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In publishing, the quality of an academic journal is often gauged by how exclusive it is. Thus the higher the rejection rate of that journal (meaning, the more submitted papers it snootily declines to publish as falling below its lofty standards), the better of a journal it must be. It thusly follows that the finest journal in the world is the Journal of Universal Rejection, which rejects every single paper submitted to it, and so, is never actually able to put out an issue. If an author submits a piece to the Journal of Universal Rejection, their editors will happily review at and reject it straight off.

Wired magazine offers more details of the benefits of submitting to this journal, including the fact that they don't care whether you've simultaneously submitted your work elsewhere, and their return…



In a time

when men had souls

when there was hope

and no one was beyond reach

when pain was a broken promise

or a twisted ankle

when we had faith

God couldn’t shake

when we were more than love

in a time

when we did not know fear

when we sang 

and knew we were not brave

there was hope

and we had souls


we tasted blood.

Despite not getting hardly any sleep last night, I am having a decent morning. My friend went with me to drop off the insurance paperwork, and I feel much better about that than I did. I had a chance to talk to my boss very briefly, and that conversation was reassuring as well. After several matches on a dating website I was getting discouraged that nothing seemed to be going anywhere, I was frustrated until I remembered a strategy a friend of mine had shared. Her son swipes right on everyone. At first…

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