So it turns out nobody really reads postcards carefully. Here’s a postcard I recently received from Toronto’s Science Centre to demonstrate this point:
Waht’s Giong on Hree?
It deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the the wrod as a wlohe.
Wonder what else you’ll discover at the Ontario Science Centre? Look inside!”
I got this item along with a bunch of other mail and quickly sped read it without even noticing anything different for a few seconds. Even then I can read it absolutely the same as passages spelled correctly.
I thought it was one of the most interesting advertisements I’ve ever received. It’s also rather fascinating proof that we really don’t raed aynhntig vrey persceliy!