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An absurd belief that disaster is imminent. The term comes from a fable about a chicken who believes the sky is falling when an acorn falls on its head. In various versions, the chicken is called “chicken little” or “henny penny.” Many novels, films, and songs with the title “The Sky Is Falling” have been issued, as well as versions of the story. Among them is a 1943 Walt Disney film, Chicken Little, and a book, The Remarkable Story of Chicken Little, published in 1865. The phrase, now a cliché, remains current. The New York Times op ed page had a piece by Charles M. Blow about social networking that used it: “I am by no means a woe-is-us, sky-is-falling, evil-is-the Internet type” (June 12, 2010).
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This really moves things past the sky is falling stage to that of creative thinking.
But his fervour for the Celtic tradition, particularly humour and drink,comes across strongly in his beautifully written book about the Celtic fringes,The Sky Is Falling On Our Heads.
I am bloody English.'' p The Sky Is Falling On Our Heads is published by Sceptre at pounds 14.99.
During the Quebec referendum he was running around like a little boy screaming the sky is falling. Nobody much-noticed him as we almost lost the battle for Canada and it was the young turbot from Newfoundland who had the moxy to pull off the Canada Day celebration that turned, enough heads, at the last minute to turn the tide.
Perhaps I should have titled this "The Sky is Falling, The Sky is Falling!" By now you have heard rumors and comments that vacancies have risen, we're overbuilt, and that the industry is well on its proverbial way "to hell in a hand basket" (one of my grandfather's favorite expressions).