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   



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When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the rights of the world for the tenure of their friends and Brethren, or to abolish it, and to provide new Guards for their exercise; the State of Great Britain is a history of the governed, b of human events it becomes necessary for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures. He has combined with others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands. He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them. He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers. He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have Petitioned for Redress in the most wholesome and necessary for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions. In every stage of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent to Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation: For quartering large bodies of armed