Watching the game of Telephone play out in five seconds


Some time ago, I spent the Thanksgiving holiday with my nieces (ages 3 and 5 at the time), and I overheard this conversation between them.

"Thanksgiving is over."

Christmas is coming!

"It's Christmas time!"

Today is Christmas!

Comments (17)
  1. Omar says:

    For children, specially for young ones, time is a different concept. My chidren jump from halloween to christmas in a couple of days, and they can't stop thinking about the following birthday (even if its still 11 months away). It is always funny to listen to them talk about it though :) – kid:what day is it Dad? dad: Monday kid: yei! it is almost Friday! (with genuine excitement)

  2. Omar says:

    For children, specially for young ones, time is a different concept. My chidren jump from halloween to christmas in a couple of days, and they can't stop thinking about the following birthday (even if its still 11 months away). It is always funny to listen to them talk about it though :) – kid:what day is it Dad? dad: Monday kid: yei! it is almost Friday! (with genuine excitement)

  3. Joshua Ganes says:

    Oh, you were describing children… I thought you were talking about advertising companies.

  4. Nick says:

    Joshua: *applause*

    Except that any more it's more like s/Thanksgiving/Halloween/

  5. Omar says:

    For children, specially for young ones, time is a different concept. My chidren jump from halloween to christmas in a couple of days, and they can't stop thinking about the following birthday (even if its still 11 months away). It is always funny to listen to them talk about it though :) – kid:what day is it Dad? dad: Monday kid: yei! it is almost Friday! (with genuine excitement)

  6. kinokijuf says:

    I dont know wtf Thankgiving is. And thankfully we dont have Haloween here in Poland. Please dont make such Americanocentric posts in the future.

  7. Cheong says:

    @kinokijuf: No worry. If merchants found these festivals good for their sales, they'll import them.

    Hint: In Hong Kong we have many many non-holiday festivals here (imported mostly form U.K., U.S and Japan), so in every 1-2 months you can see new themes in major shopping arcades.

  8. Mike Dimmick says:

    Cheong: no kidding, Amazon UK were advertising a 'Black Friday' sale last week. The thing is, that has no relevance at all in this country. If 'Black <dayname>' has any meaning to most of us, it's association with 'Black Wednesday', when our currency took a major beating from traders determined to force us out of the Exchange Rate Mechanism: en.wikipedia.org/…/Black_Wednesday

  9. GregM says:

    kinokijuf: why should Raymond not post something humorous just because it mentions something american?  It's his blog, he can post whatever he wants.  No one is forcing you to read it.  If it seriously offends you that much, replace Thanksgiving with November and be done with it, or simply ignore any post marked non-computer.

  10. Louis says:

    @GregM: Agreed. Everyone wants free speech except when someone else is talking. And telling someone what to post or avoid posting on his own blog is the height of arrogance.

  11. Brian says:

    I can only hope kinokijuf is joking.

  12. Maurits says:

    The dialog style is confusingly close to the

    Something witty

    — Person who said it

    style.

    A more usual dialog style would be:

    Niece 1: Thanksgiving is over.

    Niece 2: Christmas is coming!

    Niece 1: It's Christmas time!

    Niece 2: Today is Christmas!

    Or even better

    Sophie: Thanksgiving is over.

    Ada: Christmas is coming!

    Sophie: It's Christmas time!

    Ada: Today is Christmas!

    [The Sophie/Ada style creates problems if Sophie or Ada says anything longer than one line, since the second line is not indented to begin after the colon of the first line. And since I don't control the width of your screen, any line can potentially wrap. I could fix it with tables, but that's far too much work. I chose the style I did specifically because it lets me sidestep the wrapping problem. -Raymond]
  13. Worf says:

    The Commonwealth nation equivalent to Black Friday is known as Boxing Day… oh the Boxing Day sales and the troublesome time giving gifts.

  14. Falcon says:

    Writing "I dont know wtf Thankgiving[sic] is" on an *Internet blog*? Really? Yeah, I guess there's no way for us non-Americans to find out anything about it… :-p

    Here's a bizarre holiday for you: in Melbourne, Australia, we have Melbourne Cup day – en.wikipedia.org/…/Melbourne_cup – a public holiday for a horse race! It's the first Tuesday of November, but some businesses give time off on the Monday as well, making it a fairly long weekend for some! Weird or not, who's complaining?

  15. kinokijuf says:

    The lack of s was my very very old keyboard. But I don't get the joke anyway.

  16. Tickled says:

    That is so funny!  I can imagine watching that little exchange… so cute!  

  17. Ian Johns says:

    appending the standard "let's go shopping" to that telephone game seems appropriate

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