if you think comic book names are silly, remember there was a physicist on the Manhattan Project called Nick Metropolis and he built MANIAC I, a computer powerful enough to help them build a hydrogen bomb by calculating the complex physics in the microseconds of detonation

MANIAC stands for "Mathematical Analyzer Numerical Integrator and Automatic Computer" and it was named that because Nick Metropolis and John von Neumann wanted to stop people from naming their computers silly names, but they just made it worse

us computer nerds have always had the worst sense of humor


@poppyhaze There's a lot of overlap with other parts of STEM, really

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@Newpa_Hasai @poppyhaze I know for a fact that there are very many funny physics acronyms, like the ABRACADABRA experiment.

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