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"Cannibalism In The Cars" is a short story by Mark Twain that satirizes the political system of the US. The story is about a group of men trapped in a train during a snow storm. After a week, the men know they must resort to cannibalism for survival. They hold ineffective elections, and are so formal that they even follow parliamentary procedure.
Public Domain (P)2008 Listen & Live Audio

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  • Ann Cartee
  • 12-02-11

I can't tell you how much I love this story!

This story is about a railroad car stranded in a snowstorm. The inhabitants discuss... cannibalism for survival, but approach the process by parliamentary rules of order, or what they think are parliamentary rules of order. I've had this little story on my iPod over 2 years, and stories come and stories go, but this one stays! I'm sure I listen to it at least once a month. It elicits the kind of laughter... well, not peals or gales or guffaws - more like the squeals of a pig! It is such absurd nonsense and so delightfully "full of it" (in more ways than one!). It just tickles my funnybone clear to the core!! If I were to recommend ANYTHING on Audible, it would be THIS, and one I consider a companion piece, also Twain, roughly titled, ""Private History of a Campaign That Failed." Put those on your iPod and you're fully equipped for any situation! Can't recommend either of them highly enough!! GREAT stuff! I downloaded ALL the Twain short stories (as well as O Henry, Rudyard Kipling, Jack London and some others), and these are the cream of the crop! Download this, and you, too, can squeal (in delight) like a pig!