ACHTUNG! ALLES LOOKENSPEEPERS!
Date: Fri, 22 Mar 96 16:15:08 -0800
From: Peter Langston <psl>
Subject: ACHTUNG! ALLES LOOKENSPEEPERS!
[I think the "German" warning reproduced below is the first piece of computer
humor that I ever saw (in 1964) ... but, on second thought, there probably was
a New Yorker cartoon or two before that. ... Okay, the "German" warning
reproduced below is the first piece of computer humor produced by a computer
user that I ever saw taped on a computer. So, for its historical value...
Forwarded-by: Keith Bostic <email@example.com>
Forwarded-by: firstname.lastname@example.org (Guy Harris)
Fake German Warning
ACHTUNG! ALLES LOOKENSPEEPERS! Das computermachine ist nicht
fuer gefingerpoken und mittengrabben. Ist easy schnappen der
springenwerk, blowenfusen und poppencorken mit spitzensparken.
Ist nicht fuer gewerken bei das dumpkopfen. Das rubbernecken
sichtseeren keepen das cotten-pickenen hans in das pockets muss;
relaxen und watchen das blinkenlichten.
This silliness dates back at least as far as 1959 at Stanford
University and had already gone international by the early 1960s,
when it was reported at London University's ATLAS computing site.
In an amusing example of turnabout-is-fair-play, German hackers
have developed their own versions of the blinkenlights poster in
fractured English, one of which is reproduced here:
ATTENTION This room is fullfilled mit special electronische
equippment. Fingergrabbing and pressing the cnoeppkes from the
computers is allowed for die experts only! So all the
"lefthanders" stay away and do not disturben the brainstorming
von here working intelligencies. Otherwise you will be out
thrown and kicked anderswhere! Also: please keep still and only
watchen astaunished the blinkenlights.
© 1996 Peter Langston