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Help with button [message #117676] Mon, 23 September 2013 18:31 Go to next message
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Originally posted by: @RUTGERS.ARPA:ron@BRL-TGR.ARPA
Message-ID: <820@topaz.ARPA>
Date: Thu, 28-Feb-85 08:17:17 EST
Article-I.D.: topaz.820
Posted: Thu Feb 28 08:17:17 1985
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From: Ron Natalie 

I have a button that reads
	I am the Imp of the Perverse (knowing this won't help you either)
That I bought and stuck on our MILNET IMP.  Actually, I had to by another
one because I think our IMP hardware guy took the first one.  Question is
what does it mean.  Does this relate to some book?  Can anyone help with
a reference?  Please reply by mail.

-Ron
Re: Help with button [message #118685 is a reply to message #117676] Tue, 24 September 2013 14:33 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Message-ID: <1034@reed.UUCP>
Date: Sat, 2-Mar-85 17:20:28 EST
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Posted: Sat Mar  2 17:20:28 1985
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> From: Ron Natalie 
> 
> I have a button that reads
> 	I am the Imp of the Perverse (knowing this won't help you either)
> Question is what does it mean?

It refers to an essay by Edgar Allen Poe called The Imp of the Perverse.

                                    Todd Ellner
Re: Help with Button [message #118791 is a reply to message #117676] Tue, 24 September 2013 14:36 Go to previous message
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Date: Thu, 7-Mar-85 14:45:39 EST
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Posted: Thu Mar  7 14:45:39 1985
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> From: wesm@Mitre-Bedford
> 
> 
>    >I have a button that reads
>    >
>    >     I am the Imp of the Perverse
>    >       (knowing this won't help you either)
>    >
>    >That I bought and stuck on our MILNET IMP.  Actually, I had to by
>    >another one because I think our IMP hardware guy took the first one.
>    >Question is what does it mean.  Does this relate to some book?  Can

   As I posted before, The Imp of the Perverse is the title of an essay
by Poe.  It concerns the tendency or voice within which makes you do things
which you know are evil/self-destructive/perverse. Knowing what you are about
to do doesn't help at all (I know I'll go splat, but I've just got to step off
that cliff).

                                                 Todd
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