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April 1, 2010 - Redmond, WA - Construction workers stopped the excavation for building 1,629 at Microsoft's Redmond campus when crews uncovered a 44MB Syquest-brand storage cartridge packed with astonishing archival data.
Verdana and Georgia, two of the most widely used fonts found on nearly every computer in the world, appear to have had a sort of digital tryst during their years in storage and together produced a font called Verdorgia (see graphic).
The new Verdorgia font data seems to have been born through an unusual process called 'binary conception' and contains recognizable attributes from each of its well-known parents.
Digital Fontologists were called on to the scene to evaluate the integrity of the data. Joshua Hadley, Type Engineer for Ascender Corporation, remarked "There is a certain degree of charm about the font. One can imagine Verdana and Georgia conjoined in the glow of a flashing green LED and the low hum of a cooling fan. It's about as romantic as you get in the font software business."
Steve Matteson, Type Director for Ascender Corporation, was asked to be Verdorgia's godfather. Under his careful tutelage Verdorgia matured into a fully-grown Mac and Windows compatible font with a sturdy Latin 1 character set. He said "The discovery of Verdorgia brought a tear to my eye. I can't wait to see it used on the label of a fine bottle of wine or at least on the masthead of a counterculture newspaper."
All kidding aside, to commemorate this joyous occasion, the font aficionados at Ascender have agreed to make an OpenType version of the Verdorgia font available for purchase and instant download. It is priced at only $9.99 and for the month of April all proceeds will be donated to SaveTheChildren.org – a charity dedicated to creating lasting change in the lives of children around the world.
For more information on the newly discovered Verdorgia font visit http://www.ascenderfonts.com/font/verdorgia.aspx