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Re: potato bugs...(ugh)

On Tue, 10 Apr 2001, Oliver Elphick wrote:

> As I understand it, program bugs are so called because one of the very
> first computer errors was caused by an insect getting into the circuitry.
> Understandably, the computer builders weren't all that well instructed in
> entomology.  I don't know if the exact species of the offending creature
> was ever recorded.

It was a moth. When our favorite female admiral (having a senior moment
and can't remember her name) was asked by her superiors why the relay
based computer failed, it's a good thing she said it was a bug, instead of
it was a moth.


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