The final results!

Hi everyone! Here’s the final word on the Global Gossip Game for International Games Day @ your library.

We had 237 players (maybe more)
playing the game in 7 languages,
over 26 hours,
at 24 libraries (plus 2 more that tried to join in)
in 12 countries (ditto)
on all 6 inhabited continents. (We’ll get Antarctica next year.)

A more detailed report can be downloaded here and was emailed to participating libraries.

Log

(Starting and ending phrases are bolded.)

St Kilda Library, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Life must be lived as play
Life must be lived as play
Life must be lived as a play
Life live like a play
Life live like a play
Live like a play

Melbourne City Library, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Live like a play
Love like a play
Eat like we love

State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Eat like we love
Eat like we love
Eat while we love
Eat while we love
Eat while we love
Big purple dove
Pig turtle dove
Pig turtle dove
Pig turtle dove
Pig turtle dove
Pig turtle dove
Pink turtle dove
Pink turtle dove

Footscray Library, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Pink turtledove
Pink turtledove
Pink turtledove
Pink turtledove
Pink turtledove
Pink dirty towel
Pin the 32 towel
Din 32 towel
Din 32 howl
Din 32 howl
6 Din howl

Information Resource Center, US Consulate General, Chengdu, China

遛遛挺好, “liù liù tǐng hǎo” (Very good to have a walk)

American Library, New Delhi, India

Very good to have a walk
Very good to have a walk
It’s good to have a walk
It’s good to have a walk
It’s good to have a walk with beautiful girls
It’s good to have a walk with beautiful ladies
Good to walk
Nice thing to walk
I think to walk
I wish to walk
Walking is good for health
Running is good
Good to run
Don’t run only walk
Walking makes you happy
Happiness is fun
Always be happy
Do worry be happy
To worry be happy
Don’t worry be happy
Done worry be happy

Kabarole Public Library, Kampala, Uganda

[A power outage prevented Kabarole Public Library from participating.]

Baranovichi Central City Library, Baranovichi, Belarus

Будь счастлив, не переживай! (Don’t worry be happy!)
Ты счастлив не переживай (You are happy don’t worry)
Все будет не переживай (All will be don’t worry)
Все будет хорошо не переживай (All will be well don’t worry)
Сильно ли будет не преживай (Will it be strong don’t worry)
Иди на работу не переживай (Go to work don’t worry)
Иди на работу не зевай (Go to work don’t miss out)
Иди босс давай (Come on boss, go)
Начальство не переживай (The authorities don’t worry)

Public Library of Filiasi, Filiasi, Romania

The administration don’t worry
The administration don’t work
Other station don’t work
At her station don’t work
At my station don’t work

Mae Jemison US Science Reading Room, Mamelodi, Pretoria, South Africa

[Delays in the email from Romania arriving (probably an overzealous spam filter) caused a reset of the phrase.]

Life must be lived as play
Life must be played
Life is late
Life is great
Gray gray
To loho bapa (Come a little closer)
Umtata (Mister)
Cha-cha
Ga ka mmutla (I did not understand)

American Corner Bihac, Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ga ka mmutla

American Corner Novi Pazar, Novi Pazar, Serbia

[Unknown breakdown; phrase reverted to last posted on blog.]

Avenue Library & Learning Centre, Manchester, UK

Pink turtle dove
Pink turtle dove
Pink total dog
Pink total dog
Pink total dog
Pink turtles are crazy
Angel turtles are crazy
Angry turtles eat hay

Multiplo Centro Cultura, Cavriago, Reggio Emilia, Italy

Le tartarughe affamate mangiano il fieno (Angry turtles eat hay)
Le tartarughe affamate mangiano il treno (Angry turtles eat train)
Le tartarughe affamate mangiano il treno (Angry turtles eat train)
Le tartarughe affamate mangiano meno (Angry turtles eat less)
Le tartarughe annoiate mangiano meno (Bored turtles eat less)
Le tratarughe annoiate mangiano il treno (Bored turtles eat train)
Le tartarughe assatanate perdono il treno (Satan turtles miss the train)
Le tartarughe assatanate perdono il treno (Satan turtles miss the train)
Le tartarughe assatanate prendono il treno (Satan turtles take the train)
Le tartarughe sante prendono il treno (Holy turtles take the train)

Campbellton Centennial Library, Campbellton, New Brunswick, Canada

Holy turtles take the train
Holy turtles take the train
Saints tortues prendre le train (Holy turtles take the train)
Saints tortues prendre le train (Holy turtles take the train)
Saints tortues prendre le train (Holy turtles take the train)
Saints tortues prendre le train (Holy turtles take the train)
Saints tortues prendre le train (Holy turtles take the train)
Saints tortues prendre le train (Holy turtles take the train)
Saints tortues prendre le train (Holy turtles take the train)
Cinque tortues prendre le train (Five turtles take the train)
Cinque tortues sera sur le train (Five turtles will be on the train)
Cinque tortues sont va sur le train (Five turtles went on the train)
Cinque tortues qui ont pris le train (Five turtles who took the train)

Biblioteca Octavio Arizmendi Posada, Chia, Colombia

Cinco tortugas, que tomarón el tren (Five turtles, who took the train)
Cinco tortugas, que tomarón el tren (Five turtles, who took the train)
Cinco tortugas tomaron café (Five turtles, who have coffee)
Cinco tortugas tomaron café (Five turtles, who have coffee)
Cinco tortugas tomaron café (Five turtles, who have coffee)
Cinco tortugas tomaron café (Five turtles, who have coffee)
Cinco tortugas jugarón ajedrez (Five turtles who play chess)
Cinco tortugas jugarón ajedrez (Five turtles who play chess)

Zebulon Community Library, Zebulon, NC, USA

Five turtles who play chess
Five turtles hear a badge
Five turtles patch a bridge
Five turtles attacked the bridge
Five turtles crossed the bridge
Frog crossed the log
Frogs crossed the log

Sumter County Library System, Wildwood, FL, USA

Frogs crossed the logs
The frogs on the logs
The frogs on the logs
The frogs on the logs
Frog on the log
Frog on the log
Frog on the log
Frog on the log
The plague of the frogs
A plane of the frog

Skillman Branch Library, Detroit Public Library, Detroit, MI, USA

A plane of the frog
Is a plane of the frog
The plane of the frog
The plane of the frog
The plane of the frog
The plane of the frog
The plane of the frog
The plane of the frog
The plane of the frog
The plane of the frog
The plane of the frog
The plane of the frog
The plane of the frog
The plane of the frog
The plane of the frog
The plane of the frog
The plane of the frog
The plane of the frog
The plane of the frog
The plane of the frog
The plane of the frog
The plane of the frog
The frog is paying
Something about a frog
Here comes a frog

Mokena Community Public Library District, Mokena, IL, USA

Here comes a frog
Here comes the Hoff
Here comes the wolf
Here comes the woof
Here comes Wolfman

Buda Public Library, Buda, TX, USA

Here comes Wolfman
Here comes the Wolfman
Here comes the Wolfman
Here comes the Wolfman
Thank you for something Wolfman
Thank you for something about Wolfman
Thank you Wolfman

Millcreek Library, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Thank you, wolfman
Thank you, wolfman
Thank you, wolfman
Thank you, wolfman
Thank you, wolfman
Thank you, wolfman
Thank you, wolfman
Thank you, wolfmen
Thank you, wooly man
Thank you, wooly man
Thank you, wooly man
Thank you, bully man
Thank you, bully man
Thank you, bully man
Thank you, bully man

Mammoth Public Library, Mammoth, AZ, USA

Thank you bully men
Thank you pulley men
Thank you pulley man
Thank you pulley man
Rico’s my best friend
Casey’s my favorite cousin
Casey’s my favorite cousin
Kissy is his favorite tia
Casillas is my favorite tia
Casilla is my favorite tia
Christia is my nana
Chrissy is her nana
Chrissy is Mercedes’ nana
Something about Mercedes’ grandma
Something about someone’s grandma
Something about something’s grandma
Something about something’s grandma
Something about someone’s grandma
Something about someone’s grandmother
Something about someone’s grandmother

Longview Public Library, Longview, WA, USA

Something about someone’s grandma
Tell me something about someone’s grandma
Does something about someone’s grandma
Something grandma
Grandmother
Thank Grandmother
Think Grandmother
Things Grandma
Things to eat

Beale Memorial Library, Bakersfield, CA, USA

Things to eat
Things to eat
Things to eat
Things to eat
Things on his feet
Things on his feet
Things on his feet
Stinky feet
I bite my finger nails
I bite my finger nails
He bites his nails
He bites his nails
She bites her nails
I bite my nails
I bite my nails
He bites his nails

Homer Public Library, Homer, AK, USA

He bites his nails
He bites his nails
He bites his nails
He bites his snails
He bites snails

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