Geek Moment

by Kieran Healy on June 2, 2004

Cribbed from “Dirk Eddelbuettel’s”: email signature on the “R-help List”: …

bq. FEATURE: VW Beetle license plate seen in California

Well _I_ thought it was funny.



Scott Martens 06.02.04 at 12:12 pm

I get it. I wish I hadn’t. *groan*


John Quiggin 06.02.04 at 12:15 pm

Shouldn’t that be “Seen in Seattle”?


pepi 06.02.04 at 1:07 pm

Erm, I don’t get it…


des 06.02.04 at 1:26 pm

This is the canonical one question geek test. If you don’t get it, please update your canon.


rea 06.02.04 at 2:26 pm

“Erm, I don’t get it . . .”

The VW’s license plate announces that it’s a “FEATURE”–not a bug . . .


paperwight 06.02.04 at 3:30 pm

In case anyone doubts it, that’s a real classic VW with a real license plate. I’ve seen it myself a couple times.


pepi 06.02.04 at 5:30 pm

rea: ok, thanks :)

I hadn’t really understood that the word “feature” was what actually appeared on the license plate… I feel dumb.


Isaac Smith 06.03.04 at 2:21 am

I think that should have been “Feature”- , but then I’m such a geek I pay attention to grammer…


Paul 06.03.04 at 2:25 pm

Like pepi, I didn’t understand that “FEATURE” was the license plate. It’d make more sense it it were:

VW Beetle license plate in California: “FEATURE”


Five Bellies 06.03.04 at 5:59 pm

That sounds like S-Plus or SPSS logic, not R!


Mary Kay 06.04.04 at 6:23 am

Hee. I laughed out loud and the rocket scientist snickered. Since he has a bad cold, that’s pretty good. I keep saying I’m not a geek I just hang out with them, but it’s starting to look really iffy.



agm 06.04.04 at 10:01 am

My canon is way too up to date to discuss among non-geeks =). However, I also didn’t get what was on the license plate.


agm 06.04.04 at 10:04 am

Arrgh. Eloquence seems to be inversely proportional to level of physics education. I meant, “I did not get that that was what was on the license plate”.


pepi 06.04.04 at 10:53 am

Oh, glad I wasn’t the only one. I feel vindicated now :)

I also am much more used to calling it a *Beetle*, not a ‘Bug’. Beetle, that’s its proper name. So there. Hmph.

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