TIL that the Comic Sans font causes its readers to retain more information due to it being harder to read, according to a 2010 Princeton University study. It was the main reason Microsoft used it so heavily in the late 90’s and early 2000’s when everyone was learning how to use PCs.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comic_Sans#:~:text=A%202010%20Princeton%20University%20study,used)%20than%20in%20a%20simple%2C

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  1. Sorry, the source does _not_ say it was the main reason Microsoft used it so heavily.

    It would also be quite surprising, considering the study happened in 2010, while late 90s and early 2000s happened in late 1990s and early 2000s.

  2. I once had to check out the research on memory for training teachers , and it was interesting that as you say difficulty can make us remember stuff better. Such as giving people information in a blurry font. Very basically the effort in various ways that we put into acquiring and working with information the stronger our brain ‘lays it down’.

  3. So many posts about comic sans today. I think it’s an organized troll campaign to get gullible people to adopt it on web sites, presentations, etc.

    Please, by all means, use comic sans on your web sites and presentations. It really helps me out because I can more quickly identify gullible people and avoid whatever they are selling. Because if they can be fooled by this, they can be fooled by people with more nefarious motives.

  4. Truly the god-tier font.

    They were going to implement it throughout the entire operating system of Microsoft Bob but decided against it right before it’s final build.

  5. Ȋ̵̟ ̵̱͂ǵ̶̡u̷͖͠e̷͇͠s̴̖̀s̴̲͒ ̷̤̀ẁ̷͎ȅ̵̞ ̵̧̿s̸̩̈h̴͈̒o̶͙̿ụ̷͐l̴̟͐d̴̦͝ ̸̟̀ā̸͕l̵̗̋l̵̨̇ ̵̞́ụ̴̐ș̵̾e̷̱̽ ̶̚͜h̷̤̃ȃ̶̫r̸͎̆d̴͐͜ ̷͉̈́t̶̬̃o̷͎̾ ̵͇́r̷̭̚e̶͖̔â̶͍d̵͉̃ ̵̻̉t̴̮̅é̸̠x̸̦͠t̵̨̿ ̸͔̑s̸̈́ͅō̶̪ ̶͎̚ȅ̷͉v̷̯͝e̸̐͜r̸̬̀y̴̭̔o̸͙͊n̴̡̒e̴̘̐ ̸̱͑r̷̻̐ë̵́͜t̶̳́a̵̡̓i̶͎̿n̷̳̋s̶̢͐ ̵̼͒m̸̛̟o̴͔͌r̷̗͋e̶̬͂

  6. Anybody thinking of using it for emails, remember – they still have to read that shit, which they probably already aren’t

    source: I just considered it for a few seconds

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