RE: Anyone Hide Easter Eggs in Docs?

Subject: RE: Anyone Hide Easter Eggs in Docs?
From: "Barringer, Marc" <mbarringer -at- newworldsys -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 11:23:25 -0500

A few jobs ago, I was writing a series of validation docs for a disease and
drug dictionary system being developed to track new drugs for pharmaceutical
firm. One of the corporate guidelines was:

"All test/validation data should be easily seen as being Test only data, and
BEAR NO RELATIONSHIP TO ACTUAL DATA." (Emphasis theirs).

This was taken by the jokers in validation as free license to create entire
families of drugs, diseases and test subjects.

A few of the low points:
Drugs: Halitosisin, injectable rhythm, nomenclature hydrochloride, yak
sweat.
Diseases: frogpox, decaf, terminal ennui, chronic fatal dromadrosis (with a
python boot), actue noelcowarditis.
Subjects: A. N. Other, M.T. Spacehelmet, A.D. Nauseum.

Later, after QA/QC testing and a review by the appropriate agencies, the
following note was received:
"The auditors commented on the fact that the test databases, with their
unique descriptions, not only met, but exceeded the scope of the intended
regulation. It is being added as a suggestion to the next validation update
circular that all test data reflect a degree of absurdity that will show
their direct incompatibility with actual test data."

Nothing that hadn't been done before, but the first time it was noticed for
what it was: a way to keep data clean and have a little fun.

Marc B
New World Systems

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