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Phrase-O-Matic Grenville Kleiser's book Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases (1917) can be thought of as a practical handbook of pertinent expressions, striking similes, and terms for the embellishment of speech and literature. In Phrase-O-Matic, we have transcribed these phrases (there are actually 15,367 of them) into a database. With each page refresh, 3 phrases are randomly selected to create a type of automatic writing. Is it prose, poetry or random gibberish? That, dear reader, we will leave you to ponder. What we do end up with though is a unique text, with the probability of the same combination of phrases appearing twice and in the same order around 1 in 3,628,127,032,530.