I found the following at http://www.cs.purdue.edu/homes/spaf/Yucks/V3/msg00024.html, but that link is now broken. The poster thinks "Nobody knows who wrote it." Actually it appears that some people do know who wrote it :-)
I haven't seen the original, but I found a reference to it on pages 64-65 of Robert R. Rathbone, Communicating Technical Information, A Guide to Current Uses and Abuses in Scientific and Engineering Writing, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Reading MA, 1966. The following appeared in "The Turbo-Encabulator in Industry," by J. H. Quick, in Student's Quarterly Journal, Institution of Electrical Engineers, London, 1944.
Rathbone's quotation differs slightly from the following:
Date: 21 Jun 93 04:31:27 EDT (Mon) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Lindsay Cleveland) Subject: cutie To: spaf Contributed by: hp-pcd!jimd The Turbo Encabulator This article appeared in a mechanical trade journal around 1945. My grandfather, editor of the Welder's Digest, kept it in his scrap- book. Nobody knows who wrote it. For a number of years work has been proceeding in order to bring perfection to the crudely conceived idea of a machine that would not only supply inverse reactive current for use in unilateral phase detractors, but would also be capable of automatically synchronizing cardinal grammeters. Such a machine is the "Turbo-Encabulator." Basically, the only new principle involved is that instead of power being generated by the relative motion of conductors and fluxes, it is produced by the modial interaction of magneto-reluctance and capacitive directance. The original machine had a base-plate of pre-fabulated amulite, surmounted by a malleable logarithmic casing in such a way that the two spurving bearings were in a direct line with the pentametric fan. The latter consisted simply of six hydrocoptic marzelvances, so fitted to the ambifacient lunar waneshaft that side fumbling was effectively prevented. The main winding was of the normal lotus-o-delta type placed in panendermic semi-boloid slots in the stator, every seventh conductor being connected by a non-reversible tremie pipe to the differential girdlespring on the "up" end of the grammeters. Electrical engineers will appreciate the difficulty of nubing together a regurgitative purwell and a supramitive wennel-sprocket. Indeed, this proved to be a stumbling block to further development until, in 1942, it was found that the use of anhydrous nangling pins enabled a kryptonastic bolling shim to be tankered. The early attempts to construct a sufficiently robust spiral decommutator failed largely because of a lack of appreciation of the large quasi-piestic stresses in the gremlin studs; the latter were specially designed to hold the roffit bars to the spamshaft. When, however, it was discovered that wending could be prevented by a simple addition to the living sockets, almost perfect running was secured. The operating point is maintained as near as possible to the h.f. rem peak by constantly fromaging the bitumogenous spandrels. This is a distinct advance on the standard nivel-sheave in that no dramcock oil is required after the phase detractors have been remissed. Undoubtedly, the turbo-encabulator has now reached a very high level of technical development. It has been successfully used for operating nofer trunnions. In addition, whenever a barescent skor motion is required, it may be employed in conjunction with a drawn reciprocating dingle arm to reduce sinusoidal depleneration.