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"Did you know there's no entry for 'gullible' in the dictionary?" or, Tumblr is easily led

"Did you know there's no entry for 'gullible' in the dictionary?  When the original Websters was printed, the old man who was typesetting that page had a heart attack just before he was about to set the first line of the definition for 'gullible.'  Because he was so loved, they left that entry out in his memory, and only an inch of blank paper appeared in its place!  Since then, this has become a tradition observed by all dictionaries (except  the OED, who have a previous tradition of leaving out "verisimilitude" instead).  Not many people know this, so you can use this little bit of space to record secrets you want to share just with other people in the know.  At Vassar, a tradition grew up of recording declarations of love between women in this secret place in the dictionary.  Do you have an old family dictionary lying around?  Check and see if your ancestors left a note there for you!"

[11,000 tumblr reblogs about how this provides a perfect space to record your passwords or write a love note to be found after your death!  What an amazing  idea!]

"No, that's not true!  This is dangerous and wrong!  I can't believe people are being so careless as to encourage people to do this!  The modern system for printing dictionaries uses an inking system that refreshes twice, and the first refresh usually happens at the end of the 'G' section.  If you use the dictionary normally, it doesn't cause a problem, but too many people opening the page where printing began after the refresh releases tiny particles into the air.  If you breathe in too many of these, you could have a heart attack and die!  (And yes, the other refresh comes at the beginning of the 'V' section, which is why there's an older rumor about 'verisimilitude.')  So, if you need to look up "gullible" do it, but don't leave a note there for yourself or someone you love to look back on over and over -- it could be fatal!"

[15,000 more tumblr reblogs about how this could save lives!]
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