Singaporean is world's fastest text messager

 
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SINGAPORE, Nov 12 (Reuters) A Singaporean student broke the Guinness World Record for the shortest time needed to type a 160-character SMS message today after whizzing through the task in less than 42 seconds in a competition.

Sixteen-year-old Ang Chuang Yang typed the SMS (short message service) message in 41.52 seconds, beating the previous record of 42.22 seconds set by American Ben Cook in July, according to Singapore Telecommunications, organisers of the competition.

''I'll try for 39 seconds next year,'' said Ang, adding that the trick to speedy text messaging was to use a mobile phone with larger keys on the dial pad.

SMS messaging competitions around the world use the same SMS text provided by the Guinness organisation -- ''The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.'' REUTERS AKJ PM1753

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