The Climacticon Author:Harold Livingston Where did it come from? — Conceived in the turgid mind-depths of a milquetoast inventor who wanted to make girls... — Born by virtue of a hero's twisted desire to make money... — Nurtured and reared in the loving care of an advertising industry which, as everyone knows, has only the best interests of mankind at heart... — The Climacticon burst full-... more »blown on a stunned but happy public which rapidly became clamorously enthusiastic.
Men welcomed it as the best thing since Adam discovered Eve (forgetting that Eve was the prime mover in that game).
Women denounced it as an outrageous invasion of privacy, a threat to planned parenthood, and a boon to "unsuccessful sex fiends" (apparently an astonishing 94% of the population!).
The census bureau demanded quadrupled appropriations.
National income plummeted, due to the collapse of certain highly profitable private enterprises.
The government formed a committee, reasonably sure that they could find a purpose for it.
Not to put to fine a point on it, all hell broke loose!« less