Hacker Koans became a source of educational humor among programmers:
>A student was playing a handheld video game during a class.
>The teacher called on the student and asked him what he was doing. The student replied that he was trying to master the game.
>The teacher said, "There exists a state in which you will not attempt to master the game, and the game will not attempt to master you."
>The student asked, "What is this state?"
>The teacher said, "Give me your video game, and I will show you."
>The student gave him the game, and the teacher threw it to the ground, breaking it into pieces. The student was enlightened.