I recently got emacs set up on my computer, and ran across DEVEL.HUMOR, a file of humorous exchanges on the emacs devel list. I thought I'd share:
"In order to bring the user's attention to the minibuffer when an item such as 'Edit -> Search' is activated from the menu, I was just thinking that we could draw a big rectangle around the minibuffer, blinking (or zooming in-and-out) until some input is typed in."
"How about dancing elephants?"
"They don't fit in my office."
"Well once the elephants are done, your office will be much... bigger."
-- Stefan Monnier, Miles Bader and Kai Grossjohann
I remember these versions as yard-rocks (is that between inch-pebbles and mile-stones?).
-- Kai Grossjohann
"Aren't user-defined constants useful in other languages?" "The only user-defined constant is ignorance. (With programmers, this is a variable concept ;-)"
-- Juanma Barranquero and Thien-Thi Nguyen
"Uh, 'archaic' and 'alive' is not a contradiction."
"Yes it is. 'Archaic' does not mean 'old' or 'early'. It means 'obsolete'."
"'He arche' in Greek means 'the beginning'. John 1 starts off with 'En arche en ho Logos': in the beginning, there was the word. Now of course we all know that Emacs was there before Word, but this might have escaped John's notice."
-- David Kastrup and RMS
"[T]here may be a good reason since the code explicitly checks for this; see keyboard.c:789 [...]"
"I think I understand, but I can't find the code in keyboard.c. Do you really mean 'line 789'? Of which revision?"
"Sorry; by 789, I mean 3262 :-P"
-- Chong Yidong and Stefan Monnier
"Despite being a maths graduate, I can't think of any other such constants with anything like the universality of e and pi."
-- Alan Mackenzie and David Hansen