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Ask HN: What is the funniest and stupidest software project you know?
47 points by kayttajavirhe 3 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 44 comments
Just found this gem recently and was wondering that there has to be more this kind of projects.


Both the stupidest and smartest project in a long while.

Gr8 b8


The developers of game dev tycoon released a cracked version of their software with a twist. The players using the cracked software would eventually have their business go bankrupt due to piracy. Best part is that people who were using the pirated software were actually posting on forums asking how to... get people to stop pirating! The irony!


The irony being that because the developers put up the torrent themselves, "the pirated software" arguably wasn't actually pirated.

Nice, but kind of obsolete since you can do this in AI now: http://joelgrus.com/2016/05/23/fizz-buzz-in-tensorflow/


Yep, discovering this repo literally shut down our engineering department for 45 minutes.

Was part of a hackathon for building useless things. Someone made this gem and I still love it. Flappy bird where you fly by screaming into your mic


Don't try in the library.

this is hilarious

A nonsense activity generator to impress colleagues with your productivity: https://github.com/svenstaro/genact

Try it online here: https://svenstaro.github.io/genact/

Disclaimer: I made that.


> SL (Steam Locomotive) runs across your terminal when you type "sl" as you meant to type "ls". It's just a joke command, and not useful at all.

Repurpose an "easy button" to play custom sounds (I programmed snippets from the Simpsons). When I went on vacation, I substituted my hacked one for the normal one in the developer's area.



Dear god this is a public service to humanity! Huzahh!

I greatly enjoy parrot.live (https://github.com/hugomd/parrot.live).

  curl parrot.live
Running Windows 95 in an Electron app is also amazing: https://github.com/felixrieseberg/windows95/releases

From stupidhackathon: "an app that orders delivery to a random location, and ubers you there...": https://twitter.com/chromakode/status/731942777131425792?lan...

I miss the innocent, purer times of Desktop Destroyer. Maybe less funny and more nostalgic.


Usage guide: https://youtu.be/Vq6XpdGQ-pc

I had a version of this that had a trampoline to bounce a trimmed/plucked chicken, and the more you bounced it the higher it would go before crashing through your desktop. Can’t find it now. It was a high quality little program, though. Fun times :D

Wow, that takes me back. I had fun with the one. Thanks!

Generating fun Stack Exchange questions using Markov chains https://se-simulator.lw1.at https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=16947038

Disclaimer: This is by me, but it is definitly both funny and stupid.

This is up there with the tech jargon generator and hackertyper. Thanks for making this.

RIP terry davis https://www.templeos.org/

Wait what? He’s dead?

Yes. The bottom of the TempleOS page linked by grandparent reads "Terry A. Davis (1969 - 2018). Rest in peace!".

ClippyJS: https://www.smore.com/clippy-js

Windows 93: https://www.windows93.net/

I find them funny but not necessarily stupid. I thought they were really clever.

Love this, so many languages represented

arguably controversial, but: https://urbit.org/docs/

the deeper you look, the more the abyss stares back:



I like Brendan Gregg's specials: http://www.brendangregg.com/specials.html

/bin/maybe,/dev/notrandom and the ishadm(information super highway admin) come to mind :)

Had a boss once who wanted a web page, here are the requirements:

Get to anything in 3 clicks (note this thing had at least a hundred different areas and easily 100K documents)

Make it clean

Easy to use

And most important it has too look really cool, so everyone will want to use it.

Probably lolcat, which is like cat, but outputs text to your terminal in a multicolored rainbow. It has no other purpose. For fun you can pipe output from figlet into lolcat.

http://olegdb.org, my favorite MAYO compliant database.

ArnoldC, "Programming language based on the one-liners of Arnold Schwarzenegger."


( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Official Lenny library for Java: https://github.com/paulrademacher/lenny ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

This website has a pretty good supply:


Another boss, president of the company.

I do not know what I want but I will know it when I see it.

This was after he explained what we made was not quite right.

Watch star wars over telnet:

    telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl

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