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Accounting Error

July 26, 2010

Satan is paying a diplomatic visit to St. Peter. They sip tea together in St. Peter's palatial office, and Satan gazes out of the wall-sized window at the cloudscape beyond with its bewinged, behaloed and beharped inhabitants. He spots Joan of Arc, Mother Teresa, Morecambe and Wise, Alan Turing, Tamburlaine —

— "You've got Tamburlaine? He's meant to be one of ours."

— "Head Office computerised our accounting functions. They sacked the Recording Angel and replaced him by a cumulated–sin-score spreadsheet. But the Excel developer missed some cells out of the SUM range. It's fixed now, but no-one noticed the bug for years —"

He gestures, and Satan sees Pol Pot, Genghis Khan, Vlad the Impaler, Milošević, ...

 


Jocelyn Paine
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