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War of the Idiots

Here is my contribution for this week’s Mondays Finish the Story. This is hosted by Barbara Beacham and we need to write between 100 and 150 words in response to a photo, and using the supplied first sentence (which doesn’t count towards the word count, and is in bold in my story).

I have popped a little bit of history at the end just in case, but read the story first! This week’s other contributions can be found by clicking on the little blue froggy.



The house of Don Francisco sat in a remote part of the desert. A conspiracy theorist, he lived alone and had fortified his basement against “Commies”, terrorists, nuclear and biological attack, the government even. Shelves held canned foods, bottled water, a book or two to read. A small generator provided electricity. He was ready!

Years later he switched on the radio and was aghast to hear bulletins advising of an alien invasion. The world was in peril! He quickly ran to his basement and locked the door.

After long months, his supplies exhausted, Don Francisco finally emerged, emaciated and weak. He staggered to the road and hailed a passing car.

“Did… we win?” he stammered.

“Dude. Win what? You need an ambulance, dude?” asked the driver, a long-haired youth.

“Nine months ago… war… aliens… on the radio…” Francisco managed.

“You mean that Orson Welles retrospective? Dude, can you believe in 1938 people thought it was for real? How stupid… oh. Dude.”


In 1938, as part of “The Mercury Theatre on the Air” series, an adaptation of HG Wells’ “War of the Worlds” was broadcast on the radio as a series of mock news bulletins, apparently causing wide-spread panic as people believed it to be real. Dude! 🙂

  1. December 30, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    😆 Poor guy


  2. December 30, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    LOL! Too funny!


  3. December 30, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    I have always wondered how anyone could have believe that in the first place 🙂


    • December 30, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      Maybe in the 1930s people believed everything they heard on the radio, like nowadays everybody believes everything they read on the interweb 🙂


  4. December 30, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    If you can’t trust Orson Welles, who can you trust?

    I guess it could have been worse….


    • December 31, 2014 at 9:41 am

      Yeah, who’d’ve thought he was such an untrustworthy fellow?
      I’ll watch the YouTube when I get home from work.


  5. NotAPunkRocker
    December 30, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Dude! Cool story!


  6. December 31, 2014 at 2:43 am

    Great story! Bringing in the Orson Welles radio broadcast was brilliant! It also brought to mind that movie with Alicia Silverstone and Brandon Fraser: “Blast from the Past.” Thank you again for participating and stay tuned for the upcoming challenge! Happy new year to you! ^..^


    • December 31, 2014 at 9:42 am

      Glad you enjoyed it! Not sure how my brain got from Don Francisco to Orson Welles, but hey 🙂


  7. December 31, 2014 at 4:28 am

    Excellent~ I really do sympathise with him ~ All those months without the internet ~ Very sad!


    • December 31, 2014 at 9:43 am

      I guess he thought if he had the internet “people” would be able to track him! I wonder how many times he read through his books?


  8. December 31, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Ali, Poor old dude. That’s what can happen when you mistrust “everybody”. Humorous and well done story.:) — Suzanne


    • December 31, 2014 at 9:44 am

      There are people like that about. Ironically, the only person he trusted was Orson Welles and his broadcast!
      Glad you liked it!


  9. gentlestitches
    December 31, 2014 at 8:48 am

    HaHa! Clever and entertaining.


    • December 31, 2014 at 9:45 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, thanks for reading!


  10. December 31, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    All true real! Surviorist, you just have to love them.



    • December 31, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      They’re in their own little world 🙂


  11. December 31, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Great take on this prompt.

    Congratulations and Happy New Year.


  12. December 31, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Just came by to bring you some Pawkisses for a Happy New Year 🙂 ❤


  13. January 1, 2015 at 7:59 am

    People would believe it if it happened now, too. I’m sure of it! 🙂 Great take, Ali.


    • January 1, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Yeah, I reckon you’re right! Thanks.


  14. January 1, 2015 at 9:46 am

    People are so dumb sometimes lol. Have a wonderful New Year 2015 🙂


    • January 1, 2015 at 9:51 am

      They certainly are! Happy New Year 🙂


  15. January 1, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Ha.. yes I guess some people are easier to fool than others… but I guess radio would not have a lot of impact …


  16. January 4, 2015 at 3:53 am

    Hey Dude, cool story. News in the 30’s was still news, not like today’s news. I can see people believing the alien story, science wasn’t available to the masses back then.
    On Discovery channel they did a “documentary” on mermaids. Full of actors playing eye witness’s, professors and so on. It was trash. Yet there were people that believed it because it was the Discovery channel.
    In 2014 people believed in mermaids.
    Don’t you dare go there!!

    Happy New Year Big Guy. Hugs


    • January 4, 2015 at 6:29 am

      I love that Discovery Channel thing. They make these “mockumentaries” quite realistic sometimes.
      I can well understand that people believed the mock bulletins on the radio back in the 30s though. They weren’t used to so much fiction on that new-fangled wireless.

      Happy New Year to you too 🙂


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