Tuesday, June 9, 2009

A Ridiculous Experiment

Have any of you ever noticed the button on your dashboard where you can change the language? Well today, I saw it again and thought, wouldn't it be neat if I changed the language, just to see what it looked like, and then changed it right back again? Sounds pretty safe, right? So I hit the button, scrolled through the options, and selected Arabic. The letters looked so cool! Then I hit the wrong button and changed the page I was on. Trouble! My blog read in English, but the header was all in Arabic! And I couldn't figure how to get back to my dashboard. I scurried around hitting random buttons, changing pages but I had no idea what I was doing because it was all in Arabic. Ok, I thought, now I'm done for. My blog is in Arabic, and I can't change it back because I can't read it! So I went and told my Mom what I did. She just laughed and shook her head. "Emily, you are too curious!" Abigail suggested e-mailing a friend that can read Arabic and asking her to help me put my blog back in English. I was about to do so, but I thought I would look at my blog one more time in Arabic, and try to figure out for myself what to do. Then I remembered all the buttons along the top of a blog that say sign in, follow blog, etc. I started randomly hitting these. Finally I must have hit the sign in button, because the page looked exactly like the English sign in one, except that everything was in Arabic. Do you know what? Arabic is backwards. All the things that are on the left of your page are on the right on an Arabic page, and vice versa. So I found the sign in page, and signed in. Then I was at my dashboard. Remember, it was all still in Arabic, so I was stumbling around in the dark. But I managed to recognize that language button. I hit it, and scrolled down to where it said English. Hit the button...ahh. I can read it now. I was so relieved! Have any of you out there ever done something like this? Let me tell you--I'm staying away from that language button! Well, I do know how to fix it now...

6 comments:

Rebecca said...

I can see myself doing the same thing, only I don't think I would pick Arabic! I'd pick something closer to English. :) That's interesting that everything shifted right - I never thought about that! My dad knows Arabic so that particular language would have been so catastrophic for me! Thanks for the warning to stay away from the language button! :)

Rachel S. said...

that is so funny!! well, at least you learned which way to read a different language. haha that is so funny! :)

Anonymous said...

*rIdiculous

Emily said...

Thanks :)

Leah said...

That's funny, you know I've done the same thing before...can't remember exactly how I did it but I changed it so that all the buttons and links on the tops and bottoms of everyone's blogs turned into Arabic! I changed it back though for my Mom since I can read it, but I still get confused sometimes because of the letters go backward,and guess what, the numbers go forward!LOL:)
I don't know if I wouldn't try any other language though! Glad you were able to get it back!!

Heather said...

That's funny. I will remember never to try that.