The famous six-word story popularly attributed to Hemingway, "For sale: baby shoes, never worn," pales in comparison to this six-word headline: "Man on lonely beach sees UFO." While the Hemingwayesque story is tragic, it's excruciatingly mundane
. Yes, life is fragile—welcome to reality. We can see why Hemingway got credited with this six-word story — he wrote about how The Sun Also Rises
and how it rains in spring
, other excruciatingly
ordinary topics. Mortality, sunrises, and rainfalls aren't interesting. Granting that the headline recalls The Old Man and the Sea
, the flash of extraterrestrial mystery saves it from humdrum existence.
We spotted a sort of follow-up headline, from six years later. Another man on a lonely beach (at 2:30 a.m.) saw a UFO float in with the tide.
Headlines courtesy of UFO Newsclipping Service, 1975, 1981.