Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt Most/Least

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Stream of Consciousness Saturday time again. This is a time for a nitwit like myself to simply let go and use the words developed by Linda Hill as the core for a short piece of fiction. The words this week is “Most/Least” and can be used any way the author wishes (heh, heh, heh). If you would like to learn more here is the link Maybe you would like to join in. Here is my interpretation. Hope you like it.

Most/Least by John W. Howell ©2015

“So that I’m clear. You have a machine that works how?”

“Like I said it is the most/least machine and it makes the most out of the least.”

“Most out of the least what?”

“Well, anything.”

“Can you show me?”

“Sure. Got a penny?’

“A penny. Yeah, somewhere. Here it is.”

“Okay, so I place the penny in the machine. Then I close the door and turn it on.”

“How long does it take?”

“Just a second. Okay, it’s ready.”

“Let me see. My goodness, there are hundreds of pennies.”

“Yup. Like I said most from least.”

“Does it work with other money as well.”

“Oh. It works with anything.”

“How much is it?”

“I can let it go for a thousand.”

“Deal. I’ll get the money.”

“Okay, I’ll wait.”

“Here you are. Ten one hundred.”

“Thank you. Here is your machine. See you.”

“Wait show me how it works for bigger money.”

“Okay. What do you want to go in.”

“Here take these other ten hundred-dollar bills.”

“Okay, in they go. it is ready. Take a look.”

“Let me see. Oh my gosh, there is only a penny.”

“Yeah. What did you expect?”

“Most from least. Hundreds should have produced thousands.”

“Um. I’m afraid it doesn’t work that way. The least is a penny. The most comes from a penny. When you put in hundreds the machine takes you back to the least because you already put in the most.”

“I want my money back.”

“Sure here is the thousand. I’ll take the machine back.”

“What about the rest?”

“Oh yes, here’s your penny. See ya.”



  1. That guy’s not much of a salesman. Gave everything back and took back the machine. Wouldn’t it be great to have one of those? 😀 😀

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    1. Don’t forget the thousand still in there,


      1. But they’ll only return p.e.n.n.i.e.s. Better to crank out the pennies instead. Ought to take about ten years to grow $1000. 😀 😀 If the machine holds out.

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      2. I won’t be around to see the end.


      3. I guess the ‘salesman’ was crooked but could let one slip by. What a scam.

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      4. If it looks too good to be true it is.


      5. Egg-zack-tel-ly. 😀 😀 😀

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  2. Very inventive of you, John! 🙂

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  3. What an interesting machine John. Manufacturing pennies might not be worth the effort, what with the price of metal these days.

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    1. Good point. Thanks Guy


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