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Posted Friday, November 21, 2008, at 8:22 AM

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OK, so I started to write a blog about a cancelled TV show called Eli Stone, and right in the middle of writing it, it disappeared and I ended up with a post published of nothing... just a blank page. I was going into a whole story about taste in programming but all of a sudden... it's gone!

So that changed my whole perspective for the day. It made me remember numerous documents that I've encountered that had a blank page inserted that actually said "This page intentionally left blank". Now I don't know about you, but a blank page is a blank page to me, I don't need to be reminded that it's been left blank on purpose. I even remember having to initial a page that said that during a house sale closing in the past.

I suppose in legal and technical documents it may actually be important to tell the audience that a page is intentionally left blank. We wouldn't want somebody to get the idea that they are missing something important when they see a blank page. However... it sure seems to be as waste of paper and ink to insert blank pages intentionally and to tell us that they did it. Why not just remove the blank page and forget about it? If there is a blank page, you are missing something would make more sense to me.

We're supposed to be conserving our resources, so why leave a document page blank on purpose? I really have no idea, but the paper and ink manufacturers might be the ones that came up with the idea. If I had to make a guess though, with all the printed documents out there, it is entirely possible that pages sometimes don't get printed, so unless you see the words "This Page Intentionally Left Blank" on the page, you actually might be missing something. It may also have something to do with the printing process to intentionally insert a blank page, and in that case it almost makes sense.

So there ya go... the City Slickers answer, or maybe non answer is more correct, to a mystery recalled because of an electronic publishing system failure this morning. As you can tell, I didn't have much else to write about today.


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I always figured the blank page was there so someone couldn't see what was written on the last page of a document.

I guess another explanation would be that they mass print off bank statements and rather then have someone try to figure out when one ends and one begins they insert a blank page to help reduce the risk of have the front page of someones banks statement stapled to the back of someone else's. I could see that saving on labor costs which is probably more expensive then the paper and ink combined.

Granted these are just my ideas and no research put into the fact.

-- Posted by npwinder on Tue, Nov 25, 2008, at 11:23 PM


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