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What Happened To This Binder?

Today I am offering a highly personalized, handwritten card from me to THREE lucky winners!


It’s not like I over-ordered my 2012 New Year’s cards or anything.


Seriously, y’all! This is a good prize! Three people are going to get to see what my whole family looks like… including the elusive Tech Support!

As always, there are strings attached.

Look at the picture below.

Your challenge –should you choose to accept it — is to:

Tell me in 50 words or lessWhat Happened to This Binder?

Seriously? What happened here?

Leave a fabulous comment in 50 words or less for a chance to win.

This one will NOT be determined by Random Number Generator. I will pick my THREE favorites, so write me a cool story. All blogoversary winners will be posted on June 2nd.

Time for me to sit back and relax and read your words!

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47 thoughts on “What Happened To This Binder?

  1. Ben looked behind him and he raced, in an almost prancing way, down the pathway. Maddie followed him, screaming, “Give it back, now, you idiot!” Ben smirked, and after he tossed the black binder into the creek, sprinted away from her. And straight into the poison ivy patch.

    Hehehe, pardner. Almost a true story!

    1. I believe in the poison ivy!

      1. And I believe rose bushes have a lot of thorns.

    1. Hahahaha! Awesome. That made me laugh. For real.

      1. True story, man. 🙂

  2. The Democrats did it. They get blamed for everything…

    1. Omigosh! SO funny! Love it.

  3. Moths. It was moths wasn’t it.

    1. Of course it was the moths. They devour everything! 😉

  4. Isn’t this what binders are supposed to look like just before the school year ends, but when there is enough school left to have to buy a new one?

    (I’ve missed you, by the way…have to get back on Twitter 🙂 )

    1. Hi Carrie. I have to tell you, in all my years at school, I never, ever came home with a binder looking like this. And Tech has anothr month of school. Who has to buy a new binder with 5 weeks left?

  5. My overzealous dog ate my homework.

    1. Who let the dogs out? Who who who who? 😉

  6. Most likely it was the elusive “not me”. He’s the one who always trashes my stuff!

    1. Not me. I HATE that guy. He seems to get around.

  7. […] behind this 500 word flash fiction is a May 14, 2012 contest, albeit for a 50 word piece, on Teachers & Twits; the subject for your entry is a binder pictured on Renée’s blog. Like this:LikeBe the first to […]

  8. Renée, although I am not entering your contest, I was motivated by you this morning to write a 500 word flash fiction titled “The Binder’s Call,” which I posted today on my blog Simplicity Lane, and informed my readers about your contest. Steve

    1. Hi Steve! I think you should enter my contest. Here’s another exercise. Take 50 words and slam them here. Pare that piece down. What happened to this binder. Down from 500 to 50! 😉 Can you tell I’m a teacher?

  9. It’s obvious that Tech Support’s virtual wolf has returned as a zombie wolf hell-bent on revenge for his untimely death. After fighting him off with a binder, your family has retreated to a panic room where this picture was taken via periscope. (I’m sending help, don’t worry!)

    1. Oh! Bonus points for remembering Tech’s virtual wolf! 😉

      1. Oh, I’m always going for those bonus points! Hope you had a nice Mother’s Day!

  10. An English professor, tired of students continually writing run-on sentences, unleashed her anger on a binder. (You should see the pencil case…)

    1. I’d imagine the pencil case is in five or ten different pieces because run on sentences can really drive people to pain and chaos especially when they are not punctuated properly if you know what I mean they are, like, so annoying. 😉

      1. I get. What you. Are saying. Fragments. Can also be. Annoying. 🙂

  11. “OK class, let’s see your work for the past term.”

    Eek! Thinks. Untouched, unopened binder. Looks bad. Rip. Kick. Punch. Tip paper on the floor.

    “Oh dear Jacobson. I don’t even want to look at all that until you fix your binder and get things in order. Next!”


    1. Nicely done, Paul. A little #flashfiction. Well played.

  12. Binder covers make good condoms

    1. Oh Jeffrey. You always say the sweetest things.

  13. Some dog ate it trying to get at the homework inside.

    1. So I’ve got 2 dogs and a wolf.

      1. Oops. I guess I should’ve read all the other comments. Does that mean I didn’t follow instructions?

        1. I didn’t say you couldn’t submit another answer. Perhaps you’d like a chance to redo your assignment? 😉

          1. Nah. I suck at fiction. 😉

  14. I was going to go with “Dog”, too. But I really like savesprinkles’ idea. Zombie Wolf. That’s totally awesome. I think Tech will like that one, too. Because we think the same. It was definatey a Zombie Wolf.

  15. You know I WANT THAT LETTER. So here goes:

    It’s obvious what happened. You “accidentally” shrunk one of your students, and then traced his torso on the binder spine. You cut it out and hung it on your blackboard as a warning to all of your other students.

  16. I was experimenting in my basement with “homework worms” and things got a little out of control. The real mess is not in the picture.

    1. Awesome! “Homework worms” sound disgusting!

  17. “But mom, it was the PERFECT material to make a silhouette of Thomas Jefferson for my diarama. And besides, who uses 3 ring binders anymore??”

    1. Oh! That is genius! Of course TJ needed to be made of plastic.

  18. Jack groaned as the tires on his Ford Pinto spun helplessly on the ice. He gingerly stepped out and wedged his heretofore useless Government text book under the back tire. No joy. Suddenly, Jack saw the black binder in the hatchback – the perfect assist!

    1. Did I make a skin suit out if it? Like in Silence of the Lambs? That would be creepy.I love the idea that someone used a binder under the tires. Excellent.

  19. Pack-rat student

      1. Exactly. Every paper they have ever been handed in every class is still in that binder!

  20. I think the binder went to practice at the Rochester Fencing Club. Tech Support obviously won!

  21. […] motivation behind this 500 word flash fiction was a May 14, 2012 contest on Renée A. Schuls-Jacobson’s blog to write a 50 word piece on “What Happened To This Binder?”; a pictured black-three […]

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