Computers aren't normally known for eating anything more than streams of 1's and 0's. And people who can make computers listen to them claim that computers don't actually eat my data - I just lose it. People are definitely supposed to be safe.
Which is why I suspect that my computer-savy friends who I asked for help last night were very amused with my complaint that I was stuck in a man* page, and didn't know how to get out.
*man pages are manual pages for Unix commands