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Drabblecast 098 - The Graggleberry Thief

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 2:17 pm
by Mr. Tweedy
The Graggleberry Thief by Steve Clancey

"When Thelonius Peck Senior (may his feathers rest in peace) first founded Graggleberry Inc., he had nothing to his name but two graggleberry seeds and a feedbag full of dreams... With the sweat of his frond and the might of his beak, he forged this company into the greatest supplier of graggleberries this jungle has ever seen!"

Drabble - Culling the Herd by Nicholas Empey

Dear vs. Eagle vs. Alaska Utility

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Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 2:48 pm
by anadrea
Great timing for a bird themed Drabblecast! We were just talking about the bizzaro bird-caused plane crash in my office this morning.

I absolutely adored the alliteration of The Graggleberry Thief. It made for a fun Friday fable. Thanks!

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:03 pm
by tbaker2500
Really cute. I hate to admit it, but I didn't see the punchline coming until the very end.

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:47 pm
by thebrog
This was the altogether weirdness I love in the Drabblecast. Keep it up!

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 7:33 pm
by Kevin Anderson
That drabblenews was simply, shocking!

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The drabble this week had to be the second best of the year. But a close second.

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 9:15 pm
by strawman
I love the story. We need more strange stories by strange authors for strange little listeners, such as Tweedy's kids, to pass on to future generations a body of Mother Norm fairietails.
Also, amazing chicken talk and monkey talk. I could actually understand what they were saying!

Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:03 am
by Goldenrat
Loved both stories. The production of The Graggleberry Thief was perfect. I didn't see the twist coming, either. Will hit that one again. B'Gock!

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 12:12 pm
by RicV
It isn't often you get traditional or not so traditional Fables anymore. Thanks for digging this one out. I kept waiting for some high brow animal farm-esque theme about capitalism and corporate greed. When it ended so lighthearted more like a kids joke than lit, it was a good twist.

As always great production.

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 3:58 am
by Talia
The abundance of alliteration was not an aspect I adored. :/ Alas, I admit, I was a bit aggrieved by it.

Posted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 2:09 pm
by Mr. Tweedy
I dig.

A cute, fun, charming yet thoroughly disposable piece of whimsy in the Beatrix Potter tradition. I enjoyed the voice-work and I laughed at the surprise ending. The surprise ending was good enough that I will surely rework it and tell it as my own joke in the future. Not having any gift for comedy myself, I have to steal from others. (Redistribution of wit.)

Good show.


I really enjoyed the Drabble. It's pretty impressive when a 100 word story succeeds in completely distorting the order of the natural world. There are no accidents: Nature is controlling us. Everything is a setup, and the very birds of the air and lilies of the field are the agents out to deceive, cajole and kills us for their own unfathomable purposes. Like any really creepy idea, there's no way to prove it isn't true.

Pretty interesting that this drabble came out the same week a flock of geese brought down a commercial jet...


Hmm... There's an ad at the top of the page that asks "Is McCain too old to be President?" Yes. Yes he is.

Posted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 7:36 pm
by cammoblammo
Mr. Tweedy wrote:I enjoyed the voice-work and I laughed at the surprise ending. The surprise ending was good enough that I will surely rework it and tell it as my own joke in the future. Not having any gift for comedy myself, I have to steal from others. (Redistribution of wit.)
I'm surprised nobody's heard this joke before---it's quite an old one. Still, it was a great telling and even though I knew the joke I didn't pick it until I heard the ending. So well done, Mr Clancey!

The drabble was effective too. I heard this story on the way to a two day retreat in a beautiful bushland setting full of kangaroos, deer and birds. Those birds have good aim---but I was ready for 'em!

Hmmm

Posted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 10:27 am
by Deïanira
It was a strange story with a not so strange ending. :?

Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 7:51 pm
by treeman
Cute and well-timed

Re: Drabblecast 98 - The Graggleberry Thief by Steve Clancey

Posted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:44 pm
by revsleestaxx
Right out of the gate This story sparked a memory of security training from way too long ago and I thought hey I will tell a story of the guy stealing wheelbarrows (-sp) but maybe not wheelbarrows maybe something else and then it became clear this story was the same memory and I dropped into a swirling logic loop of was it my idea or was it someone else's and maybe i should shelve the idea in a jar and let it marry a bit.

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Posted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 10:18 pm
by ROU Killing Time
Mr. Tweedy wrote:I enjoyed the voice-work and I laughed at the surprise ending. The surprise ending was good enough that I will surely rework it and tell it as my own joke in the future. Not having any gift for comedy myself, I have to steal from others. (Redistribution of wit.)
I never pegged you as a socialist, Tweedy.

Re: Drabblecast 98 - The Graggleberry Thief by Steve Clancey

Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 12:46 am
by swamp
I'm going back and commenting on some of my favorite Eps. This was a great story, and one I can share with my kids. I was surprized and pleased.

Re: Drabblecast 98 - The Graggleberry Thief by Steve Clancey

Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 2:48 am
by tbaker2500
squawk squawk SQUAWK!!

Re: Drabblecast 98 - The Graggleberry Thief by Steve Clancey

Posted: Fri Oct 02, 2009 11:07 pm
by Phenopath
tbaker2500 wrote:squawk squawk SQUAWK!!
Hmm, insightful.

Re: Drabblecast 98 - The Graggleberry Thief by Steve Clancey

Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 2:52 pm
by Unblinking
Ha, this was a fun anthropomorphic animal story. I didn't see the twist coming, though I feel that I really ought to have. Thieving done in plain sight, that tricky bastard!

Re: Drabblecast 098 - The Graggleberry Thief

Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:24 pm
by j-m
Wow, what a fantastic story! Can anyone help me find the text for this story, i would gladly pay for it so i could read it to my kids. I would let them listen to the episode but, well... 8 and 10 are a little young to introduce to drabblecast methinks. Is this out there somewhere or can i contact the author?