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3 definitions by AdamAppleseed

 
1.
120
"120" is computer hacker speak for the common chatroom term "LOL!" which often stands for "Laughing Out Loud!"

We examine the "LOL" and the "!" separately:

In the 'hacker language' known as 1337, the letters "LOL" are translated as "101"
This is because Ls resemble ones and Os resemble zeros.

The number "101" is the binary equivalent of the decimal number "5"
This is because 1(x1) + 0(x2) + 1(x4) = 5

If you take this 5 and follow it by "!" (as in the original term LOL!) that gives you 5!

5! is the mathematical representation for "5 factorial," the calculated value of which is 120

Therefore, LOL! = 101! = 5! = 120
In a chatroom...

AverageJoe: "The explanation for why 120 means LOL! makes my brain hurt LOL!"
HackerJoe: "Not mine 120"
by AdamAppleseed March 25, 2006
 
2.
A nickname for the participants of a burning event, such as Burning Man, or any of the smaller local/regional "burns" that Burning Man has inspired. The term is not considered derisive, but rather a term of endearment and self identity throughout the "burner culture."

The word derives from that fact that a variety of art work is featured at all such events, and some of it (or much of it) is intended to be set on fire and burned to ashes during the event. Indeed, all burn events climax in the ritual burning of a large, wooden effigy and/or art edifice on the final night(s) of the event.
"Hey, I didn't know you were a fellow burner!"

"Oh yah, I've been to Burning Man twice, as well as a couple local burns back east."
by AdamAppleseed August 15, 2007
 
3.
Refers to the practice of letting employees leave work an hour early. The term derives from the military, where supervisors are often not permitted to let their personnel leave early, but ARE permitted to grant their staff breaks, as long as they are less than 1 hour. On special occasions, a supervisor can work around the prohibition on early excusal by giving the staff a 59-minute break at the very end of the day; thus allowing them to leave about an hour early. The "59-Minute Rule" is often put into effect on the Friday before a three-day weekend.
Email to all personnel: The 59-Minute Rule will be in effect this afternoon. Have a safe and happy holiday! -The Boss
by AdamAppleseed May 26, 2006