ACFW-The Woodlands Chapter Presents
Second Annual Flash Fiction February!
Join us February 8, 2020 for Flash Fiction Contest
Ah, February … the month of love is upon us! In celebration of Creative Romance Month, it’s time once again to stretch your creative muscle in the second annual Flash Fiction February Competition! This year’s theme is:
Are you at a loss as to what you should write about?
This list of “hair facts” should help you decide.
1. Hair is made up mostly of keratin, the same protein animal horns, hooves, claws, feathers, and beaks are made of.
2. When wet, a healthy strand of hair can stretch an additional 30% of its original length.
3. Hair grows slightly faster in warm weather because heat stimulates circulation and encourages hair growth.
4. All hair is dead, except for hair still inside the epidermis of your scalp.
5. Hair contains information about everything that has ever been in your bloodstream, including drugs, and is one of the most commonly used types of forensic evidence.
6. The only thing about you that can’t be identified by your hair is your gender—men’s hair and women’s hair are identical in structure.
7. Black is the most common hair color. Red is the rarest and only exists in about 1 percent of the world’s population, with blonde hair found in 2 percent.
8. As soon as hair is plucked from its follicle, a new one begins to grow.
9. Hair is 50 percent carbon, 21 percent oxygen, 17 percent nitrogen, 6 percent hydrogen, and 5 percent sulfur.
10. Hair can grow anywhere on the human body with the exception of the palms of hands, soles of feet, eyelids, lips, and mucous membranes.
11. Goosebumps from cold or fear are the result of hair follicles contracting, causing the hair and surrounding skin to bunch up.
12. The average number of hair strands varies by natural color, with blondes having the most and redheads having the fewest.
14. Aside from bone marrow, hair is the fastest growing tissue in the body.
15. Balding only begins to become visible once you’ve lost over 50 percent of the hairs from your scalp.
16. At any given time, 90 percent of the hairs in your scalp are growing, while the other 10 percent are resting.
17. A single hair has a lifespan of about five years.
18. Hair acts as a layer of thermally insulating protection for our heads, which lack the insulation that fat provides for the rest of our bodies.
20. Each strand of hair can support up to 100 grams in weight. Multiply that by the average 100,000 to 150,000 strands on each head and your entire head of hair could support the weight equivalent to two elephants.
Here are the rules!
100 words only (following title)
Entry must have a beginning, middle, and end
You pick the genre but stick with the theme
LOVE IS IN THE HAIR!
Entry must be brought to the Feb 8 meeting
And read by the entrant