After a long year working on improving software quality, sometimes you need a break for some fun and games. Here are some brain teasers, riddles, and word puzzles to test yourself!
What year was the first computer bug discovered?
“On September 9, 1947, a team of computer scientists and engineers reported the world’s first computer bug. A bug is a flaw or glitch in a system. Thomas Edison reported “bugs” in his designs as early as the 1800s, but this was the first bug identified in a computer.”
“The team at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, found that their computer, the Mark II, was delivering consistent errors. When they opened the computer’s hardware, they found … a moth. The trapped insect had disrupted the electronics of the computer.”
Source: Nation Geographic
Who is considered to be the world’s first computer programmer?
A: Ada Lovelace
“In 1843, Lovelace translated an article on the Analytical Engine by Italian Engineer Luigi Menabrea. Mathematician Charles Babbage asked Lovelace to expand upon the article in appendix notes—which eventually ran triple the length of the original piece. Those notes included an algorithm, steps the computer would take in solving certain mathematical sequences, which over time has awarded her credit as the first computer programmer.”
Source: World Science Festival
Why do programmers confuse Halloween and Christmas?
A: Because OCT 31 = DEC 25
This is an unusual paragraph. I’m curious how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it. It looks so plain you would think nothing was wrong with it. In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is unusual though. Study it, and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out.
The letter E, the most common letter in the English language is missing from the entire paragraph!
PNSQC 2021 Word Scramble