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Where can I go to purchase a mug or some other pretentious geeky SO swag to support/promote this fine, fine community?

If there is no SO shop can I get my own at CafePress?



This has now turned into an impromptu contest on an otherwise idle Thursday:

I have exactly 3 coffee cups that are just sort of hanging around and, err, cluttering up the place. If folks were to write a coffee haiku as answers to this question that somehow mentioned 'overflowing' - I might be inclined to send them out to the top three voted1 entries as of 16:00 UTC this Friday the 22nd. What the heck, it's close enough to December. One entry per person, void if management shuts this down.

1As determined by the net count of up-votes per post

The Prize (thanks to Andrew Barber)

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The Winners!

Grand Prize Winners (4):

These poets will receive a Stack Overflow mug, Stack Overflow T-shirt, and a small collection of stickers

Runners-up (2):

These users will receive a small collection of stickers and a Stack Overflow T-shirt. They received the only two distinct scores after the third place tie.

Honorable Mention (1)

  • dshorter (who asked this question) will receive the mug that he asked for in the first place. Sorry about hijacking your question and turning it into a bizarre haiku contest. Well, no, I'm not really sorry.

Employees (1)

Because when you spill awesomesauce on a contest like this you deserve a mug and a title!

  • couchand Entry net up-vote count of 49 wins the same grand prize as the community winners, along with the official title of Haiku Boss for the highest score in the contest!

Thank you to everyone that participated and made this fun! I'll be in touch with you shortly to get the needed details, and will ship the prizes to the winners by the end of next week.

If you didn't win, don't despair - the holidays are coming quickly, and you might have a few more opportunities!

A note on scoring: The total amount of up-votes is what was considered. If you received 20 up votes and 10 down votes, you got a score of 20.


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I have exactly 3 coffee cups that are just sort of hanging around and, err, cluttering up the place. If folks were to write a coffee haiku as answers to this question that somehow mentioned 'overflowing' - I might be inclined to send them out to the top three voted entries as of 16:00 UTC tomorrow. What the heck, it's close enough to December. One entry per person, void if management shuts this down. – Tim Post Nov 21 '13 at 16:41
@Manishearth Well my colleague has done a fine job of setting an example here so .. I'll leave that up to you I suppose :P – Tim Post Nov 21 '13 at 17:14
Is this the mug you're talking about? I'm never parting with mine. ;) – gnostradamus Nov 21 '13 at 17:18
@Geobits if you want the mugs // and your vote score is the same // you fight to the death – Manishearth Nov 21 '13 at 17:21
Since I can't enter twice I'm just going to have to put this here: I love web design / My CSS is awesome / at overflowing – fredley Nov 21 '13 at 17:23
@TimPost How did you get your furby intoxicated? I've tried both liqour and drugs, but they just blink creepily at me. – Geobits Nov 21 '13 at 17:27
@Geobits That is them intoxicated. – Andrew Barber Nov 21 '13 at 17:52

55 Answers 55

I am so down for this.

Fresh brewed coffee
My heart is overflowing
The Stack of caffeine.

I love to write code
With overflowing coffee
Please give me that mug
I have a pr0blem
My stack addiction grows big
Rep must overflow
Note: pr0blem has the same number of syllables as problem, which incidentally has the same number of syllables as porblem – Manishearth Nov 21 '13 at 17:03
My backlog today it is growing.
The coffee I poured's overflowing.
My focus is blurred,
I can't find a word!
The truth is, I'd rather be bowling.

...what's a "haiku"?

the shog always cheats// flag this as not an answer// upvote overflow – Manishearth Nov 21 '13 at 17:09
"Ku", while really written as "Koe" is the Dutch word for "Cow". And "hai", while often regarded as a salutation for the illiterate, is really a Dutch version of the English "Hi". So a Haiku is a Dutch greeting for our cows, which we hold in high regard. – Bart Nov 21 '13 at 17:09
Limericks are never a bad idea though – James Webster Nov 21 '13 at 17:13
-1 for failing to incorporate "Nantucket". (I up voted anyway, but I'm not happy about it.) – Jaydles Nov 21 '13 at 17:20
We asked for a simple haiku, // a limerick's what we got from you. // Go on, post another, // for even your brother // would surely downvote that one, too. – Geobits Nov 21 '13 at 17:25
Staff members are not eligible. :) – Robert Harvey Nov 21 '13 at 18:31
Questions? Pour quickly,
The fastest cup in the west.
Oh no, overflow!
It's Not Safe For Work
The time I spend on site
iS Overflowing

My coffee is black
My mug is overflowing
Or is it my stack?

-1, haikus don't rhyme! – mikeTheLiar Nov 21 '13 at 17:26
@mikeTheLiar ahem – fredley Nov 21 '13 at 17:29
@fredley You did read his name right? ;) – Cruncher Nov 21 '13 at 20:13
Lots of old Japanese haiku rhyme too, since there are only 6 possible end-sounds in the language (あ "ah" ・い "ee" as in "Eeeek!" ・う "oooooh" ・え "eh?" ・お "oh!"・ん "n") – jmac Nov 22 '13 at 2:19

I don't like java
But I haven't had the chance yet
To taste it in an SO goblet

initiates java fanboy rant – Richard Tingle Nov 21 '13 at 17:12
I think people aren't mad about your stab at java, more that you don't have the proper number of syllables per line (haikus are 5-7-5). – Laura Nov 21 '13 at 19:40

O­ver­flow­ing ­joy:
The­ sound­ of­ brew­ing­ mo­kas.
Real­ cof­fee­ for­ me.

Coffee Overflow  
Fuelled by caffeine, code flows.   
For a coder I am!
Yes. Fueled is two syllables. Fu-eled. Or something like that. – jmac Nov 22 '13 at 10:00
Searching for answers
Pouring while mind is elsewere
mug overflowing

My heart palpitates

my soul leaves, to flow over

the caffeinated stacks


Question asked, no vote
and no answer - tumbleweed
My tears overflow


For kicks and giggles:

Shock! Gasp! Tragedy!
Turn your eyes from the scene!
Steam wand is not clean!
This beautiful prose should be framed right next to the machine. Seriously, clean the wand, it's just gross otherwise. – Tim Post Nov 21 '13 at 17:24
Uh... isn't Turn your eyes from the scene six syllables, not seven? – Shotgun Ninja Nov 21 '13 at 22:36
Roses are red
Coffee is black
Wait, how does haiku work again?

Robots are not good at poetry

roses are red // coffee is black // I don't like captchas // bugging me on stack – Manishearth Nov 21 '13 at 17:37
The night is longest
when coffee and good answers
do not overflow!

For the entry:

coffee-logged keyboard
excited programmer poured
the mug overflows

Not for the contest (but about stack overflows, or lack thereof):

an infinite loop?
tail-call optimization?
no stack overflow!

Words in square brackets
Browser can't show the image


We then turned the obvious spam into an actual meta post, so why not a mug?

"Give me coffee plz"
Question now flagged for closure
The queue overflows
 What am I doing?
 I already have a mug, 
 I just like Haikus.

Mind overflowing
With Thoughts Of Unicorns
I sip more coffee
(boss says "back to work")

With Thoughts of Unicorns seems like 6 syllables... – Shotgun Ninja Nov 21 '13 at 22:33

A coffee related haiku:

The Keurig is broke
Keeps overflowing my mug
Need a bigger one

Bonus haiku:

Cannot reproduce
Your "stack overflowing" bug
Works on my machine

int stack(int countTo) {
    return stack(countTo + 1);
stack(MAX_INT + 1);
Ouch, and I was hoping to win too! Oh well... this is really actually quite good. – JDB Nov 21 '13 at 20:32
As couch is an employee, his entry won't affect which users receive mugs. That said, this is brilliant. – Tim Post Nov 21 '13 at 21:26
@TimPost your contest rules don't say anything about employees being ineligible... :) – Laura Nov 21 '13 at 23:17
I think this needs to be made into a thing. I would buy it. – ahren Nov 22 '13 at 3:25
Meh. Not enough jQuery. – Oded Nov 22 '13 at 15:43

Oh, sacred nectar!

As coffee pours in my mug

please don't overflow...


Stacked on the bed

Eyes slowly overflowing

All the body's like

Coffe, plz, gimme teh coffe


Brain overflowing

A hand grabbing for a mug

Feeling bright again

This one time on SO
Overflowed, the answers
What rhymes with Nantucket
Java beans dissolve
As steam overflows the edge
A mug of pure bliss
bean, brown and bitter
overly caffeinated
thoughts overflowing

Coffee overflow?

I'd rather have some tacos



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