Funny RFC’s

RFC’s (Requests for Comments) are important technical documents. They precisely define the details that make the Internet possible. There’s an RFC for TCP. There’s an RFC for http. There’s an RFC for rtp. You get the point.

What most people don’t know are that there are some pretty humorous RFC’s out there if you look for them. (in contrast to IEEE, who are way  too serious to make jokes) :P.

Here’s my favorite joke RFC’s:
  • RFC0968 “Twas the night before start-up”
    A standardized adaptation of the classic poem.
  • RFC 1882 “The 12-Days of Technology Before Christmas”
    Another Christmas inspired RFC, this one is the classic carol, adapted for engineers.
  • RFC3251 “Electricity over IP”
    How you can use the IP protocol to distribute electricity.
  • RFC2324 “Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol (HTCPCP)”
    Because, who wants to get up to make a pot of coffee?
  • RFC2795 “The Infinite Monkey Protocol Suite (IMPS)”
    The protocols an infinite amount of monkeys sitting at an infinite amount of typewriters should follow in order to produce the works of Shakespeare.
  • RFC748 “Telnet randomly-lose option”
    Telnet’s a bit before my time, but its pretty funny anyways.
  • And my all time favorite…
    RFC1149 “A Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams on Avian Carriers”
    The internet, 19th century style. All you need is a piece of paper, and an extinct bird. 😀

Its nice to know some engineers have a sense of humor. I’m sure there’s more of these out there, but these are just a few I found from trolling the RFC Index today. Let me know if you find more! :

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