Exquisite Alien Consequences

by Gurpreet Sihat

Did you ever play Picture Consequences as a child?

You know, the game where you’d draw the head of an alien, fold the piece of paper over and hand it on to the next person who’d draw the body, fold it over and hand it to the third person who would draw the feet?

If you did,


you had one amazing childhood!

If you didn’t, don’t worry! It’s never too late to start having fun.

Go on, grab two more people, a piece of paper, and try it out.

After doing a bit of research I realised that the technique is called Exquisite Corpse and was invented by surrealists. (The Museum of Modern Art actually has Nude by Yves Tanguy, Joan Miró, Max Morise and Man Ray on their website at the moment. Part of it is the featured image, above, but you can check out the full thing by clicking here).

But whether you call it Picture ConsequencesExquisite Corpse or (as I used to) The Funny Alien Game, it’s safe to say that it’s ridiculously entertaining! I’m pretty easily amused (no, really, I used to be obsessed with playing it at Christmas when my cousins were over), as you can tell. So easily amused, in fact, that last Friday I decided I wanted to play it on Caffeine Addled Ramblings.

Deciding that a thought is always best shared with good friends, I virtually grabbed hold of four writing buddies of mine and issued them the challenge.

The challenge was simple.

  1. I would write the first 500 words of a story and send the last line of my story to the next person.
  2. That person would have twenty-four hours to write the next 500 words and send it back to me.
  3. Then I’d send the final sentence of their story to the next person…

and so it continued.

Our little version of Picture Consequences, Exquisite Corpse, The Funny Alien Game (whatever you want to call it), was so much more amusing than I could have imagined! So, for your entertainment (or maybe it’s still just for mine), I give you:

Exquisite Alien Consequences

By G K Sihat, H Norrod, M Kyer, J LaurenE Moore

NOTE: If you hadn’t realised, the title’s a link to the actual story…

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