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What’s unusual about this paragraph?

“Gatsby was walking back from a visit down in Branton Hill’s manufacturing district on a Saturday night. A busy day’s traffic had had its noisy run; and with not many folks in sight, His Honor got along without having to stop to grasp a hand, or talk; for a mayor out of City Hall is a shining mark for any politician. And so, coming to Broadway, a booming bass drum and sounds of singing, told of a small Salvation Army unit carrying on amidst Broadway’s night shopping crowds. Gatsby, walking towards that group, saw a young girl, back toward him, just finishing a long, soulful oration … ”

From ‘Gatsby’ by Ernest Vincent Wright

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The unusual thing about the quoted paragraph is that the letter E is not used at all, even though it’s the most common letter in the English language.

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Count the Fs

Count the Fs in this sentence, once only:

FINISHED FILES ARE THE
RESULT OF YEARS OF
SCIENTIFIC STUDY
COMBINED WITH THE
EXPERIENCE OF YEARS

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There are 6 Fs but most people miss up to 3 of them because they read the word OF as OV.

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