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Achtung!
Alles turisten und nonteknischen lookenpeepers!


Das maschine-kontrol ist nicht für der gefingerpoken und mittengraben! Oderwise ist easy to schnappen der springenwerk, blowenfusen und poppencorken mit spitzensparksen.


Der maschine ist diggen bei experten only!


Ist nicht für gewerken bei dummkopfen. Der rubbernecken sightseeren keepen das cottonpicken händer in das pockets.


Zo relaxen und watschen der blinkenlights.

A common example of Faxlore is the pseudo-German variation of the "Blinkenlights" poster

Faxlore is a sort of folklore: an urban legend that is circulated, not by word of mouth, but by fax machine. Xeroxlore is similar material circulated by photocopying. Pseudo is a prefix of Greek origin. ... Blinkenlights is a hackers neologism for diagnostic lights on old mainframe computers and modern network hardware. ... Folklore is the ethnographic concept of the tales, legends, or superstitions current among a particular population, a part of the oral history of a particular culture. ... Jump to: navigation, search Urban legends are a kind of folklore consisting of stories often thought to be factual by those circulating them (see rumor). ... Jump to: navigation, search A small, much-used Xerox copier in a high school library. ...


Some faxlore is relatively harmless. Cartoons and jokes often circulate as faxlore; the poor graphic quality becoming worse with each new person who resends the joke to the next recipient. Because faxlore and xeroxlore is the (mis)appropriation of technology owned by the employer, much humorous faxlore is mildly subversive of the workplace and its values. The somewhat sexist but now semi-traditional lists of reasons "why a cucumber is better than a man" or "why a beer is better than a woman" often circulate as faxlore, as has the well known pseudo-German variations of the "Blinkenlights" poster. Jump to: navigation, search A cartoon is any of several forms of art, with varied meanings that evolved from one to another. ... Jump to: navigation, search A joke is a short story or short series of words spoken or communicated with the intent of being laughed at or found humorous by the listener or reader. ... Jump to: navigation, search This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Jump to: navigation, search Humour (Commonwealth English) or humor (American English) is the ability or quality of people, objects or situations to evoke feelings of amusement in other people. ... Jump to: navigation, search The sign of the headquarters of the National Association Opposed To Woman Suffrage Sexism is commonly considered to be discrimination against people based on their sex rather than their individual merits, but can also refer to any and all differentiations based on sex. ... Pseudo is a prefix of Greek origin. ... Blinkenlights is a hackers neologism for diagnostic lights on old mainframe computers and modern network hardware. ...


Other sorts of faxlore have had more serious consequences. A number of more notorious urban legends have circulated in faxlore; the notorious "Blue Star Acid" hoax is one well known example; the "lights out" hoax, which claimed that people who were driving in the dark with their headlights out might be gang members, and that those who flashed their headlights at these drivers might be marked for murder as part of a gang initiation, was another hoax that was widely circulated as faxlore. The poor graphic quality of the frequently re-sent faxes, which often were made out to appear to have originated with the police department of a distant city, only made these hoaxes seem more credible. Jump to: navigation, search D-lysergic acid diethylamide, commonly called acid, LSD, or LSD-25, is a powerful semisynthetic psychedelic drug. ... Jump to: navigation, search A hoax is an attempt to trick an audience into believing that something false is real. ... Jump to: navigation, search // How a gang is defined A gang is a group of individuals who share a common identity and, in current usage, engage in illegal activities. ... Jump to: navigation, search Categories: Television stations in Toronto | CHUM Limited ...


In the United States, collections of supposedly sinister symbols have been circulated among school administrators; in the 1980s these symbols were frequently alleged to be "Satanic symbols", and in the 1990s they were alleged to be "gang symbols". Innocuous political or religious symbols, like the peace symbol, the Star of David, the Rosary, the ankh, or the pentagram were mingled with other cryptic or fanciful symbols in these faxed and recirculated sheets, and the entire collection was condemned with the same brush. A school is most commonly a place designated for learning. ... Jump to: navigation, search // Events and trends The 1980s marked an abrupt shift towards more conservative lifestyles after the momentous cultural revolutions which took place in the 1960s and 1970s and the definition of the AIDS virus in 1981. ... Jump to: navigation, search Satanism is a religious, semi-religious and/or philosophical movement whose adherents recognize Satan as an archetype, pre-cosmic force, or some aspect of human nature. ... Jump to: navigation, search // Events and trends The 1990s are generally classified as having moved slightly away from the more conservative 1980s, but otherwise retaining the same mindset. ... Look up Politics on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Politics (disambiguation) Democracy History of democracy List of democracy and elections-related topics List of years in politics List of politics by country articles Political corruption Political economy Political movement Political parties of the world Political party Political psychology Political sociology Political... Jump to: navigation, search Fishers of men; Oil on panel by Adriaen van de Venne (1614) Religion (see etymology below) —sometimes used interchangeably with faith or belief system—is commonly defined as belief concerning the supernatural, sacred, or divine, and the moral codes, practices, values, institutions and rituals associated with... A peace symbol is a representation or object that has come to symbolize peace. ... The Star of David The Star of David (Magen David in Hebrew or Mogen Dovid in Ashkenazi Hebrew, Shield of David, Solomons Seal, or Seal of Solomon) is a generally recognized symbol of Judaism and Jewish identity. ... Jump to: navigation, search Our Lady of Lourdes - Mary appearing at Lourdes with Rosary Beads The Rosary (from Latin rosarium, crown of roses), an important and traditional devotion of the Catholic Church consisting of a set of prayer beads and a system of set prayers. ... The ankh (pronounced ahnk) was the Egyptian hieroglyphic character that stood for the word ʿnḫ, which means life). ... Jump to: navigation, search A pentagram, pentacle, pentalpha, or pentangle A pentagram is a five-pointed star drawn with five straight strokes. ...


On the authority of these anonymous, hard to trace, and impossible to cross-examine sources, school administrators sometimes acted to ban the wearing of Stars of David and similar symbols of minority religions. The incorporation of the symbols of political beliefs and minority religions suggests that at least some instances of this kind of faxlore are deliberate hoaxes with ulterior motives. Sheets of these evil symbols collected by hearsay have occasionally been circulated by local police departments. Typically, no compiler or author is given for the collection of symbols, though frightening descriptions are often given about their "secret meaning." A number of civil liberties lawsuits were filed over misguided actions taken by school administrators who took these anonymous sources seriously. In the broadest sense, a fraud is a deception made for personal gain, although it has a more specific legal meaning, the exact details varying between jurisdictions. ... A bigot is a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own. ... Hearsay in its most general and oldest meaning is a term used in the law of evidence to describe an out of court statement offered to establish the facts asserted in that statement. ... Jump to: navigation, search Civil liberties are protections from the power of governments. ... Jump to: navigation, search A lawsuit is a civil action brought before a court in order to recover a right, obtain damages for an injury, obtain an injunction to prevent an injury, or obtain a declaratory judgment to prevent future legal disputes. ...


A similar claim that the Procter & Gamble logo was a "satanic symbol" was linked in the 1980s to the activity of several Amway distributors, Amway being one of Procter & Gamble's competitors. An occasional hoax with a similar agenda claims that clothing and memorabilia of various universities or sports teams are "gang symbols", for partisan reasons. Jump to: navigation, search Procter & Gamble headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. ... Jump to: navigation, search Amway generally refers to an international multi-level marketing (MLM) system consisting of a company called Amway Corporation and several surrounding but legally separate motivational organizations (sometimes referred to as Amway Motivational Organizations, or AMOs. ... Jump to: navigation, search A professor giving a lecture at the Helsinki University of Technology A university is an institution of higher education and of research, which grants academic degrees. ...


With the rise of the Internet, email and the World Wide Web now are available to circulate the sort of material that formerly circulated as faxlore. The hoax warnings of dire and terrible computer viruses that still occasionally circulate, carry on one tradition of the bogus cautionary tale that used to circulate as faxlore. Faxlore, however, is not extinct; the fact that a fax that has been copied several times over, and that the original sender is someone the recipient has never heard of, gives certain kinds of friend of a friend tale additional stature and credibility. E-mail, or email, is short for electronic mail and is a method of composing, sending, and receiving messages over electronic communication systems. ... Jump to: navigation, search Graphic representation of the World Wide Web around Wikipedia The World Wide Web (WWW, W3, or simply Web) is an information space in which the items of interest, referred to as resources, are identified by global identifiers called Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs). ... Jump to: navigation, search In computer security technology, a virus is a self-replicating program that spreads by inserting copies of itself into other executable code or documents. ... A cautionary tale is a traditional story told in folklore, to warn its hearer of a danger. ... Friend of a Friend (FOAF) is a phrase used in some social sciences as a half-joking shorthand for the fact that much of the information on which people act comes from distant sources (as in It happened to a friend of a friend of mine) and cannot be confirmed. ...


References

  • Hofstadter, Douglas: Le Ton beau de Marot: In Praise of the Music of Language (ISBN 0465086454) — contains a discussion of the Blinkenlights text
  • Chalifoux v. New Cancy Independent School District, 976 F.Supp. 659 (S.D. Tex. 1997) — School board rule forbidding wearing of the rosary as a necklace, claimed to be a "gang symbol", struck down by court.
  • Jeglin v. San Jacinto Unified School District, 827 F.Supp. 1459 (C.D. Cal. 1993) — School board dress code forbidding the wearing of sports logos, claimed to be "gang symbols", struck down by court.
  • Blue Star Acid at snopes.com.
  • The Lights Out hoax at snopes.com
  • Mississippi high school bars student's Star of David (Jewish News Weekly, August 29, 1999)

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Article about "Faxlore" in the English Wikipedia on 24-Apr-2004 (613 words)
Faxlore is a sort of folklore: an urban legend that is circulated, not by word of mouth, but by fax machine.
Because faxlore and xeroxlore is the (mis)appropriation of technology owned by the employer, much humorous faxlore is mildly subversive of the workplace and its values.
Faxlore, however, is not extinct; the fact that a fax that has been copied several times over, and that the original sender is someone the recipient has never heard of, gives certain kinds of friend of a friend tale additional stature and credibility.
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