Friday, 22 May 2020

I had my weekly idea

I was thinking earlier, something I do at least once every week without fail.

    Slogans. We all like them. Take this dratted Corona virus. "We'll beat this corona", or "Corona won't take us", or something like that. I see posters everywhere proclaiming everyone's intention to do it in. But then I considered one of my upcoming novels. That, too contains a virus. I don't know why I chose it. Perhaps because I always like to be difficult wherever possible. So I was trying to come up with a natty little slogan for mine. It is called the Tobacco Mosaic virus. Unfortunately it has another name and one which I'm probably not going to use:

Glutaminylphenylalanylvalylphenylalanylleucylserylseryl-
valyltryptophylalanylaspartylprolylisoleucylglutamyl-
leucylleucylasparaginylvalylcysteinylthreonylserylseryl-
leucylglycylasparaginylglutaminylphenylalanylglutami-
nylthreonylglutaminylglutaminylalanylarginylthreo-
nylthreonylglutaminylvalylglutaminylglutaminylpheny-
lalanylserylglutaminylvalyltryptophyllysylprolylphenyla-
lanylprolylglutaminylserylthreonylvalylarginylphenylala-
nylprolylglycylaspartylvalyltyrosyllysylvalyltyrosylargin-
yltyrosylasparaginylalanylvalylleucylaspartylprolylleucyli-
soleucylthreonylalanylleucylleucylglycylthreonylphenyla-
lanylaspartylthreonylarginylasparaginylarginylisoleucyli-  
soleucylglutamylvalylglutamylasparaginylglutaminylglu-
taminylserylprolylthreonylthreonylalanylglutamylthreo-
nylleucylaspartylalanylthreonylarginylarginylvalylaspar-
tylaspartylalanylthreonylvalylalanylisoleucylarginylsery-
lalanylasparaginylisoleucylasparaginylleucylvalylasparagi-
nylglutamylleucylvalylarginylglycylthreonylglycylleucyl-
tyrosylasparaginylglutaminylasparaginylthreonylphenyla-
lanylglutamylserylmethionylserylglycylleucylvalyltrypto-
phylthreonylserylalanylprolylalanylserine.  




    And if you thought that was a little far fetched. I know another. Apparently it's the full name of a protein aka Titin and requires three hours to pronounce:

 Methionylthreonylthreonylglutaminylarginyltyrosylglutamylserylleucylphenylal........

A really long time later.....minylserylprolylthreonylthreonylalanylglutamylthreonylleu......


An eternity after that...valylleucylaspartylprolylleucylisoleucylthreonylalanylleu.....


189, 795 letters down the road, and just as you were considering gnawing off your own head......  glutaminylserxisoleucine.

Maybe I should quit this thinking lark and just get drunk

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