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    Quote Originally Posted by Olly Buckle View Post
    It amazes me sometimes; "Do I hit the space bar once or twice?" and we are up to page three and almost thirty replies. I do believe there are people here could discuss which end of an egg to break
    Whats to discuss? There is only one way to break an egg!


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    No no, it hit it on the side, everybody agrees it should be one end or the other, but the Lilliputians say the pointy end. That is ridiculous, the air sac is at the other end and hitting it there allows the shell to collapse properly. Bash it on the blunt end baby.
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    A little late to the party here, but I, too, learned on an old Royale. (It had been my grandmother's...something I learned from my aunt who wanted it back several years after I pitched it in the dumpster! ) By the time I inherited it, the keys would bunch up and stick if struck too quickly. (I may still have some of those stories I wrote on it somewhere.) So come high school, off to typing class I went. There they had some old electric typewriters. These were not the 'quiet deluxe' kind, but the noisy so-you-know-they're-working kind (yah, yah--this may have been the nineties but there wasn't a computer in my entire high school curriculum). There I sat every day after school trying to unlearn the 'how to bash the keys slowly' technique I had mastered. No kidding, it was torture! The poor old professor (slightly younger than Luckyscars' model) had never had a kid who had self-taught on a Royale before. For my belabored effort, he passed me--even though I still typed slow-as-a-turtle. (Of which I have since been cured.)

    But onto the meat of the subject. Yes, on the Royale it was two spaces following a period, for readability's sake, but on the electric, I think it was one space after a period but two if following something fancy--say, a colon or something. The only purpose I can remember hearing given for this was so that the post office could read it better with their new scanning equipment. (I'm sure that's not a problem anymore.) By college, the requirement was either that your handwriting be as clear as text or we could use a word processing machine. My word processor would show 4 (3? 5?) lines of text at a time, or I could use it as a typewriter without its memory function. There seriously was no way I could review it for spacing. (They introduced a computer room for email and issued email accounts in my last year, so that was a while ago.) But in grad school (yes--Chicago style), the writing prof. went to war against all practitioners of the 'double-space' club. Now I make sure I double-check everything instead. You can do that in Word, select Home, select the backward & double stemmed P-icon, and it will show you all nonprinting characters in your text.



    Oh, and I'm all for bashing the egg. The more shells in the batter, the better. Less people to cook for in the future.
    (Yes, I'm joking!!! I may make a mean pancake, but it's not known for its crunchability!)
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