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February 18 12:00 AM ET

The BBook of Geek Software Quiz

By Brian Briggs

This is the first of eight quizzes based on The BBook of Geek. In the BBook, there are six facts listed for each of the 128 topics. Of those facts, only two are real. For this quiz, I've made it easier. You only have to tell if one fact is true or false. Answer carefully, your geekiness is at stake.

  1. Caffeine - Caffeine is a natural pesticide that kills certain insects.
        True
        False

  2. M. C. Escher - M. C. was the first nerdcore rapper with hits like 'Drawing Hands Motha F*kka' and 'Can't Get Out of the Box'
        True
        False

  3. Richard Stallman - Stallman recently decided to give up advocating for free software, so he could spend more time on his fake beard company.
        True
        False

  4. Bill Gates - Collaborated on a paper at Harvard about pancake sorting.
        True
        False

  5. Linux - Hackers have successfully installed Linux on a potato.
        True
        False

  6. Visicalc - Developers of other spreadsheet programs never had to pay any royalties to the creators of Visicalc.
        True
        False

  7. Programming Languages - It was an errant semicolon in the power monitoring program that destroyed the Death Star, and not an impossible shot from Luke Skywalker's X-wing fighter.
        True
        False

  8. vi vs. Emacs - The entire BBook of Geek was written using vi.
        True
        False

  9. Perl - Perl was named after a story in the Bible.
        True
        False

  10. Microsoft - Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer drinks three Red Bulls everyday before biking to work.
        True
        False

  11. Bill Joy - Graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in electrical engineering like The BBook of Geek author Brian Briggs (no relation).
        True
        False

  12. Mosaic - Mosaic was the first Web browser ever created.
        True
        False

  13. Photoshop - Photoshop is so expensive because it makes graphic designers feel superior to the common folk.
        True
        False

  14. Artificial Intelligence - Leonardo DaVinci created the first artifically intelligent human facsimilie which he called the 'Mona.'
        True
        False

  15. BitTorrent - The MPAA member studios hired MediaDefender to mess up The Pirate Bay's torrent database.
        True
        False

  16. Firefox - The original name for the project was kIEller, as the software was expected to be an Internet Explorer killer.
        True
        False

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