ARCHIVE. Amended from original in issue 2, January 1995.
STRANGE-BUT-TRUE department: It appears that the world famous dance practiced in homes throughout Kilburn, the Hokey Cokey, has intersting origins.
Back in Reformation times, the jesters and satirists otherwise known as Protestants made up the dance to mock the Roman Catholics’ communion rites. The myriad movements, twists and turns made by the catholic priests during the communion inspired the words: “You put your right foot in, your right foot out, you do the hokey cokey (from the latin: ‘Hoc est enim corpus meum’ – ‘For this is my body’) and you turn around. That’s what it’s all about…etc”
That’s not the funny bit.
Back in 1972 the Pope decided to completely reduce the number of movements at communion.
What we want to know is – did the Pope and his assistants make the changes because of the connection to a frivolous dance?
And is this where Robotics first took place?