No "jazz" in Alaska

James A. Landau JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Tue Jul 2 13:45:02 UTC 2002

In a message dated 7/1/02 10:38:40 PM Eastern Daylight Time, Bapopik at AOL.COM

> 17 March 1912, VALDEZ WEEKLY MINER, pg. 6, col. 4:
>     The new terpsichorean step has been named the "Ice-Worm Wiggle."
> Although the dance has not been given in public yet, it is said to be very
> bizarre in its nature, recalling the old Dawson dance hall days.

The "ice-worm" is a hoax, made famous by a poem by Robert Service, entitled
somethiing like "The Iceworm Cocktail".  I have no idea if Service invented
the hoax or merely wrote about it.

         - Jim Landau

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