15 Mythical and Humorous Facts About Richard Stallman

You may have read our collection of mythical and humorous facts about Linus Torvalds. This time around, we will give tribute to another living legend by the name of Richard M. Stallman. Since this free software evangelist has tons of loyal fans, it didn't take long for me to gather some of the whimsical facts that are being said about him. Here are some of my favorites:

1. Richard Stallman doesn't use web browsers, he sends a link to a demon that uses wget to fetch the page and sends it back to him.

2. Richard Stallman is the only man alive who can pronounce GNU the way it is meant to be pronounced.

3. Richard Stallman doesn't read web pages. They write to him.

4. Some people check their computers for viruses. Viruses check their computers for Richard Stallman.

5. Richard Stallman's beard is made of parentheses.

6. Richard Stallman's nervous system is completely wireless.

7. Richard Stallman wrote the compiler God used. The Big Bang was the Universe's first segfault.

8. Some people wear Linus Torvalds pyjama's to bed, Linus Torvalds wears RMS pyjama's.

9. RMS once ate three 72 oz. steaks in one hour. He spent the first 45 minutes coding a new Emacs elisp extension.

10. Richard Stallman has no mother, he coded himself.

11. Richard Stallman has created the singularity, but since he usually works without an internet connection it won't be apparent for another two weeks.

12. Richard Stallman doesn't wget, Richard Stallman wdemands!

13. Richard Stallman has no problem using emacs. He wrote it with his 4 hands.

14. Richard Stallman never showers: he runs 'make clean'.

15. Richard Stallman released his own DNA under GNU FDL.


  1. Here's another one:

    RMS doesn't code, he just travel around the world.

  2. AnonymousJune 14, 2009

    LOL! Thanks so much for this...

  3. AnonymousJune 15, 2009

    what's said on 1) is not a joke, it's actually a true wide known fact he has reported on several occasions, according to him it helps saving time as he often is in places with very constrained net up links or offline and this way he can read/answer mail and webpages in batches

  4. AnonymousJune 16, 2009

    the first one is mostly true. I did hear something like that once.

    It was either about him or Knuth, which tells you a lot about my memory (I don't want people to think there're any other similarities between these two worthies!)

  5. AnonymousJune 16, 2009

    This first one is absolutely true. He briefly mentioned it in an email exchange between him and I.

  6. Very good...