Thursday, March 03, 2011
Humor: Donald Knuth Jokes
At the age of two, Donald Knuth implemented Conway's Game of Life on Babbage's difference engine which was pretty impressive since Conway hadn't been born yet...neither had Babbage.
The next version of TeX will be self hosting...and will run on bare metal.
Skynet is actually an out of control TeX macro.
Knuth can store all integers between 0 and 127 in 4 bits.
Knuth invented binary.
Chuck Norris is actually an android that Donald Knuth created. He was funded by DARPA.
Knuth once wrote, "Email is a wonderful thing for people whose role in life is to be on top of things. But not for me; my role is to be on the bottom of things." He succeeded.
Knuth started to dabble in botany in his backyard. He gave it up, though, when all his trees ended up with squareroots.
Knuth is the last highlander.
Knuth created the Antikythera device when he was a young lad vacationing in Greece.
When Knuth wants to speed up an algorithm, he doesn't code in assembly--he codes in binary.
Donald Knuth enjoys coding in Python, but he prefers to write the .pyc files directly.
One time Knuth decided to crosscompile his algorithms from binary to quaternary. In the process, he invented DNA.
Knuth's brain is the most powerful source of energy known to man. Unfortunately, harnessing it would destroy mankind.
Knuth recently created a new sorting algorithm. Its performance is O(1).
Knuth invented literate programming so that TeX could be compiled by less capable compilers. Knuth's own compiler compiles the English.
If you can think of more, please leave them in the comments below :)