Hotel Genius

Newsgroups: rec.humor.funny.reruns
Subject: Ritchie on Ritchie
From: (Dennis Ritchie)
Organization: Bell Labs
Keywords: computer, original, chuckle, originally appeared in first
quarter, 1991
Followup-To: rec.humor.d
Message-id: <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2004 19:20:00 PDT
Xref: rec.humor.funny.reruns:58

Forwarded-by: (Fred Douglis)

I read,

     Looks like folks are now beginning to credit the development of
     UNIX to Kernighan and Ritchie, but I thought the principal
     investigators were *Thompson* and Ritchie.  Did something change?

The differences between Kernighan Ritchie Thompson are real but very
subtle.  We all look alike (middle aged with scruffy graying beards).
Note these distinctions:

-- Kernighan is slimmest, Ritchie middlest, Thompson heaviest in body

-- Ritchie got contacts a couple of years ago and so is the only
current non-glasses wearer

-- Thompson wouldn't touch netnews with a pole, Kernighan secretly gets
misc.invest and misc.taxes mailed to him, Ritchie reads it more than is
good for him and occasionally contributes

-- Ritchie is the only one who has met five people who have appeared on
David Letterman (Penn, Teller, Rob Pike, Mayor Koch, and the guy who
raised the biggest hog in Ohio)

-- Kernighan has written ten times as much readable prose as has
Ritchie, Ritchie ten times as much as Thompson.  It's tempting to say
that the reverse proportions hold for code, but in fact Kernighan and
Ritchie are more nearly tied and Thompson wipes us both out.

-- Dennis

 From the RHF archives as selected by Brad Templeton, Maddi Hausmann and
Jim Griffith.  This newsgroup posts former jokes from the newsgroup
rec.humor.funny.   Visit to browse the RHF pages
and archives on the web.

This newsgroup does not accept submissions.  See rec.humor.funny for that.