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Introduction

I know, you are saying "Waka what splat!". The first time I encountered this I too had to do a double take. But I have to tell you these little poems really grow in you. I was going to title this page: Poems only a computer could appreciate, but I realized that was not true, as I really enjoy and appreciate these too. Maybe it should be called "poems for nerds..." Who knows. Without furhter delay here is the first of two poems called "Waka Waka Bang Splat"


Waka Waka Bang Splat

A poll conducted among INFOCUS magazine readers had established "waka" as the proper pronunciation for the angle-bracket characters <, though some readers held out resolutely for "norkies."

The following poem appeared recently in INFOCUS magazine. The original authors were Fred Bremmer and Steve Kroese of Calvin College & Seminary of Grand Rapids, MI.

The text of the poem follows:

<> !*''#

^"`$$-

!*=@$_

%*<> ~#4

&[]../

|{,,SYSTEM HALTED


The poem can be appreciated only by reading it aloud, to wit:


Waka waka bang splat tick tick hash,

Caret quote back-tick dollar dollar dash,

Bang splat equal at dollar under-score,

Percent splat waka waka tilde number four,

Ampersand bracket bracket dot dot slash,

Vertical-bar curly-bracket comma comma CRASH.


Hatless Atlas

Along the same lines comes the less famous poem called Hatless Atlas. In this particulat poem the "^" mark commonly known as the caret is called by its less frequently known name "the HAT". Here it is a fragment of a drinking (or financing?) song called "Hatless Atlas":

^<@<.@*

}"_# |

!( @|=>

;`+$?^?

,#"~|)^G


hat less at less point at star

backbrace double base pound space bar

dash at cash and slash base rate

wow open tab at bar is great

semi backquote plus cash huh DEL

comma pound double tilde bar close BEL