While surfing the nodegel with my newly-installed version of Mozilla (which I highly recommend if only for its tabs feature) I made an errant mouse gesture. The mistake brought up a popup window containing the source code of the node I was on. The phrase "Monkey! Bat! Robot Hat!" in the meta tag caught my eye. The exact format was:
<meta name="wisdom" content="Monkey! Bat! Robot Hat!" />
For some reason, the assonant nonsense statement
intrigued me. I wanted to know just why it was there, and what its significance
was. A search of E2 showed only a nodeshell
by that name, and little found under the separate words and phrases themselves was pertinent. A query or two led me to the page of Wharfinger
, who has not been seen since February 2002. Apparently this was one of of his favorite phrases
. The voyage
through alternate usernames
, lost users
ing, and the day barneyfication died
was at turns eerie, enlightening, and poignant. I encourage you to search the deeps of the ancient
nodegel a bit - this seemingly nonsensical phrase turns up some very interesting history
. You will emerge changed.
Quick addendum - some are already downvoting this and saying some things are best left unnoded (read buried). Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. Knowing can only make E2 a better place, neh?