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I am the creator of five cent cigars,

The creator of an American-Chinese dish.

I am a Navy Rear Admiral,

the creator of a programming excuse.

But very simply, I am a container,

A funnel for everyday objects.

What/who am I?

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You are

a Hopper

I am the creator of five cent cigars,

Edward Hopper created the painting Nighthawks of a corner diner at the top of whose sign is advertised "Only 5¢ — PHILLIES" (cigars).

The creator of an American-Chinese dish.

Edward Hopper also created a painting called "Chop Suey".

I am a Navy Rear Admiral,

US Navy Rear Admiral Grace Hopper

the creator of a programming excuse.

Grace Hopper (yup, same one), per OP, "created the first compiler, and compiling is a programming excuse as shown in xkcd #303: Compiling." (She also popularized the term "bug" in the programming sense, my original answer here.)

But very simply, I am a container,
A funnel for everyday objects.

A hopper is a chute, box, or receptacle, usually funnel-shaped with an opening at the lower part

And, finally, the title

is itself, of course, a jumpy play on Hopper.

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  • $\begingroup$ the programming excuse is actually a reference to xkcd $\endgroup$ – bleh Dec 19 '16 at 2:27
  • $\begingroup$ @bleh Huh. Which one? (My answer here was just a coincidence then? Cuz ... well .. it completely works hehe) $\endgroup$ – Rubio Dec 19 '16 at 2:30
  • $\begingroup$ Fine, ill give it to you- its a compiler, that chair-sword-fighting comic where the boss asks what they are doing, and he replies "Compiling!" $\endgroup$ – bleh Dec 19 '16 at 2:32
  • $\begingroup$ I believe you're referring to this one: xkcd.com/303. The author of this webcomic is Randall Munroe. $\endgroup$ – wildBillMunson Dec 19 '16 at 2:36

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