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Joel,

How did you come up with this?:

Grandmother of Eight Makes Hole in One     So shaken as we are, so wan with care, find we a time for frighted peace to pant, and breathe short-winded accents of new broils to be commenced in strands afar remote.
Police begin campaign to run down jaywalkers     Hung be the heavens with black, yield day to night! Comets, importing change of times and states, brandish your crystal tresses in the sky, and with them scourge the bad revolting stars that have consented unto Henry's death!
Deaf mute gets new hearing in killing     O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention, a kingdom for a stage, princes to act and monarchs to behold the swelling scene!

The source is: http://www.fogcreek.com/CityDesk/fog0000000068.html

I know this is a stupid question but ...

Alexander Chalucov (www.alexlechuck.com)
Tuesday, March 16, 2004

The headlines have been circulating for years and years. I first heard them when I was a kid in school. See for example http://funnies.paco.to/Headlines.html

The articles are from Shakespeare, I think.

Joel Spolsky
Fog Creek Software
Tuesday, March 16, 2004

I'd like to add a few more I read sometime ago.

http://www.jokeindex.com/joke.asp?Joke=1238

Sathyaish Chakravarthy
Wednesday, March 17, 2004

I love the one "Death causes loneliness, feeling of isolation". I just want to know how they found out. I mean, did they kill someone, revive him, and then ask him what it was like?


Wednesday, March 17, 2004

"So shaken as we are... in strands afar remote" is the opening line of Henvry IV Part 1.

"Hung be the heavens... that have consented unto Henry's death" is the opening line of Henry VI Part 1. (The Henry being lamented is the fifth king of that name.)

"O for a Muse of fire... to behold the swelling scene" is the first sentence of the Prologue to Henry V.

Martha
Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Henvry? Sheesh. //ashamed

Martha
Wednesday, March 17, 2004


And in case anyone wants some fancy designer filler for their examples, here's a web site that will generate that fake latin stuff for you:

http://www.lipsum.com/

Bill Tomlinson
Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Martha, Bill, thank you for the clarifications and the information!

Alexander Chalucov (www.alexlechuck.com)
Wednesday, March 17, 2004

I'm actually looking for some "text filler" like this Lorum Ipsum, to do some database testing.  Anyone have some idea where I can get a generator like this?

Nigel
Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Try reading two posts ago, Nigel.

Kyralessa
Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Found one here (in ASP) if you're interested...

http://www.4guysfromrolla.com/webtech/052800-1.shtml

Nigel
Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Thank you for your help, Kyra. I was looking for the generator though, not a few words of data.

Nigel
Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Nielson has an article on the benefits of using "greeked" text;

http://www.useit.com/alertbox/980517.html

Nigel
Wednesday, March 17, 2004

What do you mean?  You want something you can download?

Kyralessa
Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Yes, that's it.

Nigel
Wednesday, March 17, 2004

>>Nielson has an article on the benefits of using "greeked" >>text;

Hmmm:  Looks Latin to me...  (Finally, some ROI on a liberal arts education!)

;-)

cubiclegrrl (feeling snarky today)
Wednesday, March 17, 2004

I believe calling such meaningless/unreadable text "greeked" is a play on the phrase "it's Greek to me." (Which was made famous by Shakespeare [in Julius Caesar] but actually originated much earlier, as the Latin phrase "Graecum est; non potest legi".)

Martha
Wednesday, March 17, 2004

An English colleague of mine told me one that was sure to stump machine translation software: "British Left Waffles Over Falklands". Now that's funny... :)

Donnie Hale
Wednesday, March 17, 2004

I tech pubs guy i used to work with had the cover page from a manual posted on the wall in his office. The manual was for a program for calcuating the required thickness of some material in a type of wiget. The program was called Thick and the manual was "Thick User Manual"

pdq
Thursday, March 18, 2004

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