Fox says “Ding” in Palo Alto


Dog goes “woof”

Cat goes “meow”

Bird goes “tweet”

Frog goes “croak”

Ducks say “quack”

Fish goes “blub blub”

And the seal goes “ow ow ow”

What does the fox say?


Ding Ding Ding on Measure D.

D is for Ding

Measure Ding.

Fox says Ding Ding Ding Ding Against Measure D.

I am thinking about making a video with two guys in fox suits doing a parody of this song, shot in front of the Maybell orchard, with subtitles that substitute the actual lyric “ring-ding-ding-ding-dingering” for a procrustean expedient “ding-ding-ding” lyric and message to try to borrow the meme and recast it as a call for voters to reject Palo Alto Measure D, or support, so to speak, the referendum that would nix the council’s approval of the zoning change at Maybell orchard.

Not sure how many people know that “ding” sometimes means “rejection” as in the term “ding letter”.

Maybe what would work or would be a fun flop would be a drawing of a fox and a quote bubble and the words Ding Ding Ding. (with the D standing for “Measure D”).



(although there is apparently a counter-usage among gamers that “ding” can mean success, semiotics can be a bitch. Or the Measure D supporters, the pro-developer side, can counter-argue that the Fox actually says “krek-krek-krek-awk-awk” or some nonsense; I wish they’d be straight up and say they are in it for the money; some but not me would respond to that; I hate the disingenuousness).

I am thinking of offering to underwrite a creative friend and giving him a small budget to design and produce an appropriate amount of stickers or flyers on this concept.

Maybe then the actual Measure D Against D committee will hear about us and want to license it from us and officially use it in their campaign. I am not affiliated with Measure D or Against D otherwise.

Simplest version: drawing of fox, one word, four characters “Ding” with “D” emphasized

Here is the video, if you want to be the 118 millionth person to see this (see also Jimmy Fallon live version, Huervy parody, Ohio University Marching bad covers — not quite to “gangnam style” but pretty good for Norgies):

Maybe we can fly Ylvis in to stump for the referendum; as The New York Times states, even they don’t know what they are going to do next with their momentum.

edit to add, a couple hours later: it’s also apparently true that in “Breaking Bad” a character Tio who is handicapped uses a bell to communicate so to his fans “ding” means “yes”, further obfuscating the potential of “The Fox” to save “the orchard” from “PAHC” in Palo Alto…but their could still be a set of cute and cool bumperstickers that confuse people and start conversations…

edita, 10 days later: so-far-anonymous artist, our answer to Thomas Nast, offers this clue, perhaps soon to be stickerized throughout South Palo Alto:



edit to add: election time, 2014, and I am running again. Independent from the pseudo-mandate red-herring fools gold of the referendum, or as they say:

Paloaltoville was the original website for the Maybell Action Group which became Palo Altans to Preserve Neighborhood Zoning. When the Measure D campaign started we morphed the website to Then when we won the election, I went back to as the ‘Voice of the Residents’ to be more inclusive of the problems facing Palo Alto (and neighboring communities). The leadership changed the name of the organization to Palo Altans for Sensible Zoning (PASZ) and they now have their own website (

I hate that site, by the way. Aaron Selverson formerly a reporter for Patch works there, but seems a little naive about this big change coming, Waiting For God Dot Com. WordPress works fine by me, even if it is note to self as much as message in a bottle, a billion bottles possible.

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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