Geeky typography humor

The World's Longest Dash. Discovered by Daddyo in the 1938 version of the Hardy Boys mystery The Mark on the Door. (Photo: Shala Howell)

The World’s Longest Dash. Discovered by Daddyo in the 1938 version of the Hardy Boys mystery The Mark on the Door. (Photo: Shala Howell)

Daddyo, interrupting his interpretative reading of The Hardy Boys’ The Mark on the Door, “Mommyo, you have to look at this. It’s the world’s longest dash.”

Mommyo, appreciatively: “It’s like an em-en-oh-pee dash.”

Posting has been light this summer, and sadly will remain so for a little while. I plan to return to a more regular blogging schedule once The Six-Year-Old returns to school in September. But for right now, helping The Six-Year-Old adjust to her new life in Chicago seems more important than writing about how The Six-Year-Old is adjusting to her new life in Chicago. Hope you are all enjoying the summer while it’s here. It’s been lovely and cool here, which is of course giving me nightmares about winter.

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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4 Responses to Geeky typography humor

  1. rayworth1973 says:

    Just wait. The winters suck! Then again, you lived on the East Coast…


    • Shala Howell says:

      Yeah, Boston basically got Chicago winter weather two days later. So that’s hopeful, she typed very slowly in hopes that Mother Nature wouldn’t take her comments as a personal challenge.


  2. em-en-oh-pee dash! It really is about that long.


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