Posted by: spacewritinguy | April 28, 2009

The Flapper System

I was scolded again for not running a particular product through The Big Boss’s Official Filter this morning. It brought to mind this bit from Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land:

In Laput, according to Lemuel Gulliver, no person of importance listened to or spoke without the help of a “climenole”—or “flapper” in English translation, as such servant’s duty was to flap the mouth and ears of his master with a bladder whenever, in the opinion of the servant, it was desirable for his master to speak or listen. Without the consent of his flapper it was impossible to converse with any Laputian of the master class.

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