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Published on Oct 6, 2007
If you've been on the Internet for longer than five minutes, you're probably aware of the thousands of email forwards and poorly designed Web pages accusing Bill Gates of being the devil, literally. Another one says there's something called "The Hall of Tortured Souls" hidden inside Excel 95; supposedly, it's a creepy first-person game with Doom-like graphics, and if you make it to the end of a narrow path, it will show you "something really, really eerie" or "reveal something about Microsoft." Or both. THAT IS COMPLETELY FALSE! The "game" appears to have only two rooms, separated by some stairs: The one with the blue pillars and the green pools, and another with red names raining down a window. However ... if you type "EXCELKFA" one of the walls will disappear and you'll see a narrow, very hard-to-cross bridge with something weird at the other end. Now, before you curl up under the bed and start crying: those are actually the guys who developed Excel 95! Apparently, Microsoft programmers used to do this all the time. It's simply a fun way for them to credit their work, because seriously, when was the last time you read the "About" page for a program? Of course, some people still see this as definite proof that Bill Gates is, in fact, the Antichrist, accusing him of personally putting the game there to ... you know, be all Antichristy and stuff.
PS: Turns out that "Hall of Tortured Souls" isn't a dramatic nickname people on the Internet invented: It's what the window actually says!
HOW TO GET IT: 1. Open Excel 95 with a blank work sheet 2. Go down to the 95th row 3. Select the whole row 4. Tab over to coloum B 5. Goto Help/About 6. Hold down ctrl-alt-shift and click on the tech support button 7. A window appears call "Hall of Tortured souls" 8. At the end of the hall and all the programmers names 9. Do a 180 turn and type excelkfa. Walk thuorgh the wall and see the pictures
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