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Thur Apr 21, 2011

Mister Ron's Basement No. 1925

While definitely of his time, Ellis Parker Butler’s stories are still witty today.

From 1922, Butler imagines life on a Desert Island with absolutely nothing to do, and compares it to the liberating household machinery of his day in ‘Kitchen Efficiency.’

Time: approx sixteen and a half minutes

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Mister Ron's Basement Gorilla Contest!

Our week of Gorilla Stories presented from March 28th through April 1st have inspired Mister Ron’s Gorilla Costume Contest!

That is right! The winner of this contest will win a real Gorilla Suit Costume from HalloweenCostumes.com!

Here are the rules -

1 - Write an original, funny story involving a gorilla. It can be anywhere from one paragraph to as long as you'd like!
2 - The story must use at least ONE of these words from the Gorilla Stories we have presented from March 28th through April 1st. The more, the better:


3 - Send it in via email to revry@panix.com. Please write 'Gorilla Contest Entry' in the subject line. Your entry must be received by Mister Ron by April 30th, 2011!
4 - Try to make it funny and original.
The winner, as chosen by Mister Ron, will get to choose a gorilla (or banana) costume from HalloweenCostumes.com!

The winner's story will be read on the Mister Ron's Basement podcast!

Thanks so much to the nice folks at HalloweenCostumes.com for their idea of having this contest. They offer a wonderful selection of well-made costumes year-round, not just for Halloween!

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