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A helmet word game

Can you raed tihs?

Bciylce hmleets poretct yuor bairn form dmagae in a carsh and can svae yuor lfie. Ecah yaer aobut 800 poelpe are kliled on byiccels in the US. You need a hmelet eevn for srhot reids aurond yuor nigehorboohd, or for rdiing to shoocl. Smoe plcaes hvae lwas taht rquerie you to waer a hemlet. Raecrs lkie Lnace Amrsrtnog waer teihr heemlts too.

Why can you sitll raed tish msseage?

Aoccdrnig to rscheearch, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. In fcat, teh fstaer you raed teh esaier it is! Amzanig, huh?

This is a fun demonstration of an interesting fact. Spammers learned it long ago as they looked for words to get around email filters. But spelling is still important! Notice how much easier and faster it is to read this paragraph than what is above. People will judge your communications--and you--by the content and the accuracy of your spelling and grammar. If your spelling is wrong, they will be distracted and may not pay attention to what you are trying to say. People who spell and write well make more money at work and can afford better toys than people who don't. So be careful with your spelling and it will pay off.