(IAAC) One spot of humor before Darkness Falls!

(Last off-topic post before the Leonids blackout, I promise!)
I especially enjoyed "North American Field Guide to Insects"...
;> Lew
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Date: Tue, 10 Nov 1998 04:56:46 -0500
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From: Ben Farris <farris@latrade.com>
Subject: H/Disc: Humor: 100 GigaBurg bug
> - Experts warned today of a new and deadly threat to our
> beleaguered civilization: the 100GB Bug.
> As most people know, McDonald's restaurant signs show the
> number of hamburgers the giant chain has sold. That number
> now stands at 99 billion burgers, or 99 Gigaburgers (GB).
> Within months or even weeks, that number will roll over to
> 100GB. McDonald's signs, however, were designed years ago,
> when the prospect of selling one hundred billion hamburgers
> seemed unthinkably remote. So the signs have only two
> decimal places.
> This means that, after the sale of the 100 billionth burger,
> McDonald's signs will read "00 Billion Burgers Sold." This,
> experts predict, will convince the public that, in over
> thirty years, no McDonald's hamburgers have ever in fact
> been sold, causing a complete collapse of consumer
> confidence in McDonald's products.
> The ensuing catastrophic drop in sales is seen as almost
> certain to force the already-troubled company into
> bankruptcy. This, in turn, will push the teetering American
> economy over the brink, which, finally, will complete the
> total devastation of the global economy, ending civilization
> as we know it, and forcing us all to live on beetles.
> "The people who know -- the sign-makers -- are really scared
> of 100GB," one expert said. "I don't know about you, but I'm
> digging up a copy of THE FIELD GUIDE TO NORTH AMERICAN
> INSECTS and heading for the hills." 
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