Sunday, April 13, 2008

Is it just me or...

has anyone else ever noticed that in the “The Trouble With Tribbles” episode in the original Star Trek television series, when Captain Kirk said, “Who put the tribbles in the quadrotriticale?” the cadence and rhythm are identical to the old song, “Who put the overalls in Mrs. Murphy's chowder?”?

And what exactly is quadrotriticale, anyway? Obviously, it's a word invented for use in a science fiction series about life in the twenty-third century. But what is it? We all know (or maybe we don't) that triticale is a hybrid cereal grain produced by crossing wheat and rye, but what do you cross to get quadrotriticale? I'm biting my tongue to keep from saying that if you're a chicken you cross the road to get quadrotriticale, because that's where it is, on the other side. But this is a blog and the fingers work independently of the tongue.

Please excuse my rambling; it's late and I'm very tired.

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