Adam Rifkin: One-Liner List

I maintain a file of one-liners (well, sort of) that you can feel free to use and peruse. And if these don't excite you, check out my links of humor and quotes.

One-Liner Data Files

  1. The full MsgList file (raw ASCII). A warning: it's 2.2M (22,352 lines). I started keeping incremental minilists in Sep 94.
  2. NewMsgs file Sep 94 (raw ASCII or nicefied).
  3. NewMsgs file Nov 94 (raw ASCII or nicefied).
  4. NewMsgs file Dec 94 (raw ASCII or nicefied).
  5. NewMsgs file Apr 95 (raw ASCII or nicefied).
  6. NewMsgs file May 95 (raw ASCII or nicefied).
  7. NewMsgs file July 95 (raw ASCII or nicefied).
  8. NewMsgs file Sep 95 (raw ASCII or nicefied).
  9. NewMsgs file Nov 95 (raw ASCII or nicefied).
  10. NewMsgs file Feb 96 (raw ASCII or nicefied).
  11. NewMsgs file Apr 96 (raw ASCII or nicefied).
  12. NewMsgs file Jul 96 (raw ASCII or nicefied).
  13. NewMsgs file Oct 96 (raw ASCII or nicefied).
  14. NewMsgs file Jan 97 (raw ASCII or nicefied).
  15. NewMsgs file Apr 97 (raw ASCII or nicefied).
  16. NewMsgs file June 97 (raw ASCII or nicefied).
  17. NewMsgs file Dec 97 (raw ASCII or nicefied).
  18. NewMsgs file May 99 (raw ASCII or nicefied).
  19. A sample of the FutureMsgs file (raw ASCII).

Some Useful Utility Programs

  1. gen_msg.c randomly chooses and prints a one-liner from the list, written in C.
  2. msgnice.c pretty-prints the one-liners since the raw ASCII format is mostly unreadable.
  3. klassa randomly chooses and prints a one-liner from the list, written in Perl.

FoRKpost About this One-Liner List

From adam Tue Apr 29 13:51:39 1997
Subject: Re:  Big List

> I stumbled on your big list of things some people may have said.

That would be 

> With my uncanny ability to delete characters from the end of a URL
> string I found your web page and discovered many interesting facts.

Interesting is one word for it.

> Unfortunately, none of these facts-fascinating though they were-had
> anything to do with the big list.

True.  I am not the big list, and it is not me.

> I would like to know from whence the big list sprang. I have some
> unspeakably clever guesses, but guesses-even unspeakably clever ones-are
> not facts. (Actually, they are almost always better.)

The list started with Subhas Roy, a really cool guy.  His list had 48
lines of the highest quality.  Then I started adding to it, sacrificing
quality for quantity on occasion.  I have assembled the big list through
7 years of painstaking research with a crack staff of several thousand.

The big list continues to grow to this day, and will continue to grow.

> I would like to send the big list to a few friends.

That's fine as long as they don't make any money off it.

> They will undoubtedly hack it, smack it, fold, spindle and mutilate it
> and send it to their friends.

That's fine too, although there's a caveat: the big list is currently 
around 1.83 Meg.  That's a lot of stuff to send around.

> Within eleven minutes virtually every life form on the planet will
> receive numerous altered copies of the big list including at least two
> purporting to contain mystical revelations. (At least, this is
> what usually happens.)

Yikes.  I don't wish this on anyone.

> Is this okay with you?

Sure, as long as no one tries to make money off it.  Pass it around all
you like.  And if you have suggestions for things to add, send them to
me.  That's how the big list keeps on growing...

   :) Adam

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Last modified: Tue Mar 10 14:17:23 PST 1998