Computer: Virus
Funny Viruses   (+5, -2)  [vote for, against]
Viruses are almost always harmful. Why not make them funny?

I've always thought that virus writers were really boring individuals. They take a truly cool (and ancient!) concept and do the same thing...over, and over, and over...

How many times have you heard of the virus that deletes your files? Or erases your BIOS? Or SPAM's itself to all your friends with a stupid Email message "Hi! I will want to be my friend? Come here, now!" or something equally as asinine?

Why not just a virus that's a harmless practical joke that goes away after a day? Like causing your computer to beep randomly every so often. Or play random "Max Headroom" clips (since Max was a virus anyway!) Or turn your homepage to something silly like the Hamster Dance?

Granted, we don't need more viruses, but if we're going to have them, let's make them interesting...
-- gb2000, Apr 26 2002

(?) hamPster. the word is H-A-M-P-S-T-E-R!
for bliss.... [runforrestrun, Apr 27 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]

and for more laughs.... http://greymatter.o...atanichamsterdance/
[runforrestrun, Apr 27 2002, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Oh, a _computer virus._ Sorry, when I first pulled this up I was kinda hoping for a biological one...

bliss, you didn't know about hamsterdance? I 'spose that's why your name still has 'bliss' in it. I've seen it, and couldn't get the image out of my head for days, despite all efforts at self-inflicted amnesia...
-- RayfordSteele, Apr 26 2002

I actually made what (*I* thought) was a really funny "virus" (actually, just a little BASIC .exe, called in the autoexec.bat; thems were the days) that almost got me kicked out of high school. (Bear in mind, however, that this was genuinely the FIRST time ever that I'd been in trouble in school!)

It just made random beeping noises rather rapidly and *laughed* at you when you tried to quit. rofl. Stupid CS teachers. How in the world are they supposed to teach when they can't even!... <rant digression>
-- absterge, Apr 26 2002

Put your email address here and you might get what you wish for.
-- bing, Apr 26 2002

Why funny? I still say go for useful...or risk spreading false, damaging, and misleading claims.
-- reensure, Apr 26 2002

what exactly is a hampster then? Mr Runfo.
-- po, Apr 27 2002

thought it might be what residents of Hampstead have started calling themselves. after all plums in the mouth tend to result in hamster cheeks eventually.
-- po, Apr 27 2002

The really early viruses were jokes. Harmful viruses didn't show up until the novelty of the virus idea itself had worn off.
-- wiml, Apr 28 2002

//Put your email address here and you might get what you wish for//

Really? Yay! My e-mail is Oh, BTW, my password is thisisajokeifyoureallythink thisismyemailyouhavenosenseof humor. Plese give me a better computer! Oh, and when the log-in screen asks for your credit card number, put it in and you will recive a surprise!
-- Shadow Phoenix, Oct 24 2007

There once was a hampster
who set sail to sea in a hamper
When his sister the coyote
tried to nail him to a boat, he
set to sail, to outer space,
and with a yawn told her to face
the disgrace of being brother to a gangster.

The moral of the story: Never hamper a a hamster with a hammer.

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-- pashute, May 11 2013

Noticed how the new bird flu looks like maki sushi. Not sure if that counts as hilarious.
-- not_morrison_rm, May 15 2013

H7N9...even sounds like a sushi order.

Not funny-hilarious; funny-strange. Hmm.
-- Sgt Teacup, May 16 2013

I remember one going around purportedly from Coca-Cola (would work with your favourite beer brand too) which wanted to reward the recipient's customer loyalty with a 'free drink holder'. When the person clicked the link their disk tray opened.
-- AusCan531, May 16 2013

Virus making. Yet another art vastly improved upon by way of the profit motive.
-- fishboner, May 20 2013

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