Cat's Cradle

References in popular culture

  • Irving Langmuir came up with the idea of ice-nine as a way to entertain H.G. Wells who visited Schenectady in the 1930s.[5]
  • The town of Ilium alludes to the town of Troy, NY (Ilium being the Latinized form of Troy's Greek name, Ἴλιον [Ilion]). However, it is largely based on Schenectady, NY, where Vonnegut worked as a publicity man for General Electric after World War II. The locale appears in many of Vonnegut's works, as in God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater as the hometown of Kilgore Trout.
  • The rock band the Grateful Dead set up a publishing company called Ice Nine (in tribute to Vonnegut's story).[6]
  • Guitarist Joe Satriani's 1987 album Surfing with the Alien contains an instrumental track titled "Ice 9".
  • The 1975 song "Nice, Nice, Very Nice", by the rock band Ambrosia uses lyrics from Bokonon's 53rd Calypso. Vonnegut was delighted with the song and shared a writing credit with the band.[7]
  • Musician Dan Mangan released an album titled Nice, Nice, Very Nice.
  • The song "No More Mud" from the Chris Mars album 75% Less Fat makes references to ice-nine and other elements from the book.
  • Musician Susumu Hirasawa named a guitar of his design "ICE-9"; he also released an album, named ICE-9 and has songs with titles such as "A Pool in the Ruins" and "Nice Nice Very Nice".
  • A metalcore band based in Boston, Massachusetts is named Ice Nine Kills.
  • Ice-9 is a plot device in Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors.
  • In the 2012 The Amazing Spider-Man movie, the character Gwen Stacey is reading Cat's Cradle in her introduction scene. The movie also involves a threat similar to ice-nine, a biological agent released into the air via a sort of weather machine.
  • In the Futurama episode War is the H-Word, a sign at a store reads "Free bag of ice-9 with 6-pack".
  • The video game Snatcher features a substance called Snow-9.
  • In the third season finale of Leverage, the protagonists chase an international criminal to a non-extradition Caribbean island named San Lorenzo.
  • The 2003 film The Recruit features a computer virus called Ice-9 with properties similar to that of the chemical agent in Cat's Cradle.
  • The Born Ruffians included in their debut album, Red, Yellow & Blue, a song entitled "Kurt Vonnegut", which contains lines from Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle.
  • "Members Only", a song by experimental hip-hop band Mad Conductor, references a quote from the book of Bokonon in Cat's Cradle: "Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly, Man got to sit and wonder 'why, why, why?' Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land, Man got to tell himself he understand."
  • In the 2000 film The Family Man, a 1980 paperback copy of the Cat's Cradle is included in the box of Jack's old possessions which also contains a bottle of English Leather and a yo-yo.
  • In the Dead Like Me episode "Vacation", Joy Lass is reading a copy of Cat's Cradle, which her daughter George later takes home as a memento of a happy time.

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