Fribble What The Heck Is A Fribble?

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"Those that are fools, let them use their talents."
-- Shakespeare

What's a Fribble? Webster's names it "a frivolity, a trifle." Ah yes, but here in Fooldom we think frivolous trifling is the highest of callings. So we've given this noble art a home -- right here -- and a purpose: to inspire, inform, and amuse each other. We also have the best stable of Foolish pundits on the planet, including you. Yep, now's your chance to be the next Royko or Buchwald. We only ask that you write your Fribble -- as Hemingway would say -- well and true. Keep in mind that a good Fribble is:

Short. That means 3-5 paragraphs, with no more than 12 lines in each.

Opinionated. Tell us what you REALLY think (as if any Fool needs encouragement!). But be convincing. Tell us why... not just what.

Clever, Logical, Imaginative. Tall order? Okay, try for at least two of three. In prose, those three are the roots of Folly.

Amusing. At least one thought in your Fribble should bring a grin to the mouths of your readers. Laughter, after all, is the noble quest of Fools.

Joyous. Heavy-handed screeds are a no-no. Leave all whining and pomposity to the Wise.

Your Interest. Investing is a good subject, as is cyberspace. But hey, it's a wide world out there, and we're talking about Fribbles here. If you know the Meaning of Life or can make quantum mechanics fun in fifty lines or less, then send it in! We'll publish your Fribble; the world will stand in awe of your brilliance; you'll be on your way to fame and fortune. By sending us the Fribble, you give us the unlimited, permanent license to reprint your work of genius, but we'll always give you attribution and try not to make fun of you.

Original. This should be your work and should not have appeared someplace else.

You've got a-lotta opining to do. So what do you do now?

Simple. Write your Fribble and e-mail it to our crack staff at We may edit your Fribble before publishing it. Any really major re-writes will be reviewed with you first (kind of like The New Yorker used to do.) Because Fribbles are submitted by our community members and are community-created content, they are not subject to the same stringent fact-checking requirements as official Fool-created content. The author is responsible for what she or he writes, including any inaccuracies and over-use of adjectives.

And that's it! It's too easy for words! Expect several new Fribbles every week of every year until we sleep the eternal sleep. Be Foolish.