Pepsi (was: Drive By Pokings... Was first programs

From: Fred Cisin <>
Date: Wed Jan 17 18:23:51 2001

On Wed, 17 Jan 2001, John Allain wrote:
> neatest things I remember reading as a beginning programmer was in
> the HP85 manual where it said something like:
> 'There is no way you can damage the computer through use of the
> keyboard'.
> That was the right thing to say to (somewhat shy) me.

I have always reassured my programming students that nothing that they
accidentally enter through the keyboard of their computers would actually
DAMAGE the computer. One wiseguy said,"I entered a Pepsi."

After Three Mile Island, Saturday Night Live postulated that it was caused
by "The Pepsi Syndrome", the result of spilling a Pepsi into a computer

Shortly after that, the U.S.A. and USSR (CCCP) normalized diplomatic
relations enough to import vodka and export Pepsi to Russia.
That was followed almost immediately by Chernobyl.
Surely that could not be coincidence!

Until their recent bailout, Apple computers ride into failure was with a
former Pepsi executive at the helm.

Grumpy Ol' Fred
Received on Wed Jan 17 2001 - 18:23:51 GMT

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