Sui Generis

copyright Lisa Fox

Sui Generis

I needed something unique. Groundbreaking.

Twelve hours before the science fair and no ideas. Last year’s winner, my sentient rhinocopter, buzzed around the room looking bored.

A living cup that produced milk and sugar for your coffee?

Not enough time now.

A catbird?

I might as well make a baking soda volcano.

I pulled up a random word generator.

Toothpaste turkey.



I typed in the commands, tweaked the monstrosity that the AI created and sent it to print.

A terrible idea but it just needed marketing.

I started the abstract. “Good news! No more brushing after Thanksgiving dinner!”

I did actually use a random word generator while writing this and the first two words I got were: toothpaste, turkey

25 Comments Add yours

  1. Hilarious and tragic at the same time. Toothpaste Turkey….well that wouldn’t go down well with dentists….

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    1. I can see the clickbait headlines now: “Dentists hate this new healthy meat option.” 🙂

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  2. Felt proud I knew what sui generis meant. You’re the master of flash fiction.

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    1. Thank you, my friend. 🙂

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  3. James McEwan says:

    Yep, if AI is so clever why is it called ‘artificial.’

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    1. Who knows what the future holds, but at the moment, AI is equal parts smart and dumb, I think. Hopefully we never rely on it too much.

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  4. granonine says:

    Does the turkey toothpaste foam up in your mouth and taste like turkey?

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    1. It sounds pretty nasty, any way you think about it. 🙂 Maybe it’s just a turkey that goes around handing out toothpaste.

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  5. Forestwood says:

    What a weird combo the word generator threw at you. Kudos for making it into a story.

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    1. Thanks! It is truly random, so I was prepared to cycle through a few times to get something comprehensible.


  6. Bill says:

    A high school friend won the science fair when he built a microscope and place a camera for pictures. Then next year, he flipped it over and with a few tweaks, won again.
    Gunna pass on the toothpaste. 🙂

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    1. Sounds like your friend was pretty good with marketing too. It’s not what you have, after all, it’s how good it is compared to everyone else.

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      1. Bill says:

        He was one interesting nerd of times. 🙂


  7. GHLearner says:

    Toothpaste turkey sounds less than appetizing but good marketing will sell it, I’m sure. And aren’t catbirds called Gryffins? Would be fun to see one.

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    1. Probably, although it depends on if it’s a cat with wings or a bird with feline features. Hopefully we never get to this level of genetic engineering where we’ll find out.

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  8. Michael says:

    Ai’s are not my thing, but can be life savers…

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    1. Yeah, we’ll see how that sort of thing develops.


  9. Very creative and what a time saver!

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  10. Sandra says:

    Toothpaste turkey sounds totally off-limits. I must explore the concept of random word generators.

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    1. It just goes to show that “unique” is not always a good thing. I like random word generators for getting ideas outside of what I would normally do. They’ve got all kinds: random images, names, places, etc.


  11. elmowrites says:

    Intriguing challenge you set yourself there, but I think it paid off. Although I don’t think I’ll be buying shares in the toothpaste turkey enterprise.

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  12. Dale says:

    So you used a random word generator and Gabi used an AI random story generator… Interesting results, tell you what!


  13. Dear David,

    I think I’ll let my turkey be turkey and toothpaste be toothpaste. 😉 Of course I had to look up sui generis. Thank you for teaching me something new. As always your story is clever and unique.



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  14. msjadeli says:

    When life gives you lemons, or in this case, turkey toothpaste, you write a funny story. Good one, David. I bet he wins 1st prize.

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