This is Alan. Alan ended his own life on 7th June 1954. He laced an apple with cyanide and ate a bite from it. He did this because the British government chemically castrated, humiliated and prosecuted him for being gay.

Alan is the reason why a chunk is bitten out of the Apple logo…in honour of Alan Turing.

Ok so what did he do? He invented computer science and using his first designs he decrypted the Enigma code - the machine base encryption that the Nazis and the German military used to communicate secret commands to each other in world war 2 - and hence he both saved millions of lives and brought us into the modern age of computing.

Pride month isn’t just about dancing on floats in gold hot pants or flying a rainbow flag. It’s about remembering that everyone has a right to be happy, love who they want to love, and recognise the outstanding contribution that everyone can make in a society free of fear or prejudice.

Remembering Alan……

@paulkater True or not, I will hold to the final line in the Manchester Myths article @jle shared...

"I think the idea is a nice one though and as the late Steve Jobs even said himself about the links to Turing “It isn’t true, but God we wish it were!”"


I chased down the Apple logo bit. While Steve Jobs wished that was the reason for the bite, the designer Rob Janoff said it was to give scale so people didn't think it was a cherry or tomato.

That doesn't take away anything from Alan

@Miezmiez Yes. Alan Turing was a brilliant person, but he lived in the wrong time.

(The apple logo part seems to be not true bt.w.)

@paulkater it is important to remember and to share information. So the „apple logo part“ still needs to be verified😅. He lived in the wrong time and he and others were tormented. The information of how people were treated must be told.

Well OTOH, if Turing hadn’t lived in that time he wouldn’t have shortened WW2. Nonetheless the ending is tear-jerking tradgedy.


Der Bezug zum Apple-Logo ist nicht ganz „wasserdicht“ … wenn man anderen Seiten im Netz glauben darf. 🤓🍎


@paulkater Steve Jobs selbst wurde zu dem Logo gefragt und hat verneint, dass es aufgrund Tourings Selbstmord als Apfel mit Biss gestaltet wurde. Er hat das ausdrücklich bedauert. Allerdings ist die Story mit dem Logo trotzdem einfach nur ein Märchen.
Ändert die äußerst tragische Geschichte um die Umstände von Alan Tourings Tod leider nicht, ebensowenig die Ungerechtigkeit, die ihm widerfahren ist.

@KlareKante Stimmt. Weis ich schon ;-) aber danke jedenfalls

@paulkater @KlareKante

Der Selbstmord mit dem Cyanide präpariertem Apfel ist wohl auch nicht geklärt (oder hab ich den Wiki Artikel falsch verstanden). Der Apfel wurde nicht untersucht und es befand sich eine Vergoldungsapparatur in der Nähe, die Cyanid freisetzen kann.

Allerdings ist es keine Frage, dass Alan unter der homophoben englischen Gesellschaft gelitten hat und dass ihm unrecht angetan wurde.

@jyrgi66 @KlareKante Stimmt! (Zurechtweisung #7 🙂 )
Ich lese gerade die Biugrafie von Alan Turing.

@jyrgi66 @paulkater das stimmt absolut. Da nützt auch eine nachträgliche Rehabitation nicht wirklich.

@aral I know.
I am reading his biography now. He was so brilliant.

@thalon It is. Thank you, #6, for pointing it out.
Snopes confirms your suspicion.

@paulkater Er ist auch Teil der Ausstellung We are pART of culture, die vor ein paar Jahren als Wanderausstellung durch Bahnhöfe ging. Da werde verschiedene queere Leute, die die Geschichte geprägt haben, gezeigt.

I think: This historically accurate story of Alan Turing shows how queer people were treated in the former western world, where people are mostly educated and "enlightened" today. But the same treatment, and worse, is the reality for many gay people in many countries and societies in this world, today. It doesn't take the story with the apple logo - which I like a lot, by the way - to get attention.

#gay #pride #colognepride #queer #computer #IT #apple #logo #design #tech

conspiracy fantasy 

@paulkater my conspiracy fantasy i still that turing is a trans woman, and deliberately "got caught" being a "homosexual" to get her hands on some state-supplied hrt ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

conspiracy fantasy 

@malte Fantastic! :D

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