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Fill in the blanks to win a prize! Today’s contest is a fun-filled game of MadLibs.

If you don’t know what MadLibs are: where the heck have you been hiding? Okay, seriously, if you need a refresher or want some more details, read a quick explanation of MadLibs here.

Julie has “doctored” a NewsBreak page with fake headlines. To get the full MadLib-ian effect of this contest, we recommend that you first find a partner: grab a friend, a co-worker, or just tap the guy’s shoulder next to you on the train. All you need to do is ask your friend for the words in blue – don’t read them the full headlines! Write down their answers, and when you’re finished, read them aloud – you should get some pretty silly results!

Fill in as many of the headlines as you like, and send us your entries as replies to this post. You’ll need to type the entire headline into the comments, not just your answers to the words in blue – otherwise it’s going to make even less sense. We’ll do the judging and announce the winners tomorrow.

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This is the first contest in our week-long 11 year anniversary celebration. We’ll be giving away one first prize of a $121 Amazon gift certificate for the best and funniest entry. Plus, we’ll have runner-up prizes of a complete package of our software and swag to many others. Enter as many times as you like, by sending your entries as a replies to this post. Employees and friends of Ilium Software aren’t eligible to win the prizes, but are welcome (and encouraged) to participate anyway. Today’s contest closes at 9:00 a.m. eastern time tomorrow morning.

Good luck!

28 thoughts on “Fill in the Blanks

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  2. Lee

    Kevin and I will start you off this morning…

    Palm shocked the mobile world today when they announced their plans to shake their beef.

    After 11 years, Ilium Software says they plan to start selling boxes and will no longer explode, choosing instead to focus on bees.

  3. Ken

    The COW was just released, featuring 1 MILLION MB RAM for only $1 BILLION. Specs include fast GRASSES and 2 STOMACHS.

    (How many stomachs do cows have? I think it is 4. So, this would be a feature reduced device? Except for maybe the RAM and price!)

  4. Dave Beauvais

    Unrelated comment: I really miss the VGA screen of my hx4700 after seeing that screenshot…

    The new light switch from Samsung is sure to be an award-winning device, with its ceiling tiles and handrails.

    Palm shocked the mobile world today when they announced their plans to whack their stapler.

    After 11 years, Ilium Software says they plan to start selling electric outlet covers and will no longer shout, choosing instead to focus on AA batteries.

    User say “Fiddlesticks” after just 5 minutes trying the new Apple sidewalk. Will it be this year’s sassiest phone?

    Forget text messaging! Studies show that melting is now the cool new way for bilge pump repair men and livestock inspectors to contact each other, making dancing easier than ever.

    Steve Jobs was jumped yesterday, shortly after he landed. Early reports suggest he was trying to canoodle.

    Move over, Twitter and Facebook! Flouncing is a new social networking site, mixing bricks and swimming to bring friends a better way to fart.

    The fence was just released, featuring 4,291 MB RAM for only $983.12. Specs include fast markers and 2 hubcaps.

  5. Melvyn

    I sat with my wife this evening and gave her a clipboard while I read out the blue words. By far the funniest few:

    User say “Ahoy!” after just 5 minutes trying the new Apple Handle. Will it be this year’s dirtiest phone?

    Forget text messaging! Studies show that crushing is now the cool new way for pilots and builders to contact each other, making sniffing easier than ever.

    Palm shocked the mobile world today when they announced their plans to obliviate their cotton wool.

    Steve Jobs was licked yesterday, shortly after he stumbled. Early reports suggest he was trying to fly.

    Move over, Twitter and Facebook! Wibble is a new social networking site, mixing knees and whining to bring friends a better way to snore.

  6. spmwinkel

    The new CHEESE from HTC is sure to be an award-winning device, with its HOLES and SMELLS.

    Palm shocked the mobile world today when they announced their plans to BURN their OFFICE.

    After 11 years, Ilium Software says they plan to start selling COOKIES and will no longer COMMUNICATE, choosing instead to focus on REINDEERS.

    Users say “ALAKAZAM” after just 5 minutes trying the new Apple MAGIC STICK. WIll it be this year’s MICROSOFT-OVERSHADOWING phone?

    Forget text messaging! Studies show that COOKING is now the cool new way for HIGH-SCHOOL TEACHERS and TALK SHOW HOSTS to contact each other, making DISHWASHING easier than ever.

    Steve Jobs was ARRESTED yesterday, shortly after he PUKED. Early reports suggest he was trying to JAILBRAIK iPODS.

    More over, Twitter and Facebook! OUCH is a new social networking site, mixing HEADS and BOXING to bring friends a better way to CLEAN.

    The NOTEPAD was just released, featuring ZERO MB RAM for only $ TWO. Specs include fast COVERS and 2 COLORS.

  7. DougP

    The new BLUEBERRY from RIM is sure to be an award-winning device, with its ANTIOXIDANTs and NUTRIENTs.

    Steve Jobs was SPOTTed yesterday, shortly after he ARRIVed. Early reports suggest he was trying to WEAR A WHITE SHIRT.

    Since I hear voices in my head, the game sort of turned out to be BadLibs.

  8. Steve Laser

    The new GOAT from HTC is sure to be an award winning device, with it’s YEAR and INSPECTOR.

    Palm shocked the mobile world today when they announced plans to STEAL their BOX.

    After 11 years, Ilium Software says they plan to start selling COWs and will no longer BITE, choosing instead to focus on FLAGS.

    Users say “WOW” after just 5 minumtes trying the new Apple CHILD. Will it be this year’s LAZY phone?

    Forget text messaging! Studies show that PLANTING is now the cool new way RADIOLOGISTS and BARKEEPERS to contact each other, making RUNNING easier than ever.

    Steve Jobs was SWIMMING yesterday, shortly after he LOOKED. Early reports suggest he was trying to TALK.

    Move over, Twitter and Facebook! ASPERAGUS is a new social networking site, mixing SCHOOLs and BARKING to bring friends a better way to DESTROY.

    The TRUTH was just released, featuring 75 MB Ram for only $2900.00. Specs include fast RIVERS and 2 TRIANGLES.

  9. Jeremie Lariviere

    The new LIGHTENING from HTC is sure to be an award-winning device, with its SHOCKING PERSONALITIES and MANY BUTTONS.

    Palm shocked the mobile world today when they announced their plans to MAC-IFY their OS

    After 11 years, Ilium Software says they plan to start selling PENCILS and will no longer DIVERSIFY, choosing instead to focus on USER EXPERIENCES.

    Users say “UGHERBLUGHEAAH” after just 5 minutes trying the new Apple IFIG NEWTON. Will it be this year’s most TASTY phone?

    Forget text messaging! Studies show that TELEPATHY is now the cool new way for ADVERTISERS and PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICIALS to contact each other, making B$’ING easier than ever.

    Steve Jobs was OVERHEARD yesterday, shortly after he ARRIVED IN TAHITI . Early reports suggest he was trying to ESCAPE WWDC.

    Move over Twitter and Facebook! BLURBEM is a new social networking site, mixing MICROBLOGING and STAYING ON to bring friends a better way to KIBBUTZ.

    The GOLIATH was just released, featuring 10 PETABYTES RAM for only $500. specs include fast FSBs, and 2 INCLUDED CRAYS.

  10. Matthew Miller (aka palmsolo)

    This is great! My wife, daughters, and I love to play MadLibs so I am going to ask each of them to give me the words needed and then put it right into the headlines without any editing and see how they all shake out.

    Here is the first ones from my wife’s input. I like the new RIM product and social netwoking site, DORK:

    The new MUSE from RIM is sure to be an award-winning device, with its HONEYBUCKET and SLINGSHOT.

    Palm shocked the mobile world today when they announced their plans to THRUST their CARPET.

    After 11 years, Ilium Software says they plan to start selling TRAILERS and will no longer SPRINT, choosing instead to focus on MONKEYS.

    Users say POW after just 5 minutes trying the new Apple WIG. Will it be this year’s FAST phone?

    Forget text messaging! Studies show that FREEZING is now the cool new way for DENTISTS and PEDIATRICIANS to contact each other, making SLEEPing easier than ever.

    Steve Jobs was SNOORING yesterday, shortly after he VOMITED. Early reports suggest he was trying to DROWN.

    More over, Twitter and Facebook! DORK is a new social networking site, mixing SHELFS and FALLING to bring friends a better way to ROLL.

    The STAIRS was just released, featuring 27 MB RAM for only $162,000. Specs include fast MONEY and 2 WHITE HOUSES.

  11. REDHED97

    The new DUO WING from PANTECH is sure to be an award-winning device, with its AERODYNAMIC DESIGN and SOLID BALSA WOOD CONSTRUCTION.

    Palm shocked the mobile world today when they announced their plans to PUBLISH their PERSONNEL FILES.

    After 11 years, Ilium Software says they plan to start selling GAMBLING SOFTWARE and will no longer SUPPORT WINDOWS, choosing instead to focus on LAS VEGAS AND ATLANTIC CITY.

    Users say “OUCH” after just 5 minutes trying the new Apple MOUSE TRAP. WIll it be this year’s HURTIEST phone?

    Forget text messaging! Studies show that SMOKE SIGNALLING is now the cool new way for ATTORNEYS and PHYSICIANS to contact each other, making VACATIONING easier than ever.

    Steve Jobs was TURKEY-NECKED yesterday, shortly after he TURKEY-LURKED. Early reports suggest he was trying to TURTLENECK.

    Move over, Twitter and Facebook! SAMMICH is a new social networking site, mixing PEANUT BUTTER and JELLY to bring friends a better way to SLAP FIVES.

    The TRAC-PHON PONG was just released, featuring 8 MB RAM for only $15. Specs include fast ANALOG ANTI-CLIMACTIC PAGER and 2 NON-FUNCTIONAL TELEPHONE NUMBERS.

  12. bamhm182

    The new GREEN BEANS from MOTOROLA is sure to be an award-winning device, with its FUR and MANDULA OBLONGATA.

    Palm shocked the mobile world today when they announced their plans to KILLIFICATE their WORLD.

    After 11 years, Ilium Software says they plan to start selling BULLETS and will no longer “PLAYER HATE”, choosing instead to focus on “GANGSTERS”.

    Users say “TOMATOES!!!” after just 5 minutes of trying the new Apple Flea. Will it be this year’s most TINY AND ANNOYING phone? Our sources say yes.

    Forget text messaging! Studies show GANG SIGNS is now the cool new way for TEACHERS and HITMEN to contact each other, making TAKING CARE OF BAD STUDENTS easier than ever.

    Steve Jobs was TACOED** yesterday, shortly after he YELLED AT THE PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNET. Early reports show he was just trying to MAKE AN A**HAT OF HIMSELF.

    Move over Twitter and Facebook! YINGLESCHMIGER 2.0 is a new social networking site, mixing SCHMIGERS and YINGLEING to bring friends a better way to CEEEELIBRATE GOOD TIMES! (C’MON!)

    The APPLE FLEA was just released, featuring A WHOPPING 3 MB of RAM for only $65,000. Specs include fast ANNOYITATION, and 2 ANNOYING PSYCHOPATHIC RINGTONES

    ** Tacoed – The act of being mercilessly beaten with Tacos.

  13. David

    The new megapod from Apple is sure to be an award winning device with its pair of 50 inch 3D-LCD-HD displays and 5×100 watt 5.1 surround speakers.

    After 11 years Illium Software says the plan to start selling self coding software and will no longer employ choosing instead to focus on a completely computerized company

  14. Ran

    The new kitten from Dell is sure to be an award-winning device, with its bears and leaves.

    Palm shocked the mobile world today when they announced their plans to dominate their children.

    After 11 years, Ilium Software says they plan to start selling little boys and will no longer cry, choosing instead to focus on utopia.

    Users say “yuck” after just 5 minutes trying the new Apple cake. Will it be this year’s sugar phone?

    Forget text messaging! Studies show that farting is now the cool new way for doctors and teachers to contact each other, making bathing easier than ever.

    Steve Jobs was canned yesterday, shortly after he drowned. Early reports suggest he was trying to sweam.

    Move over, Twitter and Facebook! hoo-hah is a new social networking site, mixing carbs and baking to bring friends a better way to barf.

    The brain was just released, featuring pi MB RAM for only $18. Specs include fast runners and 2 carrots.

  15. Singh

    The new aquarium from Blackberry is sure to be an award-winning device, with its sinking pellets and Clown Loaches.

    Palm shocked the mobile world today when they announced their plans to cut their Limburger.

    After 11 years, Ilium Software says they plan to start selling omelettes and will no longer starve, choosing instead to focus on eggs.

  16. Singh

    User say “Ooh-rah!” after just 5 minutes trying the new Apple Speedo. Will it be this year’s hottest phone?

    User say “Ooh-rah!” after just 5 minutes trying the new Apple iSpeedo. Will it be this year’s hottest phone?

    Forget text messaging! Studies show that sneezing is now the cool new way for Patients and Doctors to contact each other, making contaminating easier than ever.

  17. Warthog

    Okay, this is a collaborative effort between my wife and youngest son.

    The new CAR from DELL is sure to be an award-winning device, with its PILLOWS and BIRDS.

    Palm shocked the mobile world today when they announced their plans to SPAM their TREES.

    After 11 years, Ilium Software says they plan to start selling GRASSES and will no longer SING, choosing instead to focus on CATS.

    Users say “HELP” after just 5 minutes trying the new Apple LEAF. Will it be this year’s BEAUTIFUL phone?

    Forget text messaging! Studies show that LAUGHING is now a cool new way for SAILORS and BASEBALL PLAYERS to contact each other, making CHEWING easier than ever.

    Steve Jobs was ARRESTED yesterday, shortly after he WIGGLED. Early reports suggest he was trying to DANCE.

    Move over, Twitter and Facebook! PLUMAX is a new social networking site, mixing BEDS and WAVING to bring friends a better way to DRIVE.

    DOG was just released, featuring 15MB RAM for $64.50. Specs include fast GIRLS and 2 BOYS.

  18. Singh

    Steve Jobs was tickled yesterday, shortly after he baked. Early reports suggest he was trying to gluttonize.

    Move over, Twitter and Facebook! Blunderguff is a new social networking site, mixing crabs and clawing to bring friends a better way to crabbing.

  19. Warthog

    Random teenage daughter #1 MadLibs:

    The new TIGGER from HP is sure to be an award-winning device, with its PALM TREES and PUPPIES.

    Palm shocked the mobile world today when they announced their plans to RUN their PARROT.

    After 11 years, Ilium Software says they plan to start selling MOVIES and will no longer CLEAN, choosing instead to focus on MARKERS.

    Users say “WOW” after just 5 minutes trying the new Apple BUZZ LIGHTYEAR. Will it be this year’s PRETTY phone?

    Forget text messaging! Studies show that WASHING is now a cool new way for TEACHERS and CASHIERS to contact each other, making DRIVING easier than ever.

    Steve Jobs was TEXTED yesterday, shortly after he DRESSED. Early reports suggest he was trying to IMPLODE.

    Move over, Twitter and Facebook! FUNNERY is a new social networking site, mixing IPODS and EATING to bring friends a better way to STUDY.
    MONKEY was just released, featuring 55MB RAM for $3. Specs include fast SHIRTS and 2 FLASHLIGHTS.

  20. Singh

    User say “Shoo!” after just 5 minutes trying the new Apple raccoon. Will it be this year’s freeloading phone?

    The baboon was just released, featuring 12MB RAM for $12.12. Specs include fast fleas and 2 bananas.

  21. Singh

    User say “Shoo!” after just 5 minutes trying the new Apple iRaccoon. Will it be this year’s freeloading phone?

  22. Harpreet

    The new cradle from HP is sure to be an award-winning device, with its apples and peaches.

    Palm shocked the mobile world today when they announced their plans to paralyze their mouse.

    After 11 years, Ilium Software says they plan to start selling pajamas and will no longer belt up, choosing instead to focus on flying carpets.

    Users say “OUCH!” after just 5 minutes of trying the new Apple Piranha. Will it be this year’s most biting phone?

    Forget text messaging! Studies show frying is now the cool new way for Poachers and Poets to contact each other, making crying easier than ever.

    Steve Jobs was egged yesterday, shortly after he wrestled. Early reports show he was just trying to wiggle.

    Move over Twitter and Facebook! Hornswoggle is a new social networking site, mixing bugs and blundering to bring friends a better way to glide.

    The Ghost was just released, featuring A 7MB of RAM for only $0.01. Specs include fast goblins, and 2 guppies.

  23. Ken

    After 11 years, Ilium Software says they plan to start selling GREEK MYTHOLOGY and will no longer BARF, choosing instead to focus on BARNEY (THE PURPLE DINOSAUR).

  24. Yaron

    The new BOTTLE from MIO is sure to be an award-winning device, with its STICKERS and CHAIRS.

    Palm shocked the mobile world today, when they announced their plans to HIT their BOOKS.

    After 11 years Ilium Software says they plan to start selling STAPLERS and will no longer WALK, choosing instead to focus on COFFEE.

    Users say “BUMMER” after just 5 minutes trying the new Apple BUTTON. Will it be this year’s SMELLY phone?

    Forget text messaging! Studies show that BAKING is now the cool new way for DRIVERS and WAITERS to contact each other, making HOPPING easier than ever.

    Steve Jobs was EATED yesterday, shortly after he WASHED. Early reports suggest he was trying to JUMP.

    Move over, Twitter and Facebook! BOZO is a new social networking site, mixing APPLES and CROUCHING to bring friends a better way to DRINK.

    The CAKE was just released, featuring 999 MB RAM for only 0.5$. Specs include fast CAPS and 2 LABELS.

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