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Thursday, 24 December 2009

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Snorri Oluffssonn, an anthropologist with the Ollvigg Larrsenn Center for Ethnographical Studies, has discovered a lost tribe of geeks living in the rain forest of the Amazon.

'It's quite amazing what has happened to the tribe in only two generations', Oluffssonn said. 'They remain a technological civilization, but in the crudest ways imaginable.'

'For instance', he says, 'They build their own computers -- but these things only resemble computers, and cannot be considered devices at all. They're woven of twigs and vines, with various internal parts consisting of shells and brightly colored stones.'

He said they revere these crude artifacts.

'Every eight days', he says, 'the geeks gather in the center of the village and chant 'GIGO', 'kludge', 'worm', 'stack overflow' and similar terms until the sun goes down.

'What is more,' he says, 'their religion is based on a fear of mythical beings they call 'script kiddies' and 'hackers'. And the title they give to their high priest is 'root'.

It is believed the geeks originally fled to the rain forest to escape the Y2K bug.

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