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April 1, 2009

Metahint

srikanth @ 9:00 pm, GMT +0000 ( 1238619600 ) Play

Supposedly the origins of which famous term in computing?

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Cracked by alephnull , Bipin Banavalikar , Rahulk , Raghuvansh , Dibyo , udupendra , foobar (given for the username) , Prasad , darthshak , Siddharth Jain and madhur.

Answer:

The foomobile, from the Smokey Stover cartoon series. First documented usage of  the word “foo”, which went on to become a metasyntactic variable used in all programming languages :)

Happy April FOOl’s day folks. Hope you liked the falling scientists.


15 Responses to “Metahint”

  1. alephnull

    The first of the metasyntactic variables: foo. The Smokey Stover cartoon on the car kind of gave it away.


  2. Bipin Banavalikar
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    Word ‘Foo’

    Just a guess!!!!


  3. Rahulk
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    It absolutely FOOlish of you ask such a question on April FOOls day….


  4. Raghuvansh
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    Smokey Stover, 2 wheeled car, comic strip connect, hence Foo.


  5. Dibyo
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    foo, from foomobile.


  6. udupendra
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    foo


  7. foobar

    Is it Volkswagen Bug?


  8. hashing ?


  9. Prasad

    Foo!
    Good one…


  10. foomobile from Smokey Stover


  11. darthshak

    The metasyntactical term Foo

    In the picture is the Foomobile.


  12. Siddharth Jain
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    Foo


  13. madhur
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    Foo or Foobar used in programming languages


  14. piezocake

    Besht:

    foobar Says:
    April 2nd, 2009 at 4:24 am, GMT -0700 ( 1238671474 ) Is it Volkswagen Bug?


  15. Rithwik K

    Foo


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