A larger-than-life ASCII font. A number of ascii characters represent each letter of what you want to spell -- these can oft be found on the top of h4x0r greetz .nfoz, and BBS ads.

check it:
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 .'---      _____/   |              .    
 |      '  |_____|   |   ,-----.   -|--  
 |----  |    __|_    |   |_____|    |    
 |      |   |____|   |_  |______    |___ 
figlet font and generator by me.
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. noded while much too tired


In addition to wanting to node this, this further motivating as a nodeshell rescue.
FIGlet (comes from Frank Sheeran, Ian Chai and Glenn Chappell, people responsible for the first incarnation) is a program that generates more or less cool text banners, like this:

(This says "kuel, huh?")

                :::    ::: :::    ::: :::::::::: :::            
                :+:   :+:  :+:    :+: :+:        :+:            
                +:+  +:+   +:+    +:+ +:+        +:+            
                +#++:++    +#+    +:+ +#++:++#   +#+            
                +#+  +#+   +#+    +#+ +#+        +#+            
                #+#   #+#  #+#    #+# #+#        #+#        #+# 
                ###    ###  ########  ########## ########## ##  
                 :::    ::: :::    ::: :::    :::  :::::::::  
                 :+:    :+: :+:    :+: :+:    :+: :+:     :+: 
                 +:+    +:+ +:+    +:+ +:+    +:+        +:+  
                 +#++:++#++ +#+    +:+ +#++:++#++       +#+   
                 +#+    +#+ +#+    +#+ +#+    +#+     +#+     
                 #+#    #+# #+#    #+# #+#    #+#             
                 ###    ###  ########  ###    ###     ###     

Home page:
http://st-www.cs.uiuc.edu/~chai/figlet.html
One web interface to figlet:
http://saigon.mit.edu/dinhyen/figlet/figlet.html

Also available as Debian package and RPM if you prefer!

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