Thursday, January 5, 2012

The First Ever .. TG Caption Mad Lib!

Well, it is PROBABLY one of the first .. just in case I DID rip it off from elsewhere. I got the idea from a Jimmy Fallon routine he did during the Christmas holidays .. where he did a mad libs set to "The Night Before Christmas" .. with celebrities filling in the words he'd taken out.

Right then and there, I said .. we need to do that on my blog .. all TG style! I grabbed a caption I'd done awhile back, which was a bit hard because 99 percent of the captions I make are for a specific person. I needed to find one that was sort of universal, and wasn't entirely tailored to really specialized preferences. This one I made for Tar seemed to do the trick, especially since it uses a normal TG situation, and wasn't offensive, overly sexual, or too perverted. I wanted to keep it PG.

I thought that everyone did a good job in supplying the words I needed to make this work. Here is the original (well, my original version that I used to make changes) so you can see how the MAD LIBS changed it.

It isn't too hard to make your own mad lib .. and it will hopefully get your commenters involved. Here is how I did it.

I looked for words that could be changed without too much fuss and still be fun to read with a word substitution. Those words I capitalized (as seen in the original caption). Then I gave each word a number, and figured out WHAT sort of word would replace it (ie "plural noun" or "general location") just like the real mad libs. Throw up a blog post detailing what you want (see last post for that). Then when its time to fill in the blanks, just replace the capitalized word with the new word. You might have to jiggle the line and paragraph breaks a bit (and tweak the grammar) but that is pretty much all there is to do!

DISCUSSION QUESTION: Soooooo, what do you think? Was it fun? Would you like me to run another? If people liked it, I can try to do one every month or so,


  1. Awesome. :-)

    One subtle change that I'd like to see in future iterations is to highlight the Mad Libbed words, either by underlining them, a la the original, or with color changes.

  2. Woah! Seems we hit on the spot... it's still a comprehensible not so really, but it works cap hehe I would like if you would do what you said!

    Hugs and Kisses Alectra

  3. I don't see the big deal.... it reads like a normal "Dee" caption :)


    Lottsa fun!

    Thanks :)

  4. @ Victoria

    I will probably do that in the future. I wanted to see how it would work if it LOOKED like a real caption.

    @ Steffi

    If it was a "normal" Dee caption, there would be more than a 50 percent chance that the word "credenza" would be in it!

  5. hehehehhe - now I'm suffering from Dee Mentia :p - I need to go shower the nuns before my knee slips on the basketball court!

  6. Great idea Dee, and Great execution. I was laughing out loud as I read this. A fun thing for future Mad Libs (and yes.. please continue this!), would be to design the cap like a Mad Lib. Standard font for all the text and underlined spaces for the blank words. Then you add in the submitted words in a more hand written font.

    Just a suggestion though. This was really fun!

  7. Glad everyone liked it.

    I will probably do another one in February.

    I read the suggestions and had thought about doing some of them, but truthfully, I just wanted to get it out as soon as possible because I thought it was fun.

    I will most likely incorporate many of the suggestions in the next one. I will try to pick one that is just as broadly written as this one, but also gives me enough room to make the formatting possible without worrying about space issues/limitations.