As usual, the trouble started with an interesting little news tidbit:
From: Kardos, Tim
Subject: How to greet Google
Viking frogmen chase Street View spymobile:
Google enjoys a traditional Norwegian welcome.
Check out the photos, they're worth the click.
... then resident Patio Boat NFL-canine haikuist Mary Campbell-Droze saw the poetry inherent in the story:
From: Campbell-Droze, Mary
Subject: Kowtow: greet Google!
One cannot remain oblivious
To threats from fighters amphibious.
Should Google next try Japan
(We all assume that it can),
And deploy the Spy-Mobile---a
True battle: Google vs. Godzilla!!
Alas, one wee bite of doggerel inevitably led to tragedy:
From: Magee, John
Subject: RE: Kowtow: greet Google! (And crush it beneath your giant reptilian feet)
Norwegian frogmen spear guns fire,
Huge lizards prefer high-voltage wire.
Godzilla is, as we know,
An electro-phile. So he’ll go
To server farms where he will romp,
On Google’s chips he’ll gladly stomp,
Computers crushed into the ground,
Metallic screeches all around.
This scene the Google van will spy,
“We’re now offline!” execs will cry!
The lesson here my friends is true.
When Google spies it sees into
The deepest darkest dreams of poet:
A Godzilla-fest, you had to know it.
P.S. When it comes to radioactive breath
Katie the Beagle’s is more like death.
Rest assured, we're all properly ashamed of ourselves. On behalf of the Patio Boat, I'd like to offer our sincerest apology to Google, most of Silicon Valley, Toho Films, radioactive Japanese reptiles, Barry's Temple of Godzilla, and most especially to Viking frogmen around the world.
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