What I have enjoyed so far (and one of the reasons that kept me reading, besides desperately searching for something useful) was quotes like this, scattered throughout the book:
From a FORTRAN manual for Xerox computers
The primary purpose of the DATA statement is to give names to constants; instead of referring to ? as 3.141592653589793 at every appearance, the variable PI can be given that value with a DATA statement and used instead of the longer form of the constant. This also simplifies modifying the program, should the value of ? change.
Maybe I'll write a review once I finish the thing (I've started it already) so that other people AVOID it.
EDIT: Heck, maybe I'll actually end up recommending the book, just for its funny quotes:
One plotting program I know of has the most obsequious error messages ever programmed:
This humble and worthless program is devastated to report to you that I can not accept your scale value of 1000 because the base and thoughtless programmer who wrote me has restricted the value of this variable to between 1 and 100.