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Classic Video Clip - Convincing Nonsense-Speak ["gobbledy-gook"]

Classic Video Clip - Convincing Nonsense-Speak ["gobbledy-gook"]

Classic Video Clip - Convincing Nonsense-Speak ["gobbledy-gook"]

Ever had one of those days when "something" just doesn't seem to make sense and a sense of mild panic sets in???   

This video clip is guaranteed to prove that some people blow smoke so effectively that they can make the unreal seem vaguely real... until You "get-a-grip" and laugh...

Several years ago, a company decided to get into the heavy duty transmission business. They were getting ready to tape their first introduction video and as a warm up, the narrator began, off-the-cuff, what has become a legend in the training industry.

Anyone have similar videos or quotations... please post-em!?? I have collected dozens like this over my many years.... and am a "collector" of sorts.

Regards, Wil Taylor

RE: Classic Video Clip - Convincing Nonsense-Speak ["gobbledy-gook"]

It must be pretty old.  $750 million is chickenfeed for the government now.

RE: Classic Video Clip - Convincing Nonsense-Speak ["gobbledy-gook"]

Older than you might think.

J H Quick published what appears to be the first version of this in Vol 25 of the IEE Students' Quarterly Journal in 1955.  It found real fame in 1973 when it was included in R L Weber's "A Random Walk in Science".


RE: Classic Video Clip - Convincing Nonsense-Speak ["gobbledy-gook"]

Supposedly, RH Little's brochure for the turbo-encabulator is the oldest, at around 1946.  GE's datasheet for the equipment is still around on the web:

There's a person's estate holdings on the web that supposedly has a copy of the RH Little brochure, but apparently, the executors thought it was a serious document.


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RE: Classic Video Clip - Convincing Nonsense-Speak ["gobbledy-gook"]

Thanks IRstuff,

This was posted on this site several years ago, but I had lost track of it.  I could remember the gist of it, but what words do you pull from your memory to do an advanced or even a Google search.  I'll bookmark it this time.  This is good stuff.  I love it.


RE: Classic Video Clip - Convincing Nonsense-Speak ["gobbledy-gook"]

There are more interesting fraud links attached to the Sokal page... Bogdanov and Schön are two interesting reads.

Dan - Owner

RE: Classic Video Clip - Convincing Nonsense-Speak ["gobbledy-gook"]

Great! Thanks, Wil.  Now I don't know where I am or what I was supposed to be doing, but I know I'm not oing what I'm supposed to be doing and I know I'm not where I'm supposed to be...


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