Funky Fraction Glitch


It's been a long week and I was catching up on my celebrity, when I saw the following in my RSS headline reader.

O.J. Simpson Sentenced to 171-2 Years

I'm not a big O.J. Simpson fan, but a 171-2 year sentence seemed a little excessive for robbery. But actually it was a Unicode glitch. It was supposed to be a 17½ but that part of the reader was having problem.


The lesson learned - always leave a space between the whole number and it's fractional component. TGIF!!

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