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I bet you didn’t even know there was such as thing as National Caps Lock Day.

And I bet you really didn’t know this: There are two guys arguing over which day it is. One says it’s August 19, and the other says it’s October 22.

Either way, I confess I think this is a national holiday entirely worth celebrating! It’s a quintessentially modern event. After all, all-caps writing has been with us for millenia. But it’s only in the Internet age that we’ve come to learn just how EXQUISITELY ANNOYING IT IS when people who are TOTALLY NEW TO THE INTERNET write ENTIRE EMAILS IN ALL CAPS.

And hey: Today’s all-caps culture might even be a sign of the times. Given that America has massively annoyed the rest of the world by pursuing a shout-‘em-down foreign policy, bullying and goading anyone who gets in its way, and given that America’s opponents aren’t a whole lot more subtle themselves — one could argue that we are now living in an age of ALL-CAPS POLITICS.

(Thanks to Clickable Culture and Top Quality Content for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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