Recently Martin shared with me a Reddit comment thread titled What would the best geek epitaph be?. This immediately caught my attention, as the question posed is fertile for outrageous humor, witty comments, and downright geeky cheekiness. Here are some beaming examples:

“Goodbye World”; coders start out their programming careers with the “Hello world” program, it’s only appropriate for them to end it with this one!

“Respawn in 10… 9… 8…“; for the geek gamers out there

“shutdown -h now”; self explainable, but the -h flag is for halt. A user brilliantly replied to the above epitaph with “shutdown -r now if he is a Buddhist”; the -r flag means reboot. Reincarnation.

“Hashes to hashes, struct to struct.”

“404 Life not found”

“rm -rf /dev/body mv /dev/soul ../”; rm is the Unix command for “remove”, mv is for “move”, -f for “force”, -r for “recursive”

A screen shot of aBSOD


I also took the liberty of googling some more, here are some other great examples:

“Born: 1337 Died:1337″

“Pwned”; obvious but classic!

“OMG H4x”

“Damn Lag”


“Exceeded TTL”; TTL= Time To Live


“Fatal Error”

(A)bort, (R)etry, (I)gnore?

“It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.” Now thats just class!

Pictures are worth a 1000 words:

Merv Griffin Epitaph

R Andersen Epitaph; Connection Reset by Peer

What would YOU have on your epitaph?