Please post your nominations for the Best of Code Review 2014 - Lots of Laughs category.

Answer that makes the best use of humor to illustrate a point.

In your nomination post, please make sure to include a link to the nominated answer, as well as a short explanation of what makes that post worthy of being nominated in this category, and why it should win over the others.


Small characters at the bottom: Only one nomination per post, nominated answers must have a creation date in 2014, downvotes don't count, and Santa reserves the right to award the top-voted nominee a special bounty as a token of appreciation on behalf of the Code Review community.

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Rubberduck on "A practical example of evenly distributing n lists into a single list"

One word.... VELOCIRAPTORS.

xkcd GoTo

You seem like a nice guy, I don't want the raptors to get you...

The answer goes on to mention "The dreaded GoTo" and "Velociraptors" several times.

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    I hate to say it, but I habitually +1 anything with an XKCD reference... Sooooo... +1. – Greg Burghardt Jan 2 '15 at 2:48
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    Shouldn't XKCD be the ones to get the bounty if this would win? – Simon Forsberg Jan 3 '15 at 13:12
  • @SimonAndréForsberg I would be ecstatic to have Randall Monroe amount our ranks. – RubberDuck Jan 3 '15 at 16:15

Simon on 'Team Split' problem

One word:

Rewafadhabihlgdity

Okay, maybe "one" more word.

Dontyoufinditabithardtoreadtext/codethatdoesntcontainanyspacesandappropriatepunctuation?

These two "words" make the point clear about how readable the code was, and why it is good to use spacing.

I just realized that meta answers were eligible for nomination too, so...

Mat's Mug on Can I put my code on a third party site and link to the site in my question?

Why? Because cats and the internet are like peas and carrots and I can't think of anything that could possibly drive home the reason we can't rely on external links for content than this.

Pastebin.com is under heavy load right now. Should be back online soon.

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    upvoted, cuz catz. – Malachi Jan 14 '15 at 22:02

Comment by 200_success on Optimizing nested loop for an array within a list

Funny that @hamsaya chose to use birds as a hypothetical identifier when asking an off-topic question about nesting.

But really, we need to know the type of birds you are talking about to know what kind of nesting is appropriate. – 200_success♦ Sep 25 '14 at 17:37

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    Funny as it is, I don't think this qualifies. It's not an answer. I do think it should stay here though because reasons. – RubberDuck Jan 8 '15 at 0:11
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    @RubberDuck It is acknowledged that comments are not eligible to win. – 200_success Jan 8 '15 at 3:04

200_success on Wow that's a big integer! What's its largest prime factor?

What a fascinating solution! It seems that for every smart decision you made, you also threw in a poor decision or two.

To which RubberDuck said, a month later in chat:

This remains one of my favorite reviews. @200 cracks me up.

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    Still makes me laugh too. ++ – RubberDuck Jan 5 '15 at 21:51

Zirak on "How do I make this Average Function better?"

And what happens if you get an empty array? You divide by zero, which is MADNESS!! MADNESS I TELL YOU!

The answer actually points out some pretty serious bugs and design flaws (i.e. madness). I think it was a fantastic use of humor to really drive home the point.

user50399 on "Numbers to words"

"Strone"? What's a "strone"? Oh… of course!

That sarcastic admonition against Hungarian notation made @RubberDuck laugh, at least.

+1 for making me laugh. Kill the Hungarian Notation with fire! — RubberDuck Aug 23 '14 at 12:00

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