6. There is a subreddit for typewriter fans.
7. Typewriters terrify children.
8. Typewriters are responsible for some of the most embarrassing man-isms in literary history. Take, for example, Ernest Hemingway’s unfortunate statement: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” And, of course, drivel like this leads to useless techno-fetishistic junk like the “Hemingwrite.”
9. Even Jack Kerouac, perhaps the US writer most associated with the typewriter, loathed having to reload its paper over and over again.
10. Contrary to all logic, typewriters are now used by German and Russian government officials to circumvent US intelligence in the wake of the NSA maelstrom. But typewriters are totally unreliable cryptographic graphic machines, and the NSA can easily “hack” them. In the 1950s, the FBI began analyzing typewriter ribbon to establish a reliable “fingerprint” for every imaginable typewriter. This led to dozens of arrests and the outing of many double-agents. Later, in 1985, Soviet spies invented keystroke loggers and installed antennas in the US Embassy in order to follow “typing patterns.”