Each simile listed below was actually used by high school students in their various essays and short stories:

  • He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.

  • She caught your eye like one of those pointy hook latches that used to dangle from screen doors and would fly up whenever you banged the door open again.

  • The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn't.

  • McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag filled with vegetable soup.

  • From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and "Jeopardy" comes on at 7 P.M. instead of 7:30.

  • Her hair glistened in the rain like nose hair after a sneeze.

  • Her eyes were like two brown circles with big black dots in the center.

  • Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.

  • He was as tall as a six-foot, three-inch tree.

  • The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.

  • Her date was pleasant enough, but she knew that if her life was a movie, this guy would be buried in the credits as something like "second tall man".

  • Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers race across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 P.M. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 P.M. at a speed of 35 mph.

  • The politician was gone but unnoticed, like the period after the Dr. on a Dr. Pepper can.

  • They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resembled Nancy Kerrigan's teeth.

  • John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.

  • The thunder was ominous-sounding, much like the sound of a thin sheet of metal being shaken backstage during the storm scene in a play.

  • The red brick wall was the color of a brick-red Crayola crayon. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.