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Ancestor to Mac OS X's Spinning Rainbow Beach Ball Cursor Found at Vienna Bakery

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As Gizmodo reader Christian was walking his dog the other day in Vienna, he stumbled upon what could be considered the original inspiration for Mac OS X's "spinning beach ball of death."

The included pic, supplied by Christian, says it all. We've been calling the spinning rainbow cursor the wrong name all these years. Instead of spinning beach ball or "this is what happens to me whenever there's something NSFW on my screen when the boss walks by" or whatever it is you call it, we should be saying something else.


That something? "Semmel des Todes" (bun of death).

And here's some bonus trivia for those readers who enjoy dissecting OS cursors all the way back to their humble beginnings. In this case, the "spinning wait cursor" started annoying users way back when Steve Jobs worked with NEXTSTEP, which would eventually become the OS X we all know and love, somewhat, today. [Thanks, Christian!]