Amusing examples of recursion

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« on: 01/03/2010 12:42:21 »
Just a few examples to kick things off:

Computer geeks will have heard of the GNU project (for 'linux' is really just the name of the kernel).  GNU is, of course, an acronym for 'GNU's Not Unix'

Then there's the old song "There's a Hole in My Bucket", as recorded by Harry Belafonte and Odetta in 1961.

see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There's_a_Hole_in_My_Bucket

Another example: Most people will have also noticed that when doing a Google search the results page will also often include a link saying "Did you mean: ..." if there was any ambiguity in the original search terms.  However, do a Google search on "recursion" and this prompt will ask: "Did you mean: recursion"

I'll also mention a little circular piece I once overheard a drunken friend reciting to himself:

"I like cider, but cider makes me fart, and when I fart I smell, and when I smell people give me money to go away.  With that money I buy cider..."

Finally, I'd like to redirect you this this thread here:

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=29003.msg301779#msg301779
...And its claws are as big as cups, and for some reason it's got a tremendous fear of stamps! And Mrs Doyle was telling me it's got magnets on its tail, so if you're made out of metal it can attach itself to you! And instead of a mouth it's got four arses!

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« Reply #1 on: 01/03/2010 20:56:39 »
It seems a popular theme for songs.
http://everything2.com/title/The+Gas+Man+Cometh


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« Reply #2 on: 01/03/2010 22:45:28 »
The title said "amusing", so I kept going round and round looking for the joke, but I haven't found it yet...
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There ain'ta no sanity clause, and there ain'ta no centrifugal force Šther.

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« Reply #4 on: 02/03/2010 12:39:48 »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sShMA85pv8M

Heh! that's a good one [:D]

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Stupid: "Look at that bunch of cows over there!"

Clever: "Not bunch, herd."

Stupid: "Heard of what?"

Clever: "Herd of cows!!"

Stupid: "Of course I've heard of cows.  Look, there's a bunch of them over there..."
...And its claws are as big as cups, and for some reason it's got a tremendous fear of stamps! And Mrs Doyle was telling me it's got magnets on its tail, so if you're made out of metal it can attach itself to you! And instead of a mouth it's got four arses!

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« Reply #5 on: 02/03/2010 12:40:20 »
The title said "amusing", so I kept going round and round looking for the joke, but I haven't found it yet...

Just keep trying...
...And its claws are as big as cups, and for some reason it's got a tremendous fear of stamps! And Mrs Doyle was telling me it's got magnets on its tail, so if you're made out of metal it can attach itself to you! And instead of a mouth it's got four arses!

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« Reply #6 on: 02/03/2010 12:51:43 »
Oh, and peripherally related to recursion is the self-referential sentence:

"You have just started reading the sentence that you have just finished reading."
...And its claws are as big as cups, and for some reason it's got a tremendous fear of stamps! And Mrs Doyle was telling me it's got magnets on its tail, so if you're made out of metal it can attach itself to you! And instead of a mouth it's got four arses!

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« Reply #7 on: 02/03/2010 20:18:22 »
"The American popular song goes on and on and on. "
This one did for a while.
http://lyrics.smashits.com/view-270058-neil_diamond_the_american_popular_song_lyrics.html
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« Reply #8 on: 03/03/2010 19:49:58 »
Should I start a new thread on "contradiction in terms" ? ...

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« Reply #9 on: 04/03/2010 07:00:10 »
Unless that sign refers to the basement or is next to the "wheelchair issuing dept" of a hospital it's not a contradiction; just redundant.
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« Reply #10 on: 04/03/2010 14:57:21 »
Should I start a new thread on "contradiction in terms" ? ...

I can't see any harm in it, only potential for amusement [:)]
...And its claws are as big as cups, and for some reason it's got a tremendous fear of stamps! And Mrs Doyle was telling me it's got magnets on its tail, so if you're made out of metal it can attach itself to you! And instead of a mouth it's got four arses!