In stack exchange podcast #30 Joel is talking about his Usenet group; How it was built and evolved he then goes on to talk about them adding and "off topic" this is going at about the 8 minutes mark but "he won't go into it".

Does anyone know what happened?!


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Joel doesn't like to talk about it. It still scares him too much. But after a dozen Ice Teas from Long Island, he finally told me what happened. He said

Once upon a time in a magical kingdom lived a unicorn. He was magical in a magical kingdom. And he was a kingdom in a magical unicorn. But then something horrendous happened. The unicorn started to squeal and moan. And from his mouth I could hear the devil speak …

Obviously, the magical kingdom was the Usenet. And the Unicorn was its users. It's a metaphor (which is why Meta is called Meta by the way). And that's it. True Story. They even made a music video out of it

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    It had to have something with unicorns
    – raam86
    Jun 19, 2013 at 7:58
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    – James
    Jun 19, 2013 at 8:42
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    I am trying to wrap my brain around that video... did I see a nazi unicorn? Jun 19, 2013 at 11:40
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    @RichardJ.RossIII well, did you or did you nazi a unicorn?
    – Gordon
    Jun 19, 2013 at 11:52
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    Wanna C tru evil? => this
    – user202362
    Jun 19, 2013 at 14:16
  • ... I got nothin'. Jun 19, 2013 at 14:25
  • You sir, win the internets...
    – ircmaxell
    Jun 19, 2013 at 14:53
  • @BoltClock'saUnicorn have you tried this
    – user202362
    Jun 19, 2013 at 14:54

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