Breck Carter
Last modified: October 18, 1996
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The fRiDaY File, for October 18

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Did You Know...?

That a group of unicorns is called a blessing,

twelve or more cows are known as a flink,

a group of frogs is called an army,

a group of rhinos is called a crash,

a group of kangaroos is called a mob,

a group of ravens is called a murder,

a group of officers is called a mess,

a group of larks is called an exaltation,

a group of owls is called a parliament,

...and a whale's penis is called a dork.


Ten Things That Would Be Different If Microsoft

Started Building Cars


1. A particular model year of a car would

not be available until after that year

instead of before it.


2. Every time they repainted the lines on the road

you'd have to buy a new car.


3. Occasionally your car would die for no reason

and you'd have to restart it.

For some strange reason you'd just accept this.


4. You could only have one person in the car

at a time

unless you bought a Car 95 or a Car NT.

But then you'd have to buy more



5. Sun Motorsystems would make a car that was

solar powered, twice as reliable and

five times as fast, but it would only run on

5 percent of the roads.


6. The oil, engine, gas and alternator warning

lights would be replaced with a single

"General Car Fault" light.


7. People would get excited about the new

features in Microsoft cars,

forgetting completely that they had been

available in other cars for years.


8. We'd all have to switch to

Microsoft gas.


9. The government would be receiving

subsidies from an automaker instead of

giving them.


10. New seats would force everyone to have

the same-size butt.


Breck Carter can be reached by phone at (416) 763-5200 or via email at