Thursday, January 14, 2016

Fact checking the important stuff

"2015 passed, a year that was supposed to dot all the ‘i’s," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is quoted as saying in this article. But did he really say that? Do Ukrainians dot their i's?

The Russian Cyrillic alphabet doesn't have a dotted i. I know that the modified Cyrillic script used for Kazakh does have a dotted i, but Ukrainian is a lot closer to Russian than Kazakh. So I assumed that the Ukrainian alphabet would be pretty close, if not identical, to Russian. Which would mean that Ukrainian Cyrillic would lack a dotted i, thus revealing the Poroshenko quote to be fraudulent. A-ha! Time for an investigation!!!

Aaaaaaaaand, I was wrong. The Ukrainian Cyrillic alphabet does have a dotted i. Poroshenko probably did say that after all.

Rubber Hose: investigating the minor details that no one else pays attention to.