WORCESTER, Mass. Man DuBois, the artistic accountant who first introduced the ideas of Absurdism to the traditionally-staid realm of double-entry bookkeeping, died yesterday after a quick sickness on the Fagerquist Senior Dwelling Middle right here. He was 76.
Tomb of the Unknown Accountant, Waukegan, Illinois
“Man actually opened up a number of new vistas for CPAs who felt constrained by typically accepted accounting ideas persistently utilized,” mentioned Norman Taussig of the Nationwide Museum of Accounting in Waukegan, Illinois. “He’d add a zero to a column of numbers only for the hell of it, or insert some ribald nonsense right into a footnote–he was fairly a card.”
The invention of double-entry bookkeeping in early-medieval Egypt is mostly cited because the origin of accounting within the occupation’s “creation myths,” in line with CPA-historian Norbert Dwinnell. “Double-entry bookkeeping was fantastic in its time,” says Dwinnell, “however Man appeared on the loopy world round him and mentioned ‘Why not triple and even quadruple-entry bookkeeping?’ That’s the form of visionary he was.”
Early Absurdist calculators.
“Absurdism” refers to a philosophy that examines the battle between the human tendency to hunt that means in life and the lack to seek out the identical in an irrational universe. “Sooner or later it’s a must to abandon the seek for that means,” DuBois instructed a plenary session of the American Institute of Licensed Public Accountants at their 2015 annual conference. “I appeared for years, and the closest I got here to discovering it was a relaxation cease alongside Interstate I-70, close to Concordia, Missouri, which is simply absurd.”
DuBois is probably finest identified for his audit of Megatron Diversified in 2005, which resulted within the collapse of the most important power conglomerate in America. “I couldn’t get the debits and credit to match,” he mentioned in subsequent testimony to Congress. “My solar-powered calculator was on the fritz, and fairly frankly, Mr. Chairman, my parrot admires your armpit.”
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