Contest One: Say what?!

12 YearsWe’re going to start off our week of anniversary contests with a blast from the past – er, a blast from one year ago, that is.

One of the best contests we ran for last year’s party was a fun-filled game of mobile-style MadLibs; we got a lot of hilarious responses. So, I decided we really should go for another round!

If you don’t know what MadLibs are, well, that’s just sad – they were a childhood staple where I grew up. I’ve got some fond memories of rainy afternoons sitting around laughing at the crazy MadLibs my friends and I used to make up. And that was just last week! Anyway, you can get a crash course on MadLibs here, then head on back to this post more details on our contest.

Ready? All right – here’s the deal: go get a pen and paper (you do still know what pen and paper are, right? If not, open a new “note” on your phone) and ask someone (preferably not a stranger on the bus, but you can if you’d like) for just the words in blue on the screenshot below. Don’t read them the whole sentences! Trust me, you’ll get better results if the person isn’t trying to think of words that really fit the headlines. Write down all their answers, put them together in each headline, read the results aloud, and have yourselves a nice big laugh!

Fill in as many of the headlines as you like (you don’t have to answer every one), 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.

Fill in the blanks for MadLibs fun!

This is the first contest in our week-long 12-year anniversary celebration. We will pick four winners during each contest: the winners can choose between an iTunes or Amazon gift card as their prize. First place winners receive a $50 gift card, and runners-up will get $25. Enter as many times as you like, by submitting your entries as replies to this post. Employees and friends of Ilium Software aren’t eligible to win, but are welcome (and encouraged) to participate anyway. Today’s contest closes at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time tomorrow morning. Winners will be announced during the day tomorrow.

And don’t forget, we’ve got more going on this week besides contests! Shop for anything in our online store and get a big $12 discount off your purchase! You can read more here and start shopping now.

10 thoughts on “Contest One: Say what?!

  1. Kevin

    Today Microsoft announced its merger with Target, and unveiled its plan to sell dogs to Tunisia.

    HTC has announced the new Lion, the latest phone in their lineup. Features include 42MB of ram, and extra faces for fast laughing.

    After 1 billion downloads, Apple plans to run the App Store and use it to sell sweet jars instead. (But you have to pay to download them on your iPhone again unless you redownload via your computer. :( hee hee)

  2. Kerim Satirli

    Sprint’s new “unavailable” plan is a big hit: it offers 30 free minutes and unlimited calls to your voicemail.

    After 12 years, Ilium Software has decided to sell eWallet for Macs and will no longer develop it, so they can focus more time on friends and families.

    HTC has announced the new Tazmanian Devil , the latest phone in their lineup. Features include 666 MB RAM, and extra gyrometers for faster spinning.

    Jeff Bezos caved after seeing sales reports for the Kindle. He is quoted as saying “Thank god we bought Stanza for the iPhone!”

    Blogging is out! Research shows college kids are now hugging their friends and using their classes to keep their online profiles well maintained.

    After 1 billion downloads, Apple plans to improve the AppStore and use it to sell green Product RED wallpapers instead.

    Weird but true: with mobile computing on the rise, many consumers say they now use their desktop computers to charge their mobile devices.

  3. P J

    Today Microsoft announced its merger with Random House and unveiled its plan to sell galleries to Albania.
    Sprint’s new interesting plan is a big hit: it offers 46 free minutes and unlimited artifacts.
    After 12 years, Ilium Software has decided to sell fibulae and will no longer pounce, so they can focus more time on emperors.
    HTC has announced the new fluffy kitten, the latest phone in their lineup. Features include 13 MB RAM, and extra continents for fast carving.
    Jeff Bezos flung after seeing sales reports for the Kindle. He is quoted as saying “Borsk!”
    Blogging is out! Research shows college kids are now flip-abouting their friends and using their granite to keep their online profiles righted.
    After 1 billion downloads, Apple plans to ring the App Store and use it to sell Byzantine noblemen instead.
    Weird but true: with mobile computing on the rise, many consumers say they now use their desktop computers to sleep their exhibits.

  4. MikeCTZA

    Today Microsoft announced its merger with Google and unveiled its plan to sell pies to Australia.

    Sprint’s new amazing plan is a big hit: it offers 6 free minutes and unlimited cakes.

    After 12 years, Ilium Software has decided to sell houses and will no longer write, so they can focus more time on dinners.

    HTC has announced the new Hippo, the latest in their lineup. Features include 50MB RAM, and extra doors for fast running.

    Jeff Bezos cried after seeing sales reports for the Kindle. He is quoted as saying ”

    Blogging is out! Research shows college kids are now licking their friends, and using their toes to keep their online profiles jumped.

    After 1 billions downloads, Apple plans to run the App Store and use it to sell sucky toys instead.

    Weird but true: with mobile computing on the rise, many consumers say they now use their desktop computers to read their books.

  5. Melvyn

    This one really tried my wife’s patience (“how many more of these?”) but we got there with some pretty great results:

    Today Microsoft announced its merger with Amazon and unveiled its plans to sell toenails to Bolivia.

  6. Melvyn

    Sprint’s new fluffy plan is a big hit: it offers 29 free minutes and unlimited kittens.

    HTC has announced the new Emu, the latest phone in their lineup. Features include 311.2 MB RAM, and extra beermats for fast licking.

    Jeff Bezos burglarized after seeing sales reports for the Kindle. He is quoted as saying “golly”.

    Blogging is out! Research shows college kids are now falobuling their friends, and using their staplers to keep their online profiles jumped.

    Weird but true: with mobile computing on the rise, many consumers say they now use their desktop computers to radiate their breezes.

  7. Shaun

    Today Microsoft announced its merger with Apple and unveiled its plan to sell inhalers to Iran.

    Sprint’s new marvellous plan is a big hit: it offers 1548 free minutes and unlimited cakes.

    After 12 years, Ilium Software has decided to sell Birthday cards and will no longer fly, so they can focus more time on shuttle missions.

    HTC has announced the new owl, the latest phone in their lineup. Features include 1 MB RAM, and extra seas for fast living.

    Jeff Bezos ducked after seeing sales reports for the Kindle. He is quoted as saying “strewth!”

    Blogging is out! Research shows college kids are now killing their friends and using their oranges to keep their online profiles sighted.

    After 1 billion downloads, Apple plans to call the App Store and use it to sell Australian sailors instead.

    Weird but true: with mobile computing on the rise, many consumers say they now use their desktop computers to dance their furniture.

  8. Singh

    Today Microsoft announced its merger with Huggies and unveiled its plan to sell Snorkels to Turkey.

    Sprint’s new mushy plan is a big hit: it offers 666 free minutes and unlimited porcupines.

    After 12 years, Ilium Software has decided to sell chickens and will no longer demolish, so they can focus more time on waffles.

    HTC has announced the new possum, the latest phone in their lineup. Features include 20MB RAM, and extra pajamas for fast burping.

    Jeff Bezos rusticated after seeing sales reports for the Kindle. He is quoted as saying ” Crikey! That’s amazing!”

    Blogging is out! Research shows college kids are now thwacking their friends, and using their dingbats to keep their online profiles defenestrated.

    After 1 billions downloads, Apple plans to cremate the App Store and use it to sell embarrassing rodents instead.

    Weird but true: with mobile computing on the rise, many consumers say they now use their desktop computers to decorate their ninnies.

  9. Paperjet

    Today Microsoft announced its merger with British Airways and unveiled its plan to sell hamburgers to Egypt.

    HTC has announced the new crocodile, the latest in their lineup. Features include 3MB RAM, and extra trees for fast eating.

    After 1 billions downloads, Apple plans to kiss the App Store and use it to sell hot girls instead.

    Weird but true: with mobile computing on the rise, many consumers say they now use their desktop computers to run their shops.

  10. MikeCTZA

    Today Microsoft announced its merger with Microsoft and unveiled its plan to sell computers to America.

    After 1 billions downloads, Apple plans to kill the App Store and use it to sell delicious beers instead.

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