Humorous RFCs

"(Jeffrey A. Edelheit)" <> Mon, 06 April 1992 14:04 UTC

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Subject: Humorous RFCs
Date: Mon, 06 Apr 92 09:25:08 -0400
From: "(Jeffrey A. Edelheit)" <>

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I just got this in the mail and thought that it should be shared.  If you
already received a copy, my apologies.

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Date: Fri, 3 Apr 92 23:30:59 -0500
From: wollman@uvm-gen.UVM.EDU
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Subject: RFC Humor

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I am surprised that no mention (in the {Humor, Hacker} entry) is made
(except obliquely) of the joke RFCs that Jon Postel publishes at least
one of every year on 1 April, and occasionally at other times.  In my
personal collection I have the following:

RFC 527 (22 June 1973), ARPAWOCKY, R. Merryman, UCSD.
RFC 748 (1 April 1978), Telnet Randomly-Lose Option, MRC.
RFC 1149 (1 April 1990), A Standard for the Transmission of IP
 Datagrams on Avian Carriers, D. Waitzman, BBN STC.
RFC 1216 (1 April 1991), Gigabit Network Economics and Paradigm
 Shifts, Poorer Richard, Almanac Institute, and Prof. Kynikos,
 Miskatonic University.
RFC 1217 (1 April 1991), Memo from the Consortium for Slow Commotion
 Research, Vint Cerf, CNRI.
RFC 1300 (February 1992), Remembrance of Things Past, S. Greenfield,
RFC 1313 (1 April 1992), Today's Programming for KRFC AM 1313,
 Internet Talk Radio, Craig Partridge, BBN.
IEN 137, On Holy Wars and a Plea for Peace, Danny Cohen.

I suspect that many people would agree that this flexibility in the
Internet process is one of the reasons why our process is superior to
that of the "formal" standards organizations.  No standards
organization that I know of would *dream* of publishing a complete
joke standard, much less a document which actually explains the
historical and social background of a problem (or solution).  Of
course, that ignores issues like the Internet philosophy of actually
testing things out in production before promulgating them as standards
for everyone to obey, or even the very existence of this mailing list,
but you get the idea.

I really should find a new signature for messages that Ed is going to

- -GAWollman

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