By Michael Seese
If you're a computer programmer, you've probably heard the term recursion. Good old Wikipedia defines it as:
Recursion is the process of repeating items in a self-similar way.
Specific to computer programming, they note.
Recursion is sometimes used humorously in computer science, programming, philosophy, or mathematics textbooks, generally by giving a circular definition or self-reference, in which the putative recursive step does not get closer to a base case, but instead leads to an infinite regress. It is not unusual for such books to include a joke entry in their glossary along the lines of:
Recursion, see Recursion.
Here is an email I received the other day.
I love it! A SPAM email in response to a blog post about SPAM!
How dumb do they think I am?
(Interestingly, there was no actual comment associated with that post.)
The link goes to http://infodata.school365.net/?document_srl=79995, which I'm sure is some cesspool.
To understand recursive SPAM, see recursive SPAM! Click to tweet.