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Worst Writing

From knurled oil dampener caps to greasy sunrises, bad writing at its best.

Dan McKay is a truly wretched writer. In fact, his prose has been judged the worst on the planet. Depending on how you look at it, he "won" San Jose State University's yearly Fiction Contest for worst sentence in the English language.

The computer analyst took the 250-dollar prize by comparing a woman's body to a British sports car. His sentence opens: "As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg carburetors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire." An English professor involved in the contest says judges "want writers with a little talent, but no taste." He calls McKay's entry "just ludicrous."

A dishonorable mention went to this entry from an Oregon man: "The rising sun crawled over the ridge and slithered across the hot barren terrain into every nook and cranny like grease on a Denny's grill in the morning rush, but only until eleven o'clock when they switch to the lunch menu."

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