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  41 months ago

Toluna Storytelling (AU)

There once was a.......

In the comments, finish the story with the:
What, where, when, why and how, plus an ending.

Post your story by 30th April and receive a 500 point rank-up bonus for joining in!*

But wait, there’s more! We don’t want to hog all the action, so we’re inviting you to create your own story too.

1) Create your own Topic between 11th-30th April, with the title “Storytelling Game”**.

2) In the body of your topic say – “Keep the story going!” And post the first line of your tale.

3) Then, get your friends and the community to join in with the next sentence. You’ll earn a 1,000 point bonus for participating, and the member with the longest story will win an additional 15,000 points!

Good luck and have fun!

The Toluna Team

Promotion Rules: Open to Australian members only. Posts must not contain any language or image that is obscene, insulting, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, untrue, misleading or invasive of someone else’s privacy. Toluna reserves the right to review all posts for content, and withhold bonus points from any user violating the rules mentioned above. Violation of these rules, and/or the Toluna Member Code of Conduct may result in the closure of your Toluna account.

*TolunaTeam – Toluna Storytelling: Limit one opinion per member on the TolunaTeam topic. Members will earn a 500 point rank-up bonus for their submission to the Toluna Storytelling topic. Post one sentence between 11th-30th April.

**Storytelling Game: Limit one topic created per member. The topic’s title must begin with “Storytelling Game” to be officially entered, and must be created no later than 30th April, 2016. Members will receive 1,000 points for creating their topic, via rank-up OR external credit. The member with the most opinions posted on their topic will receive an additional 15,000 points via external credit to their Toluna account.

Bonus points for both portions of the promotion will be awarded to winners by 9PM AEST, on Friday 6th May 2016, and will be uploaded directly to user’s accounts.


  41 months ago
Sounds great good luck all


  41 months ago
Once there was a woman who couldn't help herself,she had a problem with caring for children.If any child had a problem or nowhere to live she would offer a bed to stay until they had a home .Saftey for children was her most important thing on her mind .Never did she turn away a child ,but her Husband wanted to,travel but the woman kept offering help to children they never got a chance .Ths is a true story as its me ,I can't see a child be alone or scared ,hungry or in distress .Ive raised my children ,now we caring for our grandkids & any child that needs me .We need to care as there our future .


  41 months ago
There once was a planet. Home. Went by the name of ‘Earth’. Despite our intentions – some say ‘advancement’ - we out-grew Home, hardly ever stopping to think of its welfare. The old place fell into disrepair. There wasn’t even potential or impetus for ‘Renovator’s Delight’. Home went under the Hammer. Big time. So did we…
…Chronicles of the Fallen, Earth, 2093.


  41 months ago
There once was a father, named Leon, who lived on a large property. He had a son was a tall handsome young man who was engaged to a lady who worked as a baker. Everyday, she would drive off the work and would leave him to do the dishes and make dinner. It was a Wednesday morning when Leon received a phone call telling him his son's future wife had died. She was hit by a car and died on the scene. Leon broke the news to Harry, his son. The hardest part was that she was deliberately driven into the truck's path. As a suicide attempt. Later that year, Harry moved to New South Wales to join the army, and Leon sold the property to move into an apartment with a woman he met.


  41 months ago
There once was a girl who went to pick some berries in the forest. She did this on a Tuesday for her grandmother. She walked into the forest and wandered so far she got lost. When it got dark she didn't know what to do and sat down to cry. All of a sudden her mother appeared and carried her home, where they all had berry pie.


  41 months ago
There was once a pack of wolves in Sydney. No one knew where they came from, and no one knew where they were headed. They appeared and disappeared like shadows, walking down Pitt St one moment and gone the next. Rumours were everywhere. Were they werewolves, wolves, dingoes, or was there a hallucinogenic in the air? Most people say it's just a story, but the teenagers who saw them know better. They saw fur give way to skin, bone rupture and faces change. They know the truth, but as always, no one listens to them. They know what they saw, and as long as people deny it themselves, the city moves on and the people do too.
It was only four years ago, just another fact that becomes fiction and eventually turns to legend. The only thing people ask is will they return.


  41 months ago
A father had two sons. The younger, when asked by his father what he would like to learn to support himself, said he would like to learn to shudder. A sexton told the father that he could teach the boy. After teaching him to ring the church bell, he sent him one midnight to ring it and came after him, dressed as a ghost. The boy demanded an explanation. When the sexton did not answer, the boy, unafraid, pushed him down the stairs, breaking his leg
His horrified father turned him out of house, so the boy set out to learn how to shudder. He complained whenever he could, "If only I could shudder!" One man advised him to stay the night beneath the gallows, where seven hanged men were still hanging. He did so, and set a fire for the night. When the hanged bodies shook in the wind, he thought they must be cold. He cut them down and sat them close to his fire, but they did not stir even when their clothing caught on fire. The boy, annoyed at their carelessness, hung them back up in the gallows.
After the incident at the gallows, he began traveling with a waggoner. When one night they arrived at an inn, the inn-keeper told him that if he wanted to know how to shudder, he should visit the haunted castle nearby. If he could manage to stay there for three nights in a row, he could learn how to shudder, as well as win the king's daughter and all of the rich treasures of the castle. Many men had tried, but none had succeeded.
The boy accepted the challenge and went to the king. The king agreed, and told him that he may bring with him three non-living things into the castle. The boy asked for a fire, a lathe, and a cutting board with a knife.
The first night, as the boy sat in his room, two voices from the corner of the room moaned into the night, complaining about the cold. The boy, unafraid, claimed that the owners of the voices were stupid not to warm themselves with the fire. Suddenly, two black cats jumped out of the corner and, seeing the calm boy, proposed a card game. The boy tricked the cats and trapped them with the cutting board and knife. Black cats and dogs emerged from every patch of darkness in the room, and the boy fought and killed each of them with his knife. Then, from the darkness, a bed appeared. He lay down on it, preparing for sleep, but it began walking all over the castle. Still unafraid, the boy urged it to go faster. The bed turned upside down on him, but the boy, unfazed, just tossed the bed aside and slept next to the fire until morning
As the boy settled in for his second night in the castle, half of a man fell down the chimney. The boy, again unafraid, shouted up the chimney that the other half was needed. The other half, hearing the boy, fell from the chimney and reunited with the rest. More men followed with human skulls and dead men's legs with which to play nine-pins. The amused boy shaped the skulls into better balls with his lathe and joined the men until midnight, when they vanished into thin air.
On his third and final night in the castle, the boy heard a strange noise. Six men entered his room, carrying a coffin. The boy, unafraid but distraught, believed the body to be his own dead cousin. As he tried to warm the body, it came back to life, and, confusedly, threatened to strangle him. The boy, angry at his ingratitude, closed the coffin on top of the man again. An old man hearing the noise came to see the boy. He visited with him, bragging that he could knock an anvil straight to the ground. The old man brought him to the basement and, while showing the boy his trick, the boy split the anvil and trapped the old man's beard in it, and then proceeded to beat the man with an iron rod. The man, desperate for mercy, showed the boy all of the treasures in the castle.
The following morning, the king told the boy that he could win his lovely daughter. The boy agreed, though upset that he had still not learned how to shudder.
After their wedding, the boy's continuing complaints annoyed his wife to no end. Reaching her wits' end, she sent for a bucketful of stream water, complete with gudgeons. She tossed the freezing water onto her husband while he was asleep. As he awoke, shuddering, he exclaimed that while he had finally learned to shudder, he still did not know what true fear was.


  41 months ago
There once was a time when she filled her days with cooking and cleaning, and doing the school run being a mum. But when the kids flew the coup, she wondered how she'd fill her days. Then she entered a competition to win a movie pass... and she won! How easy was that she thought, and so she entered again and again she won! She went on from movie passes to DVDs, concert tickets and appliances. Soon it was bigger and better like weekends away, interstate trips and the ultimate... trips overseas! It seemed she'd found her niche and an outlet for her enthusiasm and creativity. To date she has amassed a haul of prizes and cash and what started as an "interest and bit of fun", has become a full-time occupation. My wife, the competition queen!


  41 months ago
There once was a woman who sat all alone. Every day she sat at the window and watched the street. She saw people rushing off to work, children heading to school, the odd jogger, people walking their dogs, cats basking in the sun, birds flying from tree to tree. She longed to see her daughter. She wished she would suddenly appear but it had been 120 years since she had seen her. Where did she go? Why doesnt she return? She had no answers so she continued to sit and wait hoping that one day her daughter would walk up the path to the front door. The people that lived in her house seemed nice and she was careful not to let them know she was there. She didnt want to leave so she would remain and wait quietly. She was glad that no one could see her.


  41 months ago
What is going on here? I see that but when did it begin?Just how did you know ? that was supposed to be a secret. Why did you tell everyone?
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