Lay Lines by Carol Lay for December 02, 2016


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    Yngvar Følling  about 3 years ago

    I remember a science fiction story, maybe by Isaac Asimov or Arthur C. Clarke, with a similar plot. A plot point was a tone deaf person being immune.

    Monty Python’s “Funniest joke in the world” seems to revolve around a related theme.

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    Rad-ish, see No Ambiguity on Sherpa Premium Member about 3 years ago

    They weaponize everything these days.

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    William Glass Premium Member about 3 years ago

    There was also Henry Kuttner’s 1942 story, “Nothing But Gingerbread Left”, where an earworm jingle, bad enough in English and devastating in Deutsch, was weaponized against the Reich

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    Three Steps Over Japan  about 3 years ago

    It’s a sound plan, General.

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    Christopher Shea  about 3 years ago

    Fritz Leiber also wrote a similar story.

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    praesodynium  about 3 years ago

    Also Mark Twain’s “A Literary Nightmare”.

    Punch, Brothers, Punch!

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    Richard Paul Glass Premium Member about 3 years ago

    “Left – Left a wife with seventeen children in starving condition with nothing but gingerbread left – Left…” I always thought it was from Theodore Sturgeon. Thanks for the correction.

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    Kenneth Berkun Premium Member about 3 years ago

    Not to mention the “entertainment” in the Infinite Jest.

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    Night-Gaunt49  about 3 years ago

    Won’t work long against me. And this reminds me of the supposed “suicide melody” of a song that was reputed to cause people to kill themselves over it.


    Gloomy Sunday", also known as the"Hungarian Suicide Song", is a song composed by Hungarian pianist and composer Rezső Seress and published in 1933.

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    Coyoty Premium Member about 3 years ago

    Kate Bush – Experiment IV:

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    Kenneth Berkun Premium Member about 3 years ago

    all of which is not to say we didn’t enjoy the strip, we did.

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