Name this weird social phenomenon
December 8, 2005 2:31 PM Subscribe
name this weird social phenomenon. google proof. can involve chewing gum.
posted by snailer to Society & Culture (27 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I noticed this weird phenomenon where I live, and have been perplexed by it's reason for being, and also its name...
For those of you from Ireland or with a U2 obsession, you might know the train station where you get off to annoy Bono... (Killiney Station)
At this station, on the outside wall there is a line of chewing gum stuck to the wall at about chest height, and it stretches all the way from one end of the station to the other. It probably started in the late 70s and now is about 700 yards long. The station is beside the sea in a non-urban location so this chewing-gum-sticking weirdness is mostly done by train passengers.
The thing is, one person started it, but then other people saw it and took the cue to stick their gum to the wall. There is a name for this phenonemon which I just cannot find on the Web, it being a pretty "google proof" concept to search for. I think it began with "Auto" and is a two-word phrase. It was featured in Fortean Times many years ago.
Another example of this that I have seen is gone now, but it was an old dead tree which people stuck a particular type of coin into. The tree was pretty much covered in coins stuck in sideways, until some opportunist burnt it down, sifted through the ashes for change!
I'd love to hear your suggestions about this, and any other examples of this strangeness in your area.