“99 Bottles of Beer” is an anonymous folk song dating to the mid-20th century. It is a traditional reverse counting song in both the United States and Canada. It is popular to sing on long trips, as it has a very repetitive format which is easy to memorize and can take a long time to sing. In particular, the song is often sung by children on long bus trips, such as class field trips, or on Scout and/or Girl Guide outings.
Last week I wrote about the dangers of repetition – and the first damn thing that comes to mind this week is that I’m meticulously combing through a wormhole of abstracts, which in itself is repetitive in nature (thus breaks are needed every now and then). As you may remember, the initial readthrough is split amongst committee members, but before February is over, each abstract will have been discussed, cross-examined, argued and counter-argued by every member of the committee – which is what I expect to…