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.
They weaponize everything these days.
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
It’s a sound plan, General.
Fritz Leiber also wrote a similar story.
Also Mark Twain’s “A Literary Nightmare”.
Punch, Brothers, Punch!
“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.
Not to mention the “entertainment” in the Infinite Jest.
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.
Kate Bush – Experiment IV: https://youtu.be/NTUcoR8_pyE
all of which is not to say we didn’t enjoy the strip, we did.
February 05, 2016