Now a Mad-Libs History Moment

The town of [Stalingrad], [Australia] was typical of the [cottage cheese] mining towns that dotted the [Venusian] frontier of the 1870’s: [skyscrapers] sprang up overnight, and rich [ballerinas] would hitch their [alpacas] outside the saloon to drink [Ovaltine] and play [Spank] the [Pumpkin], a gambling game involving [bees]…


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25 thoughts on “Now a Mad-Libs History Moment

  1. allein January 7, 2016 / 4:18 pm

    Are these llamas or alpacas?

      • allein January 7, 2016 / 4:38 pm

        🙂 I thought they looked small to be llamas. And they have no hats.*

        There is an alpaca farm about an hour from where I live. My friends were doing a photo field trip there a few years ago so I tagged along. They were so friendly (well, most of them). There were a few babies…the youngest of which was a surprise to the owners. 🙂

        *google “llamas with hats” if you don’t get that one

        • Kar January 7, 2016 / 5:35 pm

          Not quite Too Many Cooks but enough to scar me.

          • allein January 7, 2016 / 7:40 pm


  2. Smartypants January 7, 2016 / 4:31 pm

    This is awesome! We always played Mad Libs when I was a kid, and NTMTOM’s work reminded me happily of them…part of our family lexicon was actually “Llama pimples” instead of “goose pimples,” from a game of Mad Libs.

  3. Gigi_the cat lady January 7, 2016 / 5:57 pm

    I feel deprived, I’ve never heard of Mad Libs before, we didn’t have anything like it in French when I was growing up.

  4. Faye January 7, 2016 / 6:22 pm

    Gigi I am also clueless. Must Google Madlibs.
    We played a word game called Stinky Pinky when I was young: name a vegetable that mimics everything. Parrot Carrot. Rhymes plus same number of syllables.

    • Not That Mike The Other Mike January 7, 2016 / 6:25 pm

      Mad Libs is a series of party game books containing short stories with words strategically removed. One player asks the others to supply words to fill in the blanks, without revealing the context in which they’ll appear. Once all the blanks are filled in, the story is read out loud, usually to hilarious effect.

      • Faye January 7, 2016 / 8:10 pm

        Oh now I get it!!

    • Mr. Max January 7, 2016 / 8:11 pm

      I LOVED MadLibs, and I believe NTMTOM is the only person who would look at a picture of alpacas tied to a modern-day hitching post and think of them!

      When I was a wee young ‘un, we always used the filthiest words we could think of to fill the blanks in MadLibs. I still remember some of the precious gems of profanity coming from we “adorable”, foul-mouthed moppets. We tried to erase them before my parents looked at the book, but you could still read them, and BOY, did we get in trouble!

      I also remember Stinky Pinky. What fun! I improved my vocabulary much for the better with that game.

      • Smartypants January 7, 2016 / 8:28 pm

        Bwa ha ha, I can totally picture it! 😀

        I’ve never heard of Stinky Pinky ’til you and Faye described it – sounds like fun!

        • Mr. Max January 8, 2016 / 12:33 am

          The funny thing was, when my parents saw all the naughty words we had used to fill out the MadLibs, my dad bellowed “Where did you learn these words!” I replied “Have you ever heard yourself driving?” That shut him up. Briefly. (This was 2nd grade)

          • 6rabbits January 8, 2016 / 7:38 am

            Oh, that’s a great story!😂

  5. Smartypants January 7, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    Oh, and the hovertext – “Meow”? Total Mad Lib!

  6. fkaWaldenPond January 7, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    Alpaca is all, ‘Yes, I would appreciate a pair of fresh under-pants.’

  7. Mel January 8, 2016 / 2:25 am

    Hey Nomtom, you should ask US to supply the words next time, because that would be MUCH more fun 😀

      • Smartypants January 8, 2016 / 3:05 pm

        Oh, I second Mel’s idea – that sounds great!

    • Beemoused January 8, 2016 / 7:11 am

      Good idea–but a little scary. You KNOW what we are like!

      And I had never heard of Mad Libs either–I thought a Spambot got in there and rewrote the text when I first saw this!

  8. 6rabbits January 8, 2016 / 7:44 am

    My family would do MadLibs on loooooong drives, and we would get slap-happy over our results! My brother always tried to use “butt”, and my mom often disapproved of the results, but my dad was laughing so hard once, he had to stop driving and pull over!

    I use MadLibs with my students becos you have to know parts of speech, and a good vocabulary helps, too. They LOVE them.😄

    • allein January 8, 2016 / 9:29 am

      I have a coworker who does a mad-libs thing whenever someone leaves. I don’t know if she writes them herself but they are generally somewhat work-related (though not specifically our company – at least not until we fill in the blanks!).

  9. Faye January 8, 2016 / 4:10 pm

    I’m all for interactive. You all rock!!

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