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[humorix] Quickies from the Rumor Mill

Quickies from the Rumor Mill
October 14, 1998

During the past week several unconfirmed rumors have found
their way to Humorix World Headquarters.  

* Linux 2.2 Codenamed 'Helium'

A janitor at Transmeta leaked a rumor that Linus Torvalds
is considering christening the Linux 2.2 stable kernel
release as 'Helium'.  Helium, a Nobel Gas, is a vapor. 
Linux 2.2, a kernel that has been long in coming, is
currently vaporware.  The name Helium seems to make perfect

* 'Linus' Most Popular Baby Name

A study by the US Census Bureau due out next month
supposedly reports that 'Linus' was the number one baby
name in the United States during the first six months of
1998.  'Eric'[1] was the number two baby name.  The Census
Bureau is baffled by the popularity of Linus.  One
bureaucrat reportedly asked, "What's the deal? The Peanuts
character is _not_ that popular."

* Elvis Sighted in Linux Kernel

The National Enquirer will run a feature story next week
about an Elvis sighting in a computer screen.  An Elvis fan
in Tennessee reports that she saw Elvis in her monitor
while booting Linux.  She remembers hearing the words "You
ain't nothing but a Linux user..." from her computer's
speakers.  "Either Elvis isn't dead, or some kernel hacker
has laid the ultimate easter egg," she said.

* Will Taco Bell Sue Rob Malda?

An anonymous Taco Bell executive reports that the company
is mulling over filing a lawsuit against Rob "CmdrTaco"
Malda of Slashdot fame.   Apparentely Taco Bell is upset
about Malda's  Taco Hell[2] webpage and his "CmdrTaco"

* Linus Torvalds Museum

Helsinki University[3] is considering opening a Linus
Torvalds Museum and Gift Shop in an unused portion of its
computer science building.  The college wants to become a
travel destination for nerds all over the world.   If the
museum is opened, it will have exhibits featuring Linus'
first computer, his first CS textbook, and his first
semester report card.

[1] http://tuxedo.org/~esr/ecsl/
[2] http://slashdot.org/tacohell/
[3] http://www.Helsinki.FI/englanti.html


James S. Baughn

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