Strategy[edit | edit source]
Apples do not give much nutrition. Eat your rations first and save your apples for other uses, such as taming or feeding pets.
Healers, Knights, and Monks might need to eat their apples before they can find other food.
Messages[edit | edit source]
|"Core dumped." (Unix, not hallucinating)||No effect
When a Unix program performs an illegal operation, the kernel shuts down the program. The program often dumps a core file for loading into debuggers. This message can scare a player into thinking that NetHack had suddenly crashed and exited. The joke here is that the hero has only discarded an inedible apple core.
|"Segmentation fault -- core dumped." (75/100 chance)
"Bus error -- core dumped." (24/100 chance)
These error messages are more realistic - the typical "core dumped" error on Unix comes with the cause of the crash.
|"Delicious! Must be a Macintosh!" (Mac OS)||No effect
Apple Computer named their Macintosh computers after a real type of apple.
In no case does the game actually crash.
Encyclopaedia entry[edit | edit source]
NEWTONIAN, adj. Pertaining to a philosophy of the universe invented by Newton, who discovered that an apple will fall to the ground, but was unable to say why. His successors and disciples have advanced so far as to be able to say when. [ The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce ]