What Language Is Afoot
(in the continuing series of jokes from the 1990 TeleJokeBook, here's some comp-sci humor)
How To Determine Which Programming Language You're Using
The proliferation of modern programming languages, which seem to have stolen countless features from each other, sometimes makes it difficult to remember which language you're using. This guide is offered as a public service to help programmers in such dilemmas.
C - You shoot yourself in the foot.
Assembly - You crash the OS and overwrite the root disk. The system administrator arrives and shoots you in the foot. After a moment of contemplation, the administrator shoots himself in the foot and then hops around the room rabidly shooting at everyone in sight.
C++ - You accidentally create a dozen instances of yourself and shoot them all in the foot. Providing emergency medical assistance is impossible since you can't tell which are bitwise copies and which are just pointing at others and saying "That's me, over there."
Ada - If you are dumb enough to actually use this language, the United States Department of Defense will kidnap you, stand you up in front of a firing squad and tell the soldiers, "Shoot at the feet."
Modula/2 - After realizing that you can't actually accomplish anything in this language, you shoot yourself in the head.
sh,csh,etc - You can't remember the syntax for anything, so you spend five hours reading manual pages, then your foot falls asleep. You shoot the computer and switch to C.
Smalltalk - You spend so much time playing with the graphics and windowing system that your boss shoots you in the foot, takes away your workstation and makes you develop in COBOL on a character terminal.
APL - You hear a gunshot and there's a hole in your foot, but you don't remember enough linear algebra to understand what happened.
There are, not surprisingly, a ton of additions to this list. Here is what looks like a canonical list of them.