The Hangogre returns after a wild Friday night only to be full of regret.
because today is INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY! OUR CAPS LOCK IS STUCK AND ALL WE CAN DO FOR THE REST OF THE DAY IS YELL.
— Rollacrit (@Rollacrit) October 22, 2022
TODAY IS INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY, BUT SINCE CAPS LOCK IS SO ANNOYING, I will stop using it now. Using the caps lock as a habit came about as the internet user base grew exponentially, and suddenly we had people all over the world communicating by typing who didn’t know how to type. These users soon fell into two groups: those who typed with the caps lock on because it was easier than constantly using the shift key, and those who hated to read anything typed in all uppercase letters because it feels like we are being shouted at. Since then, some people use all caps because they mean to shout, while others still just don’t want to use the shift key. I have to admit that I never learned to touch type, but reading all caps is exhausting, so I deal with the shift key. Still, there are some who have more interesting stories about their caps lock use, like Mefite RonButNotStupid.
BY THE TIME I WAS IN FIFTH GRADE, I HAD MOSTLY TAUGHT MYSELF HOW TO TOUCHTYPE EXCEPT THAT I HADN’T YET FIGURED OUT HOW TO USE THE SHIFT KEYS. SO I ALWAYS TYPED EVERYTHING WITH CAPS LOCK ON, BECAUSE I FIGURED LOWER CASE WASN’T SO IMPORTANT ANYWAY BECAUSE THERE WERE STILL OLD APPLE II MACHINES KICKING AROUND SCHOOL THAT COULD ONLY TYPE UPPER-CASE.
I GOT BUSTED FOR IT IN COMPUTER CLASS. WE HAD TO TYPE A STORY. I WAS SO PROUD BECAUSE I WAS SEVERAL PAGES AHEAD OF THE OTHER KIDS WHO WERE HUNTING AND PECKING LIKE AMATEURS WHEN THE TEACHER LOOKED OVER MY SHOULDER AND SAID “YOU CAN’T TYPE WITH THE CAPS LOCK KEY ON, YOU HAVE TO START OVER”. AND SINCE WE WERE USING SOME CHILD-FRIENDLY WORD PROCESSOR ON MAC LCIIS WHICH DIDN’T HAVE ANY FEATURE TO ALGORITHMICALLY CHANGE THE CASE, I HAD TO GO ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE BEGINNING AND RE-TYPE EVERYTHING.
International Caps Lock Day was first proposed in 2000 on Metafilter by Iowa software engineer Derek Arnold. A second International Caps Lock Day, June 28, was added later in honor of Billy Mays, the beloved pitchman who always seemed to be shouting. Mays passed away on June 28, 2009.
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As the world shifted from people who can’t type on computer to people who can’t type on smartphones, all caps became less of a thing, because iPhones do not have a caps lock key for texting, and in fact make any uppercase letter that’s not at the beginning of a sentence or the word “I” into a chore.
The proper way to celebrate International Caps Lock Day is to engage the caps lock key on your keyboard and use it all day to annoy your friends and everyone on the ‘net. Or not, because it’s a holiday you aren’t obligated to celebrate. Thank you. -via Metafilter