10 Astonishing Keyboard Facts You Didn’t Know

Take a deep dive into a device you use daily but may know little about. We bring you 10 fascinating keyboard facts that will surprise, amuse, and enlighten! From the QWERTY origins to historical tidbits, you’re about to see your typing tool in a whole new light. Let’s get typing!

Did you know?

  1. When you hit spacebar, 6,000,000 people in the world did just the same thing!
  2. Did you know that your keyboard can contain more germs than a toilet seat? Don’t forget to wash your hands!
  3. On a QWERTY keyboard, the longest word you can type with your left hand is stewardesses and polyphony for the right hand.
  4. Milwaukee (the birthplace of the QWERTY keyboard layout) hosts QWERTYFEST every June, a weekend festival celebrating the anniversary of the invention of the QWERTY keyboard by Christopher Latham Sholes.
  5. Though most people are right-handed, when using a computer keyboard, on an average, our left hands are responsible for 56 per cent of the keystrokes.
  6. Apparently ‘Typing Day’ is held on 8th January every year as one week after New Year is a good time to think through and write down plans for the year!
  7. The world record for typing the English alphabet on a keyboard from A to Z is 3.37 seconds by SK Ashraf in Telangana, India, on 10 October 2017.
  8. In the First World War, the word typewriter was used as army slang for a machine gun.
  9. The ‘Backspace’ button is the third most used on your average keyboard. Just behind ‘e’ and the spacebar.
  10. The “#” symbol on the keyboard is called an octothorpe.

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