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Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 11/11/2011

On 11-11-11, tell us your #11wordstories

It’s a literary test of editing strength: On today’s numerically balanced date, 11-11-11, can you condense your favorite story down to just 11 words? In the ultimate TL;DR, The Washington Post wants to hear some of the greatest stories ever told — whether from film, literature, or even the crazy melodrama of politics.
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Send us your 11-word stories in the comments below — or use the hashtag #11wordstories on Twitter. We’ll start you off with a few of our favorites:

@nicolecammorata’s “Jaws”: “This shark problem is really starting to get out of control.’’

@katpowers’s “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”: “Boy meets girl, Communists, lover, dies in crash, lover goes West.’’

@mansinirjain’s “Game of Thrones”: “Khal Drogo be horny. The imp be funny. Everyone be beheaded.’’

@katz’s Rick Perry blunder: “I’d cut three agencies: Commerce, Education and ... what’s the third one?’’

@CUDiscovery’s “West Side Story”: “Maria! Tony! Forbidden love. Jets, Sharks - Dancing, snapping. Bang...dead Tony.”

@jenferlouise, on getting married: “Take me down to the little white church. But first: bling.”

@AntwanJonesPhD‘s “Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl”: “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.”

More after the jump:

@MansiNirJain’s “Pride and Prejudice”: “Every girl is an Elisabeth Bennett. No man is a Darcy.”

@WriterRoss’s Herman Cain saga: “Calculating presidential candidate, rebuffed by female staffers, seeks redemption at polls.”

@twhaines’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”: “Dad's mean. Old lady uptight. River town dull. Hey, a raft.”

@MrsScribe’s “Harry Potter”: “It's magic. A scar on his forehead and the Golden Snitch.”

@JesseJNunes’s “Dawn of the Dead”: “Zombies everywhere. Lets go to the mall. Orange Julius and shotguns.”

What does 11/11/11 mean to you? Reporter Monica Hesse is chatting about the significance of today’s date. Read her story about 11-11-11, and join her chat at 11:11 a.m.

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