Legal System as a Perl OS?

OK, you really do have to be a geek to understand this, but that doesn’t make it any less funny:

Our legal code is almost entirely like an entire operating system written in undocumented Perl.

  • There are no hints as to what any part of it is supposed to do and it is written in a language that to most people looks like line noise.
  • Every significant patch is applied by adding an additional Perl module that overrides an existing method in an existing module, replacing all of the code in that method with a complete new copy of the method that is almost identical to the old one but adds or removes a backslash in a single regular expression.
  • The entire core logic was written in a crunch session by a bunch of geeks locked in a room together and forced to design it by committee.
  • The application was a rewrite of another application that never really worked well in the first place.
  • Every function name is chosen explicitly to provoke an emotional response in the developer, e.g. thisFunctionSucks() or callMeNow().

It’s funny because it’s true.

Religion – in a nutshell

From a post on Slashdot:

Son… this is the honest truth about the universe:

The universe was created by an all-powerful all-knowing being who came down to us in the form of a cosmic Jewish Zombie who was his own father who can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree.

Your little friends might laugh at you when you tell them, but trust me… pretty much all us grown-ups actually believe this is true.

So true, so true…