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ThinkRate
19th Oct 2004, 11:40
Try this

1. Start a new Microsoft Word document
2. Type the following

= rand (200,99)

3. Press enter
4. Watch what comes up on your screen after approx 3 seconds!!!

Do you all get the same? Does anyone know why/how does it do this? Allegedly Microsoft cannot explain it (although I do not believe it: Microsoft cannot account for a number of things but somehow I don’t think that this is one of them).

Apologies if it's been done here before (and don't worry, it's perfectly safe :} )

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eal401
19th Oct 2004, 11:42
Yes, something does happen. It's called an Easter Egg, though this one is not very exciting.

A programmer will have added the code for this during the software development.

Devlin Carnet
19th Oct 2004, 11:44
Dont want to state the obvious, but that sentence contains every letter in the alphabet...doesnt it? :hmm:

eal401
19th Oct 2004, 11:50
Yes it does, hence its use in typing training.

Bre901
19th Oct 2004, 12:03
Before the watchcat sneaks in :
IIRC, there have been some posts about Easter Eggs on JB or the computer forum (post-lunch nap so won't search for them now)
Google returns about 927,000 results for easter eggs

BTW : This phrase actually has two French translations :
Portez ce vieux whisky au juge bond qui fume.
Servez à ce monsieur une bière et des kiwis.
:confused: :confused:

How long will it take before we get moved to TRRBATPSOIT ? :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Echo Zulu Yankee
19th Oct 2004, 12:29
Rescue3,

My god I remember that! Must have been office 95! Does anyone know if its still there? I remember being enthralled by it for at least 5 minutes.

EzY

Parapunter
19th Oct 2004, 12:35
...and this is how you get it. Omly works in excel 97 though.

Restart Excel 97 .
Open a new blank document .
Press F5 .
A reference box will open , type in X97:L97 and press ENTER .
Press TAB .This will take you to the cell M97 .
Click on the chart wizard button while holding down Control and Shift keys .
Presto ! You are in Flight Simulator . Use mouse to navigate and mouse buttons for speed control . Control+Shift+Escape ends this and takes you back to Excel .

Davaar
19th Oct 2004, 13:04
Very interesting, eal401. There is nothing new, though, under the sun. I once met a Dominican who was engaged in research at the Vatican library, and I casually remarked that often it must have happened that ancient chroniclers and the like would make mistakes in manuscripts. Indeed Yes, he said, and not only mistakes: It was quite commonplace, he said, to come across scabrous comments, naughty jokes, and irreverent sallies buried deep in the medieval monkish Latin. Boys will be boys.

BlueDiamond
19th Oct 2004, 13:23
That would be where the rumour originated about the priest doing some historical research in the archives held in the Vatican.

He was found some days later, sitting in a corner of the library, holding an ancient scroll and laughing hysterically. Eventually his fellow priests calmed him down enough to find out what was the matter.

"Celebrate," he cried. The word is actually "celebrate."

:{

The SSK
19th Oct 2004, 13:27
Like Stephen Pollard's last editorial in the Daily Express, after it came under the ownership of the somewhat controversial Richard 'Pornographer' Desmond.

It's an acrostic, Brian

Farmers are hardly the most popular group in Britain.
Up and down the country areas are blighted by intensive farming practices.
Couple this with subsidies the like of which no other industry can dream of and you have a recipe for unpopularity.

Knowledge of organic farming has moved on apace.
Years ago, organic farmers were regarded as cranks.
On most calculations, their methods were regarded as wasteful and inefficient.

Until now.
Destroying the received wisdom, Professor Jules Pretty, head of Essex University's Centre for Environment and Society, has worked out that, in fact, organic farming is cheaper, costing £1.8 billion a year less than intensive farming.

Environmentalists are still sometimes caricatured as unworldly.
Sainsbury's, which we praised yesterday for introducing biodegradable packaging, shows that that need not be so.
More retailers will, if the Sainsbury's scheme is a success, follow.

Organic farmers, however, receive only £20 million of the £3 billion in farm subsidies.
Nothing is more stupid - and, as Prof Pretty shows, self-defeating - than this failure to promote organic farming.
Despite this short-termism, the future of farming is now clearly organic."

Davaar
19th Oct 2004, 14:10
The Thomson-Leng Press in Dundee (Sunday Post, Dandy, Beano, People's Friend, Refd Star Weekly, etc) is notoriously strait-laced.

In the late 1950s one of their papers (Dundee "Courier" or "Telegraph") carried the Job Vacancy ad:

Housemaid wanted. Apply: Miss Nellie Keaps, The Cockwell Inn, Tillet, Wilts.

It was a tribute, no doubt, to the innocence of some advertising clerk. This is not an urban legend. I remember it well.

djk
19th Oct 2004, 15:07
There is an Easter Egg on MS Word, I forget the exact phrase that you type in, it's something like "Bill Gates is dead", highlight it and run it through the spell checker and the reply comes back with "I'll drink to that"

eal401
19th Oct 2004, 16:04
Didn't work djk.

djk
19th Oct 2004, 16:27
eal,

ermm as I said "I forget the exact phrase that you type in"

Might want to check on a site that lists all the easter eggs for MS products.

It's been a while since I saw it.

:D

teeteringhead
19th Oct 2004, 16:30
... and when you "flew" around the Excel 97 moonscape, you would eventually find a monolith (a la 2001) with the scrolling names of the programme developers.....


.... I really should have got out more......


... and IIRC there were one or two in the screensavers. In the "Bouncing Word" one, if you typed in "Volcano" or "Beer", instead of those words it would come out with the names of different volvanoes/beers.....


...... I really really really should have got out more......

But to get back to the original question, I was once told it was a feature (rather than bug or Easter Egg) for filling text columns for layout planning purposes. The numbers in brackets somehow define the amount of text produced.

Bre901
19th Oct 2004, 16:52
:8 :} :8 :}

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Davaar
19th Oct 2004, 17:15
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Bre901
19th Oct 2004, 17:30
"Lorem ipsum dolor" (http://nwalsh.com/comp.fonts/FAQ/cf_36.htm) explanatum (ad usum Britannicorum).

Davaar
19th Oct 2004, 18:05
Quidquid id est semper disco.

LatviaCalling
19th Oct 2004, 20:17
Reverence for the Latin, but back to the Quick Brown fox.

Yes, indeed, the phrase "the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog's back ryryry sending" is a news service test of their teletype machines to see if they were functioning correctly.

And yes, this phrase did use all the letters of the English alphabet. Another commonly used phrase is:

"Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party ryrry sending." This also contains all the letters of the English alphabet. However, with the demise of teletype machines, I guess this test is kind of moot these days.

flyblue
19th Oct 2004, 21:55
Funny, I got the first strophe of the Iliad :suspect:

Davaar
19th Oct 2004, 21:57
Best leave it at that, Ms flyblue. More might be a cata-strophe.

tony draper
19th Oct 2004, 22:30
Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam.
:uhoh:

Davaar
19th Oct 2004, 22:40
Quis Antonius Phonius Balonius est?

rotorcraig
19th Oct 2004, 22:43
"Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party ryrry sending." This also contains all the letters of the English alphabet.Apart from B, Z, Q, U ... :\

RC

tony draper
19th Oct 2004, 23:08
Cave ne ante ullas catapultas ambules.

:E

TAY 611
20th Oct 2004, 01:05
Banyak Orang Gila Sekali