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 for cargo cult programming
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  cargo cult programming
   n.
  
          A style of (incompetent) programming dominated by ritual inclusion
          of code or program structures that serve no real purpose. A cargo
          cult programmer will usually explain the extra code as a way of
          working around some bug encountered in the past, but usually neither
          the bug nor the reason the code apparently avoided the bug was ever
          fully understood (compare shotgun debugging, voodoo
          programming).
  
          The term `cargo cult' is a reference to aboriginal religions that
          grew up in the South Pacific after World War II. The practices of
          these cults center on building elaborate mockups of airplanes and
          military style landing strips in the hope of bringing the return of
          the god-like airplanes that brought such marvelous cargo during the
          war. Hackish usage probably derives from Richard Feynman's
          characterization of certain practices as "cargo cult science" in his
          book Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (W. W. Norton & Co, New York
          1985, ISBN 0-393-01921-7).
  

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