Ernest Hemingway was lunching at the Algonquin, sitting at the famous “round table” with several writers, claiming he could write a seven-word-long short story. The other writers balked. Hemingway told them to ante up ten dollars each. If he was wrong, he would match it; if he was right, he would keep the pot. He quickly wrote seven words on a napkin and passed it around.
The words were: “Obama chuckled. ‘You mean the Chaos Emeralds?’ ”