During today’s daily data entry, I learned that an Excel spreadsheet contains 65,536 rows. Gray empty space follows. I reached the end of Excel. When I emailed a friend in finance this tidbit of worthless knowledge, she answered, “Yes, but only 256 columns. Office 2007, however, has a million rows and 16,000 columns.”

Is it bad that, although I like my job, I dislike what I do? That I am terrified that I will become a person who knows that an Excel spreadsheet contains 16,777,216 cells?

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