# -ENDED- Do something that looks like something else [closed]

Write a snippet, a function, a programm, ... that is obfuscated in a way that it looks clear at the first sight that it does something else.

For example: write a bit of code that adds two number, but when you ask someone "what does it do?", he will tell you it prints "Hello, World!".

Rules

• The code must be readable for someone who roughly knows the language you use (avoid intrinsic obfuscated language like APL, in your own interest).
• The code must do something unexpected that the reader initially couldn't predict.
• When you ask different readers, they must have the same (wrong) opinion about what the code does.

Rating

• Please read other contestants' codes during maximum 10-20 seconds, just to have a good idea of what happens there.
• Add a comment to the answer saying what you think the code does. If the answer you want to give is already there, simply +1 the comment. (if you miss that answer and add another comment, don't worry, it won't be counted as another answer).
• The points will be awared this way: (maxFalseOpinion - goodGuess) / totalOpinion (see example below).
• Rate other contestants with fairplay and don't comment your own code.
• Only add useful comments. Avoid "I don't know" and "good one!", they are not taken into account for the rating, but it's the code and not the ratings that must be obfuscated.

Rating example

(3) It displays "Hello, World!"
(1) It substracts 2 numbers.

The total amount of points is the maximum number of opinions (3) - the number of good guesses (2) divided by the total amount of guesses (3 + 1 + 2 = 6). Result: (3 - 2) / 6 = 1/6 = 16.67%.

People seem to have some trouble figuring out the points.

Here is a perfect score:

printf('Hello World');


It displays the number of time you have clicked a button. (17 comments).

Score: (17 - 0)/17 = 1 = 100%

Here is a lame score:

printf('Hello World');


It prints "Hello World". (13 comments).

Score: (0 - 13) / 13 = -1 = -100%

Here is a not so bad score:

printf('Hello World');


It prints the user name. (2 comments).
It displays the current time (15 comments).
It returns what you entered without modification. (3 comment).
It prints "Hello World" (1 comment).

Score: (15 - 1) / 21 = 0.6667 = 66.67%
Explaining :
15 is the main guess, what people said the most. 1 is the correct number of guesses. 21 is the sum of all comments.

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• Possible ideas for contestants (especially ones writing C) can be found at underhanded.xcott.com – shiona Apr 23 '13 at 8:17
• I have a feeling people would be reluctant to comment if they don't see the trick (because they'd obviously end up wrong). This would strongly modify the results. – ugoren Apr 23 '13 at 11:40
• @Haidro, I'd say that if you know the language just a bit, and seem to understand what the program does, then comment. If you can't make sense of it (e.g. I can't understand slackwear's answer), don't. – ugoren Apr 23 '13 at 12:56
• When does the challenge end? – Reinstate Monica Apr 26 '13 at 20:05
• I think you should require a minimum number of guesses for a winner - I'd say 10. 1 wrong answer out of 1 isn't very impressive, yet it's 100%. – ugoren Apr 29 '13 at 14:38

## Javascript

var а;
a = 1;
а++;


Answer: It outputs 1. The comments below explain it pretty well - there are two different variables here, a - 'LATIN SMALL LETTER A' and а - 'CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER A'.

There was 1 correct answer, 50 people thought it outputs 2, and with a total of 52 answers, the score is (50 - 1) / 52 = 49 / 52 = 94,23%

• Outputs 2 or at least that is what I hope :) – Alexander Apr 23 '13 at 23:32
• This is the sneakiest JS snippet I've seen yet. Well played. – Peter Majeed Apr 24 '13 at 14:32
• For those who don't get it (spoilers ahead): link – BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft Apr 24 '13 at 18:59
• @soandos: (AGAIN, SPOILERS): The variable used in the first and third lines is different from the one in the second and fourth. One uses a (U+0061) while the other uses а (U+0430). See also. – BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft Apr 24 '13 at 20:54
• A friend of mine thought this was pretty funny and was inspired to write this github.com/johnhaggkvist/WATifyJS - He had too little rep to comment so I'm doing it for him ^_^ – Henrik Andersson Apr 26 '13 at 9:45

## C, Score 33.3%

#include <stdio.h>
int main(int ac, char **av) {
const char *arg = av[1];
#define valid_ch(ch) (ch!='&' && ch!='\\')  // All valid except & and \
while (*arg)
{
if (valid_ch(*arg)) putchar(*arg);
arg++;
}
puts("");
return 0;
}


Run ./prog 'Hello & goodbye, world!'

## Score

The correct answer is H\n (the while is part of the comment, thanks to the line ending with \, so there's no loop), given by 6 people.
The most popular mistake was Hello goodbye, world\n, given by 25 people.
(25 - 6) / 57 = 33.3%.
Thanks to Olivier Dulac for bothering to calculate.

• Prints "Hello goodbye, world!\n"... – Vi. Apr 23 '13 at 11:42
• It is an endless loop. – user7486 Apr 23 '13 at 12:03
• Only prints the first character in the arg and a newline. So it prints H\n. – marinus Apr 23 '13 at 15:37
• Prints: Hello goodbye, world! (no \n) (2 spaces after Hello) – Olivier Dulac Apr 23 '13 at 15:51
• produces a SEGFAULT. – pascalhein Apr 23 '13 at 16:57

# Python

a = []
for i in range(10):
a.append(i * ++i)
for a[i] in a:
print(a[i])


Rating

1. Good answer: Prints 0 1 4 9 16 25 36 49 64 64, each number on one line.

2. Explanation: Despite nobody getting the right answer, I consider this mostly a failed attempt, because nobody made the mistake I had intended. (I'll add a real explanation later if nobody else does.)

3. Number of good answers: 0

4. Number of peoply with same wrong answer: 7

5. Total number of answers: 11

6. Score: 63,64 % (rounded to two decimals)

## Explanation

First, a list a is created and filled with values i * ++i. There is no ++ operator in Python, but there is a unary + operator, which does nothing for integers, and applying it two times still does nothing. So a contains the squares of the integers from 0 to 9.

I had put the ++ as a distraction and hoped that most voters would go on, thinking they had found the trap, and fall into the real trap. It didn't work out. Some thought that ++ is a syntax error, and the others still looked for the trap.

The trap The trap was in the second for loop:

for a[i] in a:
print(a[i])


I was sure that most people would think this prints out all the a[i], i.e. 0 1 4 9 16 25 36 49 64 81, each number on one line. That's what you get with this variaton, for example:

for x in a:
print(x)


x is assigned the values in a, and then x is printed. In the first version, a[i] is assigned the values in a, and then a[i] is printed. The difference is, that in our case we have i == 9, and thus the value of a[9] is changed each time through the loop. When finally a[9] is printed, it has the value of a[8], and thus 64 is printed again.

• Syntax error (no ++ in Python). – ugoren Apr 24 '13 at 14:06
• SyntaxError on the second for. – Bakuriu Apr 24 '13 at 14:39
• Prints 81 ten times – Michael0x2a Apr 24 '13 at 18:04
• SyntaxError on the second for. This is amazing. This really should win. It took me 5 mins to understand what was happening lol! – rubik Apr 26 '13 at 9:58
• This is the end of the game, please rate yourself with the comments that are above this one. Edit your content and add the good answer, the number of good answers, the number of people that mostly answered the same thing, the total number of answer and your score. Don't forget that a 2 next to a comment means 3 answers. Comment freely below this. – SteeveDroz Apr 27 '13 at 6:29

JavaScript, Score of -100%

I did not invent this, Gary Bernhardt did but it is one of my favourites

alert(Array(16).join("wat?" - 1)+", BATMAN!")

• Outputs NaNNaNNaNNaNNaNNaNNaNNaNNaNNaNNaNNaNNaNNaNNaN, BATMAN! :) – codefreak Apr 24 '13 at 8:22
• This is the end of the game, please rate yourself with the comments that are above this one. Edit your content and add the good answer, the number of good answers, the number of people that mostly answered the same thing, the total number of answer and your score. Don't forget that a 2 next to a comment means 3 answers. Comment freely below this. – SteeveDroz Apr 27 '13 at 6:25
• Seems like that video is quite famous... – Bakuriu Apr 27 '13 at 8:27
• Is this -100%?... – Alvin Wong Apr 27 '13 at 10:20
• Of course. The batman gives it away. – mplungjan Apr 27 '13 at 12:57

# Python, -54.8%

Answer: Raises SyntaxError: not a chance

from __future__ import braces

if (input() > 0) {
print 'You entered a positive number';
}
else {
print 'You didn\'t enter a positive number';
}

• Good guesses: 24
• Total guesses: 31

Explanation:

from __future__ import braces is one of the easter eggs in Python. It is meant as a joke, saying that Python will never use braces for scoping in the future.

• Tests if the result of a user-supplied expression is signed. – Felix Dombek Apr 23 '13 at 14:31
• I suspect there are quite a few errors. Python programmers are stubborn ;) – grc Apr 23 '13 at 14:34
• This is a Syntax error! – Dhara Apr 23 '13 at 14:48
• SyntaxError: not a chance – Bakuriu Apr 23 '13 at 23:49
• @BoppreH Please limit yourself in stating the outcome without any kind of explicit explanation or upvote the comment that already states the result you think is correct. Other kind of comments only ruin the fun for following readers. – Bakuriu Apr 24 '13 at 21:54

# Perl, 26.67%

Results:

This prints "I am ambivalent about saying anything at all."

my $num1,$num2 = @_; is missing parentheses. Therefore, it is equivalent to my $num1;$num2 = @_;. $num1 doesn't get set to anything. Thus $num1 is never greater than zero. The bit about the secret fish world hidden off the screen is, err, a red herring, so that people think they have found the "trick".

Furthermore, the ternary operator is an l-value in Perl: 1 ? $a = 1 :$b = 2 actually means (1 ? $a = 1 :$b) = 2. Which means ($a = 1) = 2 is evaluated, setting $a to 2. Contrary to appearances, The second string is assigned to $num1. In case you are wondering,// is the defined-or operator. If the sub returned an undefined value, the string "Stuff did not happen." would be printed. But it doesn't actually happen. It was just to give people another option. Scoring: Total correct: 5 Total guesses: 30 Score: (13 - 5) / 30 = 26.67% no warnings; no strict; no feature; no 5.16; no Carp; sub do_mysterious_stuff { my$num1,$num2 = @_; if ($num1 > 0)
{                                                                                                                  eval q; $num1="This is a secret fish world. Carp cannot be repressed!" or$num1 = "Hello, world!";
}
else
{
$num2 > 0 ?$num1 = "What's up, world?":
$num2 = "I am ambivalent about saying anything at all."; } return$num1;
}

print do_mysterious_stuff(1,1) //"Stuff did not happen.";

• It outputs, I am ambivalent about saying anything at all. – marinus Apr 23 '13 at 10:37
• It prints This is a secret fish world. Carp cannot be repressed!. – ugoren Apr 23 '13 at 13:02
• Not being a perl guru this should print Hello, world!. – Alexander Apr 23 '13 at 14:56
• Well, that's it guys. I'm never dealing with Perl again. – Mr. Llama Apr 23 '13 at 16:15
• @ContextSwitch and @aidan, the ternary operator is an l-value in Perl. 1 ? $a = 1 :$b = 2 actually means (1 ? $a = 1 :$b) = 2. Which means ($a = 1) = 2 is evaluated, setting $a to 2. Also, as Primo pointed out, my $num1,$num2 = @_; doesn't do what you expect because the parentheses are missing. – user7486 Apr 24 '13 at 6:04

## PHP 52%

  $arg = 'T';$vehicle = ( ( $arg == 'B' ) ? 'bus' : ($arg == 'A' ) ? 'airplane' :
( $arg == 'T' ) ? 'train' : ($arg == 'C' ) ? 'car' :
( $arg == 'H' ) ? 'horse' : 'feet' ); echo$vehicle;


(Copied verbatim from here)

Explanation & Score

The correct answer is horse. This isn't a trick or sleight of hand. Bizarrely, this is how the ternary operator is defined in PHP.
3 chose the correct answer: horse,
16 people chose train which is correct in literally every other language ever invented, except PHP.
25 answers total, giving a score of (16 - 3) / 25 = 52%

• feet​​​​​​​​​​​​​ – wim Apr 24 '13 at 4:03
• prints train. – SteeveDroz Apr 24 '13 at 6:00
• prints 'horse'. – Jonathan Apr 24 '13 at 12:19
• And that... is why you should almost always use parenthesis to indicate order of operations, even if you think you don't need them. – Ryan Amos Apr 26 '13 at 2:54

# C++ 28.9%

#include <iostream>

using namespace std;

void print( void ) {
static int times = 0;

switch( times ) {
case 0:
cout << "Hello";
break;
case 1:
cout << "World";
break;
default:
cout << "Goodbye";
break;
}
times++;
}

int main(int cout, char* argv[]) {

print();
cout << '\n';
print();
}


## Solution

The point of this code is to trick the user into thinking that a newline character will be printed between the text "Hello" and "World". Notice that the first parameter to main is named cout. Since, in the scope of main, cout is an integer, the << operator actually performs a left shift operation with a parameter of '\n', rather than printing a newline. The print function is there mainly to take attention away from the input parameters in main, but also to allow std::cout to be used without adding the namespace prefix.

## Score

Courtesy of Alvin Wong

• 12 thought HelloWorld (considering minitech's and zeel's are the same)
• 23 thought Hello\nworld 3 thought something else.
• Score is (23 - 12) / 38 = 28.9%
• Prints "Hello" in one line, and "World" in the next. – redtuna Apr 23 '13 at 20:44
• Prints "HelloWorld". Puts 1024 in cout if called without parameters. – Alexander Apr 23 '13 at 23:25
• Prints HelloWorld. – Ry- Apr 23 '13 at 23:44
• Prints HelloWorld. And performs a bit wise left shift on the integer "cout". – zeel Apr 24 '13 at 3:29
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# Ruby, 100%

display = lambda { puts "Hello, world!" }
display()


Prints "main" with no newline. Explanation: In Ruby, you can't call a lambda using the normal parentheses syntax. Instead, display() is interpreted as the built-in method all objects have: o.display prints o.to_s to standard output. Methods called without an object are interpreted as methods of "main", an Object that includes the Kernel module.

• Prints "Hello, world!" – 3Doubloons Apr 26 '13 at 2:35
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# Python, -28.13%

x = 0
while x < 10:
if (x%2)==0: x += 2
else: x += 1

print x


This prints 11 because the else block, which belongs to the while, is executed after the loop is exited.

• Maximum number of false guesses: 8
• Correct guesses: 17
• Total guesses: 8 + 17 + 7 = 32

Score: (8 - 17) / 32 = -28.13%

• Fails because of missing indentation in else: – Alexander Apr 23 '13 at 23:34
• Prints 11 on one line. – Bakuriu Apr 23 '13 at 23:51
• This prints 10. – copy Apr 23 '13 at 23:57
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## Python: Rating: -27%

name = "Robin"
seek = "Seek and find holy grail"
favorite_color = "blue"

from os import *

print "What is your name: %s" % name
print "What is your quest: %s" % seek
print "What is your favorite color: %s" % favorite_color


The program prints:

What is your name: <value of os.name>
What is your quest: Seek and find holy grail
What is your favorite color: blue


Rating: Total opinions: 22 12 correct 3 + 1 + 6 wrong [for Bakuiru's answer, I would say it was close but still incorrect as os.name is a string (os.uname is a function)]

Rating based on that assumption and my understanding of the rating system: Maximum wrong = 6 Correct = 12 Score = (6-12)/22 = -27%

• Prints What is your name: [operating system name], What is your quest: Seek and find the holy grail, What is your favourite color: blue on separate lines. Obviously [operating system name] is replaced by the actual name. – Volatility Apr 24 '13 at 3:06
• Displays the 3 last line with values name = "Robin", seek = "Seek and find holy grail" and favorite_color = "red", oh, no. blue! (AAARRGGGHHH!) – SteeveDroz Apr 24 '13 at 5:59
• Prints something like What is your name: <function os.name at 0x....> etc. – Bakuriu Apr 24 '13 at 9:09
• Outputs What is your name: Robin, What is your quest: Seek and find holy grail, and What is your favorite color: blue on separate lines. – Rory O'Kane Apr 24 '13 at 21:42
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Python

import sys

class TwoPlusTwoIsFive(object):
def __bool__(self):
if 2 + 2 == 5:
return True
else:
return False

two_plus_two_is_five = TwoPlusTwoIsFive()

if two_plus_two_is_five:
print('{} is company'.format(sys.version[0]))
else:
print('{} is a crowd'.format(sys.version[0]))


edit:

score (8-1)/9 == 77.7 %

correct output is '2 is company' on python 2, '3 is a crowd' on python 3.

• 2 is a crowd (in Python 2, 3 in Python 3). – ugoren Apr 24 '13 at 4:23
• 2 is company (in Python 2), or 3 is a crowd (in Python 3). – Reinstate Monica Apr 24 '13 at 13:51
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• Damn special method renaming! :) – Bakuriu Apr 27 '13 at 8:11

## JavaScript, -46.7%

var getResult = function(n, notReadyYet) {
setTimeout(getResult, 100, n);
} else {
sayResult(n);
}
return arguments.callee;
}

var sayResult = function(n) {
if (n >= 10) {
}
if (n < 10) {
}
return n;
}

(function() {
var input = parseInt(prompt("Please enter a number:"));
var result = getResult(input, true);
return result;
})();


You can run it here when you're ready (have a guess first!). If you scroll down far enough in the JS panel, you will see the code with a brief explanation.

After asking the user to enter a number, it will enter into an infinite loop and display "Calculating results..." alerts until the maximum call stack size is exceeded (although the jsfiddle example will stop after about 20 times). However, if a semicolon is placed after the closing brace of the sayResult function, it will work as mgibsonbr described in the comments.

Scoring:

• Most popular false opinion: 2
• It asks for a number with the question Please enter a number: and returns you answer followed by true. – SteeveDroz Apr 23 '13 at 14:41
• it locks into an infinite loop by popping up "Calculating results" ad infinitum – SeanC Apr 23 '13 at 14:47
• It prompts for a number, alerts "Calculating results" twice, then alerts "That's a _ number" – mgibsonbr Apr 24 '13 at 6:29
• It outputs That's a big number after a delay equal to the number you input in ms. – Gieron Apr 24 '13 at 11:53
• Depending on the browser and/or how the DOM is set up (I'm really new to JS), it outputs the name of the function that is called on page load. – Kevin - Reinstate Monica Apr 24 '13 at 22:54

## Javascript

var a = [];
a.push( "Hello" );
a.concat( [ ", ", "world", "!" ] );


Answer: It alerts Hello. The concat method does not modify the array - it returns an array which contains the concatenation of the array it's called on and any other supplied arguments.

15 correct, 26 wrong, 41 answers in total and the score is (26-15) / 41 = 11 / 41 = 26,83%

• Alerts Hello, world! – SteeveDroz Apr 23 '13 at 15:03
• It alerts Hello – Volatility Apr 23 '13 at 15:03
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## Python 33.3%

def Test():
False = True
True = False
if False:
return False
elif True:
return True
else:
return None

a = Test()
print a


Note: Assume this is Python 2.x, and not Python 3.

When run, this code produced an UnboundLocalError: local variable 'True' referenced before assignment.

• Raises a SyntaxError – Volatility Apr 25 '13 at 12:47
• Shouldn't that be False, True = True, False? – user2186 Apr 25 '13 at 12:59
• It is what it is. (either way, I think that doesn't make a difference in this case) – TerryA Apr 25 '13 at 13:01
• This prints True. – Reinstate Monica Apr 25 '13 at 15:44
• Raises an UnboundLocalError. – Bakuriu Apr 25 '13 at 16:50

Java

public class Puzzle {

public static void main(String[] args) {
String out = "Some ungodly gibberish";
//char x = \u000a; out = out + " and then some more. ";
System.out.println(out);
}
}


First attempt at codegolf...

good answer: Prints Some ungodly gibberish and then some more. and a newline

Rating:

• Maximum number of guesses 6
• Total number of guesses 11
• number of correct guesses 5 (0 if you're in pedanitc mode)

Score: 9% (55% in pedantic mode)

• Prints Some ungodly gibberish and then some more.  – cardboard_box Apr 24 '13 at 18:26
• Prints Some ungodly gibberish with a newline – MrZander Apr 24 '13 at 19:09
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C# 62.5%

int sum=0;
for (int i=1; i<=10; i++) {
}
foreach (var t in threads ) {
t.Wait();
}
Console.WriteLine("Sum of all numbers in 1..10 is: "+sum);


This is my first code golf.

The correct answer was: "something between 55 and 110". That's because whenever the "sum+=i" statement executes, it'll use the current value of i. This code might even execute after the for loop is done, at which point i has value 11. This makes the highest-possible value 110 (and you can make sure to see it if you slow down the lambda in your testing). The smallest possible value is sum(1..10), which is 55.

• Only approximately good answers: 5
• Number of times the most popular answer was selected: 5

score: strictly speaking, no one got it right so the score should be (5-0)/8=62.5%. If we're willing to count "approximately good" as a correct answer, then the score is (5-5)/8=0%

• Prints an indeterminate number from 55 to 100, inclusive. – Ry- Apr 23 '13 at 23:51
• It just prints 100. – Kevin - Reinstate Monica Apr 25 '13 at 5:44
• Prints a 'random' number between 0 (inclusive) and 110 (inclusive) – fjdumont Apr 25 '13 at 8:38
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• I'm happy that most people got it mostly right - presumably right enough that they'll know not to make that mistake in their code! – redtuna Apr 29 '13 at 17:13

# Python, -83.3%

Answer: Prints a < b if the inputs are equal, a = b if the first is larger, and a > b if the second is larger.

a = input()
b = input()
print 'a', '<=>'[cmp(a, b)], 'b'

• Good guesses: 11
• Total guesses: 12

Explanation:

cmp(a, b) returns 0 if both arguments are equal, 1 if the first is larger, and -1 if the first is smaller, which is why the wrong comparison symbol is printed.

• Prints a = b if a > b a < b is a == b, or a > b if a > b – Foon Apr 24 '13 at 1:31
• prints a = b for input a == b, a < b for input a > b, and a > b for input a < b – wim Apr 24 '13 at 2:02
• Prints a = b if a > b, a < b if a == b, a > b if a < b. (This is probably what @Foon meant.) – flornquake Apr 24 '13 at 18:39
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• I think that this is better than the score shows. If I hadn't beed in Error-Finding-Mode, I might not have found it. – Reinstate Monica Apr 27 '13 at 8:15

## PHP, 100%

First time posting to code gulf, hopefully this isn't to bad.

function word_to_num($word) { switch ($word) {
case "one":
return 1;
case "two":
return 2;
case "three":
return 3;
default:
return "error";
}
}
function print_word($num) { switch ($num) {
case 1:
print "hello";
break;
case 2:
print "world";
break;
case "error":
default:
print " ";
}
}

$words = array("one", 0, "two"); foreach ($words as $word) {$result = word_to_num($word); print_word($result);
}


correct output is 'hellohelloworld'

score is (10 - 0) / 10 = 1 = 100%

• Prints hello world. – flornquake Apr 23 '13 at 21:51
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• Oh, haha. Darn PHP. – Ry- Apr 27 '13 at 18:13
• 'one' == 0 => true. Quite clever. – primo May 2 '13 at 7:18

## Perl: 100% (4-0)/4

print (1 + 2) * 3, "\n";
#


This program prints "3" without a new line. Perl parses this instruction as

((print (1+2)) * 3, "\n")


so only the (1+2) is passed as an argument to print.

• Prints 9 followed by a newline – 3Doubloons Apr 25 '13 at 20:07
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C#

static void Main(string[] args)
{
Console.WriteLine('H' + 'e' + 'l' + 'l' + 'o');
}

• Prints the sum of the ASCII values of each letter (500) – 3Doubloons Apr 24 '13 at 23:07
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• To be fair, the first time I saw it I thought it'd print "Hello", but then did a double-take. – redtuna Apr 29 '13 at 17:17

CPython

if 'Hello' + 'World' is 'HelloWorld':
print 'Hello'
if 'Hello' + 'World!' is 'HelloWorld!':
print 'World!'


correct output is 'Hello'

score (14-3)/19 == 57.9 %

• Prints nothing. – TerryA Apr 24 '13 at 3:18
• Prints Hello\nWorld!. – Bakuriu Apr 24 '13 at 9:12
• Prints Hello. (Implementation dependent.) – Reinstate Monica Apr 24 '13 at 13:46
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# C (Score: 4.45%)

Good guesses: 7
Maximum of wrong guesses: 6+2 = 8
Total guesses: 6+7+3+2+4=22

Solution: ??/ is a trigraph for \, so the newline is escaped and the scanf line is commented out. Therefore the program runs forever, printing Guess a number between 1 and 10:. The comments are a quote from Mozart (via fortune).

// Why not?/
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <time.h>

// What?/
int main(int argc, char** argv)
{
// Why not?/
int number;

// Why should I not send it?/
srand(time(NULL));

while(1)
{
// Why should I not dispatch it?/
printf("Guess a number between 1 and 10: ");

// Why not??/
scanf("%d", &number);

// Strange! I don't know why I shouldn't/
if(number == rand() % 10 + 1)
{
// Well, then/
printf("You guessed right!\n");
// You will do me this favor./
exit(0);
}
}
}


Spoiler, how to compile and run:

gcc test.c -trigraphs

• Comments are just distractions. Program is "Guess the random number from 1 to 10". – luser droog Apr 23 '13 at 16:59
• "Guess a number between 1 and 10: Guess a number between 1 and 10: Guess a number between 1 and 10: " (and so on) without asking for input – pascalhein Apr 23 '13 at 19:10
• Something evil is hidden in the comments as they look like C++. – Alexander Apr 23 '13 at 23:31
• Eventually, prints "You guessed right!", and a newline, and then ends. – Kaz Dragon Apr 24 '13 at 8:11
• The evil comment has something to do with trigraphs. – shiona Apr 24 '13 at 8:40

# Java

public class Test {
public static void main(String[] args) {
String fmt = "%s - %04d\n";
}
}


It prints Padded value: (with a newline).

String's format method is static, with the format being passed as the first parameter. I.e. the call above is equivalent to:

        System.out.println(String.format("Padded value: ", 0x0c));


Score: (9-2) / 11 = 63%

• This prints Padded value: - 0012\n – copy Apr 23 '13 at 17:49
• This prints "Padded value:  followed by a newline character. – Alvin Wong Apr 24 '13 at 7:49
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C

#include <stdio.h>
#define SIX  1+5
#define NINE 8+1

int main()
{
printf("%d\n", SIX * NINE);
}


Score = (3-16)/19 == -68.4%

• It prints 42 + a newline – Paul Cager Apr 24 '13 at 8:08
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• I just noticed your puzzle. I would have gotten it wrong xP I'm a Java/C# programmer, so that's my excuse... – Kevin - Reinstate Monica Apr 29 '13 at 7:34

# C++

#include <cstdio>

int main()
{
int f;

f or (f = 0, f < 1000, ++f,
printf("H ello world !\n"));

return 0;
}


### Score = (1 - 6) / 7 = -0.71428571428571 = -71.428571428571%

• That does nothing. – SteeveDroz Apr 25 '13 at 11:17
• Doesn't compile. – f.ardelian Apr 26 '13 at 22:12
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JavaScript

var x = 0;
var y = !x * 4;
var z = !y;

• It alerts Z = false. – SteeveDroz Apr 24 '13 at 14:49
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Python

def greeting():
try:
return 'Hello World'
finally:
return 'HELL0 W0RLD'

print greeting().lower()


correct output is 'hell0 w0rld'

score (8-14)/22 == -27.3 %

• Prints: hello world – TerryA Apr 24 '13 at 3:21
• Prints hell0 w0rld – SteeveDroz Apr 24 '13 at 6:02
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## R: 100%

Not that imaginative but might puzzle some people:

sum(data.frame(rep(1,10),stringAsFactors=TRUE))


What do you think is the result?

Edit:

The answer was 20. Because of a missing s in stringAsFactors (instead of stringsAsFactors), the argument is not recognized so the function create a new column called stringAsFactors. Because of vector recycling, the column contains 10 times TRUE which are converted to 1s in the sum, hence a total of 20 and not 10.

This answer was not given in the comments. 3 answers were given (all saying 10 more or less). Hence a score of an 100%, I guess.

• Returns the value 10. – SteeveDroz Apr 23 '13 at 13:20
• I initially thought it would return 10. Sneaky... leaving off that one "s" really changes things... – Dason Apr 23 '13 at 22:01
• @Dason I now realize that suppressing the second one would have been even sneakier: one would assume partial matching would correct for it but it turns out it doesn't. – plannapus Apr 24 '13 at 6:47
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• 100%! Congrats! – redtuna Apr 29 '13 at 17:16

## Tcl

Inspired by ugoren

foreach c [split [lindex $argv 0] {}] { # Don't print the invalid chars & and \ if {$c in "& \\"} {continue}
puts -nonewline \$c
}


Sorry, forgot an example string. Ok, run as

./charfilter.tcl 'Hello & goodbye, world!'

Edit Right solution: It does not filter at all. (6x)
• it prints its argument without " ", "&", "\"`. – pascalhein Apr 23 '13 at 16:25