This Guy Should Be The Patron Saint of Coders


“Once, in the last century, in the Cambria Iron Works at Johnstown, Pennsylvania, after working for months to build an unorthodox new machine for steel production, the engineer in charge, John Fritz, said at last, ‘All right boys, let’s start it up and see why it doesn’t work.’


  1. box_500:

    Hence the expression "On the Fritz"

  2. ErikTheRed:

    On the Fritz < On the Ritz.

  3. J Crain:


  4. Sackerson:

    In the 1960s, after a series of failures at Cape Canaveral, a rocket test launch was finally successful. A message was sent to the engineers at Cape Canaveral: "What went right?"

  5. herdgadfly:

    All-Time Best Error Message from old-timey mini-computers - circa 1970s:

    When a Texas Instruments 990 minicomputer was on the verge of crashing, the error message read: "SHUT 'ER DOWN, CLANCY, SHE'S PUMPING MUD!"