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keepen das cotten-pickenen hans in das pockets

Started by Mechanic, February 01, 2013, 03:26:05 AM

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For no apparent reason my computer was hanging during a credit card activation. While I was waiting I was watching the lights on the computer and the Wi-Fi modem and it reminded me of a sign in fractured German, that some wag had stuck onto a Linofilm installation that I was supervising at the Sydney Morning Herald in 1970. I could remember one line that had stuck in my mind. I entered the line into Google and sure enough I got a number of versions. Apparently it started being displayed on IBM machines back in 1955.

For what it's worth copy of the wording follows.


Alles touristen und non-technischen looken peepers!
Das computermachine ist nicht fuer gefingerpoken und mittengrabben.
Ist easy schnappen der springenwerk, blowenfusen und poppencorken
mit spitzensparken.  Ist nicht fuer gewerken bei das dumpkopfen.
Das rubbernecken sichtseeren keepen das cotten-pickenen hans in das
pockets muss; relaxen und watchen das blinkenlichten.

George Finn (Mechanic)
Gold Coast

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