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PodCastle Miniature 33: The Sad tale of the Tearless Onion

by Ann Leckie.
read by C. G. Furst.

Matthias Fenstermacher loved onions, but hated slicing them, and so he labored to produce a tearless variety. His first attempt was indeed tearless–instead of weeping, the slicer was overcome by fits of uncontrollable giggles. The potential hazard was obvious.

Rated G. — but don’t listen while chopping onions.

This story was one of the honorable mentions named and purchased by Stephen Eley after the Escape Pod Flash Fiction contest for short fiction under 300 words.

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Reply #1 on: June 13, 2009, 05:41:11 PM
Very good to hear this story on the podcast.  A favorite from the flash contest...still a hilarious story.  I was a bit bit dissappointed that it wasn't read by Wichita Rutherford, as someone suggested back in the day, but Mr. Furst did a nice job.

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Reply #2 on: June 14, 2009, 10:09:00 AM
Nice, I really enjoyed this.

Question - is the title of the story "the sad tale of the tearless onion", or "the sad history of the tearless onion"?


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Reply #3 on: June 16, 2009, 05:06:22 AM
well written, well thought out, fun little story

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Reply #4 on: June 17, 2009, 03:39:20 PM
I. Love. This. Story. So very much.


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Reply #5 on: June 20, 2009, 06:52:09 AM
hilarious. Oh the humanity! :P

(I ever so much enjoy melodrama over seemingly inane issues).


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Reply #6 on: June 20, 2009, 02:12:40 PM
As someone who hates onions and it's entire family, i am happy to hear a story that tells the truth about the devilish vegetable  :D


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Reply #7 on: November 10, 2009, 09:06:04 PM
This one was pretty funny.  The idea that onions could be bred to cause different random emotions is silly and fun.

But I would've liked to have some actual characters in the story.