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  1. Rather than try to save himself, Abraham Zelmanowitz, computer programmer and 9/11 victim, chose to stay in the tower and accompany his quadriplegic friend who had no way of getting out.

  2. In 2013 a Verizon programmer was found outsourcing his work to a Chinese company for less than 20% of his salary and spending his "workday" surfing the Internet. The Chinese code was so good that the programmer was regarded as the best in his department of Verizon.

  3. A programmer at Apple kept working for three months after his project was canceled, simply because he thought the work was interesting and wanted to finish. Apple employees helped his cause by sneaking him into the building, and the project (a graphing calculator) was successfully released.

  4. The last thing on BBC Television before it was switched off on the eve of the Second World War was a Mickey Mouse show which was aired at around 12.35pm on 1st September 1939. Seven years later BBC Television returned with a repeat of the same Mickey Mouse programme.

  5. Programmers for Atari in the late 70s went to the CEO of the company asking for royalties and their names be included on the boxes, when he turned them down they went and formed their own company -- Activision

  6. In 1975 a man died of laughter while watching his favourite TV show. His widow later sent The programme a letter thanking them for making his final moments of life so pleasant.

  7. That, in 2007, Princes William and Harry asked Channel 4 not to broadcast a documentary featuring footage of their mother's dying moments. Channel 4 broadcast the documentary anyway, then put out an additional programme an hour later to debate whether it had been right for them to do so.

  8. Terry Davis, a schizophrenic programmer, spent 10 years of his life programming an operating system to talk to God

  9. Alberto Brandolini, a programmer from Italy, in 2013 formulated the Bullshit Asymmetry Principle aka Brandolini's law which states: “The amount of energy needed to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it”. It highlights the difficulty of debunking bullshit.

  10. Terry Davis, a schizophrenic programmer, spent 10 years of his life programming an operating system to talk to God.

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During the Third Reich, there was a programme called Lebensborn, where 'racially pure' women slept with SS officers in the hopes of producing Aryan children. An estimated 20,000 children were born during 12 years.

In 2004, a woman engaged to a video game programmer anonymously vented her frustrations about her fiancé's brutal 85-hour work week in a single blog post which eventually led to three class action lawsuits and a $14.9M judgement against the company he worked for.

A form of debugging called rubber duck debugging, where you debug code by explaining it. The name is in reference to the book "The Pragmatic Programmer" where a programmer would debug code by explaining it, word by word, to his rubber duck.

The author of "The Martian" was also a computer programmer for Warcraft 2

In the first "real-world transaction with bitcoin" a programmer paid 10,000 bitcoins for 2 large Papa John's pizzas. 4 years later, those bitcoins were worth 5.12 million dollars.

According to the FBI Director, the FBI is having a hard time filling positions to help tackle cyber crimes because a lot of the nation’s top computer programmers and hacking gurus are also fond of marijuana.

A programmer built scripts for every activity in his job that would cost him more than 90 seconds

a programmer that had previously worked for NASA, testified under oath that voting machines can be manipulated by the software he helped develop.

When it was time to make Pokemon Stadium, future Nintendo President Satoru Iwata got a hold of the PKMN Red/Green source code, and figured out how all the battle logic worked so it could be ported. The original programmer was astounded he figured out the complicated system - in just a week.

NZ has already planted 149M+ trees as a part of it's 1-billiom tree planting programme by 2028. It's amazing how far they've come and done so with unique models.

A programmer developed an operating system called TempleOS since 2003. Hospitalized for mental health problems, he believes that TempleOS is literally the Third Temple as biblically prophesied. Per God's "instructions," the OS uses a 640x480, 16 color display, and uses the language HolyC.

A programmer at a game company got so tired of producers asking for changes just because they felt they had to contribute, that he animated a flapping duck into the game "Battle Chess". When the producer reviewed the animations, he said, "That looks great. Just one thing: get rid of the duck."

Swedish programmer Ludvig Strigeus, the main developer of Spotify, was also the programmer that made µTorrent.

The first computer programmer was a woman named Ada Lovelace, who in 1842 wrote and published an algorithm to calculate Bernoulli Numbers on Charles Babbage's analytical machine.

Atari programmers met with Atari CEO Ray Kassar in May 1979 to demand that the company treat developers as record labels treated musicians, with royalties and their names on game boxes. Kaplan said no and that "anyone can do a cartridge." So the programmers left Atari and founded Activision

Pokemon Gold and Silver which sold 23 million copies were developed by only 4 programmers.

Guatemalans were deliberately infected with STDs between 1945 & 1956 through US government programme. They were kept secret until discovered in 2010 by a college prof. The programme published no findings, did not inform those who were infected nor did it provide them with follow up medical care.

Skype was developed by the same Estonian programmers who created Kazaa.

NBA Jam was rigged against the Bulls. A hidden piece of code lowered Scottie Pippen's ratings when he played Detroit, and the Bulls last second shots had a lower success rating. The programmers were Pistons fans.

The first computer programmer is considered to be Ada Lovelace, a female mathematician who was the daughter of the English Romantic poet Lord Byron.

In 1962, a programmer omitted a single hyphen in the code for the Mariner I rocket, causing it to explode shortly after take off. This typo cost NASA the equivalent of $630 million dollars today.

For 30 mins they turned off the lights in Iceland city enabling people to see night sky whilst a radio programme told them what to look out for

"Rubber duck debugging" is when a programmer explains his code to a rubber duck in hopes of finding a bug

Sweden had a racial purity programme until 1976. More than 60,000 people were sterilized. People could apply to have "problem families" in neighborhood sterilized.

In the 90's when Microsoft was unimpressed with a programmer's performance, they would threaten to reassign them to work on "Microsoft Dogs" an interactive CD-ROM to inform dog owners of the proper care and feeding for 500 different breeds of dogs.

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