Periodically, I get the urge to annoy my editors. This is one of those times. Let’s check them out for Alzheimer’s.

If you can read this, you won’t have a problem.

7H15 M3554G3 53RV35 70 PR0V3 HOW OUR M1ND5 C4N D0 4M4Z1NG 7H1NG5! 1MPR3551V3 7H1NG5!

1N 7H3 B3G1NN1NG, 17 WA5 H4RD, BU7 N0W, ON 7H15 L1N3, Y0UR M1ND 1S R341NG 17 4U70M471C4LLY W17H0U7 3V3N 7H1NK1NG 4B0U7 17. 0NLY C3741N  P30PL3 C4N R3AD 7H15.

I cna’t blveiee what I’m wtinirg. The phaonmneal pweor of the human mind, aoccdmig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, incidaets taht it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteers in a wrod are; the olny iproamtnt thing is that the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rhgit pclae; the rset can be a taotl mses and you can siltll raed it whotuit a pboerlm.

While we are at it, let’s check their eyesight.

Can you find the two B’s?:


Find the 6:


Find the N:


Find the Q:


What you have just read is referred to as an alphanumeric. If you have read this far, I can assure you that Alzheimer’s is far, far down the road, and your eyesight ain’t so bad either.

If you haven’t managed to figure it out and have tufts of your hair lying all about, you could well be mistaken, understandably so, as one of my editors.

Take care, ‘cause we care.




Barrie Hopkins