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One of my online buddies must have known I needed a pick me up, because she basically told me to use an old DOS command shell and do this:

Happy and you know it

Geeky parents out there who grew up with DOS (like myself), might actually be sleep deprived and demented enough to think this was funny. I even did it twice and sang along.

To the vast majority of readers who are probably scratching their heads wondering why they just wasted 15 seconds reading this, all i can say is: syntax error, please insert disk in drive A:.

Want to try it yourself? I used the FreeDos EmulatorThanks Gabrielle for the idea!

9 Responses to “For Demented Geek Parents with Kids”

  1. on 14 Aug 2007 at 9:51 am Alpaca The Awesome

    I haven’t even seen a DOS thingamajig (except maybe on Lost) and that’s funny.

  2. on 14 Aug 2007 at 2:09 pm fluffman86

    I tried this in Windows XP command prompt. Happy is unexpected at this time.

    (screenshot above)


  3. on 14 Aug 2007 at 2:20 pm Aginoth

    That’s great, as a thirty-mumble ex DOS user I got it immediately.

  4. on 14 Aug 2007 at 11:39 pm Daniel Kim

    My favorite variation is:

    If you’re happy and you know it, stick to your present dosage!

  5. on 16 Aug 2007 at 8:47 pm Sam

    lolz, that made me giggle. I grew up on dos and windows 3.11. Sometimes I still get horrid dreams of “bad command or filename”.

  6. on 16 Aug 2007 at 11:27 pm Seaondra

    I used pre PC basic on an old C64 system…
    Geeze, these things are really starting to show our ages!!! NOOO I am getting OLD!


  7. on 17 Aug 2007 at 2:14 pm Steve

    I got the same thing as fluffman86 when I tried it in Vista

  8. on 27 Aug 2007 at 5:27 pm ejes

    Steve and fluffman86,

    you guys got that error since windows “cmd.exe” allows inline ‘if’ statements. unfortunately newer command interpreters will tell you that if doesn’t expect “are” or “happy” in a well formed if statement.

    inversely you could use:
    C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32> if “you’re happy and you know it complain about my syntax”
    The syntax of the command is incorrect.


  9. on 19 Oct 2007 at 10:20 pm soda


    that doesn’t match the song though :(

    thanks for explaining why xp and vista behaved like that though

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