Highly funny parody of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, written in 1996 by "People Covered in Fish", a regular on the rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan newsgroup. This parody becomes funnier the more of the following conditions are met:
  • Familiarity with Atlas Shrugged
  • Familiarty with Usenet history
  • Familiarity with the history of the Robert Jordan newsgroups, particularly with the rivalry between rasfwr-j and alt.fan.robert-jordan, and the styles of the rasfwr-j regulars.

The text of alt.shrugged is available from ftp://linuxmafia.com/pub/jordan/Humor/alt.shrugged

Astonishingly, more than half the people mentioned are still regular posters to rasfwr-j, including John Novak himself.

This parody has become so notorious on rasfwr-j that when a poster appeared a few months ago calling himself "jgalt", everyone said "Are you taking the piss, or what?"