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Pete at Home
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Ah, well of breast is simply figurative for the heart, then it actually does seem likely that listening to calm music could affect one's heart rate in a calming way.

Too bad, though, because the idea of trying to soothe a feral tata was most colorful.

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I seem to remember a guy from Tampa sueing a stripjoint when he was given whiplash, apparently by a set of savage breasts. I'm not sure what music was playing, but there is a 1% chance that it is was "Private Dancer".
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That would tend to disprove Congreve's theorem, don't you think?
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"...feral tata"

Isn't the Feral Tata a Vegas club on the outskirts of town, or at least shouldn't it be?

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quote:
Originally posted by AI Wessex:
"...feral tata"

Isn't the Feral Tata a Vegas club on the outskirts of town, or at least shouldn't it be?

Not sure; I don't get around much.

But I hope Hobsen feels he's received a satisfactory answer as to why the misquote of Congreve's saying is more popular than the original.

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quote:
Originally posted by Pete at Home:
That would tend to disprove Congreve's theorem, don't you think?

I dunno. I imagine that something slower, like a waltz or maybe "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak, might have prevented a traumatic neck injury, and thus a lawsuit.
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Or you could just sing happy boob day to them.
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Wow. This has turned into the breast thread we've had in a long time! [Smile]
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Better wrap things up before the mod comes and puts a lid on them.
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[ December 21, 2011, 01:59 PM: Message edited by: OrneryMod ]

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Why does this thread now start at "page 0" and where is the original root of the thread? I was looking for my list of misattributions and most of them are gone ... weird editing frenzy?
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That's hilarious. Page One only appeared once I posted the forgoing.
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quote:
Originally posted by hobsen:
Odd nobody seems to have noticed the one about music and the savage beast is not a quotation.
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Two of Congreve's turns of phrase from The Mourning Bride (1697) have become famous, albeit frequently in misquotation:

"Music has charms to soothe a savage breast," which is the first line of the play, spoken by Almeria in Act I, Scene 1. (The word "breast" is often misquoted as "beast", and 'has' sometimes appears as 'hath'.)

All I can figure is that Congreve's quote has been distorted by some association with snake charming, which probably has to do with the snake responding to motion rather than to the noise of a flute. Otherwise animals probably hear sounds differently than humans, as there is no reason their ears should be equally sensitive to the same frequencies, so human music would seem to them distorted. Perhaps a melody will soothe a lion, but I would not count on it.
Somebody should have warned these guys that their experiment was based on a misquote of Congreve. I think they'd have an easier time trying to tame savage breasts.
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