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Saturday, January 31, 2004


Search for misspelled goods

Here are 5 of the 10 things we didn't know this time last week:

1) Cunning bargain hunters are roaming Ebay looking for misspelled goods which attract hardly any bids because they don't turn up in text searches. One man bought three Compaq laptops at a pittance simply by asking for "Compacts" instead.

2) Pets will be eligible for frequent flier points on Japanese airline JAL from March. The points will be exchangeable for cage rentals on board, as well as gifts.

3) The man who invented Ctrl+Alt+Delete retired on Friday. David Bradley, 55, spent five minutes writing the computer code that has helped bail out millions of PC users, while working for IBM in the 1980s. "I may have invented it, but Bill Gates made it famous," Bradley said.

4) 70% of mobile phone owners in the UK have pre-pay models.

5) Bill Clinton sent just two e-mails while he was president. Of the two Mr Clinton sent, one was a test to see if the president could push an e-mail button. The other was addressed to astronaut-turned-politician John Glenn. Mr Glenn has the distinction of being the first American to orbit the Earth and the only person to receive an e-mail written by Mr Clinton when he was in office (see Full story).

# posted by Ingrid J. Jones @ 1/31/2004
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