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Triskaidekaphobia! Or in English: Microsoft Excel Team’s fear of 13.

So today when I saw something that look like this it made me smile:

Public Enum ExcelVersionEnum
    Excel4 = 4
    Excel95 = 7
    Excel97 = 8
    Excel2000 = 9
    Excelxp = 10
    Excel2003 = 11
    Excel2007 = 12
    Excel2010 = 14    'Triskaidekaphobia!
End Enum

There is no Excel version 13.  I of course only just found this out when I encountered Excel 2010 which, I blush to admit, I have not downloaded from TechNet yet and played with.

Triskaidekaphobia (from Greek tris meaning “3,” kai meaning “and,” and deka meaning “10”) is fear of the number 13; it is a superstition and related to a specific fear of Friday the 13th, called paraskevidekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia.

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Excel VBA WTF 002

I have to say that poor old VBA and Excel gets blamed for a lot of things.   I guess its just easier for people who should never be allowed near a computer let alone develop on one to start messing about with it and produce something truly ghastly.

This story here is a great example of such evil being conducted in the good name of VBA.  ;P  THe DailyWTF is a great site and one of only 3 I can say I visit basically every working day for a quick check when I need a cheeky break.   Alex, if you are reading this I must get a sticker in snail mail soon.  I’ll collect up some stuff and send it over!

I must try to alternate these posts with something really positive or quirky that has been done in Excel VBA and has warmed a developers heart, or perhaps made the world a cooler place.

Categories: Excel oddities, Random, VBA, WTF

Found my first Googlewhack!

Awesome!   Its a bit sad, but after watching the DVD of Dave Gorman’s Googlewhack adventure I did struggle to find out how he found so many and the stories and people he met really struck a cord with me.

Dave Gorman's Googlewhack adventure

Dave Gorman's Googlewhack adventure

My Googlewhack?   ‘Argentine omniglossolalia’   it was used in an Independent article I was reading this morning as something made me take the free Independent paper that they are giving out until the conclusion of the UK Election.

I have yet to find out what omniglossolalia actually means which is how I stumbled across the Googlewhack itself.   Read more…

Funny Excel WTF

I have been a reader of the Daily WTF for a good while now.   Its amazing how badly some people can design things.  I love to promote Excel but I cnnot deny its dangerous potential at the same time!

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