Unix Frivolities and LOTR

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  1. Open the Terminal in Mac OS X (Applications / Utilities).
  2. Type

    cat /usr/share/calendar/calendar.history | grep “LOTR”
  3. You should see a list, in month and day order, of events in Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. For instance, September 14 is the birthday of both Bilbo and Frodo.

This particular Stupid Terminal Trick is not unique to OS X; it’s part of OS X’s heritage from BSD Unix, and goes back to earlier days.

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