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The World’s First Computer Bug!

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Ever wondered why a computer bug is called a “computer bug”? I was quite amazed to find out that the term can be understood quite literally:

According to the National Museum of American History:

In 1947, engineers working on the Mark II computer at Harvard University found a moth stuck in one of the components. They taped the insect in their logbook and labeled it “first actual case of bug being found.” The words “bug” and “debug” soon became a standard part of the language of computer programmers.

The operators removed the moth and taped it to the log. (See the picture below.) The entry reads: "First actual case of bug being found."

The world's first computer bug

They had "debugged" the machine and the terms computer bug and "debugging a computer program" were born.

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