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One Million

From The Proceedings of the Athanasius Kircher Society:

Les Stewart of Queensland, Australia began typing the numbers from one to a million — in words — in 1982. It took him 16 years, seven typewriters, 1000 ink ribbons, and 19,990 sheets of paper to finish. And he did it all with one finger.

He took on the task because he was classed an an invalid and said he had “little else to do”. Stewart types for twenty minutes on the hour, every hour. Sounds like a pretty good use of time to me.

Here are some worse ways to spend your time:

<ol>

    <li>Cruising the mall</li>
    <li>Cruising East Wash</li>
    <li>Golfing</li>
    <li>Watching Golf on TV</li>
    <li>In a fever-fueled night-terror</li>
    <li><a href="http://chrislists.net/?p=107">Traveling</a></li>
    <li>Seeing Scary Movie 4</li>

</ol>