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Typing: 10 facts you never knew about the humble keyboard

1. Typing Day is held on January 8 every year as one week after New Year is a good time to think through and write down plans for the year.

2. The first commercially successful typewriter was patented by Sholes, Glidden and Soule 150 years ago in 1868.

3. Sholes and Glidden also designed the first QWERTY keyboard in 1873.

4. The world record for typing the English alphabet from A to Z is 1.36 seconds.

5. Every second, spacebars on keyboards around the world are hit about six million times.

6. The only country whose name can be typed on one row of a keyboard is Peru. The only US state is Alaska.

7. The fastest time to type a given 103 character text on a keyboard using the nose is 40.19 seconds.

8. On average, a trained typist’s left hand does 56 per cent of the typing.

9. “There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” (Ernest Hemingway).

10. In the First World War, the word typewriter was used as army slang for a machine gun.

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