One of me friends posted a status on his **Facebook**wall saying - "

**what do you get when you apply 'italics' to backslash ?**" For a moment i thought he was kidding (he was actually....). I went out to seek the UN-explainable. So in the name of Euler's Identity here is the awe-inspiring discovery that was made.**The original text and the italicized text. Notice a change in angle of the backslash. (we knew this was gonna happen)**

So now i was obsessed to find the angular difference between the two backslashes. To do that i overlapped a couple of lines over the backslash switching between the formatting. The

**green**one is the italicized and**red**one is the normal.**Black**as usual represents the reference line at zero degrees.
Now all i need is a protractor to measure the angle. But unfortunately its not possible to find one in a place like this. Enter the power of imaging. Using some reference images of a protractor and a great online image editing program called Pixlr i got started. First capture the image via print screen and crop it to content. Create a new layer above the lines and paste into it the protractor image. Reduce layer opacity such that the lower layer is visible. Measure the angle just like old times !!

**Angle of the normal backslash**

**Angle of the italicized backslash**

With a few calculations the angular shift computes to approximately

**10 degrees**. So that's what you get for italicizing a backslash. Do all characters shift by the same angle ? Well i'll leave this one to be figured out by You !! Here is the Pixlr workspace at work...

Until next time...