March 08, 2007

Horse 729 - The Internet is Old

People may not realise this, but the interwebs is a far older thing that what people imagine.

The parable of the Prodigal Son found in Luke 15:11–32 is somewhat of a curiosity. The word Prodigal does not mean lost as many people would assume but is the same root word as Prodigy and thus would be better rendered as "extravagant".
We find these words: He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. No-one is suggesting that one should actually eat portable music players, however if you consider the value of the devices, then this perhaps understandable. It is just possible that he may have intended to smuggle them out of the country.

Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus or more commonly just Claudius, succeeded Caligula. His autobiography "I, Claudius" is actually somewhat of a mistranslation, when it should actually read iClaudius.
Owing to the grammatical order of Latin, a common misconception has been propogated about the emperor Nero. The truth is that he was quite a skilled sound engineer and in the Circus Maximus, the Rome Symphony Orchestra were assembled. On that particular day, the string section happened to be performing and Nero recorded this onto CD; thus Rome fiddled while Nero burnt.

It's a little known fact that The Great Fire of London of 1666 was actually caused by an electrical fault in a router, which caused a stack of printed reports to catch fire. Before the advent of electricity, Bulletin Boards were physical things with messages sent in by mail; hencce the expression "posting".

Swiss folklore holds that William Tell courageously shot an Apple from his son's head with his crossbow, defying a tyrannical ruler and bringing freedom to his people. More than likely it was probably a G3 with a dud CD drive.

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