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The Case of the Tangled Testicles – Experimenting with AI

“In the small town of St. Clair, Detective Sarah Mills faces her most bizarre and perplexing case yet in ‘The Case of the Tangled Testicles.'”

“When a local resident, Harold Barnes, stumbles upon a gruesome discovery of a man’s testicles inexplicably tangled in an intricate knot, the quiet community is thrust into a whirlwind of suspicion and intrigue.”

“As Sarah delves deeper into the twisted web of clues, she uncovers a network of secrets, lies, and hidden desires that threaten to unravel the town’s fabric. With each revelation, Sarah finds herself entangled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse, navigating a labyrinth of suspects, all with their own motives and alibis.”

“With time running out and the tension mounting, Sarah must unravel the truth before the tightly woven threads of the case strangle her chances of solving it. In this dark and suspenseful tale, ‘The Case of the Tangled Testicles’ explores the lengths one detective will go to untangle the truth, exposing the sinister underbelly of a seemingly idyllic community.”

I can’t wait to dive into that book. Can you?

Lamentably, the book exists only in my brain.

Not having written one single word – yet! – I decided to ask ChatGPT to write a blurb for the book. Why not? It happily produced the scintillating blurb quoted above.

Well, how about the opening paragraphs? If you are anything like me, writing the kick-starting, first words of a new book is tough, even when you know the idea you want to start it with.

So, naturally, I asked Chat AI to write the first two paragraphs of the book for me:

Chapter 1: The Unexpected Conundrum

“Detective William Henderson was not one to shy away from a challenging case. Throughout his illustrious career, he had unraveled numerous mysteries, untangled intricate webs of deceit, and brought justice to those who thought they were beyond its reach. But little did he know that his latest assignment would take him down a twisted path he had never ventured before a path leading to a perplexing conundrum involving a most unusual anatomical enigma.”

“It all began on a foggy morning in the bustling city of Ravenbrook. Detective Henderson was enjoying a quiet cup of coffee at his favorite café when his phone buzzed insistently, shattering the tranquil atmosphere. His trusted colleague and forensic expert, Dr. Emily Sullivan, urgently requested his presence at the city’s prestigious Willowbrook Medical Center. Intrigued by her uncharacteristic sense of urgency, Henderson hastily drained his coffee, tossed a few bills onto the table, and headed towards the heart of the mystery that awaited him. Little did he know that he was about to embark on the most bizarre case of his career, ‘The Case of the Tangled Testicles.'”

In the blurb, it is apparent that the main character is Detective Sarah Mills. But the book opens with Detective William Henderson receiving a mysterious phone call. Mystifying! What happens to him? Why is he replaced on the case by Detective Mills? Why the change in setting from St. Clair to Ravenbrook? And how did those testicles get so tangled? It’s getting labyrinthine already!

After a number of hours of staring at a blank Word page and an expectant scroll bar, I decided to get ChatGPT to help me with the ending. It quickly wrote:

“As the courtroom erupted in applause, Detective Sarah Mills let out a sigh of relief. It had been a long and harrowing journey, but justice had prevailed. The case of the tangled testicles had been solved, and the truth had come to light.”

“With a sense of pride and satisfaction, Sarah knew that this would be a story she would never forget. The bizarre and twisted nature of the case had challenged her skills as a detective, but it had also reaffirmed her commitment to seeking the truth, no matter how tangled the path may be. As she walked out of the courtroom, she couldn’t help but reflect on the resilience of the human spirit and the power of relentless determination. The case of the tangled testicles had taught her that even in the most perplexing situations, justice would ultimately prevail.”

With the open and ending done, all that remains is a few hundred pages in between….

Thinking about them now… I wonder what ChatGPT is thinking….

— David G. Thomas