0 words. Running total is still 50,067 words.
Alright so since I was past the word count I felt like doing something intentionally constrained. This story arguably sets a new world record for "World's shortest science fiction story", which was previously held by Forrest J. Ackerman, whose 1973 story entitled "Cosmic Report Card: Earth" read, in its entirety:
Well... actually it depends how you count it. Using the same word counting option in Notepad++ I've been using this whole month, this story supposedly counts as 5 words, because the HTML tags count. But that also means every other story this month has been overcounted too? So I might need to actually do some more writing and recount?
The hard part with this one was the title, naturally. I went through a few dozen possibilities and I still wouldn't say I'm 100% committed to this one. There are some constraints on the superscript number: in many fonts, particularly the font used here on qntm.org right now, the superscript digits ⁰¹²³⁴⁵⁶⁷⁸⁹ do not all look the same!
2020-11-26 20:32:26 by qntm:
I also considered presenting this as a 17776 parody, entitled "What Will Football Look Like In 10¹⁷⁷⁷⁶?" or something, but although "17776 fan fiction" is an item on my potential list of ideas, I think the joke would be a little too cheap.
2020-11-26 20:58:47 by skztr:
this one sort of petered out at the end. I feel like it didn't really go anywhere.
2020-11-26 21:29:08 by vingris:
Hardcoded pixel height, eh? Future readers using their 1060000p screens will not be impressed.
2020-11-26 22:28:36 by thatoneguy:
2020-11-26 23:07:11 by ebenezer:
Agree that this one didn’t seem to go anywhere. But I do think it shows promise and could still have a useful offshoot that might develop into something interesting. I mean the _concepts_ are great but I just felt that the plot dragged, and the writing didn’t really carry it along well.
If I were to make a first suggestion, it might be simply adding some letters and words
2020-11-27 00:41:34 by Mitsu AT:
I think https://qntm.org/joke is a bit funnier than this because the punchline doesn't take as long :P
Next step: Is it possible to write a story with -1 words?
Incidentally, I was reminded a bit of this https://joshworth.com/dev/pixelspace/pixelspace_solarsystem.html
2020-11-27 00:58:11 by Mitsu AT:
I'm suddenly imagining something like the exploding unstable minos in Tetris Effect Connected (https://youtu.be/olQFfRjCOz0?t=32), except instead of removing blocks, it's removing words from the title and navbar :P
2020-11-27 01:58:38 by Jumble:
Easy solution to the comments section issue - put it in the middle so you don't have to scroll to the end of the endless space! Oh wait...
2020-11-27 02:02:02 by Jumble:
I also can't wait for the "no content" writing jam where the only text allowed is on the cover.
2020-11-27 02:07:06 by Jumble:
Although wouldn't the title technically count as words too? And this comment section as well, possibly?
2020-11-27 02:37:11 by jonas:
Mitsu AT: I think that one is in the library of "https://xkcd.com/971/"
2020-11-27 02:49:02 by Emmett Brown:
Ayyy Common Era club!
2020-11-27 10:38:04 by Skirmisher:
My scrollbar is now burned into my vision.
2020-11-27 22:13:30 by P:
paste into Word.
I think all the comments people write on this one should count as negative words for the word count.
2020-11-27 22:40:04 by j:
> Next step: Is it possible to write a story with -1 words?
First person squared.
2020-12-08 22:10:57 by Reader:
2020-12-10 10:27:59 by Crash Snowdon:
It was very uncanny to be made to keep scrolling, given the previous story.