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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. Holoalphabetic sentences
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).
(K) All Rites Reversed -- Copy What You Like (of this page)
I didn't write the bits of string myself, and the intellectual property in them rests with their original authors.