laser chicken = L = LDB
[Harvard] A program that solves a standard problem (such as the Eight Queens puzzle or implementing the life
algorithm) in a deliberately nonstandard way. Distinguished from a crock or kluge by the fact that
the programmer did it on purpose as a mental exercise. Such constructions are quite popular in exercises such as the
Obfuscated C Contest, and occasionally in retrocomputing. Lew Lasher was a student at Harvard around
1980 who became notorious for such behavior.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, this entry manually entered by rootbeer277.