The Telephone game

Yesterday’s Zippy continues a series on the game of Telephone in Dingburg:

What makes this sequence so entertaining is the complexity and prepostereous nature of the seed message, which pretty much guarantees  that the message (passed in circumstances not conducive to full comprehension) will mutate entertainingly.

From Wikipedia:

Chinese whispers (or telephone in the United States) is a game played around the world, in which one person whispers a message to another, which is passed through a line of people until the last player announces the message to the entire group. Errors typically accumulate in the retellings, so the statement announced by the last player differs significantly, and often amusingly, from the one uttered by the first. Some players also deliberately alter what is being said in order to guarantee a changed message by the end of it.

The game is often played by children as a party game or in the playground. It is often invoked as a metaphor for cumulative error, especially the inaccuracies as rumours or gossip spread, or, more generally, for the unreliability of human recollection.

The game is also known as operator, grapevine, broken telephone, whisper down the lane, gossip, secret message, the messenger game and pass the message.

 

 

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