Maybe this short clip could be the best answer:
When I found these funniest Linux/Unix shell commands, I just had to share them. Here are my favourites:
% sleep with me
% If I had a ( for every $ the Congress spent, what would I have? Too many ('s.
% ^How did the sex change operation go?^ Modifier failed.
% !:say, what is saccharine? Bad substitute.
What’s your favourite?
Linux can do all most anything for you. Here is the proof (found on www.lessaid.net) :
I installed the BB (sudo apt-get install) bb package on my system. I read that it was an ASCII art demo, so I said to myself “Interesting, I should have a look”. And I did. Well, it’s amazing what those guys did using ASCII software library. Here are some screenshots about what this demo is about:
By the way, did you know that you can play movie in ASCII with regular media players like VLC and MPlayer? If you want more information about the subject, check this post on ubuntu forums.