Date: Tue, 22 Apr 1997 00:44:44 -0400
From: Bob Rankin 
Subject: TOURBUS - 22 April 1997 - Ladle Rat Rotten Hut / Exploratorium

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     Today's TOURBUS Topic: Ladle Rat Rotten Hut / Exploratorium
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Ladle Rat Rotten Hut is a takeoff on the "Little Red Riding Hood" story,
and was published in the 1940 book "Anguish Languish", by H.L. Chace.
Professor Chace taught romance languages at Miami University in Ohio,
and it is said that this excercise was written to show his students
how integral intonation is to the meaning of language.

At first glance, it reads like nonsense, but if you say it out loud it's
quite hilarious.  Read the text below, or if you have sound capability
on your computer, hear it read aloud (via Real Audio) by visiting the
Digital Library at the Exploratorium online here:

Ladle Rat Rotten Hut

  Wants pawn term dare worsted ladle gull hoe lift wetter murder inner
  ladle cordage honor itch offer lodge dock florist.  Disc ladle gull
  orphan worry ladle cluck wetter putty ladle rat hut, end fur disc raisin
  pimple caulder ladle rat rotten hut.

  Wan moaning rat rotten hut's murder colder inset: "Ladle rat rotten hut,
  heresy ladle basking winsome burden barter an shirker cockles.  Tick
  disc ladle basking tudor cordage offer groin murder hoe lifts honor
  udder site offer florist.  Shaker lake, dun stopper laundry wrote, end
  yonder nor sorghum stenches dun stopper torque wet strainers."
  "Hoe-cake, murder," resplendent ladle rat rotten hut, end tickle ladle
  basking an sturred oft.

  Honor wrote tudor cordage offer groin murder, ladle rat rotten hut
  mitten anomalous woof.  "Wail, wail, wail," set disc wicket woof,
  "evanescent ladle rat rotten hut!  Wares or putty ladle gull goring
  wizard ladle basking?" "Armor goring tumor groin murder's," reprisal
  ladle gull.  "Grammars seeking bet.  Armor ticking arson burden barter
  end shirker cockles."

  "O hoe!  Heifer blessing woke," setter wicket woof, butter taught tomb
  shelf, "Oil tickle shirt court tudor cordage offer groin murder.  Oil
  ketchup wetter letter, an den - O bore!" Soda wicket woof tucker shirt
  court, end whinney retched a cordage offer groin murder, picket inner
  window an dore debtor port oil worming worse lion inner bet.

  Inner flesh disc abdominal woof lipped honor betting adder rope.  Zany
  pool dawn a groin murder's nut cup an gnat gun, any curdle dope inner
  bet.  Inner ladle wile ladle rat rotten hut a raft attar cordage an
  ranker dough ball.  "Comb ink, sweat hard," setter wicket woof,
  disgracing is verse.  Ladle rat rotten hut entity bet rum end stud buyer
  groin murder's bet.

  "Oh grammar," crater ladle gull, "Wart bag icer gut!  A nervous sausage
  bag ice!" "Butter lucky chew whiff, doling," whiskered disc ratchet
  woof, wetter wicket small.  "Oh grammar, water bag noise!  A nervous
  sore suture anomalous prognosis!" "Buttered small your whiff," inserter
  woof, ants mouse worse wadding.

  "Oh grammar, water bag mousey gut!  A nervous sore suture bag mouse!"
  Daze worry on forger nut gull's lest warts.  Oil offer sodden throne
  offer carvers an sprinkling otter bet, disc curl an bloat thursday woof
  ceased pore ladle rat rotten hut an garbled erupt.

  Mural: Yonder not sorghum stenches shud ladle gulls stopper torque wet

Some Digital Fun

By the way, the Digital Library (see address above) also has some fun
games and mind-bending exercises you can try.  Here's a sampling:

  Trapezoidal Window - Sometimes things are not as they appear.  Will
  your brain say this window is spinning or going back and forth?

  Common Cents - How good is your memory? Several variations on the
  Lincoln penny are offered, alongside the genuine article.

  Bronx Cheer Bulb - Can you send your monitor into oscillatory fits
  by giving it a good raspberry?  Have a paper towel handy!

  Bird In A Cage - Phantom birds appear in the cage in this exercise.
  Learn something about the ol' rod and cones.

  Fading Dot - Make the fuzzy dot disappear just by staring at it.

The Exploratorium is a real-world museum in San Francisco, California
which is visited by over 600,000 people each year.  You can interact
with 650 exhibits in the areas of science, art, and human perception.

They've made an admirable attempt to make many of the exhibits available
online at - check it out for yourself!


The archive of TOURBUS issues translated to Spanish is growing.  Pop in
at and tell your Spanish-speaking friends
about it too.

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