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The image should've come from Borges. Or Julian Barnes. But in fact, it was in Tim Nott's column in PCW, where (in describing his collection of software) he tosses at us the wonderful image of "like the story of the old lady who died, and in her house they found a box labelled 'bits of string too short to keep'"...

Other pages on this site (Very short bits of string)

  1. The ART Director Speaks, Peter Bondar's infamous post to comp.sys.acorn
  2. British Patriotic Songs, shock friends at your next Last Night of the Proms party by knowing the words!
  3. Holoalphabetic sentences
  4. Why did the chicken cross the road?
There used to be another one, Engineers explained, which I got rid of when I discovered it was actually a chapter of Scott Adams' book The Dilbert Principle, which you should thus get instead (it's very good).