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 Sep 17 '19 at 2:49
  • @mgh42 never seen Escape from LA – NoahM Sep 17 '19 at 2:52
  • How can "string telephones" be down? It's just a piece of string with two cups. Do you mean "landline phones"? – David Tonhofer Sep 17 '19 at 13:59
  • @DavidTonhofer, probably for the purpose of hyperbole addressing how every means of communication is down – NoahM Sep 17 '19 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 Sep 17 '19 at 23:54

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

It can be read online here


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  • 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. – Jeff Zeitlin Sep 17 '19 at 11:33
  • @JeffZeitlin Probably the reference to TCT (cited in the question) is hyperbole, not to be taken literally. – DJClayworth Sep 17 '19 at 14:55
  • It's been in here before because I've seen it at some point, that's why I thought it was worth a guess – DannyMcG Sep 17 '19 at 15:52

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