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Easter Eggs

Bob Kfir
Bob Kfir
May 20, 2018 · 3 min read

If you liked my post about fun terminal commands, you’ll also probably enjoy this one.


If you ever noticed that apt --help ends with:

This APT has Super Cow Powers.

you probably wondered what on earth that means. Well, the command apt moo may shed some light on this:

/ | ||
* /\---/\
~~ ~~
..."Have you mooed today?"...


On the subject of moos, aptitude --help contains:

This aptitude does not have Super Cow Powers.

So, if you run aptitude moo, you get:

There are no Easter Eggs in this program.

I think not aptitude -v moo:

There really are no Easter Eggs in this program.

I’m not so sure aptitude -vv moo:

Didn't I already tell you that there are no Easter Eggs in this program

Yes, but aptitude -vvv moo:

Stop it!

Why? aptitude -vvvv moo:

Okay, okay, if I give you an Easter Egg, will you go away?

Maybe aptitude -vvvvv:

All right, you win.

-------/ \
/ \
/ |
-----------------/ --------\

Yay! One more aptitude -vvvvvv moo

What is it? It's an elephant being eaten by a snake, of course.

Ok, fine.

For you vim fans:

If you’ve ever pondered the meaning of life, run vim, and then :help 42:

What is the meaning of life, the universe and everything?  *42*
Douglas Adams, the only person who knew what this question really was about is
now dead, unfortunately. So now you might wonder what the meaning of death


Next chapter: |usr_43.txt| Using filetypes


This is fun if you’re ever using a mac as emacs is built in to the terminal, I think. There are quite a few programs built in, which you can list with:

ls /usr/share/emacs/*/lisp/play

I got:

5x5.elc       dissociate.elc  gomoku.elc     mpuz.elc       tetris.elc
animate.elc doctor.elc handwrite.elc pong.elc zone.elc
blackbox.elc dunnet.elc hanoi.elc snake.elc
bubbles.elc fortune.elc landmark.elc solitaire.elc
cookie1.elc gamegrid.elc life.elc spook.elc
decipher.elc gametree.elc morse.elc studly.elc

I like pong, so I ran emacs, then Esc followed by x, then pong. I also tried tetris. My favorite was doctor(what I type begins with a --):

I am the psychotherapist.  Please, describe your problems.  Each time
you are finished talking, type RET twice.
-- I like pie. RET RET

Why do you say you like pie ret ret?
-- Why not?

What do you think?
-- Pie tastes good.

Is it because of your plans that you say pie tastes good?
-- No, are you even paying attention?

Maybe your life has something to do with this.
-- No, really?

What makes you believe really?
-- yes

I see... Well, are you sure that this is so?
-- yes

Yes, hmmm... so, do you really think this is so?
-- yes

I understand. So what makes you think this is so?

and I got bored.

Source: DigitalOcean | a bunch of other sites I don’t have the links to 🙂

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