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Thats a good start there ! November 22, 2006

Posted by Sharath Rao in general, humor, sport.

Its generally believed that the start of an essay gets people to really read through it, while the ending can help people retain what they read. And likely the above matters even more when the content itself is something people cannot ordinarily connect to – the college essay/statement of purpose for example.

Here are starts of two articles that I really liked.

When a man sees his end he wants to know that there has been some purpose to his life.

Any guesses on who is being talked about ?

The other one here :

There comes a time in the life of some sportsmen, only some, and it rarely comes more than once, when they believe they can do anything, even fly; when the idea of being vanquished is a distant, lonely world that strange beings inhabit; when the mind ceases to comprehend fear and when confidence breaches its barriers and flies forth into audacity without even recognising it. They call it being ‘in the zone’ and no drug has taken man there, for this is the lovely, unscripted real world.

Hard to guess who this one is about though, not enough context here.

Ofcourse, perhaps the all-time best known starts was Dickens in “The Tale of two cities”

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all doing direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

Update : Oh man !! Here is the funniest start in a long long time. And dont just stop at this – read the article – there is more (humor) there !

Controversy erupted again this week in Massachusetts over the fact that lawyers have sex.

No surprise the article is from Slate. They have some of the more funny articles /article titles I have seen as I noted before.



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