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Can a pen tell you when you're making a writing mistake?

A German company says it is developing a pen that vibrates to tell users if they've made a spelling mistake while writing. The device from Lernstift is programmed to recognize proper movements associated with each letter form, and can detect deviations in either spelling or grammar and respond with a gentle buzz, Britain's Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday. Lernstift said the pen could help children write more quickly and more accurately. The pen has two modes: calligraphy mode to detect errors in form or legibility, and orthography mode to detect grammatical mistakes.

Do most single people want to get married?

Ninety percent of U.S. singles say they want to get married, but 51 percent of women and 33 percent of men say they don't want a virgin, a survey found. Biological anthropologist Helen Fisher, of Rutgers University, and evolutionary biologist Justin R. Garcia, of the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, said the 2012 study was based on a survey of 5,481 U.S. singles and 1,095 married people ages 21-65. The survey, sponsored by and conducted by MarketTools, found 47 percent of married people achieved orgasm 91 percent to 100 percent of the time when having sex, versus 38 percent of singles who reported reaching orgasm at that level.

How late can you keep that library book?

A New York Public Library branch said a book was returned this week after being checked out in 1958. Jennifer Zarr, manager at the Fort Washington branch, said "Fire of Francis Xavier" was borrowed from the library on April 10, 1958, and arrived at the facility Monday wrapped in a plain brown envelope, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday. Zarr said the book contained a check for $100 but no note or other explanation for its tardiness. She said the check will more than cover any late fees for the book.

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By the staff of
The Washington Examiner