I remembered a scene from a film or TV episode earlier today, where people are remarking that all communications are down, up to and including string telephones. I believe that the medium was in some sort of sci-fi, but I don't recall.

Any leads ?

  • escape from LA? any more details you can remember?
    – mgh42
    Commented Sep 17, 2019 at 2:49
  • @mgh42 never seen Escape from LA
    – NoahM
    Commented Sep 17, 2019 at 2:52
  • How can "string telephones" be down? It's just a piece of string with two cups. Do you mean "landline phones"? Commented Sep 17, 2019 at 13:59
  • @DavidTonhofer, probably for the purpose of hyperbole addressing how every means of communication is down
    – NoahM
    Commented Sep 17, 2019 at 14:07
  • Does the line "... they got Ma Bell!" sound familiar? That's from the original made for TV movie "V" from the... errr... early 1980's?
    – S. Manke
    Commented Sep 17, 2019 at 23:54

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Could this be the Ray Bradbury short story from 1957 titled "Almost the End of the World"

It can be read online here


  • I'd suspect not, if even tin-can 'telephones' don't work; that story uses sunspots as the disabling mechanism, and TCTs wouldn't be affected by sunspots. Commented Sep 17, 2019 at 11:33
  • @JeffZeitlin Probably the reference to TCT (cited in the question) is hyperbole, not to be taken literally. Commented Sep 17, 2019 at 14:55

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