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The Greatest Story Ever Told

An interactive web site where users add to a story one word at a time.
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How about a web site where users all around the world can create a story one word at a time. Users log on, and read the story. There would be a pool of words and the users cast a vote for which one should be the next one in the story. Every ten minutes or so, the votes are tallied and the next word is added to the story. After a certain amount of words or time, the old story is saved and archived, and a new story is started. [--August 1, 2001]

Half bakers have been kneeding the dough of this idea a bit by commenting on it one word at a time... As a result, the page is taking a long time to load, so I have started deleting some of the words, while keeping comments and recaps. If you're a first-time visitor to this idea, that is why it doesn't make a lot of sense. [--August 9, 2001]

sdm, Aug 02 2001

On the toasty side. http://www.halfbake...ive_20web_20fiction
Like this and the associated links. [angel, Aug 02 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]

magnetic poetry http://www.magpo.com
literary fridge magnets [mihali, Aug 02 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]

For [DrBob] http://www.parliame...mons/lib/almsad.htm
Clwyd, Ann; Cynon Valley; Lab [angel, Aug 02 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Time to bake http://story.mauldeth.eu.org
I liked this idea so much I just had to bake it. It's still in it's infancy, I'm still cooking it some more to make it more usable and less archaic. [Update] No longer online, it went a little off, I'll revive it somepoint in the future if people want. [Peej, Aug 02 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Epicureanism, for UB. http://www.xrefer.com/entry/551929
Its central purpose was happiness: a mind free from disturbance and a body free from pain. [lewisgirl, Aug 02 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Useful reference http://www.dictionary.com
For when somebody gets a bit too wordy for my shrivelled little brain [babychaos, Aug 02 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Wikipedia: (Sandbox) Wikistory http://en.wikipedia...Wikipedia:Wikistory
Same game, roughly the same amount of sense. [jutta, Sep 14 2006]

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       On this "interactive web site" you should be able to turn words in to links to take you to another storyline - ie click on "Joe" to take you to another storyline that starts with the word "Joe" - this way rather than saving one story and starting another there would be an ever-expanding number of stories with everything linking together, and you might find out why Joe was looking for his gear in the first place.
Jim, Aug 02 2001, last modified Aug 09 2001
  

       Isn't this called "Exquisite corpse"? Ah yes. The sky, the sky...The sky's gone out! It all comes flooding back.
Nadir, Aug 03 2001
  

       <recap> It was an elf that axonomically preferred eating custard with chopsticks. They denied circumventing firewalls, yet traction slipped before Joe found his gear. "How bizarre! Burning can destroy most EVERYTHING!" exclaimed Billy the centurion. "aaaarrrrrrgh!" bellowed Joe whilst rogering Billy's performing pectorals, "Stop sneezing gaskets, buy automotive lubricant." Plaster me stupid. Suddenly, Blimey! viscous liquid spewed and from everywhere sounds of flying squirrel offal exploding tape-worms rang throughout Tokyo. Roughly, Jim-Bob massaged a porcine bobby’s tea-set whilst discombobulating Maria von Trapp, the cellist's cupboard love. Rabid UnaBubba despises green eggs performing purple haze although leathery underwear tickles erotically. Coiling erotically around electric acorns and not manual frying, only Peter moaned. Spigot... "Architect sluggo aspidistra?" said beer slave of coconuts meandering aimlessly though flocks of quiet mimes. However, lightly twisting clairvoyant pigeon stoats exploded. Frigidly, Billy strained against Joe's mysterious sideburns. Poleaxed, choosing humbly not unexpectedly, yet bizarrely, Richard III threw up selected chewy bits scævola-style à la carte. Some people defenestrate woolly spud gloves, however Wilmanita's sister-in-law's sturgeon's wreck tachometer fiendishly extrapolated Pi. Rather, they fastidiously undermined cinco lupo outgrabe heretofore madness referred back to as frighteningly then Dwaine triumphantly triumphed. “By Jove!” Ejaculated Cholmondeley-Warner; “These dreams”, “Yes?” Cried Joe DiMaggio whilst frantically Marilyn showering/bathing attempted pumping tantric apparatus blithely, using mayonnaise. Unfortunately for Billy, Marguerita masticated lunch vulture-like but gracefully, adenoids devolved in a gherkin. “Mmmmm... aaaaaarrrrrrrgh... not bubble ‘n squeak?!” cried Walter’s nipple masseur provocatively, bacteria notwithstanding. Pumpkins without Halloween are woebegone pitiful plotlines. Theoretically, if humungous lizards mate, minotaurs masquerading witlessly as parsimonious fairydust will extrapolate melon-scented knickers. “Monkeys!”, elfin decapitation of elves caused dissension amongst Latvian elves’ collectives. Pumpkins worshipped thespians performing Billy’s Roman candelabra [sub-editorial control exercised here] opera silently, although semaphoric peeling skin machines tend to invade seductively. Meanwhile, elves were flaying wildly still waters, announced Billy. Eponymous or, suffice tachycardia gremlins showed. Mucilaginously, eolian aioli ails alienly,allegedly. Suddenly elves stor med the Parliament and defenestrated nn Clwyd. Impossibly, nobody cheered up. Meanwhile, malevolent synapses fired bananas maliciously. For Christmas, Joe comes home pectacularly wearing decreasing quantities of, deliberately, aubergine depleted thongs. Trafalgar Smith-Smith!" [double-barrelled name] exclaimed Marjorie 's hippopotamic simulator operator, grunted flatulently. Tangerine-toed trilobites terrorised Trafalgar, tantalisingly trepanning trespassers toasting tupperware. Hypochondriac hydrophobics hover hedonistically who. Tralfalgar mis-spelled witchery whilst whittling willow warblers. Elves College, Cambridge can't EGGPLANT [ill take that as part of the story] Immanuel Kant, piss ant recants pedants. Whosoever sellotaped thesauruses to my Tyrannosaurus's sore ass should flypast </recap>   

       If this were a puppy, I would have put it to sleep by now.
sdm, Aug 13 2001
  

       [Hey... be careful of typos when recapping. It makes no sense as it is. No reason to make it any more difficult. :) ]   

       taxidermy
PotatoStew, Aug 13 2001
  

       inexorably
bristolz, Aug 13 2001
  

       Poleaxe
DrBob, Aug 14 2001
  

       Trillobite
PotatoStew, Aug 14 2001
  

       pteranadons
globaltourniquet, Aug 14 2001
  

       microcosmic
globaltourniquet, Aug 15 2001
  

       omnibus
PotatoStew, Aug 16 2001
  

       The End.
benfrost, Aug 16 2001
  

       although
PotatoStew, Aug 16 2001
  

       Flimflam
PotatoStew, Aug 16 2001
  

       crybaby
PotatoStew, Aug 16 2001
  

       a
PotatoStew, Aug 16 2001
  

       sliced
PotatoStew, Aug 16 2001
  

       inexorably
globaltourniquet, Aug 17 2001
  

       yet
PotatoStew, Aug 17 2001
  

       extolled.
PotatoStew, Aug 17 2001
  

       and
angel, Aug 17 2001
  

       occasionally
angel, Aug 17 2001
  

       universally
Viennoise, Aug 17 2001
  

       They   

       ["Tarantulas, however, water-ski because they can." That's a grand total of two sentences that actually make sense.]
PotatoStew, Aug 17 2001
  

       have
PotatoStew, Aug 17 2001
  

       supper
lubbit, Aug 17 2001
  

       -ing
PotatoStew, Aug 17 2001
  

       blasting
globaltourniquet, Aug 18 2001
  

       with
Toreadorothy, Aug 18 2001
  

       wild   

       [UnaBubba: I didn't say that it was grammatically correct, or even a true statement. All I meant was that if someone said it to me, I would understand what they were trying to communicate.]
PotatoStew, Aug 18 2001
  

       exaggeration
lubbit, Aug 18 2001
  

       vehemently,
technobadger, Aug 18 2001
  

       damn
globaltourniquet, Aug 18 2001
  

       nation
PotatoStew, Aug 18 2001
  

       Anfraxious
lummox, Aug 18 2001
  

       and
PotatoStew, Aug 19 2001
  

       Lascivious
Viennoise, Aug 20 2001
  

       innuendo
(recap) It was an elf that axonomically preferred eating custard with chopsticks. They denied circumventing firewalls, yet traction slipped before Joe found his gear. "How bizarre! Burning can destroy most EVERYTHING!" exclaimed Billy the centurion. "aaaarrrrrrgh!" bellowed Joe whilst rogering Billy's performing pectorals, "Stop sneezing gaskets, buy automotive lubricant." Plaster me stupid. Suddenly, Blimey! viscous liquid spewed and from everywhere sounds of flying squirrel offal exploding tape-worms rang throughout Tokyo. Roughly, Jim-Bob massaged a porcine bobby’s tea-set whilst discombobulating Maria von Trapp, the cellist's cupboard love. Rabid UnaBubba despises green eggs performing purple haze although leathery underwear tickles erotically. Coiling erotically around electric acorns and not manual frying, only Peter moaned. Spigot... "Architect sluggo aspidistra?" said beer slave of coconuts meandering aimlessly though flocks of quiet mimes. However, lightly twisting clairvoyant pigeon stoats exploded. Frigidly, Billy strained against Joe's mysterious sideburns. Poleaxed, choosing humbly not unexpectedly, yet bizarrely, Richard III threw up selected chewy bits scævola-style à la carte. Some people defenestrate woolly spud gloves, however Wilmanita's sister-in-law's sturgeon's wreck tachometer fiendishly extrapolated Pi. Rather, they fastidiously undermined cinco lupo outgrabe heretofore madness referred back to as frighteningly then Dwaine triumphantly triumphed. “By Jove!” Ejaculated Cholmondeley-Warner; “These dreams”, “Yes?” Cried Joe DiMaggio whilst frantically Marilyn showering/bathing attempted pumping tantric apparatus blithely, using mayonnaise. Unfortunately for Billy, Marguerita masticated lunch vulture-like but gracefully, adenoids devolved in a gherkin. “Mmmmm... aaaaaarrrrrrrgh... not bubble ‘n squeak?!” cried Walter’s nipple masseur provocatively, bacteria notwithstanding. Pumpkins without Halloween are woebegone pitiful plotlines. Theoretically, if humungous lizards mate, minotaurs masquerading witlessly as parsimonious fairydust will extrapolate melon-scented knickers. “Monkeys!”, elfin decapitation of elves caused dissension amongst Latvian elves’ collectives. Pumpkins worshipped thespians performing Billy’s Roman candelabra [sub-editorial control exercised here] opera silently, although semaphoric peeling skin machines tend to invade seductively. Meanwhile, elves were flaying wildly still waters, announced Billy. Eponymous or, suffice tachycardia gremlins showed. Mucilaginously, eolian aioli ails alienly, allegedly. Suddenly elves stormed the Parliament and defenestrated Ann Clwyd. Impossibly, nobody cheered up. Meanwhile, malevolent synapses fired bananas maliciously. For Christmas, Joe comes home spectacularly wearing decreasing quantities of, deliberately, aubergine depleted thongs. Trafalgar Smith-Smith!" [double-barrelled name] exclaimed Marjorie 's hippopotamic simulator operator, grunted flatulently. Tangerine-toed trilobites terrorised Trafalgar, tantalisingly trepanning trespassers toasting tupperware. Hypochondriac hydrophobics hover hedonistically who. Tralfalgar mis-spelled witchery whilst whittling willow warblers. Elves College, Cambridge can't EGGPLANT [ill take that as part of the story] Immanuel Kant, piss ant recants pedants. Whosoever sellotaped thesauruses to my Tyrannosaurus's sore ass should flypast. Wherefore do-do shrinketh taxidermy inexorably, uxoriously Blimey! Chapter 2. Poleaxe Polecat, polevaulting Poland, exsanguinated exquisite exhibitionists exhibiting exceptional examples exhaustively. “Trigonometry triumphs!”, trilled Trilobite Trixie truculently. Ptolemy’s ptarmigan’s pteroform pteridophyte pteroclomorphised pteranodons pterribly. Nonetheless, microcosmic adaptors Napster’s nefarious, vicarious omnibus “The End Is Nigh” Oh good. lied Lionel Richie. Perdurability notwithstanding, Aloysius’s bean bomb blast permeated perpetuity quizzically. Alliteration always alludes, allegedly, although alligators’ alimony arose allegorically awry. Finally, fellating flautists felched Friar Flimflam Frottage fortuitously. “Turing! Turtles turbulently turbulently tumbling…”, cried crybaby. Meanwhile, underground, a halfbaked licorice gigantilaser sliced pizza turbulently, resulting inexorably scoreably yet extemporaneously extolled. Herrings often swim. Tarantulas, however, water-ski because they can. Flatulence notwithstanding, Sheep, goats, Norfolk and Somerset occasionally cupellate themselves then terminally. Dance(cupellate = vaporise) yellowbelly! Enough. sophistry can't replace lovers ' epicureanism. Epicureanism is really enjoyable. [see link] Flagellation misspelled Nervosa , and excessive twice universally but no-one speculated a Spanish Inquisition in Tierra Del Fuego , especially since Joe [bringing back in an old character...] & Billy inserted Inquisitors intricately intrasententially inanely. Flibbertigibbet! They would have been supper -ing quietly while (expression=true) blasting away Elves with wild exaggeration vehemently, damn nation came swiftly. Anfraxious antelope antlers are alliterating and astronomically avid. Terebinthinate turtles theantropically truncated. Lascivious lickspittles ingratiated ludicrous hydatiform monkey coprophiliacs. Menacingly, Joe 's ASCII (OK, if you insist) hamster died. Tintinnabulatory telephones roused Joe from his fitful cathexis. Emotionally, but verbosely prolix innuendo
(Please delete previous annotaions.)
angel, Aug 20 2001
  

       [admin: This idea breaks every once in a while when a "delete" command for an annotation gets aborted halfway through. (Or maybe it's two overlapping appends -- not sure.) Since I'm not going to have time to fix this before a major upcoming rewrite, maybe it's time to move it to the sites written for the purpose?]
jutta, Aug 27 2001
  

       little
thumbwax, Aug 27 2001
  

       amongst
lewisgirl, Aug 28 2001
  

       shrimp
angel, Aug 28 2001
  

       cultivators.
lewisgirl, Aug 28 2001
  

       Reykjavik
-alx, Aug 28 2001
  

       is
lewisgirl, Aug 28 2001
  

       not
stupop, Aug 28 2001
  

       geographically
-alx, Aug 28 2001
  

       suited
thumbwax, Aug 28 2001
  

       , to
-alx, Aug 28 2001
  

       Nor
-alx, Aug 28 2001
  

       is
Lemon, Aug 28 2001
  

       The
hippo, Aug 28 2001
  

       platitudes
stupop, Aug 28 2001
  

       nodules
angel, Aug 28 2001
  

       flexibly;
-alx, Aug 28 2001
  

       fascias
lewisgirl, Aug 28 2001
  

       transubstantiated
-alx, Aug 28 2001
  

       elves
hippo, Aug 28 2001
  

       presley
po, Aug 28 2001
  

       into
-alx, Aug 28 2001
  

       Billy's
[could it be we're heading towards a denouement here?]
Lemon, Aug 29 2001
  

       pectorals

Indeed, we have come full circle back to Billys pecs
thumbwax, Aug 29 2001
  

       . Trafalgar
-alx, Aug 29 2001
  

       root
PotatoStew, Aug 29 2001
  

       beer
angel, Aug 30 2001
  

       gushed
The Military, Aug 30 2001
  

       (man, that's the prettiest sentence I've seen yet)

into
thumbwax, Aug 30 2001
  

       brooks.
-alx, Aug 30 2001
  

       enough
(It was like the tennis elbow foot game that used to be on the radio.)
angel, Aug 30 2001
  

       , Archbishop
-alx, Aug 30 2001
  

       conjugated
lewisgirl, Aug 30 2001
  

       Latin
angel, Aug 30 2001
  

       verbs
-alx, Aug 30 2001
  

       Meanwhile
babychaos, Aug 30 2001
  

       , prams
PotatoStew, Aug 30 2001
  

       , Derringers
(Next time [sdm] stops by, would he please delete his recap.)
angel, Aug 30 2001
  

       and
-alx, Aug 30 2001
  

       Joe
babychaos, Aug 30 2001
  

       Doofi (Doofuses just didn't look right.)
lewisgirl, Aug 30 2001
  

       dalmations
babychaos, Aug 30 2001
  

       magnetically.
-alx, Aug 30 2001
  

       ones
angel, Aug 30 2001
  

       parrot
babychaos, Aug 30 2001
  

       perch
Lemon, Aug 30 2001
  

       preys
PotatoStew, Aug 30 2001
  

       piously
po, Aug 30 2001
  

       upon
-alx, Aug 30 2001
  

       pretty
po, Aug 30 2001
  

       parrot
PotatoStew, Aug 30 2001
  

       perches.)
-alx, Aug 30 2001
  

       Praise
PotatoStew, Aug 30 2001
  

       Be!.
babychaos, Aug 30 2001
  

       Profound!
Lemon, Aug 31 2001
  

       parroted

Yes, I noticed that UnaBubba, that was why I just had to comment on the beauty of it.
thumbwax, Aug 31 2001
  

       the
babychaos, Aug 31 2001
  

       parrot.
-alx, Aug 31 2001
  

       "Pie
PotatoStew, Aug 31 2001
  

       are
-alx, Aug 31 2001
  

       scared
angel, Aug 31 2001
  

       !" cried
babychaos, Aug 31 2001
  

       Persephone
lewisgirl, Aug 31 2001
  

       Telecom,
-alx, Aug 31 2001
  

       stroking
babychaos, Aug 31 2001
  

       egos
keats27, Aug 31 2001
  

       , eagles,   

       [Ha! "Pie are scared" ...Ha! I just got it. Good one.]
PotatoStew, Aug 31 2001
  

       and   

       [was pleased that angel picked up on the cue...wasn't sure anyone would]
-alx, Aug 31 2001
  

       beagles.
PotatoStew, Aug 31 2001
  

       right
reensure, Aug 31 2001
  

       spoon   

       (I just like that word)
kaz, Aug 31 2001
  

       Mplayer.com has an excellent game along these lines:   

       http://www.mplayer.com/cardgames/games/yarn/   

       (Note: it's not a "card game," as the url leads you to believe. Naughty url! Naughty!)
jester, Sep 01 2001
  

       (There is a link feature you may have missed in the excitement.)

shaped
thumbwax, Sep 01 2001
  

       fork
PotatoStew, Sep 01 2001
  

       -like
babychaos, Sep 02 2001
  

       like
po, Sep 02 2001
  

       Illogically
babychaos, Sep 03 2001
  

       , magically
lewisgirl, Sep 03 2001
  

       , gingerly
babychaos, Sep 03 2001
  

       and
Lemon, Sep 03 2001
  

       anti-gravitationally,
lewisgirl, Sep 03 2001
  

       defiantly
babychaos, Sep 03 2001
  

       anxious
DrBob, Sep 03 2001
  

       [Oh my! (In true Professor Farnsworth style) Is this thing still alive? I would have thought everyone would have got bored of it by now. Especially seeing as it's actually been baked. Ah well]
CoolerKing, Sep 03 2001
  

       Violence [sorry, bad afternoon...]
babychaos, Sep 03 2001
  

       ensued.
Lemon, Sep 03 2001
  

       Violins
PotatoStew, Sep 03 2001
  

       exploded
babychaos, Sep 03 2001
  

       valance
po, Sep 03 2001
  

       existentialist
lewisgirl, Sep 03 2001
  

       valium
po, Sep 03 2001
  

       voted
pussygalore, Sep 03 2001
  

       nonviolence (Where is Moneypenny?)
thumbwax, Sep 03 2001
  

       shake
lewisgirl, Sep 04 2001
  

       it-all   

       [hmmm, I see a song arriving here]
babychaos, Sep 04 2001
  

       a-bout
thumbwax, Sep 04 2001
  

       time
angel, Sep 04 2001
  

       for
st3f, Sep 04 2001
  

       tea!
lewisgirl, Sep 04 2001
  

       Elsewhere
The Military, Sep 04 2001
  

       boogied
thumbwax, Sep 04 2001
  

       wearing
lewisgirl, Sep 04 2001
  

       underpants
babychaos, Sep 04 2001
  

       Emblazoned
st3f, Sep 04 2001
  

       on
babychaos, Sep 04 2001
  

       shepherds'
lewisgirl, Sep 04 2001
  

       was
st3f, Sep 04 2001
  

       thongfully
lewisgirl, Sep 04 2001
  

       without
st3f, Sep 04 2001
  

       overly
babychaos, Sep 04 2001
  

       Overdue,
-alx, Sep 04 2001
  

       over-worked,
babychaos, Sep 04 2001
  

       ovaries
po, Sep 04 2001
  

       of
PotatoStew, Sep 04 2001
  

       orangutans
babychaos, Sep 04 2001
  

       originally
angel, Sep 05 2001
  

       oscillated
babychaos, Sep 05 2001
  

       overtime
thumbwax, Sep 05 2001
  

       origami
angel, Sep 05 2001
  

       over
babychaos, Sep 05 2001
  

       orotund
pussygalore, Sep 05 2001
  

       officials.
pussygalore, Sep 05 2001
  

       Caprification   

       ( UB..Mmmmmm.....that thought kinda lingers)
pussygalore, Sep 05 2001
  

       or emasculation
pussygalore, Sep 05 2001
  

       permitting,
angel, Sep 05 2001
  

       and sterilisation
pussygalore, Sep 05 2001
  

       asked
pussygalore, Sep 05 2001
  

       Mother.
pussygalore, Sep 05 2001
  

       goose
po, Sep 05 2001
  

       the
hagfish, Sep 05 2001
  

       Lugubrious,

(this really is tired now isn't it. I may be deciding not to come back any more. Bye!)
lewisgirl, Sep 06 2001
  

       Bela

She'll
thumbwax, Sep 06 2001
  

       Lugosi

... be back
thumbwax, Sep 06 2001
  

       .
---------------------------
Epilogue:
---------------------------
Lemon, Sep 07 2001
  

       quack
Phaedrus, Sep 13 2006
  

       Damn, I just posted something like this and someone brings this up. Bad luck.
DesertFox, Sep 15 2006
  

       Is this idea why one-word-at-a-time stories are banned from the 'bakery (or at least frowned upon), 'coz I remember reading something to that effect in the help file...
froglet, Sep 15 2006
  
      
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