challenge #225 Winners at yeah write. Thanks to yeah write for Editor Pick and Crowd Fave.

31. How to Avoid the Killing of Darlings
Kill your darlings, gargleblaster, writing

  • The prompt: “What did Christine tell you?”
  • My favorite comment: “I love that a whispered comment during a breakout session stuck with you!! And oh my goodness, how fantastic to have you back again. We missed you!” –Christine of Trudging Through Fog
  • My favorite microstory: “Red Dress” by Stilettos and Soundbytes (which was also inspired by the same Christine)
  • Check out all the responses: Challenge #224 Winners at yeah write. Thanks to yeah write for Editor Pick and Crowd Fave.

30. The Middle Ages

  • The prompt: “How fast were you going?”
  • My favorite comment: “I love how the words can stand alone yet the photos amplify them.” –Cyn K at That Cynking Feeling
  • My favorite Gargleblaster: “Slow Down” by R. Todd of R. Todd Writes…
  • Check out all the responsesGargleblaster #210 Winners at yeah write

29. Get mine
Elephants painting in Thailand

  • The prompt: “What’s in it for me?”
  • My favorite comment: “Sad, but true. This will stick with me for a long time.” — Susan Shuman at Susan Writes Precise
  • My favorite Gargleblaster: “Sideshow” by TMW Hickman at Not Just Another Mother Blogger
  • Check out all the responses: Gargleblaster #187 Winners at yeah write

28. Elephant Ride
Elephant Gargleblaster

  • The prompt: “When did our elephants leave?”
  • My favorite comment: “Nice! I liked the double use of goad. And I really enjoyed seeing the photos! Baby elephants are so sweet!” — Kinley at Kinley Dane
  • My favorite Gargleblaster: “What We Wouldn’t Say” by Kinley at Kinley Dane
  • Check out all the responses: Gargleblaster #184 Winners at yeah write

27. Soaring
Marcy hang gliding Switzerland

  • The prompt: “Is this your first time?”
  • My favorite comment: “I’d love to do hang gliding someday and wonder if I’d muster courage to do it again :-)” — Uma at My Musings
  • My favorite Gargleblaster: “Adult Education” by Kymm at Better Lies
  • Check out all the responses: Gargleblaster #183 Winners at yeah write

26. Karma in a Plastic Bag
Instant Karma Gargleblaster w text

  • The prompt: “What did she tell you?”
  • My favorite comment: “For one, lovely writing! For two, the notion of letting go a critter does seem like it would be good for the soul. But the poor critters were captured! It does make me wonder if they live such a false freedom each day.” — Renada Styles at A Windless Sound
  • My favorite Gargleblaster: “Truth Perches” by Nathan James at the relative cartographer
  • Check out all the responses: Gargleblaster #180 Winners at yeah write

25. It wasn’t the horses
It wasn't the horses Gargleblaster

  • The prompt: “Why do you keep doing this to us?”
  • My favorite comment: “I love the way you opened this, Marcy, as a counterweight to the tragic end. I’m very sorry for your loss.” — Kymm at Better Lies
  • My favorite Gargleblaster: “for the love of the bottle” by Christina at Other than Lovie
  • Check out all the responses: Gargleblaster #179 Winners at yeah write

24. Riddle on a Plate: What Am I?
Full Irish breakfast riddle

  • The prompt: “Can I eat this?” (The answer to the riddle is explained in the comments of the original post.)
  • My favorite comment: “Wow, Marcy, I think this is the first time somebody answered the question with a riddle. I think Douglas Adams would approve. I really love the lush vocabulary – it’s obviously intended to obfuscate, but such beautiful words! Great poem – thanks for linking it up!” — Christine at Trudging Through Fog
  • My favorite Gargleblaster: “Crow” by Cyn at That Cynking Feeling
  • Check out all the responses: Gargleblaster #178 Winners at yeah write

Full Irish Breakfast Before and After

23. An Invader Crept
Bedroom window Gargleblaster

  • The prompt: “What came in through the bedroom window?”
  • My favorite comment: “Great job of weaving that sense of unease throughout, and conveying the sense of wanting to protect your loved ones. (We used to get scorpions in our TX house–for years afterward I would always shake my shoes upside down and knock my hats against something before putting them on. *shivers*)” — Jennifer Knoblock at Graceful Press Poetry
  • My favorite Gargleblaster: “The Uninvited” by Karen at Spilling Words
  • Check out all the responses: Gargleblaster #177 Winners at yeah write

22. Might have been the fish tacos
Running Gargleblaster

  • The prompt: “What are we running for?”
  • My favorite comment: “I love the way your title gives a hint, then the contrast between the exotic setting and the universal ugh of being sick.” –Jennifer Knoblock at Graceful Press Poetry
  • My favorite Gargleblaster: “Role Model” by Tweed and Tango
  • Check out all the responsesGargleblaster #176 Winners at yeah write

21. Pura Vida Cruise
Costa Rica cruise dolphine

  • The prompt: “Have you ever seen the rain?”
  • My favorite comment: “Great sense of foreboding! Who can’t say they’ve danced on despite a gathering storm?” — Courtenay at Soup
  • My favorite Gargleblaster: “Too Late” by TMW Hickman at Not Just Another Mother Blogger
  • Check out all the responses: #175 Winners at yeah write (summer grid)

20. I Peppered His Feet
I Peppered His Feet Gargleblaster

  • The prompt: “What is the airspeed velocity of a flying monkey? (Laden or unladen, your choice.)”
  • My favorite comment: “I’ve got to say that really peppers my feet, mostly because I’m not sure where my Fancy is, but I’m sure I’ll be tickle-giggling and tickled pink once I find it. :-D Great work.” — Love Happy Notes
  • My favorite Gargleblaster: “Emancipation” by TMW Hickman at  Not Just Another Mother Blogger
  • Check out all the responses: #174 Winners at yeah write (summer grid)

19. Abandon All Subtlety
Mixtape Gargleblaster

  • The prompt: “Why don’t we do it in the road?”
  • My favorite comment: “I’m hoping that pic is one of the shyly exchanged mixed tapes you received. I went back and read your first mixtape story. Is it weird that I’m kinda in love with your husband myself?” — Nathan James at The Relative Cartographer
  • My favorite Gargleblaster: “Yellow Cardigan” by Tracy Ewens at From the Laundry Room
  • Check out all the responses: #173 Winners at yeah write (summer grid)

18. Waters of Indifference
Waters of Indifference Gargleblaster

  • The prompt: “Should I stay or should I go?”
  • My favorite comment: “Their day of awaking is not far off.” — Joe at Living in Kellie’s World
  • My favorite Gargleblaster: “I thought it was” by Esther at @estheria
  • Check out all the responses: #172 Winners at yeah write (summer grid)

17. JellyPhish Salad
JellyPhish Salad Gargleblaster

  • The prompt: “What’s the frequency, Kenneth?”
  • My favorite comment: “What a great poem. I love the first verse. Who would have ever thought you could take a jellyfish and perfectly describe a concert – first the crowd all moving to the same beat, but not necessarily together; and then you moving through the crowd to the stage? Very cool.” — Robin at Robin’s Real Life
  • My favorite Gargleblaster: “Adagio Unstrung” by Christine at Trudging Though Fog
  • Check out all the responses: #171 Winners at yeah write (summer grid)

16. Rich Relations
Amsterdam flowers

  • The prompt: “Where have all the flowers gone?”
  • My favorite comment: “I would absolutely wear the bleached stained t shirt if I knew it would annoy people I don’t like. I admire how you made the day loom over the state and not the snobby people.” — Nathan James at The Relative Cartographer
  • My favorite Gargleblaster: “Never Again the Flowers” by Silverleaf at The Silver Leaf Journal
  • Check out all the responses: #170 Winners at yeah write (summer grid)

15. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Play Tennis
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Gargleblaster

  • The prompt: “What does it all add up to?”
  • My favorite comment: “Love how you found a way to make the non sequitur relevant at the end. Nicely done, Marcy, and it felt like a tennis match.” — Nathan James at the relative cartographer
  • My favorite Gargleblaster: “Illogical Math – #42 Words” by Shailaja at The Moving Quill
  • Check out all the responses: Gargleblaster #169 Winners at yeah write

14. Piranha
La Fortuna Waterfall Costa Rica

  • The prompt: “Are you on your way to steal my mermaid?”
  • My favorite comment: “Nice! I love the apology-gone-wrong, and the sudden shift from amusement to apprehension. Thanks for linking it up!” — Christine at Trudging Through Fog
  • My favorite Gargleblaster: “I’m on my way to…” by Jo-Anne Teal at Going for coffee…
  • Check out all the responses: Gargleblaster #168 Winners at yeah write

13. Where Harry Met Sally: That’s All
Gargleblaster: Where Harry Met Sally

  • The prompt: “What’s your sign?”
  • My favorite comment: “This is great…personalizing a pop culture reference that is so well known…I can almost ‘see’ Meg Ryan through this ;-) And, how fun that you got to go there.” — CC at conscious cacophony
  • My favorite Gargleblaster: “long haired freaky people need not apply” by cynkingfeeling at That Cynking Feeling
  • Check out all the responses: Gargleblaster #167 Winners at yeah write

12. Gurgles at the Engaged Encounter
Engaged Encounter Gargleblaster

  • The prompt: “What’s that sound?”
  • My favorite comment: “ha! Even funnier that the priest thought you guys were embarrassed by what he was talking about. Totally cute!” — Jen at Finding Spirit
  • My favorite Gargleblaster: “Who is She?” by Jennifer Burnett at Finding Spirit
  • Check out all the responses: Gargleblaster #166 Winners at yeah write

11. A Shutter’s Click
Dan Colorado National Monument collage

  • The prompt: “Did Grace say that, too?”
  • My favorite comment: “The bookended ‘sometimes’ gives me the impression that this is an observation that happens again and again. So thoughtful, Marcy, I’m a big fan!” — Nathan James at the relative cartographer
  • My favorite Gargleblaster: “Ragged Company” by Lance at My Blog Can Beat Up Your Blog
  • Check out all the responses: Gargleblaster #165 Winners at yeah write

10. Caged Tiger
Boy with tiger collage

  • The prompt: “Why does the caged bird sing?”
  • My favorite comment: “Sharp eyes, sharper claws – oh that’s a powerful phrase! I like the blend of wariness and experimentation here, Marcy!” — Shailaja at The Moving Quill
  • My favorite Gargleblaster: “Attica” by Saroful at Textwall
  • Check out all the responses: Gargleblaster #164 Winners at yeah write

9. Middle School Grammar Lesson (Image by 55Laney69, words added — Creative Commons)
Middle School Grammar Lesson collage

  • The prompt: “Where does it hurt?”
  • My favorite comment: “Nice grammar lesson there! And sadly, middle school or high school…the teasing and cruelty continues…” — Psych Babbler at Over Cups of Coffee
  • My favorite Gargleblaster: “That Morning Moment” by C.C. at Conscious Cacaphony
  • Check out all the responses: Gargleblaster #163 Winners at yeah write

8. Lost in a Funhouse (Image by Donnie Nunley, words added – Creative Commons)
Lost in a Funhouse collage

7. Afternoon in Marrakesh
Barbary ape Marrakesh Morocco

  • The prompt: “Is something crawling on me?”
  • My favorite comment: “Ah, how sweet! He looks so laid back, just chilling on a shoulder without a care in the world :)” — Catherine at Ever Changing Scenery
  • My favorite Gargleblaster: “Doubt” by TMW Hickman at  Not Just Another Mother Blogger
  • Check out all the responses: Gargleblaster #161 Winners at yeah write

6. Birds Suddenly Appear (Image by Bill Strain, words added – Creative Commons)
Birds Suddenly Appear Gargleblaster collage 1000

  • The prompt: “Why do birds suddenly appear?”
  • My favorite comment: “I did see the original – and while not normally scared of films that one did – especially since it was spring and swarms of birds were around when we walked home. Loved the piece!” — Sue at sassyspeaks
  • My favorite Gargleblaster: “Similarities” by Natalie at The Cat Lady Sings
  • Check out all the responses: Gargleblaster #160 Winners at yeah write

5. An Alarming Desire (Image by Hey PaulCreative Commons)
An Alarming Desire Gargleblaster collage 1000

  • The prompt: “Have all your clocks stopped?”
  • My favorite comment: “’Down to my goody two shoes,’ what a fantastic line about what happens when we push our own boundaries. Hasn’t everyone itched to pull that lever at one time or another? Having permission to do it is a guilty pleasure satisfied :)” — Kir at Kirsten A Piccini
  • My favorite Gargleblaster: “Final Bell” by Saroful at Textwall
  • Check out all the responses: Gargleblaster #159 Winners at yeah write

4. Fighting
Water flower in Thailand

  • The prompt: “Tell me something, old friend, why are you fighting?”
  • My favorite comment: “This is the fight not fought often enough! I like your flow from what you used to fight for, presumably in the name of success and happiness, to what is actually going to help you achieve the state of mind you’re after. Lovely :) .” — Kay of Wandering Aloud
  • My favorite Gargleblaster: “Waiting” by Karen at Fat Girl in Boxing Gloves
  • Check out all the responses: Gargleblaster #158 Winners at yeah write

3. The Angel of Grafton Street
Angel of Grafton Street

  • The prompt: “Do you see her much?” This living statue brought a bit of magic to a tiring afternoon in Dublin.
  • My favorite comment: “These ‘statues’ are good at what they do. We saw several while visiting New Orleans a couple years ago that seemed so real! Love the photo of the two boys and the angel smiling.” — JannaTWrites
  • My favorite Gargleblaster: “Do you see her much? (Oh, Luna)” by De at Whimsygizmo’s Blog
  • Check out all the responses: Gargleblaster #157 Winners at yeah write

2. They Did It
They Did It: My Basement Sunflowers Lived Until Spring

  • The prompt: “Who Dunnit?” The sunflowers I planted in my basement in November survived until spring to be transferred outdoors.
  • My favorite comment: “I’m so glad they survived! And I’m impressed – I have had trouble keeping plants happy in their natural environments, so you must be quite the sunflower whisperer. Do you play them music, talk to them, sing to them? I really like your last line; I think it solidifies your presentation of the sunflowers as sentient beings aware of their surroundings, struggling, and laughing.” — Kay of Wandering Aloud
  • My favorite Gargleblaster: “The Box” by Christine at Trudging Through Fog
  • Check out all the responses: Gargleblaster #156 Winners at yeah write

1. Sleeping in the Sahara
Sleeping in the Sahara Gargleblaster collage 1000

  • The prompt: “What’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing?” I slept in the Sahara in Morocco in 2010.
  • My favorite comment: “There’s something so, so amazing about the clear night sky when you’re away from light pollution. I love me some city life, but the night sky in middle of no where? Nothing beats it.” — Larks of Larks Notes This
  • My favorite Gargleblaster: “Searching for Home” by Stacie at Snaps and Bits
  • Check out all the responses: Gargleblaster #155 Winners at yeah write. Thanks to yeah write for an editor’s prize.

A magic cube with rows summing to 42:

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Source: Wikipedia (public domain)

42 Too Timid and Squeamish Gargleblasters

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  2. This page is awesome. I like the way you are not only collecting your own creations, but featuring your favorites written by others. And I’m not just saying that because you gave a nod to me. (Thank you for that). Plus, the “favorite comment” feature is delightful.
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  5. Hema says:

    Wow, Marcy! This page is great. I’m bookmarking this, so I can read your previous stories. Thanks for mentioning me 🙂 YOu made my day 🙂
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