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Language Theory Humor
Apparently, the great Niklaus Wirth* had an excellent sense of humor. He used to joke that in Europe people called him by “reference” (properly pronouncing his name “Ni-klaus Virt”) and that in America people called him by “value” (pronouncing his name “Nickle-less Worth”).
At the Compiler Construction 1994 conference, Kristen Nygaard† (inventor of Simula) told a story about how, while teaching a language theory course, he commented that “Strong typing is fascism,” referring to his preference for languages that are loose with types. A student came up to him afterward and asked why typing hard on the keyboard was fascism.
*. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niklaus_Wirth.
†. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kristen_Nygaard.