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Friday Finger Frenzy How fast can you type the alphabet? 9.083 seconds here...
posted by skjønn (77 comments total)

 
7.39!
posted by chudmonkey at 8:51 AM on December 2, 2005


6.37!!!! Woo!!!
posted by Shfishp at 8:53 AM on December 2, 2005


4.116
posted by jazon at 8:54 AM on December 2, 2005


6.313

Next time I'll use my hands.
posted by ryoshu at 8:55 AM on December 2, 2005


try 2: 3.775
posted by jazon at 8:56 AM on December 2, 2005


5.41. It's the x-y-z that kills me.
posted by nyterrant at 8:57 AM on December 2, 2005


The quickest time on the high score page is 1.001 seconds. I suspect yet another computer nerd has figured out a way to drain the fun out of yet another game. Congrats Poindexter!
posted by Shfishp at 8:58 AM on December 2, 2005


ryoshu: Heh, heh, allllright... /Quagmire

6.4something. The last "WXYZ" kills me

/ Really hoping this is never used as a sobriety test
// "Type the alphabet backwards, sir."
posted by LordSludge at 8:59 AM on December 2, 2005


11.1.

I suck.
posted by jonmc at 8:59 AM on December 2, 2005


LordSludge: "/ Really hoping this is never used as a sobriety test"

:P
posted by prostyle at 9:03 AM on December 2, 2005


3.788, first try, and that's enough.
posted by Wolfdog at 9:05 AM on December 2, 2005


Oh my. Watch the video. I'm afraid.
posted by leapingsheep at 9:05 AM on December 2, 2005


4.3
ME AM THE BEST
posted by blag at 9:06 AM on December 2, 2005


O.K. So I watched a couple videos from the gallery of people typing it in about 1.5 seconds, so I must say that I now believe it to be possible, but I stand by my original thought that the www is filled with cheating killjoys!

...or maybe I'm just jealous that I don't possess the manual dexterity to beat 5 seconds!

I'll just go back to looking for the "Any" key.
posted by Shfishp at 9:07 AM on December 2, 2005


OK, 3.712. That was enough to earn my a place of "Page NaN of NaN" in the high scores.
posted by Wolfdog at 9:07 AM on December 2, 2005


First try: 4.296. It's all downhill from there.
posted by Godbert at 9:10 AM on December 2, 2005


2.72 and that's it. Really.
posted by Wolfdog at 9:11 AM on December 2, 2005


9 seconds? I got 13 using only one hand.
posted by The Supreme Dominar at 9:12 AM on December 2, 2005


well, welll, how often do you need to type the alphabet anyway....

7.2 sec
posted by Red58 at 9:12 AM on December 2, 2005


4.343 got me 5,730th place. Heh.
posted by krazykity16 at 9:14 AM on December 2, 2005


prostyle, that was hilarious. I can do the alphabet backward, but I'll be damned if I could pull off those dance moves drunk or sober.
posted by shoepal at 9:25 AM on December 2, 2005


5.969, but my hands are freezing.
posted by gaspode at 9:30 AM on December 2, 2005


prostyle: that was great; looks suspiciously like a clip from Reno 911.
posted by mapalm at 9:30 AM on December 2, 2005


3.918
posted by dmd at 9:31 AM on December 2, 2005


I'll post a histogram when this thread gets longer.
posted by dmd at 9:31 AM on December 2, 2005


3.32 - I'm aiming to get better than 3.1415 ... we'll see.
posted by devbrain at 9:35 AM on December 2, 2005


mapalm: it is.

How do I get to the videos? clicking the "check out my video" link takes me to a phone-games website.
posted by Four Flavors at 9:36 AM on December 2, 2005


5.2 is my best so far.
posted by baphomet at 9:38 AM on December 2, 2005


i'm not sure i can make the high-score table.

1.001? 1.003? i got 7-something.
posted by mrgrimm at 9:39 AM on December 2, 2005


I typed "the alphabet" in 1.5 seconds.

[/literal minded]
posted by WolfDaddy at 9:41 AM on December 2, 2005


shfishp: In the spirit of ruining it for everyone, my computer is able to type the alphabet itself in 0.150 seconds. But I didn't submit the score.
posted by jepler at 9:41 AM on December 2, 2005


5.3; WXYZ is such an annoying sequence.
posted by adzm at 9:44 AM on December 2, 2005


4.563. The more I play, the worse I get.
posted by brain_drain at 9:45 AM on December 2, 2005


thats suprisingly difficult...

On a regular basis I dont often type the entire alphabet - typically it seems to be: lol, ul, np (along with team speak and reload in counterstrike)

The downside is: when in msn I keep hitting "y" or "u" before i type as though it where a team or general message in counterstrike :-s
posted by 13twelve at 9:46 AM on December 2, 2005


3.125. It takes longer to "say" the alphabet in one's head than to actually give up control to the fingers and let them do all the thinking.
posted by superfem at 9:47 AM on December 2, 2005


I got 3.986. Any faster and I missed keys or got the wrong order.
posted by smackfu at 9:48 AM on December 2, 2005


This was hard for me because we don't use W in Danish. I tend to think of the alphabet as A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T Y V X Y Z Æ Ø Å.
posted by sveskemus at 9:58 AM on December 2, 2005


An unimpressive 7.046. It would help if I could stop hitting backspace key every time I made a mistake.
posted by Nice Donkey at 9:59 AM on December 2, 2005


3.609. I used to use dvorak -- I wonder if that would be faster.
posted by Marit at 10:00 AM on December 2, 2005


5.713
posted by fire&wings at 10:10 AM on December 2, 2005


So is there some reason 5 seconds would reigster as 22?
posted by hototogisu at 10:11 AM on December 2, 2005


I can regularly get into the low-3s, and hit 2.7 once, but any faster than that and I get tripped up on DEFG and WXYZ. Warming up with a few low-4s runs seems to help a bit. This will ruin my afternoon.
posted by uncleozzy at 10:13 AM on December 2, 2005


3.562
posted by knave at 10:32 AM on December 2, 2005


6.038
posted by Dukebloo at 10:39 AM on December 2, 2005


3.969.

this is cool.

and i understand if some nerds got themselves at 1.001 score...but who the hell gets 1.4 or 1.9? sheesh.
posted by taumeson at 10:41 AM on December 2, 2005


6.172 seconds. I find myself singing the "alphabet song" in my head to keep the order straight...
posted by bullitt 5 at 10:46 AM on December 2, 2005


Four Flavors - submit your score and you'll see the video link a the top of the screen.
posted by jazon at 10:49 AM on December 2, 2005


First try, 4.677 seconds. After a little practice, 4.166 seconds. It's surprising how unnatural it feels to try typing the alphabet quickly.
posted by Songdog at 10:51 AM on December 2, 2005


Wooo 2.812!
posted by knave at 10:51 AM on December 2, 2005


I got down to 2.5-something until I started forgetting the alphabet. That's enough for me.
posted by Marit at 10:55 AM on December 2, 2005


4.36 with a bit of practice, sound volume off -- it's highly disruptive -- and sitting slack-assedly.
posted by five fresh fish at 10:55 AM on December 2, 2005


5.813 was my best, heheh.
posted by smitt at 10:58 AM on December 2, 2005


I can't crack three seconds. I'm beginning to forget the alphabet. I tihnk I shluod gte hlep
posted by allen.spaulding at 10:59 AM on December 2, 2005


5.93, and I don't touch type. I'm a hunt-and-peck MACHINE!
posted by Kickstart70 at 10:59 AM on December 2, 2005


3.877 and change.

No surprise, as I type 100wpm.

Couldn't submit the high score, though, or even hit space bar to restart. Dunno why.
posted by davejay at 11:06 AM on December 2, 2005


3.56..
posted by provolot at 11:06 AM on December 2, 2005


2.578! Do I win something?
posted by knave at 11:19 AM on December 2, 2005


After taking superfem's advice and not trying to slave my fingers to a voice-in-my-head saying the alphabet, 3.28.
posted by dmd at 11:28 AM on December 2, 2005


2.61. l33t!
posted by phaedon at 11:37 AM on December 2, 2005


3.6 the first time, I got it down to 2.7 for about ten tries, and finally worked my way down to 2.54. I am the fastest mefite.
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 12:00 PM on December 2, 2005


2.51 no you aren't.
posted by Wolfdog at 12:08 PM on December 2, 2005


4.987.

Anyone using a Dvorak keyboard want to give it a try? I'm curious how much faster it gets... 1.01 seconds=impossible, unless they smashed their fat fingers on the keyboard and got lucky...
posted by sdrawkcab at 12:11 PM on December 2, 2005


2.32
posted by Wolfdog at 12:11 PM on December 2, 2005


5 sec over here. Damn, some of you guys are really good.
posted by redteam at 12:47 PM on December 2, 2005


6.61, and that's with two fingers.
posted by sharpener at 1:34 PM on December 2, 2005


I got a 6.66.

Not my best, but it was a cool number.
posted by mikeweeney at 1:54 PM on December 2, 2005


I can’t believe I wasted 16 seconds doing that.
posted by Smedleyman at 3:20 PM on December 2, 2005


Must me my video card; i typed it out in what seemed like 4 or 5 seconds, and 9 seconds after that, the sound and video finally finished catching up to me and said 12 seconds. This computer is not that slow.
posted by rubin at 3:23 PM on December 2, 2005


2.584 ... man, that is simultaneously thrilling and humiliating.
posted by joe lisboa at 3:59 PM on December 2, 2005


fuck, you people are some fast muhfuckin' typers. i thought i had skillz, but i can't break 9.
posted by Hat Maui at 4:19 PM on December 2, 2005


Just noticed the alphabet is really bad on a standard qwerty keyboard. That is, the ideal typing behavior alternates between hands every other letter. That's how you can achieve the highest speeds. On qwerty, 'abcdefg' is all left handed, followed by 'hijklmnop' on the right. Particulary, 'cde' is three in a row with the middle finger on the left hand, and 'mn' on the right hand seems to trip me up pretty frequently. I'd definitely like to hear if dvorak users had better luck.

BTW, my best is now 2.37, just shy of Wolfdog!!
posted by knave at 5:46 PM on December 2, 2005


i do transcription and type just over 100, but i'm sticking around 5 or so with a few tries...not the same muscle memory as typing words i think...(when i started typing, it took me quite a while to stop thinking letter by letter and start thinking word by word, but when i did my speed shot up big time)
posted by troybob at 9:09 PM on December 2, 2005



posted by dmd at 7:51 AM on December 3, 2005


how often do you need to type the alphabet anyway... i do transcription and type just over 100, but i'm sticking around 5 or so with a few tries...not the same muscle memory as typing words i think...

Exactly. I did 5.309 (man that beeping is annoying), but this test is useless to someone who really types actual words all the time. Wait a minute. Useless pages on the Internet?
posted by LeLiLo at 10:01 AM on December 3, 2005


1.797
posted by chrismear at 10:52 AM on December 3, 2005


Well, looks like dvorak doesn't help me out very much here. I got 5ish on my first try with QWERTY and I can't seem to get much below 8ish with dvorak. But that could be because I don't tend to use a whole lot of dvorak nowadays.
posted by dihutenosa at 10:36 PM on December 3, 2005


There's a speaker icon below the animation that turns off the sound. It's much easier with the sound off.
posted by five fresh fish at 8:52 AM on December 4, 2005


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