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Re^2: Turing's Cathedral

by jmlynesjr (Friar)
on Jun 03, 2013 at 18:02 UTC ( #1036820=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Turing's Cathedral
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Did the card drop trick too! You can never get all of that card chad out of the carpet. :)

James

There's never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it over...


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Re^3: Turing's Cathedral
by roboticus (Chancellor) on Jun 03, 2013 at 18:34 UTC

    jmlynesjr:

    I've always wondered why it was called "chad". At our school, we called them "withers". (Simply because I rescued a large manila envelope from the trash can of a teacher--Mr. Withers--and used it to hold all the paper tape waste. Since the manila envelope had his name on it, we named them withers.)

    I don't remember what happened to the envelope, it was probably just tossed, but I intended to use it as confetti on the last day of school or some such. (I'm really not certain why I was keeping them...)

    </good-ole-days-mode>

    ...roboticus

    When your only tool is a hammer, all problems look like your thumb.

      Seems that there is no clear origin of the word "chad". See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chad_%28paper%29.

      In about 1972 a female friend that was working for IBM in Atlanta at the time, dumped about 10 lbs of the stuff at a party. It was still being cleaned up years later.

      James

      There's never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it over...

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