"Tokyo homeless people reiterate the whole nature of living in Tokyo in cardboard boxes, they're only slightly smaller than Tokyo apartments, and they have almost as many consumer goods. It's a nightmare of boxes within boxes."
Tik-Tok is the progenitor of classic science fiction robots - a mechanical man, made of metal. the robots in Forbidden Planet and The Day the Earth Stood Still are typical of the fictional creations descended from Baum's character.
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