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The Centipede's Dilemma

A centipede was happy – quite!
Until a toad in fun
Said, "Pray, which leg moves after which?"
This raised her doubts to such a pitch,
She fell exhausted in the ditch
Not knowing how to run.



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did you know?

This poem has given its name to an effect in psychology: the centipede effect (or centipede syndrome)