Hall of Tortured Souls – Easter Egg Challenge – Excel TV Challenges

Jordan Asks A Question Without Knowing The Answer?

Jordan starts out the segment by admitting that he didn’t know the answer to the previous episode’s challenge. You know… the question that he is tasked with crafting (along with the help of the Excel Tv elves).

This is not a surprise to the seasoned Excel TV viewer (thanks Mom). As Jordan is also unaware of when his book Excel for Dashboards is to be released.  Now tentatively scheduled for November 15th (thanks Chandoo).  Get the book here.

Congratulations Heather R

You are the winner of something really cool I am sure.  Likely something only slightly used from the Excel TV northern offices somewhere in (wherever Jordan is).

Since Jordan doesn’t really know the answer, he picked the answer that was the most insightful.  Proving that you can actually baffle with BS.  And for that, we commend you.  Here is Heather’s answer.

Heather R says:

Well, going by what Microsoft by the Numbers tells me:http://news.microsoft.com/bythenumbers/index.html

There are 1.2 billion users of Office worldwide – since I have no way to verify that, I’m going to assume the folks at MS know what they are talking about.

In my own office, I’d say that only a third of the Office users ever touch Excel – and that might be generous. However, other offices are more data oriented than mine, so let’s assume that 65% of all MS Office users actually USE excel (as more than a report viewer).
So, my total: 780 million Excel users

So 780 million it is.  Thank you Heather R.

VBA Pro Course Winner

In our last episode, Jon Acampora of ExcelCampus.com offered free access to his VBA Pro Course.  All you had to do was go to his episode – Episode 34 – and then to the comments section.

Jon wanted to know the types of things you can use VBA for. Well, over 60 comments later and the list of potential winners needed to be whittled down.  Jordan trusted the random selection to the Excel TV Labs team in the North Pole.  The team developed a flux-capacitor fueled random name generator.  After the magic spinning wheel reached 88 miles per hour, Joel Scheller was selected.  Congrats Joel.

What is an Excel Easter Egg?

It’s a hidden gem that you find only when certain keys are pressed. No… not a table when you press Ctrl+T. Something a bit more complicated than that.

And what better way to celebrate a chilly September 29th evening, than with an Easter Egg Challenge.

But First, A Few Easter Egg Jokes

Stolen from Courtesy of Jokes4us.com

  1. Q: What day does an Easter egg hate the most? A: Fry-days.
  2. Q: How do bunnies stay healthy? A: Eggercise
  3. Q: Where does the Easter bunny eat breakfast? A: at Ihop
  4. Q: What do you call ten rabbits marching backwards? A: A receding hareline.
  5. Q: What’s pink, has five toes, and is carried by the Easter Bunny? A: His lucky people’s foot!
  6. Q: How do you catch the Easter Bunny? A: Hide in the bushes and make a noise like a carrot!

Not funny?  Well…  the receding hairline was comedy gold.

But for the others… I mean… C’mon…  You are reading Easter Egg jokes stolen borrowed from a bad one-liner website and hocked on an Excel website in Autumn (not Spring).  Perhaps you should lower your expectations.  And if your are still reading this even after those jokes… then its kinda’ your fault anyways 🙂

So How Do I Win?

Well… first you make up an answer with links to reputable websites with the full knowledge that the Excel MVP questioner has no idea what the true answer is (its brilliant).  And then you leave that guess below.  Jordan will pick a winner randomly from all the correct answers.

Rick Grantham
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