Babble

This was originally a project for a data structures and algorithms course.

Input a reasonably long chunk of text and press Babble to get your result. The aim of this simple program is to produce an output that makes semi-grammatical sense at first glance, but doesn't make much logical sense when you actually try reading it. More text is always better; use at least a paragraph for best results. Song lyrics can often produce amusing results.

The "Babbliness" factor determines how closely the output will match the input. Output with a Babbliness value of 5 will not resemble the input very much at all and will probably not make much grammatical sense, while output with a Babbliness value of 1 will make good grammatical sense but possibly be nearly identical to the input text.


Sample inputs: Green Eggs and Ham   Goldilocks and the Three Bears   Still Alive   Declaration of Independence   Gospel of Luke   Romeo and Juliet   



Babbliness:    Output length:   

Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Goldilocks. She went for a walk in the second chair. "This chair is just right," she said So, she tasted the porridge from the first chair to rest, it broke into pieces! Goldilocks was very tired by this time, so she went upstairs to the home of the room. Goldilocks ran down the stairs, opened the door, and ran out of the room. Goldilocks ran down the stairs, opened the door, and ran out of the three bears. She screamed, "Help!" And she jumped up and saw the three bears. She screamed, "Help!" And she never returned to the bedroom. She lay down in the first chair to rest, it broke into pieces! Goldilocks was very tired by this time, so she went upstairs to the home of the room. Goldilocks ran down the stairs, opened the door, and ran out of the room. Goldilocks ran down the stairs, opened the door, and ran away into the living room where she saw three chairs. Goldilocks sat in the first bowl. "This porridge is too big!" she exclaimed. So, she walked into the forest. And she never returned to the bedroom. She lay down in the first bed, but it was too hard. Then she lay down in the third bed and she's still there!" exclaimed Baby bear. Just then, Goldilocks woke up and saw the three bears' breakfasts she decided she was feeling a little girl named Goldilocks. She went for a walk in the third bed and it was too hard. Then she lay down in the second chair. "This chair is just right," she sighed. But just as she settled down into the living room where she saw three chairs. Goldilocks sat in the forest. And she jumped