- The words are sometimes very hard to read; you mess up, and get prompted to try again. I can only imagine how many times I would have failed back before the magical world of AA (I did find out there seems to be no limit to the number of tries, as my experiment will momentarily demonstrate).
- Sometimes the letters make quasi-words.
- I have no life.
The three above observations are, I believe, without dispute. But has anyone noticed that the letters have become ever-increasingly word-like?
I decided to conduct a highly scientific double-blind (well, single-blind, in that I was sort of squinting as I did it) study.
Methods: I went back to one of my very old posts and commented at myself. My comments were insightful and varied; here are just a few examples:
Likewise, I entered incorrect word-verification codes such as "z", "zz" and sometimes even "zxz" into the word-ver box, hitting "login and publish", and then re-entering at will, noting each new letter combination on my notepad.
In between, I had some string cheese and a Fresca.
Did I mention I'm not working tomorrow?
Results and Discussion: 40% of the time, I received a letter combination that was strikingly wordlike. The other 60% were the usual illegible qzzxcqxzcx-type combos. Here are the words I received:
- beev wupt (beav-whupped?)
- aydudi (Menuhin?)
- nilbo (naggins?)
- firnpoun (i think that's a fish)
- srobs (sobs, but with drooling)
- kumwaws (a small citrus fruit)
- zbits (boys have 'em)
- bushi (self-explanatory)
- mrfxi (Mr. Foxi? Hells yeah, you are!)(Mr. Fixit? Hells yeah, you did!)
- senyhug (something affectionate)
- wilbdog (is that badgod's evil twin?)
- popgwz (the weasel)
It goes on and on; try it yourself and see! Keep misfiring until you get a word-like combo, and it will be very wordlike when it does come up. I kept hitting the key, like a hamster at the cocaine pellet dispenser, trying to get to to say pwned, but it never did.
Conclusion: I think Blogger.com Customer Satisfaction is reading our comments and noticing all the complaining about the illegible letter-combos; they've rigged it so that every other combo or so is word-like enough to remember as you type it in. This way, even the most feeble-minded, lazy-fingered, or substance-enhanced bloggers among us can still visit each other and yank each other's chains.
Either that, or they know we just need a starter for all our beautful online poetry:
The way the munlyyd shines in your eyes...
Try it out, and then tell me I'm right.
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