NOODLE: They are ready to go down and take over Earth, sir.
THINK-TANK: Tell them to hold. Tell them new information has come to us about Earth. Iota, transcribe.
IOTA: Yes, sir. (She reads very gravely.)
     Hey diddle diddle! The cat and the fiddle,
     The cow jumped over the moon,
     The little dog laughed to see such sport,
     And the dish ran away with the spoon.
OOP: (laughing) The dish ran away with the spoon!
THINK-TANK: Cease laughter. Desist. This is more and more alarming. The Earthlings have reached a high level of civilisation. Didn’t you hear? They have taught their domesticated animals musical culture and space techniques. Even their dogs have a sense of humour. Why, at this very moment, they may be launching an interplanetary attack of millions of cows! Notify the invasion fleet. No invasion today Oop, transcribe the next code.
When Noodle was told to stop the spacecraft that were to be invaded on Earth, he replied to Think-Tank that the space craft was already about to land on Earth for invasion
On hearing Noodle's reply, Think-Tank got shocked and asked Noodle to hold the process, and he asked him to inform the crew that there was some new information from the Earth to be researched. He then asked Iota to continue reading the book. Iota obeyed his order and started to read the poem in a serious tone as, 'a cow jumped over the moon, and a little dog laughed to see the cow's act and a dish ran away with a spoon'. On having read this, the crew members burst into laughter once again. Think-Tank once again asked the crew to stop laughing and warned them again.
According to Think-Tank, the Earthlings have a high level of civilisation that even pets were grown with emotions. Moreover, the lines, 'the cow jumped over the moon' feared him so much that he felt so scared of what could happen if the Earthlings attacked Mars with millions of cows. As the crew members kept reading the poetic lines, Think-Tank's fear kept arising, so he asked Noodle to stop his invading crew without touching the Earth. Having ordered so, he asked Noodle to transcribe the next lines.
Meaning of difficult words:
DiddleTo play with something
Notify To inform about something in an official way
Launching To send something out
Interplanetary Between planets
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2007). The Book That Saved The Earth - Claire Boiko (pp 63-73). Published at the Publication Division by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.