The World Mood Index

Help write the world’s longest poem

Man, the guys at Benrik have created some sheerly hilarious stuff. I posted below about their World Mood Chart, but then I started looking around the rest of their site — and I found The World’s Longest Poem.

Go there, enter your own line of up to 60 characters, and it will automatically be added to the poem. It’s already 8,662 lines long (I dumped the text into an Excel spreadsheet to find out), though that includes a place in the middle with the line “yeti, dodo, chocolate muffins all dead but where’s the care” repeated 172 times in a row, which is either a bug in the program or a contributor making some truly opaque literary statement.

Here’s the text leading up to my contribution; the last line is mine:

You’ve got to stay at the YMCA!

unbornchikkenvoicesin my head?

And then I ran. Faster than any had thought possible.

and it all smelt like chicken

then father wispers, “Go to hell.”

but Reader, I was already gone.

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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