The original poem entitled "
A Grandchild's Guide to Using Grandpa's Computer
" is a very popular, often published, and frequently stolen poem written in classical Dr. Seuss, Cat-In-Hat style. The poem has a colorful history of both pain and pleasure for the author. Persistently viral since 1994. Read, enjoy, repost, but don't steal.
Hang the Information Highwayman!
" is a poetic appeal for respect for another's written words, provoked by abuses of "Grandchild's Guide". This one has been adopted by various writing programs and teachers groups around the world to teach internet publishing ethics.
Read the Packet Pocket Story
the remarkable history of these two poems.
At its viral peak, a Google search on "packet hits a pocket" returned nearly 2 million hits. Even today it returns 375,ooo hits.