A guy comes home from a few years' absence (prison, army, whatever). His wife is waiting at the door, and the kids are playing in the mud. He hugs the wife, and tells her "Gee, Rose, see how dirty our kids are... should we wash them or make new ones?"


Now why is this a programming joke?
Just reopen any code you wrote a year or two ago, you'll understand... and ask yourself whether you should wash it, or do a full rewrite.


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