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From at least the 1100s to the early 1800s, men and women were judged in courts across Europe and colonial America based on a test called cruentation, or the ordeal of the bier, named for the type of wagon that carried a corpse or coffin.

In such testimony, oozing knife wounds and gushes of blood from the noses and eyes of the deceased were considered proof positive of guilt. –How ‘Talking’ Corpses Were Once Used to Solve Murders by Erika Engelhaupt

Fiction Writing Prompt: Create a superstition around dead bodies for the world of your story.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about dead bodies? Have you ever seen one?

Art Prompt: Talking corpses

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of fortune telling through the use of corpses.

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Small mushroom clouds were not a particularly uncommon sight around the increasingly smaller suburban village of Opahi, and special rules permitted the residents to always have one NanoNuke in their possession, for the sake of protection of course. With mutually assured destruction, having a personal atomic weapon kept things a little bit more peaceful somehow, and just a little bit calmer as well. Disputes actually resolved themselves very quickly. Of course, if they didn’t, one of the parties in the said dispute wasn’t exactly around anymore to continue it. –MAD Men by Corey Ethan Sutch

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story set in a world where everyone has a button that can kill anyone they get angry with.

Journaling Prompt: Would you want to have the power to launch a nuclear weapon?

Art Prompt: NanoNukes

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the strategy of Mutually Assured Destruction and how it works.

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The same year my father got sick I published a novel in which I killed him. –Father and Son: A Lifetime by Marcos Giralt Torrente

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.

Journaling Prompt: What is the worst thing you ever wished for that came true, and how did you feel afterwards?

Art Prompt: Funeral

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a dramatic or humorous story about a wish come true.

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sardonic (adj)
  • Scornful, mocking; disdainfully humorous.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: Write about someone you know who is sardonic.

Art Prompt: Sardonic

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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In Chinese communities, especially in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore, wedding door games are challenges set up by the bridesmaids for the groom as a ceremonial demonstration of the groom’s love for the bride. These games typically take place in the morning of the wedding at the bride’s family home, before the groom is allowed to receive the bride in the bride’s room. The groom typically receives the help of his groomsmen in completing the tasks.

Common games include the consumption of unpleasant foods, answering of questions pertaining to the bride and the bride and groom’s relationship, and performance of song and dance. Negotiations are commonly made regarding the bridesmaids’ demands, accompanied almost always by bargaining concerning the red envelope offerings to the bridesmaids. These games originated in ancient Chinese folk customs, and have been elaborated on in modern times.
These games are distinct from the practice of nàohun (;; “creating turbulence”) in China, sometimes confusingly also known as wedding games, in which the couple, particularly the bride, is teased by their guests during or after the wedding. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a wedding and create some wedding games the couple must go through before the ceremony.

Journaling Prompt: What is the funniest wedding tradition in your culture?

Art Prompt: Wedding Games

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a humorous wedding story.

The Algonkins believed the human family were the children of Michabo, the spirit of the dawn, and their supreme deity. In their language the words earth, mother and father were from the same root. –Elizabeth Cady Stanton, The Woman’s Bible

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of the Spirit of the Dawn.

Journaling Prompt: What do you enjoy about the dawn?

Art Prompt: Spirit of Dawn

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the Algonquin spirituality.

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Able Archer 83 is the codename for a command post exercise carried out in November 1983 by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). As with Able Archer exercises from previous years, the purpose of the exercise was to simulate a period of conflict escalation, culminating in a simulated DEFCON 1 coordinated nuclear attack. Coordinated from the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) headquarters in Casteau, Belgium, it involved NATO forces throughout Western Europe, beginning on November 7, 1983, and lasting for five days.

The 1983 exercise introduced several new elements not seen in previous years, including a new, unique format of coded communication, radio silences, and the participation of heads of government. This increase in realism, combined with deteriorating relations between the United States and the Soviet Union and the anticipated arrival of Pershing II nuclear missiles in Europe, led some members of the Soviet Politburo and military to believe that Able Archer 83 was a ruse of war, obscuring preparations for a genuine nuclear first strike. In response, the Soviets readied their nuclear forces and placed air units in East Germany and Poland on alert. The apparent threat of nuclear war ended with the conclusion of the exercise on November 11.

Some historians have since argued that Able Archer 83 was one of the times when the world has come closest to nuclear war since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Other incidents that also brought the world close to such a war include the Soviet nuclear false alarm incident that occurred a month earlier and the Norwegian rocket incident of 1995. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a war game that was used as a ruse to conceal the actual operation.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about the political tensions in the world today?

Art Prompt: Able Archer 83

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of nuclear close calls and what we can learn from them today.

Photo Credit: Able Archer 83 After Action Report on Wikimedia

Nancy didn’t talk to anyone the first week, nor the second. The boys in Jack’s cabin said Nancy had escaped from juvenile prison and was hiding out. Other cabins had their own rumors.

Nancy was a Kennedy.

Nancy had her tongue ripped out by wolves.

Nancy ripped out her own tongue.

Nancy had tattoos.

Nancy had no parents.

Nancy had seventeen parents, the result of a series of divorces, kidnappings, and illegal adoptions.

Nancy was an alien.

Nancy was a witch.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write about a new girl at school and the mystery of who she is.

Journaling Prompt: Write about someone you didn’t understand.

Art Prompt: Shy girl

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about a mysterious person you met.

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