Recently someone posted to alt.religion.computers (and apparently to a number of groups) a request for "religious folklore", such as myths surrounding religions, humorous anecdotes, jokes (such as "A man approached the Pearly Gates and ...") Anyway, this was my posted response, and I've had a couple people suggest I send it to R.H.F. ------ In alt.folklore.computers ------------------------------- In article <1992Jan7.email@example.com> firstname.lastname@example.org writes: > > I'm taking a course in folklore this quarter. For my term project, >I'm supposed to collect oral literature. I've decided to collect what >I will call, for lack of a better term, "religious folklore." This >comes in many types. I have one! A woman approached the Pearly Gates, and Saint Peter asked for her social security number. The woman told him, and Saint Peter typed on his workstation: pearly-gates:~/peter> grep 212-53-6432 /earth/human/status The computer responded: 212-53-6432 Cindy Smith email@example.com!earth naughty pearly-gates:~/peter> Saint Peter then told her she was eternally damned, and that a minivan to hell would be arriving shortly. Cindy began to protest "but what did I do wrong? I loved my fellow neighbor as I loved myself, I was a kind, warm, gentle person! Surely there must be a mistake!" So, Saint Peter looked up on the files, and saw, lo and behold that she truly was a kind, warm, gentle person...until he saw the entry for jan 7, 1992-earth, which read: ***DAMNABLE VIOLATION #69*** Posted irrelevent article to newsgroup. After probing a little more, Saint Peter explained to the woman "It seems that on Janurary 7, 1992 you posted an article to Alt.religion.computers. This article gave no praise of Emacs, no snide remarks toward Microsoft, and not even a comment on the proper definition of 'hacker'! In fact, the article was not even relating to computers at all, and discussed, of all things, human religion! There wasn't even a reference to Bob or Discordianism, Zen, or the Tao of programming. Oh dear, this is terrible." "You see, heaven is a perfect place, and we only have room for the most perfect people. Ever since we ran the T-3 line up from New Jersey we've been particularly harsh on breakers of netettiquite. Didn't you read RFC-23654? The one proposing commandments 11 through 15?" He opened up an XTerm window and searched for some files. After a few moments, the laser printer spat out a crisp sheet of paper. It read: 11: Thou shalt not flame spelling or grammer. 12: Thou shalt not have a .sig file longer than 3 lines. 13: Thou shalt not send "All fags must die" messages to 19 random groups. 14: Thou shalt not request post a frequently asked question. 15: Thou shalt not post to a group without first reading a week's worth of posts, thereby avoiding irrelevent articles. When she was done, she began to stammer, but Saint Peter stopped her, saying "I'm sorry. There's nothing I can do. To register a complaint, you'll have to send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We have a group of cherubum who manage such requests. But don't send it to status-change@godvax. heaven.com, otherwise your request will be distribute to the whole mailing list. They hate that! In fact, there's some discussion about making that the 16th commandment..." At that point, a Dodge minivan drove up and came to a stop. Satan, in the form of an IBM salesperson, stepped out. "Welcome!", she said. "We've been waiting for you..." Cindy, almost in a trance, stepped into the minivan and was wisked away to the netherworld, a world of COBOL, System 36's, punch cards, incompatible network standards, and irresponsible news posters. Satan turned to Cindy, and smiled. "You'll like it here", she said, "We have netnews, but we've greatly simplified it. We have only one group, it's alt.talk.sci.comp.soc.rec.misc!" ObReligion: My computer/OS/Language/shell/network/keyboard-layout can beat up your computer/OS/Language/shell/network/keyboard-layout.
(From the "Rest" of RHF)