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Tall Tales & Shaggy Dogs

Series produced by Rick Taylor

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Stories and short humor by Abner Serd

Storyteller Abner Serd specializes in short humor with a twist. His stories often pull the listener out of the normal sphere of reality and into a surrealistic landscape populated with eccentric characters who nonchalantly redefine common sense. Think of these stories as comic strips for the ears: short, daily doses of whimsy. What yarns will Abner spin today? As Jimmy Fingerbutton the inventor once put it, "the world is full of things nobody ever thought of before."

Abner Serd is the pseudonym and alter ego of Rick Taylor. This series originally appeared as a podcast - the podcast feed can be found at: http://abnerserd.com/feed.xml


245 Pieces

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This week's episode is a bit of nonsense verse set to music: "Well, it was nine o'clock at midnight in the early afternoon / And I was picking all...

  • Added: Dec 07, 2016
  • Length: 01:21
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I was hanging around down by the waterfront the other day ... keeping an eye on the harbor seals. Sometimes they leak, you know ...

  • Added: Nov 30, 2016
  • Length: 06:55
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Here is another short poem for the kids: It's summer inside of my snow globe ...

  • Added: Nov 30, 2016
  • Length: :38
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It started out as a biscuits and gravy kind of a morning down at Elmer's Cafe ...

  • Added: Nov 17, 2016
  • Length: 06:38
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This week's episode is an ever so slightly spooky song about an old growth forest, a crooked beak, and a pair of yellow eyes ...

  • Added: Nov 09, 2016
  • Length: 01:25
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Here is a poem for the younger folks: Have you ever been to the old oak grove, When the autumn leaves are turning red? ...

  • Added: Nov 02, 2016
  • Length: 03:41
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My friend Jimy Fingerbutton once invented a new kind of dishwarsher. At least, I thought it was a dishwarsher. It looked just like an old-fashone...

  • Added: Nov 02, 2016
  • Length: 05:12
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Here's a little song about apple season: I planted an apple in the springtime / I wanted an apple tree to grow ...

  • Added: Oct 19, 2016
  • Length: 01:45
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Here's a little ditty about how we make the seasons, and why sometimes they get just a tiny bit mixed up ...

  • Added: Oct 19, 2016
  • Length: 01:31
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You know the seasons are turning when you wake up with frost in your beard ...

  • Added: Oct 19, 2016
  • Length: 03:36
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This bit of nonsense verse is inspired by the Maori hangi - a traditional method of cooking which is still very popular in New Zealand and elsewher...

  • Added: Oct 19, 2016
  • Length: :46
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Every day I find something new out here on Wild Side. Something I've never seen before. Something that makes me say to myself, “slow down! Stop ...

  • Added: Sep 28, 2016
  • Length: 04:33
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I was poking around out on Wild Side the other day, keeping an eye out for blue shade trees ...

  • Added: Sep 14, 2016
  • Length: 06:00
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This may be my best poem yet: "Far away, out beyond the Great Desert of Proom, Where the wind sweeps across the sharp sand like a broom ..."

  • Added: Sep 07, 2016
  • Length: 05:51
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I once met an old-timer who lives out beyond the Wandering Hills, out there in the shadow of Gusty Ridge. The old-timer's name is Dale Hill. Dale...

  • Added: Aug 31, 2016
  • Length: 04:48
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Here's a little ditty in honor of county fair season ...

  • Added: Aug 31, 2016
  • Length: 01:30
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This morning I was in the second-hand store, looking at all the second hands ... when a lady said to me, she said “beautiful day, isn't it?” I sai...

  • Added: Aug 31, 2016
  • Length: 05:22
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Good morning everybody, this is Bill Melater, coming to you live from the beautiful city of Upper Case – Capitol of the Kingdom of Wonderstan and t...

  • Added: Aug 31, 2016
  • Length: 03:09
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My friend Stretch likes to think of himself as a role model. I said "why, because you get stale after a while?" ...

  • Added: Nov 02, 2015
  • Length: 03:02
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I once visited a faraway place called Academia. You may or may not have been there. It's a curious land with rather odd local customs ...

  • Added: Nov 05, 2015
  • Length: 02:47