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English can be confusing!

This short paragraph, supposedly* produced by an academic, helps illustrate why a proofreader is needed. It re-iterates a viewpoint that our eyes sometimes see what they want us to see and not necessarily what we should be seeing:

'Aoccdrnig to rsceearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a tatol mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is beuscae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istelf, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig, huh?'

The text should read:

'According to research at Cambridge University, it doesn't matter in what order the letters in a word are, the only important thing is that the first and last letter be at the right place. The rest can be a total mess and you can still read it without problem. This is because the human mind does not read every letter by itself but the word as a whole. Amazing, huh?'

* The origin of this piece is unclear/disputed. See Google for more details.