Saturday, April 3, 2010

Volume 5, Number 9: Unabomber Haikus

Exactly 14 years ago today, the FBI arrested Theodore Kaczynski, better known as the Unabomber, at a remote cabin in Montana.

How he got that name bears some explaining: In the late 1970s (when Kaczynski's bomb attacks started), as the FBI assigned six-letter designations to each case, and because they were going after a BOMber who had attacked UNiversities and Airlines, this particular case came to be known as UNABOM. At the time that these university and airline bomb attacks began, nobody knew who was carrying them out, so for nearly 18 years, the suspect was only known as the "Unabomber."

Nobody even knew what he looked like. Here's a drawing that the FBI circulated that bore no resemblance to Kaczynski. That drawing looks more like what you'd get if the late-'70s "High Rollers" Alex Trebek put on a hooded sweatshirt and a pair of BluBlockers.

But the real reason for this blog entry is that after Kaczynski's arrest, all manner of Unabomber-related haikus were circulating about the Internet. I guess it was an Internet meme, like "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" had been two years earlier. Many of the haikus were funny, such as this one, my personal favorite:
I have a vision
But I am misunderstood
Do you like my beard?
You can read these haikus at a few different websites:

There may be other web pages out there as well, but most of the ones I found on Google are just repeating the ones found at the three I listed above.

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