Who knew fonts had the power to change the world! Calibri, a typeface we are all familiar with, has been making the rounds, especially in Pakistani media. Here are 3 times when Calibri proved its caliber to everyone.
The default font
Calibri is a fairly new font, so for it to become the default typeface in Microsoft and recently in Mac is an achievement in itself. Designed in 2004 by Lucas de Groot, it was available to the public in January 2007. The typeface made its debut on MS office and effectively replaced Times New Roman and Arial as the default font which continues up to this day. It must be noted that the typefaces Times New Roman and Arial were created in 1929 and 1982 respectively. So Calibri, immediately after its release, dominated the typeface game replacing fonts with considerable history.
Fake evidence in the alleged military coup of Turkey
That’s right! Calibri has been used in fake evidence before. Well it seems not everyone learns from history. Operation sledgehammer was an alleged secular military coup in Turkey, against the then newly elected Justice and Development Party (AKP), which was caught before it could ever be implemented. The Turkish military, as expected, denied all such claims. The crime was borderline treason and needed to be investigated, so a case started.
Evidence was presented highlighting the fact that the plans for this military coup were in fact, a reality. However, this ‘evidence’ was disproven when an American company, Arsenal Consulting led by owner Mark Spencer, found that these 2003 documents were created in Microsoft Word 2007 using the Calibri font. All 236 defendants fighting the case, having been subject to years of imprisonment, were released in 2015 after a court hearing. All of this because of a few pieces of paper which had a silly mistake. It’s a funny world.
Maryam Nawaz and the Panama Papers case
You knew this was coming. The latest and most popular scandal involving Calibri is the Panama Papers case which has engulfed Pakistani media and politics. From news channels to memes on the internet, everyone seems to be talking about this hilarious piece of fake evidence and if we look at the above mentioned political scandal, it truly proves the phrase ‘History repeats itself.’ Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Shareef is knee deep in the corruption scandal which initially surrounded her father. When asked to prove her innocence to the JIT commission investigating the case, she presented certificates which claimed her as the rightful owner of several luxurious flats in London. Calibri’s wrath reigned once more when it turned out the documents were dated back to 2006 whilst the typeface came out to public use a year later. Now Maryam faces new accusations of document forgery, as if her family troubles weren’t enough already. We will definitely be paying attention to the manufacturing date of anything from now on!
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