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Tuesday, November 11, 1997

The Fool-Lib Fribble
by Selena Maranjian (TMFSelena@aol.com)


Remember Mad Libs? You might have played with them in your youth, passing time with a friend on a rainy day. One would ask the other for some nouns, adjectives, and other words, which would be filled into a brief story. Then the story would be read back, with amusing, if not knee-slapping results. Well, here at FoolLabs we've just perfected the technology that makes Fool-Libs possible. Our new Fool-Libulator works like a charm, and its first creation is below. To use this Fool-Lib properly, you might want to print it out. Find someone to play it with and ask them for the required words without divulging the text of the story. Encourage them to be as imaginative as possible with the words they think up. Fill in the appropriate blanks with these words and then read it back. Enjoy!

THE FOOLISH ADVENTURES OF HOWARD

ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A 
________________ FOOL, NAMED HOWARD.
 (adjective) 
HE LIVED IN ___________________, WITH 
            (a city or country) 
HIS ________ _____________________s, 
    (number)(family member or relation) 
IN A ________-BEDROOM HOUSE. 
     (number)
AN INTREPID TRAVELLER, HE VENTURED TO 
PLACES LIKE ____________________ AND 
      (a scary or uninviting place) 
___________________________ ON HIS 
(another scary or uninviting place) 
VACATIONS. A TALENTED COOK, HIS 
SPECIALTY WAS ____________________,
                 (a food) 
SMOTHERED IN _________________ SAUCE,
               (another food) 
TOPPED WITH TOASTED ________________ 
                    (one more food)
AND A SIDE DISH OF FRIED _____________.
                        (a final food) 
HOWARD WAS ACCOMPLISHED IN MANY 
THINGS. HE COULD ___________________,
                     (verb)
________________, AND ________________ -- 
     (verb)            (another verb) 
ALL AT THE SAME TIME. AT WORK, 
EVERYONE LOVED HIM BECAUSE HE WAS
________________ AND _________________. 
(character-trait adj)(character-trait adj)
PEOPLE ADMIRED HIS _________________
                      (adjective) 
WAY WITH MONEY MOST OF ALL. WHEN 
HE BOUGHT HIS ________ ______________ 
               (year)     (animal) 
ROADSTER, HE HAD NEGOTIATED A PRICE 
OF ________________. HE ALWAYS SAVED
       (price)
_____% OF EACH PAYCHECK, PARKING
(percentage) 
THE CASH IN __________________________.
           (place you might keep money) 
SOMETIMES HE INVESTED IN STOCK. IT 
SEEMS HE INCREASED HIS MONEY
__________-FOLD INVESTING IN THAT BLUE-
 (number) 
CHIP COMPANY, AMERICAN _____________ 
                           (noun) 
MANUFACTURING. PEOPLE DIDN'T HEAR 
ABOUT HIS LESS SUCCESSFUL INVEST- 
MENTS, IN COMPANIES LIKE ___________'S 
                       (a first name) 
TITANIUM ______________________, WHICH 
 (something you find around the house) 
TRADES ON THE ________________ STOCK 
              (a remote place)
EXCHANGE. HE ALSO LOST A BUNDLE ON 
LAST YEAR'S HOT TECHNOLOGY STOCK, 
TECHNO-________________-OPTICS, WHICH 
            (noun)
WENT FROM ____ TO __________ IN A FEW 
     (low number)(high number)
WEEKS. NOW YOU CAN BUY 10,000 
SHARES OF IT FOR THE PRICE OF A
____________________. 
(something inexpensive) 
HOWARD RECENTLY DISCOVERED A(N) 
_______________ THING ON THE INTERNET, 
 (adjective) 
CALLED THE _________________ FOOL. OR 
       (extra-bizarre adjective) 
THE MOTLEY ______________________. OR
            (extra-unusual noun) 
MAYBE IT WAS THE MOTLEY FOOL. 
HOWARD WAS VERY ___________________ 
                  (state of mind) 
UPON FINDING THIS SITE. BEFORE HE HAD 
HAD A CHANCE TO LET ALL THE INFOR- 
MATION SINK IN, HE WAS PREACHING TO 
HIS FRIENDS. 

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE FINANCIAL PRO- 
FESSIONALS ON ________________ STREET 
              (name of street) 
WERE NOT LOOKING OUT FOR OUR BEST 
INTERESTS. THAT PEOPLE SHOULD INVEST
FOR THE LONG-TERM, WITH MONEY THEY 
WON'T NEED FOR _______________ YEARS. 
                   (number) 
THAT WE CAN BECOME OUR DESCEN- 
DENTS' MOST BELOVED ANCESTOR BY 
SOCKING MONEY AWAY NOW, IN STOCKS
AND ________________________. 
(investment vehicle other than stocks)
CLEARLY, HOWARD HAS MORE TO LEARN 
BEFORE HE'S FULLY FOOLISH. BUT HE'S 
OFF TO A(N) ____________________ START.
                (adjective) 
LET'S HEAR IT FOR HIM:
"___________________, HOWARD!" 
     (exclamation)
"___________________, HOWARD!" 
     (exclamation)

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