Goodness knows how long I've been using earphones like this. Since my first Sony Walkman, I guess. So that would be the 1980s then. Since before you were born, probably.
But the one thing that I've never really understood was why they were marked left and right, so you knew which ear to stick each in. Because does it really matter which way round you hear things?
Now in case you didn't already know, I'm left handed. And that means that I always put my earphones in the wrong ears. That's because I prefer the shorter of the two leads in my left ear, which means I can then reach the controller with my left hand. Sounds sensible, doesn't it? And I've never felt that I was listening to things the wrong way round.
And then last week I was catching up with Monty Halls (that's him up there) on iPlyer on my phone. He was out at sea and throwing fish over the side of the boat. To the right, as I was looking at it. But the splashes in my ears were on the left.
If you've not been coming here for that long then you probably haven't explored every nook and cranny. If, on the other hand, you've been here for the long haul there may be things that you've forgotten. So let's take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of the highlights.
First off, this from July 2008 - this made me smile #52:
This is my BT landline phone. You probably can't see what it says on the display, which is part of the reason for showing it to you. Let me tell you what it says: "1 NEW CALLS".
Now, dear BT. How your customers love to hate you. But you've no idea, have you? Absolutely none at all.
So let me explain. Is there any point in me knowing how many calls I might have had in a day? Not for me, there isn't. But if you want to give me information that YOU might think is useful, then do me a favour and make it legible. And while you're about it, bloody well tell me in ENGLISH.
I would have phoned* you to explain this. But then you're a telecoms company and you won't allow your customers talk to anything but machines, will you?