I'm looking for the source of the following story, which I remember only vaguely.
There was a computer, let's say, in the basement of MIT Biochemistry building, which started shaking, smoking and making strange noises. It had found the cure for cancer or solved interstellar travel or something like that. It was just excited and wanted someone to come by and ask it the right question, so it could give the answer.
Can't remember the ending, or where I read it. It's similar to the Vonnegut story of the Alien who landed to give humanity all the answers, but unfortunately landed next to a house on fire, ran in farting and tap dancing (that's the way it talked) and the house owner brained it with a 9 iron. But it's not that story, or the Asimov computer story. This was maybe a paragraph of some other story, perhaps Asimov or Vonnegut.