posted on Dec, 12 2009 @ 06:01 AM
There was a science fiction short story about the phenomenon that I read many years ago. It was called "Rum titi titi titi tum ta tee'
(phonetically; but see after note below).
The plot was straightforward, the ditty being a neurological version of ice-nine from Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle
. That is, the human race flirts
with paralysis, being unable to get this rhythm, not even a whole song, out of its heads. A "viral" contagion, long before memes were recognized.
Hell, here we are years later. I forget the author, the spelling, the details... but damned if I don't remember the rhythm
. Oh well, I wasn't
planning to do anything important today anyway...
The story is Fritz Leiber, Jr.'s 1958 "Rump-Titty-Titty-Tum-TAH-Tee." I suppose it's just as well that I rendered it
phonetically, what with all that salacious anatomical resonance
. I also interpolated an extra titi
, but I edited that in; what I first
recalled was correct.
Hmm, the virus mutated; Darwin rules.)