Wednesday, May 17, 2006

A Noble Sacrifice

From The Onion:
Heroic Computer Dies To Save World From Master's Thesis
May 17, 2006 Issue 42•20

WALTHAM, MA—A courageous young notebook computer committed a fatal, self-inflicted execution error late Sunday night, selflessly giving its own life so that professors, academic advisors, classmates, and even future generations of college students would never have to read Jill Samoskevich's 227-page master's thesis, sources close to the Brandeis University English graduate student reported Monday.

The brave laptop, even after fulfilling its mission, steadfastly resists a technician's data-recovery attempts.

"This fearless little machine saved me from unspoken hours of exasperated head-scratching and eyestrain, as well as years of agonizing self-doubt over my decision to devote my life to teaching," said professor John Rebson, who had already read through three drafts of Samoskevich's sprawling, 38,000-word dissertation, titled A Hermeneutical Exploration Of Onomatopoeia In The Works Of William Carlos Williams As It May Or May Not Relate To Post-Agrarian Appalachia. "It was an incredible act of bravery. This laptop sacrificed itself in order to put an end to Jill's senseless rambling."


At 4:09 PM, Blogger Reach Upward said...

I guess it would have been less than credible to say that the dog ate it, being 227 pages long.

At 4:44 PM, Blogger j.m. said...

Ah how I love the Onion. Truly, America's Finest News Source.

At 12:01 PM, Blogger Nathan said...

Just glad that my computer was too gutless to pull such a stunt with my thesis.


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