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September 24, 2013


The Serbian paper is hilarious! Obviously the editor of the journal never read it or he/she would have realised they were getting their leg pulled. That said, some friends back in the 1980s once egged one another on for a bet to see who could get the most "simple-minded" paper published. I got one in "Angewandte Informatik", which, luckily, Google Scholar does not list :-) And I didn't even need to descend into the humanities ;-)

Stu--Although I was able to find a listing of eight papers of yours that were published in Angewandte Informatik during the 1980s, I could not download the papers in order to isolate the funny one. Sorry to have missed out on the fun.

Some of the funniest "papers" that I've read were in the 1950s, in the April issue of QST* or 73* (I don't recall which - perhaps it was both) who made it a habit of including one "April fool's" article each April.

* For those unfamiliar with QST and 73, I'll explain that they are magazines published for consumption by amateur radio operators.

P.S. At least one of the April fool's articles turned out to be prescient - portending black holes. The subject of the paper was a lightbulb that gathered in light. Yes, I know that the forerunner of black hole theory was postulated in the 18th century; but, I was pretty sure the guy was just twitting us (as opposed to "tweeting") as the theory of black holes was not widely publicized and the writers in the ham magazines were not, in general, that knowledgeable. Perhaps I short-changed that author?

When I was interviewing last year, one of the top 3 companies that I wanted to work for (and who interviewed me 3 times) does something very similar to the phone apps described.

Bogie--Interesting. I recall that you were enthusiastic about the prospects, had you hired on there. You could have given us the inside scoop!

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