The Second Annual Numéro Cinq Aphorism Contest
The wheel of the year has turned and once again we find ourselves facing the daunting task of writing aphorisms for BIG PRIZES. The “wheel of the year” is a reference to the ancient cyclical view of time, that is, time viewed as something like a gerbil’s exercise wheel—the Wheel of Ixion of myth or Nietzsche’s Eternal Recurrence. At NC, as in the Universe as a Whole, if you wait long enough everything happens again. In this case, it’s time for the second annual Numéro Cinq Aphorism Contest.
Submissions March 15-31.
Submit by entering your aphorism in a comment box beneath this post.
Submissions must be no more than 150 words in length.
Do not enter a submission unless you have figured out what an aphorism is first.* But once you have figured it out, you can enter more than once.
Wit and arrogance appreciated.
Contest open to absolutely everyone including employees of Numéro Cinq, their significant others, children, and small pets.
First Prize — Instant Worldwide (e)Publication w/ commentary.
Plus honours & laurels.
*If you’re stuck, look aphorisms up on the web. Generally speaking, they are terse, pointed sayings meant to provoke thought and argument. There are several basic types, but they often set up as definitions or clever balanced antitheses or even puns. Here is a page called Aphorisms of Famous People. Here is one called Aphorisms4all. Identify different forms and try them all.**