Infinite Craft
February 7, 2024 11:05 AM   Subscribe

Infinite Craft - from the creator of the Password Game (previously), a browser-based colossal productivity killer where you simply combine two words, over and over, to make... any/everything?! (Via RPS)
posted by protorp (216 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
 
I got stuck on quagmire and swamp. I keep dragging quagmire in and it goes swamp, quagmire, swamp, quagmire, etc.
posted by grumpybear69 at 11:15 AM on February 7


If you've played Little Alchemy, you've seen this mechanic before, but this version is much sillier (were-dragon??)
posted by caution live frogs at 11:17 AM on February 7 [4 favorites]


Powered by Together AI.
posted by genpfault at 11:17 AM on February 7 [1 favorite]


I got stuck on quagmire and swamp. I keep dragging quagmire in and it goes swamp, quagmire, swamp, quagmire, etc.

Ah, you took the US foreign policy route?
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 11:21 AM on February 7 [18 favorites]


Powered by Together AI.

That explains Audrey II and Seymour I guess.
posted by The Bellman at 11:31 AM on February 7


i got sharknado
then i got sharktopus
then i got sharktopusnado
then i got sharkhenge
then... i got sharktopusnadohenge

then i got sharktopusnadohengehenge
then i got sharktopusnadohengehengehenge and a little tag that says 'First Discovery'
then i got sharktopusnadohengehengehengehengehengehengehenge, also with the 'First Discovery' tag.

the AI is trying to tell us all something
posted by logicpunk at 11:34 AM on February 7 [6 favorites]


Drunk + Dust = Dust Bunny.

Obviously.

I've also ended up in a weird recursive Monkey Island loop.
posted by fight or flight at 11:34 AM on February 7


I made Hawaii and it made me laugh.

Delightful.
posted by hippybear at 11:37 AM on February 7


Adding King Kong to Swamp Thing made King Kong Thing.

Adding Sun Wukong to Mosquito made Mosquito Wukong.

Adding Mosquito Wukong to Sandstorm made Sandstorm Wukong (first discovery).

I think I'm just generating Asylum movies at this point.
posted by fight or flight at 11:40 AM on February 7 [6 favorites]


I added emerald to dwarf and got emerald mine, to which I added shit, and got elon musk.
posted by seanmpuckett at 11:42 AM on February 7 [8 favorites]


Oh wow. You can close the window and when you go back all your elements are there.
posted by hippybear at 11:42 AM on February 7


And you cannot combine Hawaii and Paradise.
posted by hippybear at 11:43 AM on February 7


Well, I found Adobe Photoshop... Mud+Brick+Rainbow
posted by ewan at 11:56 AM on February 7


My fave First Discoveries so far: S'More Raisin Rice Krispies Treats and Grape Frappuccino.
posted by papayaninja at 11:57 AM on February 7


Interesting way to use LLMs, as they go. Build a cache of combinations/answers already given; and then when someone finds a unique pair ask the fancy autocomplete to come up with the answer. Low-stakes & a bonus for 'funny' answers, so that's not an issue in this instance.
posted by CrystalDave at 12:04 PM on February 7 [2 favorites]


I ended up creating a bunch of gods and superheroes by first creating a statue and then hitting it with different elements, which seems like a pretty cogent explanation of both the origins of religion and the comic book/action figure market.
posted by Strange Interlude at 12:05 PM on February 7 [3 favorites]


by 7 clicks there was a pizzeria.

this is cool.
posted by clavdivs at 12:18 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Money + Racism makes Trump. Could have seen that coming.

I've also created Gay. Adding Gay to Wine makes Fruit. Adding Gay to Warlock makes Fairy. This AI needs some sensitivity training.
posted by fight or flight at 12:31 PM on February 7 [2 favorites]


Oh dear god I just achieved Donald Trump.

This is not what I wanted.
posted by hippybear at 12:31 PM on February 7 [2 favorites]


I've also created Gay. Adding Gay to Wine makes Fruit. Adding Gay to Warlock makes Fairy. This AI needs some sensitivity training.

Really, because I think that's hilarious.
posted by hippybear at 12:32 PM on February 7 [4 favorites]


Adding Pirate to Stoner created Captain Jack Sparrow.
posted by hippybear at 12:33 PM on February 7 [2 favorites]


I'm not even going to go into how I managed to make RuPaul, but I don't feel like she would appreciate it.

Also, Drag Queen and Captain Hook made Captain Hooker.
posted by fight or flight at 12:42 PM on February 7


I've created Lutherans!
posted by mittens at 12:43 PM on February 7 [6 favorites]


Door plus hammer plus theses?
posted by Hardcore Poser at 12:48 PM on February 7


by 7 clicks there was a pizzeria.

So which came first, the pizza or the pizzeria?
posted by Strange Interlude at 12:53 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Oh, I got a "First Discovery" for combining Rapunzel with Ducksaurus Rex to get Duckunzel.

Other First Discoveries out there?
posted by hippybear at 12:59 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Superman + Salad = Kale
posted by hippybear at 1:09 PM on February 7


I had so many items it was starting to feel a bit random clicky; having realised you could spawn multiples by clicking in the sidebar rather than dragging I went back to try multiples on a single earlier item and was rewarded by keeping things simple:

Fish and Chips + Wine = Fish And Chips And Wine
Fish and Chips + Gin and Tonic = Fish And Chips And Gin And Tonic (first discovery)
Fish and Chips + Sherry = Fish And Sherry (first discovery)
Fish and Chips + Peach Cobbler = Fish And Chips And Peach Cobbler (first discovery)
posted by protorp at 1:09 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


And so Frankenstein + Duckunzel is Duckenstein.

Weirdly, Duckenstein is not a first discovery.
posted by hippybear at 1:11 PM on February 7


Fish And Chips And Peach Cobbler

Is Fish and Chips and Peach Cobbler a well known and beloved combination? I don't think it's even a beliked combination!

I fooled around with this a little yesterday. I didn't realize at the time it was AI powered, but still felt it was too loosey goosey about the connections, and I quit after maybe 15 minutes. I hadn't gotten far enough to realize it's also loosey goosey about what's an actual thing!
posted by aubilenon at 1:14 PM on February 7


My other first discoveries have been more of the pop-culture hybrids that it seems to like:

Monkey + Godzilla = Monkeyzilla, from there I got firsts for Chili Monkeyzilla, Monkeyzilla Falls and Monkey See, Monkey Zilla.

I also got a first for Jonah and the Robotopus.

edit: and also Jar Jar Wallace.
posted by protorp at 1:15 PM on February 7


Other First Discoveries out there?

The fabled Cheetahgriffin!
posted by mittens at 1:16 PM on February 7


It's loosey goosey in a lot of ways. If you end up with a Donald Trump, it basically wipes out anything that you try to combine with it. Same with some other dead ends. I keep trying them hoping they will yield something but they don't.

It's charming and fun. And it's one of the few things I've encountered that is "playing with AI" that doesn't feel somehow like I'm feeding the beast, but rather am getting something non-toxic out of it.

Except for that Donald Trump marker. That's a fucking dead end.
posted by hippybear at 1:16 PM on February 7


I've created Lutherans!


Even Martin Luther didn't want that!
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 1:18 PM on February 7 [3 favorites]


brick precedes pizza which is debatable.
posted by clavdivs at 1:20 PM on February 7


Yeah it's interesting how you so quickly intuit that certain subjects are just original content wastelands in the training data. As well as Trump and Brexit it's surprising how much I've had end up in an ancient Egyptian themed strange attractor.
posted by protorp at 1:21 PM on February 7


Engine+Teapot = Steam Engine
Steam Engine+Swamp = Steamboat

Tesla Coil + Titanic = Titanic 2
Titanic 2 + Titanic 2 = Titanic 3
Titanic 2 + Titanic 2 = Titanic 4

And from there, Titanic 8, 16, 32, etc. A whole ordinal system based on Titanics.
posted by BungaDunga at 1:23 PM on February 7 [5 favorites]


Snowman+Tesla Coil = Frankenstein. Okay, that's a good one.
posted by BungaDunga at 1:25 PM on February 7


I added Zombie Easter Jihad to Rainbow Jonah and the Fire Shark and got "Best Movie Ever"
posted by The Manwich Horror at 1:25 PM on February 7 [4 favorites]


Sometimes things don't want to combine.

Baconator seems to absorb most things, but Baconator + Windmill gives you Don Quixote. Of course.
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 1:27 PM on February 7


I feel like the "Bat-Gorilla-saurus-Teashark" is just the system giving up on me.
posted by mittens at 1:28 PM on February 7


I added Zombie Muhammad to Steam Jesus and got "???"
posted by The Manwich Horror at 1:30 PM on February 7


I invented sushi boats before food, which somehow seems incorrect and yet...
posted by jacquilynne at 1:37 PM on February 7


Trump + Prostitute makes President.

President + Prostitute makes Intern.

This is the point where I closed the tab for the night, lmao.
posted by fight or flight at 1:37 PM on February 7


I managed to get Smores, Smore and S'more. They don't respond to the same additions with the same responses. So learning this is AI powered really filled in some gaps for me.
posted by penduluum at 1:38 PM on February 7


Adultery+ Baby= Scandal
Adultery+Scandal=Politician
Jesus+Adultery= Christianity
Royal Divorce + Chardonnay= Diana
George Washington+ Princess = George Washington Carver
Impeachment + BLT = Trump (poop emoji)

I also managed to generate "Jesus Sandwich", "Trump Trump", "Trump Trump Trump Trump Trump."
posted by BungaDunga at 1:49 PM on February 7


Godzilla + Love = God. I think I've reached the end of the game!
posted by scolbath at 1:52 PM on February 7


Mosquito + Buddha => Enlightenment
posted by nickmark at 1:52 PM on February 7


The endgame for humanity will not be AGI, but an infinite idle clicker.
posted by credulous at 1:59 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Fight + Santa Claus = Boxing Day
posted by BungaDunga at 2:00 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Breakfast at Tiffany's + Tarzan => Breakfast at Tarzan's

Seems legit to me.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 2:00 PM on February 7 [5 favorites]


Puppy + Volcano => Pompeii, and now I'm sad.
posted by traveler_ at 2:06 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Kind of annoying that Duck + Donald gives Trump but I suppose there must be concessions made to copyright.

Now to see if I can get it to produce copyright…
posted by nickmark at 2:08 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


sushi+race=racist
racist+perfume=hitler

Having Godwinned myself, I decided to stop there.
posted by ninazer0 at 3:03 PM on February 7


Rainbow+chicken=unicorn

I'll allow it
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 3:04 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Dust in the Wind didn't give me Kansas. Dammit.
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 3:06 PM on February 7


Ent+Wizard = Treebeard


I love this now.
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 3:12 PM on February 7


Ah. An "AI." Explains why drilling down into its system results in the connections making less and less sense.
posted by JHarris at 3:14 PM on February 7 [3 favorites]


Snoop Dogg + Bowie = Tupac

Well, surely no one can argue with that.
posted by box at 3:15 PM on February 7 [2 favorites]


Also, for some reason it wouldn't do anything with Pirate + Chili, like it refuses to contemplate the possibility.
posted by JHarris at 3:15 PM on February 7


First discoveries? Does it tell you when you get one of those?

Once you manage to create Bitcoin, there's a suspeciously large number of connections from that, which feels icky. Bitcoin Cash, Piratechain, Satoshi, Crypto, Blockchain.
posted by JHarris at 3:26 PM on February 7


How did you end up with Snoop Dog and Bowie, and I get Hermione Granger and Stephen Hawking?
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 3:26 PM on February 7


It does tell you when you get a First Discovery. Among my first discoveries have been "Breakfast Ice Cream", "Beauty and the Kongbot", and "Robo-Hepburn". I am surprised to be the first to create the Audrey Hepburn robot.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 3:37 PM on February 7 [2 favorites]


Okay, barbecue plus mermaid = sushi

it's both so wrong and so wrong.
posted by hippybear at 3:46 PM on February 7 [2 favorites]


Discovered Lobster Thermidor A La Werewolf!

This is great.
posted by equalpants at 4:07 PM on February 7 [2 favorites]


Kind of annoying that Duck + Donald gives Trump but I suppose there must be concessions made to copyright.

Try and get to milkshake.
posted by shenkerism at 4:19 PM on February 7


I have both Donald Duck and Daisy Duck. and Donald Marley. And Daisy Trump.

The engine got a bit weird there for a bit.
posted by hippybear at 4:25 PM on February 7


I gave up once West Wing plus President didn't get me Jed Bartlett and China plus Winnie The Pooh didn't get me Xi Jinpeng. And I worked so hard to get Winnie, too. For some reason getting to mammals was tough.

Really it just makes me want to play Concept. I should have a Concept party once the everlasting disease season is over.
posted by novalis_dt at 4:32 PM on February 7


So what are people's strategies for playing with this?

I find I take six or seven words out of the sidebar and then pick another word and try it against everything there. And then maybe another round after that.

Do you go back to the base elements a lot, or work with later findings more?

People have reported to have found things in this thread that are so well beyond anything I've found yet... So maybe I'm doing this wrong?
posted by hippybear at 4:32 PM on February 7


I’ve only been playing on mobile, which doesn’t have a sidebar, so I’m wondering if that’s part of my frustrations. Honestly it took me a long time to get to anything more interesting than “rock” and “stone”.
posted by nickmark at 5:04 PM on February 7


Batman + Wolfman = Batwolfman
Werewolf + Sphinx = Minotaur
Batwolfman + Minotaur = Batwolfmanotaur
posted by Phssthpok at 5:06 PM on February 7


If you double click a word on the field you can add a duplicate. That might speed up your process. You're not doing anything wrong, I was in your position 5 minutes ago
Now I've got "Richard" and "Branson" as separate words, "Bill Nye the Black Hole Guy" and "God" (God was surprisingly difficult!)
posted by shenkerism at 5:07 PM on February 7


Bill Gates + Captain = Captain Crunch
Richard + Corruption = Nixon
Bill Nye the Black Hole Guy + Prison Break = Black Hole Break (makes sense because jail + universe = black hole)
posted by shenkerism at 5:14 PM on February 7


A first discovery of mine: Entree + Question = Enquiry

after a lot of effort I've also managed to badger a lot of nsfw stuff out of it, despite it trying hard to avoid such things
posted by NMcCoy at 5:44 PM on February 7


I kinda wish there was a way to figure out the recipes for things you've discovered. I can't remember what I combined to get certain things, and it'd be really nice to be able to go back and explore options.
posted by nickmark at 5:46 PM on February 7 [4 favorites]


God has always been surprisingly difficult.
posted by hippybear at 5:52 PM on February 7


If you get Terror, most of the time if you apply it to anything you get a Terrorist.

It's logical.
posted by hippybear at 5:55 PM on February 7


Here's a fun project: how many David Bowie songs can you craft?

So far I have Space Oddity and Ashes to Ashes but I'm sure there must be more.

(I wish I could remember how I got David Bowie, something to do with aliens I think)

edited to add: oh, there's Life on Mars finally
posted by Two unicycles and some duct tape at 5:55 PM on February 7


Prince + toad in a hole = ....

Then take the result of that and add hot sauce.

Then take the result of that and add weed.

Dear Reader, we laughed for five solid minutes.
posted by bonehead at 6:00 PM on February 7


reprehensible
posted by glonous keming at 6:07 PM on February 7


Some words with interesting properties:

Riddle + specific noun = generic noun
Fame or Celebrity + generic noun = specific noun
Antidote or Mirror + some abstract concept = stereotypical opposite concept
New Year + any number = one number higher
posted by Phssthpok at 6:17 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Leonardo DiCaprio + Fart = The Revenant
posted by nickmark at 6:17 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Hey folks, I got "300" from "Spartan" and "Megadisaster" and now I'm building a whole slew of numbers. Up to 5026764800 so far.

This is so stupid.

Heh.
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 6:19 PM on February 7 [2 favorites]


Money + Salad = Caesar

I've been picking a pretty generic word like "money" or "fish", throwing out a few dozen copies of it onto the field, then scrolling through the sidebar to pick random stuff to throw at it. Most efficient process I've found so far...
posted by equalpants at 6:22 PM on February 7


Also I somehow ended up with "potatoe", so now I'm desperately trying to produce Dan Quayle
posted by equalpants at 6:29 PM on February 7


it's a fascinating toy. I feel like I got shunted off into a weird peninsula of concepts early on and am fighting to get back out of it. So much of what I'm getting is so mundane and is combining to get things I've already seen or simply is refusing to combine. Or is a dead end plug, which is the worst.

anyway, I'll keep poking around with it. It's not as compelling as it might be, mostly because I can't get out of this cul-de-sac I'm in. But every once in a while I get a thing. Which is where this is bad for me, because doing 100 things to get 1 bit of happiness is a rat pressing a lever hoping for a pellet.
posted by hippybear at 6:36 PM on February 7


If you manage to get to Midas, everything you connect with produces Gold, which is specific enough I think it has to be a programmed gimmick.
posted by JHarris at 6:38 PM on February 7


Bee + Eagle = Beagle
posted by JHarris at 6:40 PM on February 7


Beagle + Bear = BeagleBear (first discovery, I don't even know what that is)
posted by JHarris at 6:41 PM on February 7


If you manage to get to Midas, everything you connect with produces Gold, which is specific enough I think it has to be a programmed gimmick.

Right, and some of the "first discovery" things I've had have been portmanteaus on a level that makes me wonder if there aren't people sitting there taking on the edge cases and creating rules for them.

Malaria and Paradise yielded Malaparadise. Is that in a LLM already someplace?

Somehow I have Fire Quacker, I assume this involved a Duck at some point, but how or why is this here?

I think there is human intervention going on. Barbecatastrophe and Duckenstein don't arise naturally.
posted by hippybear at 6:44 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Satan + Drunk = Santa
posted by rifflesby at 6:47 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


LLMs work on tokens, not necessarily whole words, and ABC + CDE = ABCDE is not an unusual thing to construct, I think. And furthermore some of the things it generates very clearly *are* a product of AI generation, when it just senselessly concatenates things or literally gives up and returns "A + B".
posted by NMcCoy at 6:48 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


I seem to be the first person in the world to connect "Werecoco-" with a variety of things. Also, the first to come up with "Satanic Werebeagle." Hm.
posted by JHarris at 6:48 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


I've been trying to make a Duck since I started playing this without success. Anyone got a recipe?
posted by JHarris at 6:49 PM on February 7


Captain Spartacus + Spamalanch = Captain Spamalanche! First discovery, baby.
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 6:50 PM on February 7 [2 favorites]


Huh. Cocain and Cocaine are separate objects, both have a medicine capsule emoji.
posted by JHarris at 6:50 PM on February 7


It is an excellent generator of user names for others. I have nothing as interesting as Satanic Werebeagle.

I'm sad that my iteration of this little toy is one of the worst variants possible.
posted by hippybear at 6:51 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


OMG I got a Duck ages ago and I have no idea how. If I could send you a Duck, I would.
posted by hippybear at 6:52 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Jesus + Cocaine = Christmas
posted by JHarris at 6:53 PM on February 7 [2 favorites]


I also have a Duckasaurous Rex. Which I assume came from a Duck and a T. Rex.

The whole thing kind of blends together after a while.
posted by hippybear at 6:53 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Captain Kirk + Rhinoceros = Captain Rhinoceros (First Discovery!)
posted by rifflesby at 6:57 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


I've been trying to make a Duck since I started playing this without success. Anyone got a recipe?

well, uh, one way to get Duck is "Fuck" plus "Dick" but that probably just raises more problems for you
posted by NMcCoy at 6:59 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Pig + Artist = Picasso. There's like, levels.
posted by CheeseLouise at 7:09 PM on February 7


Pope Francis + Popeye = Popeye Francis. Makes sense.
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 7:19 PM on February 7 [2 favorites]


Megalopolis + Cubs = Chicago
posted by BungaDunga at 7:19 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


oh crap just made cthulhu out of the pope of the apes and a sea serpent
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 7:27 PM on February 7 [3 favorites]


If I could send you a Duck, I would.

This is like AI generate Barenaked Ladies lyrics. More seriously, hippybear, I also am floundering with this game. I seem to get stuck in a dead-end path where it keeps returning the same things or flat out refusing to add items together.
posted by Literaryhero at 7:45 PM on February 7


Oh, I just got a first discovery though, so maybe I unjinxed myself!

Stone Soup + Mirelurk King = Mirelurk Soup! (no, I don't know what a mirelurk is)
posted by Literaryhero at 7:47 PM on February 7


Shark + Justice produces Lawyer. Getting to Yin Yang also unlocks a lot of options.
posted by grokus at 7:48 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Optimus Prime
Optimus Christ
Jesus Prime
[...]
Robot Centaur Santa Claus (first discovery)
posted by JHarris at 7:48 PM on February 7


How to make a duck:

Water + Wind = Wave
Wave + Water = Tsunami
Tsunami + Water = Ocean
Ocean + Water = Fish
Fish + Wind = Flying Fish
Flying Fish + Earth = Bird
Bird + Flying Fish = Pelican
Pelican + Bird = Albatross

Water + Water = Lake
Lake + Bird = Swan
Swan + Pelican = Crane
Crane + Albatross = Stork
Stork + Bird = Baby

Bird + Fish = Penguin
Penguin + Ocean = Tuxedo
Tuxedo + Baby = Wedding
Wedding + Water = Bride
Bride + Water = Wet
Wet + Wet = Puddle
Puddle + Puddle = Pond

Pond + Bird = Duck
posted by rifflesby at 7:48 PM on February 7 [4 favorites]


City + King Kong = Empire State Building
Empire State Building + Superman = Empire State Superman
Batman + Bears = Batbears
Superman + Tiger = Supertiger
Batbears + Supertiger = Superbatbear
Donkey + Donkey = Mule
Burro + Kong = Donkey Kong

Eventually I produced: Superbatbeartigergorillacattigerbat

Cheetah + Batman = Catwoman
Batman + Catwoman = Batcat
Gotham City + Metropolis = Gothamopolis
posted by BungaDunga at 7:50 PM on February 7 [2 favorites]


If you can get to Optimus Prime, there's a lot of things that branch from there, from Optimus Princess to Optimus Rhyme.
posted by JHarris at 7:53 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


I couldn't quite figure out what some of you were talking about until I realized this is basically a completely different game between mobile and browser.
posted by jacquilynne at 7:55 PM on February 7 [2 favorites]


Ah! I already had Puddle, I just hadn't applied it to itself. You'd think that Puddle + Bird would be Duck, but nope, it just goes back to Penguin. (I've gotten Tux, BTW. Wherever this game gets its data from, it's very geek-focused.)
posted by JHarris at 7:56 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


And so my journey has at last come to Duckimus Prime.
posted by JHarris at 7:58 PM on February 7 [2 favorites]


Human + Human = Family
Family + Family = Village
keep going that way and you eventually get to Megalopolis
posted by JHarris at 8:00 PM on February 7


Am I posting too much? I keep telling myself this will be the last but then I find Duckbotopolis (first discovery).
posted by JHarris at 8:01 PM on February 7 [3 favorites]


JHarris: go to bed. It will still be there in the morning.
posted by hippybear at 8:05 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Wow, I combined "Abominable Bride" with "Zombie T-rex King in Tuxedo" and got simply "???"
posted by rifflesby at 8:09 PM on February 7


I don't know what's up with ???. It doesn't seem to combine with anything.
posted by JHarris at 8:21 PM on February 7


I just got a bunch of first discoveries and am feeling pretty good about myself.

But for some reason, (guitar) Elvis + (guitar) Presley refuses to bond, but (guitar) Elvis + (crown) King of Hawaii = (guitar) Elvis Presley. I guess that's the problem with using LLMs for this, it is fun but not exactly sensical.
posted by Literaryhero at 8:22 PM on February 7 [2 favorites]


well, Honeymoon and ??? combine for Baby. So I guess we can do some algebra
posted by rifflesby at 8:23 PM on February 7 [3 favorites]


Honestly my favorite thing is finding silly things that I'm *not* the first discoverer of. Like Sharktopus Claus. Some anonymous person out there and I have both seen this silly phrase with an emoji! Yay!
posted by rivenwanderer at 8:26 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Like Sharktopus Claus. Some anonymous person out there and I have both seen this silly phrase with an emoji! Yay!

I'm not first, rivenwanderer, but I recently got it as well.
posted by Literaryhero at 8:28 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Swan + Turtle = Swurtle. Can't argue there.
Bonsai + Island = Japan
Narwhal + Unicorn = Narwhalicorn
Narwhalicorn + Leopardbears = Narwhalicornbears
Narwhalicorn + Frogman = Frogicorn
Frogicorn + Prince = Princicorn
Pope + Rainbow Super Duck = Rainbow Super Pope
Super Pope + Super Princicorn = Super Popeicorn (First Discovery)
Super Duper Jesus + Super Duper Popeicorn = Super Duper Jesusicorn
I also got Rainbow Popeicorn (First Discovery)
Zeus + Swan = Leda
posted by BungaDunga at 8:29 PM on February 7 [2 favorites]


Sharktopus + Sharknado = Sharktopusnado
Sharktopusnado + Narwhale = Sharktopusnarwhal, what else?
Sharktopusnarwhal + burger = Sharktopusnarwhalburger (first discovery)

Penguinsharktopusnarwhalburger is also achievable.
posted by eruonna at 8:40 PM on February 7


please show
how to make cocaine!
posted by clavdivs at 8:40 PM on February 7


please show
how to make cocaine!


I researched this a few decades ago!
posted by hippybear at 8:48 PM on February 7 [4 favorites]


Cannibal Wedding Cake first discovery! I think I am done here.
posted by Literaryhero at 8:53 PM on February 7 [2 favorites]


Abraham Lincoln + Kurt Cobain = Abraham Cobain
Pope + Sparkle = Angel
Also managed Grunge Pope and Grunge Jesus
Grunge Jesus + Werewolf = Werejesus
Werejesus + Popejesus = Werepope
Werepope + Unicorn = Wereunicorn
Abraham Lincoln + Stairway to Heaven = Stairway to Lincoln
posted by BungaDunga at 8:56 PM on February 7


First dicoveries:

Dr. No Penguin
Sphinxtopus Mcpenguinburger
Shartopenguicornado Mcgodzilla (it occurs to me that this is generating some good user names)
Charted (I am amazed to find such a simple one as a first discovery) (= Uncharted + never)
posted by eruonna at 9:07 PM on February 7 [2 favorites]


charted + Uncharted = Drake
posted by eruonna at 9:10 PM on February 7 [2 favorites]


Shartopenguicornado Mcgodzilla

That's Dr Shartopenguicornado Mcgodzilla, if you don't mind.

I didn't spend 8 years in medical school to be called Mr.
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 9:13 PM on February 7 [4 favorites]


centaur + captain = Minotaur?
posted by Doleful Creature at 9:28 PM on February 7


Aaah I forgot how I arrived at Cocaine, or its presumably less-potent cousin Cocain, sorry.

If I had suggestions for improving this, they'd be:
* show the objects that have been combined to make something else on that session, at least the first time
* allow to save the game's state so it won't be lost when the browser's data for the site is reset or lost
* some way to organize or rearrange the list! It rapidly gets very challenging to find things you want to return to.
posted by JHarris at 9:56 PM on February 7 [3 favorites]


Cocaine might have arisen from when I was playing around with Bitcoin or Blockchain.

(knock knock knock) Just a sec, someone's at my front door....
posted by JHarris at 9:57 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Landshark
posted by clavdivs at 10:10 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


I think I'm up to 20 or so "first discoveries," but my favorites so far are:

🐦🔮Tweetwitch (Werewitch + Twitter)
🤧🧘‍♂Sneeze Enlightenment (Sandy Enlightenment + Sneeze)
📖@Awesomebook (Awesomebook + Twitter, Awesomebook being @Awesomesauce + Facebook)
💯💯💯💯💯Decapillion (Decapitate + Quadrillion)
🐉Chesscrowsteinquatchtopusula (Chesscrowsteinquatchtopus + Dracula, obviously)

I don't totally understand why some items get multiple emojis and some only get one. Decapillion has the most of anything I've found so far.

It seems to be way more likely to replace a part of one of the ingredients than to add them together, so compounds seem to come more easily if you start with a compound that has part of what you want (e.g., Witch + Twitter = Tweet, Werewitch + Twitter = Tweetwitch).
posted by reventlov at 11:31 PM on February 7 [1 favorite]


Drunken Vampire Wonder Woman (first discovery) + Taco Bell = Me
posted by Literaryhero at 11:48 PM on February 7


I got a first discovery for combining Andy Warhol and Dracorex into Dracorex Warhol. I think my work here is done.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 12:59 AM on February 8 [1 favorite]


I have achieved zombie Jesus.

.
posted by pearlybob at 2:07 AM on February 8


CYBERMERMAID
posted by JHarris at 3:20 AM on February 8


Disappointed that Pina Colada and Rain didn't create Jimmy Buffet.

I was the first to discover Hot Countess and Count, Pork Countess and Count, and Hot Whalecator so far. ..
posted by Foosnark at 6:37 AM on February 8


I tried to combine birthday and party and somehow did not get birthday party. On the other hand, death and tiramisu gave me death tiramisu so, you know...
posted by jacquilynne at 7:02 AM on February 8


Combining "decapitate" and "fish" did not produce sushi, alas.

My favorite of my first discoveries so far is my first one (of like three): Pineapple Under Construction.
posted by nickmark at 7:31 AM on February 8 [2 favorites]


If you excommunicate a unicorn you get an atheist.
posted by nickmark at 7:32 AM on February 8 [1 favorite]


And Atheist + News = CNN
posted by nickmark at 7:33 AM on February 8 [1 favorite]


Today's episode brings Superjesus Glitterbeak vs. The Republican Santa Claus in The Greatest War on Christmas Ever

Can The Republican Justice League of America ever win The War on Obamageddon? Will Mitt Nephi triumph against Gay Horror Pride?

but for real why did I end up with so much weird mormon/republican stuff
posted by polyhedron at 7:43 AM on February 8 [1 favorite]


Disappointed that Pina Colada and Rain didn't create Jimmy Buffet.

Thank goodness it didn't because Escape (The Piña Colada Song) is by Rupert Holmes, not Jimmy Buffet.
posted by hippybear at 7:48 AM on February 8 [2 favorites]


Escape (The Piña Colada Song) is by Rupert Holmes, not Jimmy Buffet.

I'll never forget their duet, Tears in my Beer.
posted by mittens at 8:20 AM on February 8


I was so pleased when I crafted Tiamat and Bahamut and so surprised that I wasn't first.
posted by martin q blank at 8:28 AM on February 8 [1 favorite]


I am not sure whether to be proud or mortified that I am the first discoverer of the Dick Ghost.
posted by Reverend John at 8:29 AM on February 8 [3 favorites]


I am pleased to have been the first discoverer of both Ducks Aren't Real and Ducks Are Real.
(Memes + Bird = Birds Aren't Real; + Duck = Ducks Aren't Real; + Bro = Ducks Are Real).

I was hoping to get Paradox by adding the two, but no luck. Nor can you get Paradox by adding two ducks.
posted by nickmark at 8:40 AM on February 8 [2 favorites]


I'm shocked that no one had invented a slushie machine before now.
posted by mittens at 8:46 AM on February 8


My First Discoveries:

Pineapple iPhone Upside Down Cake
Flying Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Ice Dance Yeti
Owl Boy
Hermione Cash
Paperphone
Galileo Granger
iPood
Galileo Cash
Superterrorbot
Poisoned Empanada
Poisoned Wall
Curling Man
Curling Man On Fire
Janc
Ironmessi
Donkey Empanada
posted by Saxon Kane at 9:12 AM on February 8 [1 favorite]


Not a first discovery, but "Lionel Messi" plus "Obama" = "God"
posted by Saxon Kane at 9:40 AM on February 8 [1 favorite]


OK I was prepared to hate this because AI but then I put together Legoland and Schizophrenia and got Lego My Ego (first discovery)
posted by speicus at 11:48 AM on February 8 [6 favorites]


news + lies = Fox News
posted by wolfpants at 12:33 PM on February 8


Donald Trump + Prison = Justice
posted by rikschell at 12:46 PM on February 8


Shark + Orgy = Pornado
posted by nickmark at 12:50 PM on February 8 [3 favorites]


Obesity + Injustice = America
posted by nickmark at 1:20 PM on February 8


Maybe mobile doesn't tell you, but I'd be surprised if I'm not the first person to get Sharktopusnado 1000
posted by rikschell at 1:31 PM on February 8


I somehow extracted AARRRRRRRRRR! out of a pirate, but if I apply that TO anything, it just becomes a pirate.
posted by hippybear at 1:42 PM on February 8 [1 favorite]


Some more first discoveries:

Chai Tea Wars: A New Hope
Chai Wars: The Last Jedi
Captain Acula America Underpants
Flying Doge Dragon Soggy Gollum Toast
Super Dr. Maybe Mommyguinjuice
Steampunk Yule Lads
Steampunk Flat Earth Santa
Captain Underpants and Captain Jesus
NeverSteamully
posted by eruonna at 1:54 PM on February 8 [1 favorite]


Captain Underpants and Captain Jesus

The 'ship I never knew I wanted . . .
posted by mollweide at 1:58 PM on February 8 [1 favorite]


If you manage to get to Midas, everything you connect with produces Gold, which is specific enough I think it has to be a programmed gimmick.

The exception that proves the rule: Midas + Orgy = Golden Shower
posted by nickmark at 2:22 PM on February 8 [2 favorites]


iron chef + beer googles = Gordon Ramsay
posted by mollweide at 2:27 PM on February 8


I've gotten my first one that made me laugh aloud -

Hell's Kitchen + oil spill = BP (money emoji)

runner up:

Gordon Ramsay + alien = chef
posted by mollweide at 2:37 PM on February 8


Capitalism + Slavery = America

Pretty much!
posted by speicus at 2:52 PM on February 8


Bacon + Freedom = America
posted by hippybear at 3:08 PM on February 8


Oh man, how can Dragon + Dragon not be Double Dragon?
posted by cruelfood at 4:38 PM on February 8 [1 favorite]


Pew (made from Cathedral and Wood I think) + Pew = Laser!
posted by rivenwanderer at 6:03 PM on February 8 [4 favorites]


Bacon + Terror = Baconator
posted by hippybear at 6:07 PM on February 8 [1 favorite]


First Discovery: 50 Shades of Porsche. And yet I'm not the first to discover Fifty Shades of Minotaur.

Intern + Profit = Slave. That tracks.

Evil Intern (First Discovery) + Patent = Lawsuit
posted by cruelfood at 7:34 PM on February 8 [2 favorites]


Even with the giant list of things I have in my sidebar, nothing is really interesting enough to be doing anything truly delightful or interesting anymore.

I guess the dopamine toy has worn itself out.

I might try again tomorrow for a bit, but thank goodness this isn't more addictive.
posted by hippybear at 7:37 PM on February 8


I actually worked my way backwards into Duck by first producing Donald Duck, and then got Duck from Donald Duck + Steam.
posted by cruelfood at 7:42 PM on February 8


A non-exhaustive list of things you can make by using only water and no other elements (in the order I derived them):

Lake; Ocean; Sea; Fish; Mermaid; Shark; Fishing; Fishbowl; Sharknado; Whale; Fisherman; Fishing Boat; Jonah; Pirate; Moby Dick; Captain Ahab; Pirate Ship; Treasure; Captain; Ahab; Sharktopus; Ariel; Nessie; Monster; Dragon; Dragonborn; Dovahkiin; Sharktopus vs. Moby Dick; Jonah and the Whale; Aquarium; Sea Dragon; Dovahkiinborn; Dragon Egg; Jonah And The Dragon; Sharktopus Vs. Pteracuda; DovahAriel; Dovahariel And The Whale [First Discovery]; Dovahnessie; Kraken; Poseidon; Leviathan; Sea Monster; Loch Ness Monster; Sea Dragon Egg; Atlantis; Aquaman; Sharktopus Egg; Triton; Cthulhu; Sharktopus Vs. Pteracuda Vs. Cthulhu; Terror; Siren; Terrorist; Osama Bin Laden; Obama; Barack; President; Trump; Trumpthulhu; Trumpman; Trumpocalypse; Madness; Lovecraft; Insanity; Cultist; Aqua Captain; King; 9/11; Sushi; Suicide Bomber; Sushi Bomber; Dragon Sushi; Sashimi; 911; Superman; Batman; Justice League; Joker; Dead Joker; Dead Sushi; Dragon Joker; Water Joker; Clown; Dead Clown; Ambulance; Clown Car; Hospital; Zombie.
posted by nickmark at 8:27 PM on February 8 [1 favorite]


hm, water + corpse = soup; should i be concerned?
posted by nightcoast at 8:28 PM on February 8


Golf + King = Arnold Palmer, which is also Lemon + Ice Tea
posted by blnkfrnk at 8:32 PM on February 8


I think starting again from scratch (maybe in a different browser so as not to lose current "progress" for comparison) will be really interesting. There's so much all the way from ultra basic to wacky convoluted mentioned in this thread that I've just not found at all yet.

Last night I found that "manicure" was incredibly easy to combine with all sorts of things, much more so than most other one-word items (e.g. the pattern of Aquamanicure, Fishermanicure, Tin Manicure, Cybermanicure, but sadly NOT Supermanicure, Shamanicure, Ozymanicure or Bromanicure).

I'm wondering whether something's going on with it maybe being an unusually lengthy single-token word at root (to distinguish "manicure" from combinations of the much more lexically frequent "man" and "i" and "cure"), that somehow gets partly weighed as separate tokens when the combining process happens. This is based off my completely non-technical non-hands-on "understanding" of LLMs, and is probably just another convenient fable born of monkey-brain pattern-spotting.

Nonetheless I find the way you can start to get a feel for something that's going on here utterly fascinating in whatever that ultimately does reveal about human cognition, psychology, learning, language etcblah.
posted by protorp at 12:29 AM on February 9


Exciting first discoveries:

Captain Huckleberry Charming
Prince Pegasusnarwhalplane
Prince Pegasusnarwhalplanepegasus
Chessus vs. Sharknado 2: The Second One
Chessus Cthulzilla
Gilligan Sparkle
Cthulhu Pengasusicorn
Chessus Nawhal
Penguin Kirk Trump
Chessus Phoenix
Penguin Pirate Ninja
Chess Merplane
posted by Urtylug at 2:59 AM on February 9 [2 favorites]


Most of my First Discoveries have (and please don't take this out of context) come from playing around with Orgasm.

Drunkgasm
Comporgasm?
Compuorgasm
Though I was amused that Orgasm + Ghost gives you Ghostbusters. Busting, does indeed make you feel good.


but also separately Buzzing Goddess which came from combining a goddess with a vibrator to create a vibrating goddess and then adding in a Buzz.

Also Gripefruit? Which I think was some kind of combination of apples and complaints.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 4:32 AM on February 9 [2 favorites]


It seems more and more that there must be some kind of pun-detection algorithm behind the combinations it accepts.
posted by JHarris at 5:08 AM on February 9


You can derive Earth from derivatives of Fire, and without a particularly long path (less than ten steps), which is interesting. In playing around with Water last night I didn't see anything that seemed likely to lead to any of the other base elements, though I certainly didn't explore every possibility after the first twenty or so - at a certain point I kinda had to shift from methodically progressing through combinations to just trying things that seemed like they had potential to be interesting.
posted by nickmark at 8:11 AM on February 9


pain + suffering = life
posted by speicus at 9:01 AM on February 9 [1 favorite]


Fire and fish makes sushi? That's not how sushi works.
posted by Happy Monkey at 9:33 AM on February 9 [1 favorite]


The Muppets + Flying Fish = Kermit?!? This is a major setback in my quest to make Lew Zealand
posted by aubilenon at 11:00 AM on February 9 [1 favorite]


Most of my First Discoveries have (and please don't take this out of context) come from playing around with Orgasm.

Metafilter: please don't take this out of context
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 1:12 PM on February 9 [1 favorite]


Shocked to learn that Ninja Viking was a first discovery...yet someone already got Terrorist Baby?
posted by mittens at 1:33 PM on February 9


yet someone already got Terrorist Baby

Terrorist Baby must somehow yield Ally McBeal...
posted by hippybear at 1:35 PM on February 9 [1 favorite]


The more I play with this, the more evident that there are some words and ideas that are prominent nodes in the graph. Like, it seems awfully to get to Unicorn. Mermaid also seems to come up a lot. I get a lot of Batman whenever I combine things that verge on superhero-dom. The things that connect the most seem to be very memeable things too. I wonder if that is intentional.
posted by JHarris at 4:24 PM on February 9


Also, if you manage to unlock Writer, connecting it with things will often get you to the name of its author. Romer + Writer = Shakespeare, for example. It knows who made Narudo and Dragon Ball Z too, it seems.
posted by JHarris at 4:43 PM on February 9


It knows... it seems...

*insert ominous musical score moment here*
posted by hippybear at 4:44 PM on February 9


Sometimes a term, I think, is at the very edge of its internal knowledge graph, and refused to connect with many things. J.M. Barrie mixes with very little.

And sometimes a connotation with something is overwhelming. Almost anything you connect H.P. Lovecraft to turns into Cthulhu. That might also explain why Midas turns things to gold: what other surface connections does the word "Midas" have? Maybe mufflers?
posted by JHarris at 4:58 PM on February 9


Charlie Brown + A Midsummer Night's Dream = A Midsummer Night's Snoopy (first dIscovery)
posted by JHarris at 5:00 PM on February 9 [1 favorite]


Malware Surf Ninja [first discovery] + Blockchain = Crypto Malware [first discovery]
posted by nickmark at 6:04 PM on February 9 [3 favorites]


Haha, Sushi + Brexit = Fish and chips. Lovely.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 3:51 AM on February 10 [1 favorite]


Terrorist Baby must somehow yield Ally McBeal...

It took me an unreasonable number of tries to create Lawyer--who, unfortunately, when mixed with Terrorist Baby just creates Judge. ('Ah,' you ask, 'but perhaps you should have specified it was a Single Female Lawyer, rather than just a Laywer all by itself'--but no! combining Woman plus Lawyer yields Divorce.)
posted by mittens at 6:11 AM on February 10 [2 favorites]


It's too white, dang. I got to "Better Call Saul" pretty easily and combined it with "Fish and Chips" to create "Better Call Salmon," first discovery, but I couldn't for the life of me get to "Reservation Dogs," I'm sure mostly because it's comparatively niche, but also because you can't get unDisneyfied ideas of native American culture out of the AI no matter what you do. It's all football mascots and Pocahontas.

Among my first discoveries, which are embarrassingly many because I can get addicted to ANYTHING and thus I have played with this for hours and hours, I have "Fear of Riding," which sports a little roller coaster emoji. I got it by combining "Phobia" and "Jockey." And I discovered "Water Lily Demon," "Huckleberry Phantom" and "Deadly Trampoline Park." Also "Bouncy Church." "Anagram" is fun. I applied it to "Rudolph" and discovered "Nardaulph."

"Pun" is interesting, too.
posted by Don Pepino at 11:11 AM on February 10 [2 favorites]


This seems a little off. Johnny Depp + Divorce = Amber Heard, as expected. However her icon is the poop emoji.
posted by m2ke at 11:11 AM on February 10 [2 favorites]


I just made "Dragonpundit."
posted by Don Pepino at 11:29 AM on February 10 [1 favorite]


I made "mummy" and "tomb" and "phoenix" which is pretty metal.
posted by brundlefly at 12:55 PM on February 10


I found what may be Excalibur: the ruinously powerful "egg pun." I wish I had not. With it I made "eggplant pun" and "eggnog pun." Puns upon puns, all metastasizing, all eggy. Eventually I created the "eggplant parmesan phoenix" and introduced her to the dashing "eggs benedict cumberbatch," whom someone else discovered. The union was fruitful and I bred the issue to the offspring of my discovery "eggasus" and someone else's creation, the "eggicorn," and that pairing resulted in "eggplant parmesan benedict cumberhorn." I went on from there. And on. And onward still. The egg-pun-ado has now killed the entire day. Whyyyyy...
posted by Don Pepino at 1:30 PM on February 10 [3 favorites]


My first discoveries include

Bob Marley and the Runs (Bob Marley and the Wailers + explosive diarrhea)
Captain Shredderpants (Captain Underpants + Shredder)
Hacky Diarrhea (Hacky Sack + [don't remember], it was on the way to developing explosive diarrhea)
Dead Pooper's Society
Captain Fartica and the Princess Bride

oh I accidentally just made Bob Marley and the Shitstorm

What I am saying is that y'all have fun making huckleberry phantoms and inventing bouncy church and chessus Cthulzilla. I am down here in the muck doing the hard work that keeps you safe.
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 5:37 PM on February 10 [4 favorites]


I've become a bit obsessed with discovering Sweden. I've managed to discover a lot of European contries - Iceland, Finland, Belgium, Italy, Greece, Russia ... - but so far Sweden has eluded me (so to speak). You'd think combining, say, ABBA and Europe or Absolut and Europe would yield Sweden, but no. Oh well, maybe someday.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 5:46 AM on February 11 [1 favorite]


Maybe try to create ikea and go from there? Or does it not do brand names?
posted by jacquilynne at 6:04 AM on February 11


I'll try! I've also got a lot of Norse mythology and viking related words, but I've yet to get a single Nordic country out of them.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 7:05 AM on February 11


I just made Donald Trump from Hot Piss and Acid Rain. Sounds about right to me.

Mix Acid (the psychedelic) with DT and you get US President. Yup.
posted by kathrynm at 8:55 AM on February 11


I've become a bit obsessed with discovering Sweden.

I've been working on New Zealand and gosh it's tough. I keep ending up with Hawaii or Japan instead. This is part of my ongoing quest to craft Lew Zealand. Which also is tough because anything even related to Muppets is probably going to end up as Kermit.
posted by aubilenon at 12:00 PM on February 11 [2 favorites]


I think I played it more than enough when I got pedo + love = priest.
posted by Marticus at 2:35 PM on February 11


Does "First Discovery" underneath mean I'm the first person to make that particular... thing? I've made a Mutant Jelly Bean and Radioactive James Bond
posted by kathrynm at 5:33 PM on February 11


That's what we're thinking, yes. I just got one for Darth Zebrula. If you keep mashing ridiculous things together long enough you're bound to get one or two, I think.
posted by JHarris at 6:23 PM on February 11


If you want a lot of easy and boring First Discoveries, see if you can get numbers. Melding them just adds them together, and once you get into 6 digits or so there's a lot that haven't been crafted before.
posted by aubilenon at 10:43 PM on February 11 [1 favorite]


Hooray, I did it! I got Sweden! I somehow got Nobel Prize (can't remember how in my excitement) and a simple Nobel Prize + Europe got me over the finish line.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 3:37 AM on February 12 [4 favorites]


I managed to make Piece Of Piece Of Piece Of Piece Of Piece Of Piece Of Piece but it won't let me add anything else to it.
posted by kathrynm at 4:47 PM on February 12 [1 favorite]


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