[TUHS] A man easter-egg (gimme gimme gimme)

Edouard KLEIN edouardklein at gmail.com
Wed Nov 22 07:03:52 AEST 2017

Hi all,

An easter-egg in the version of man that is installed on the most popular
Linux distros has recently been discovered after being there for 6 years:


It is for example discussed here:

It makes man print 'gimme gimme gimme' if called at "Half past twelve", as
in the ABBA song.

I check on BSD, but man seems to be a shell script on FreeBSD, so it's
immune from the easter egg:

Do you have any UNIX easter-egg stories ? Putting some in, or discovering

Was this kind of humor tolerated in the professional settings where UNIX
first circulated, or was it frowned upon ?
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