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Gasp!

21 Sep

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I’ve just received this message in my spam box:

Of course I like your web-site, but you have to check the spelling on several of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling issues and I find it very silly to tell you.

It’s like I’ve been stabbed in the heart with an exclamation mark.

If you are new here, you might not know that I am a nit-picker among nit-pickers when it comes to punctuation.  I have been known to wake up screaming in the middle of the night, because my subconscious suddenly realised I used a semi-colon instead of a colon in a post three days previously.

Spammers are mean

The really weird part, however, is how did she know?  This comment came from Helen Keller. 

11/1/11

11 Jan
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Another exciting date!  Two in one month!  I’m having an exclamation mark overload!!  I could write the date with exclamation marks!   !!/!/!!

I had a look back at what happened on this date because I had nothing interesting to say about it. 

  • 1569 England: first state lottery was held.  And I bet if we’d started buying tickets back then we still wouldn’t have won more than a tenner.
  • 1770 USA (not quite): sent the first shipment of rhubarb to London.  Thank you America; I love you.
  • 1902: Popular Mechanics first published.  I threw that one in for the boys.
  • 1922 Canada: first person treated successfully with insulin.  Diabetes becomes Diabeaten.
  • 1942: Japan declared war against the Netherlands.  That struck me as peculiar: how did the Dutch upset Japan? 
  • 1949 USA: Dennis (Frederick) Greene was born.  What?  You’ve never heard of Sha-Na-Na?
  • 1973 UK: first Open University degrees awarded.  Yay, forerunners of mine.

Happy Eleven-One-Eleven, everyone!

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