At least there's an explanation of why Windows Update is telling me Bookshelf Symbol 7's update is critical in more detail than "The font has been found to contain unacceptable symbols":

Microsoft said on Friday that its latest version of Office software inadvertently contained a font featuring two swastikas, and said it would offer tools to remove and replace the offending characters from the program.

The swastika, which was made infamous by Nazi Germany, was included in Microsoft's 'Bookshelf Symbol 7' font.

Apparently the font's lineage starts in Japan, where, "A form of the swastika has been used in the Buddhist religion to symbolize the feet or footprints of the Buddha." Now MS is cleaning up the two swastikas from the font with a "critical update". I always thought the whole deal was that if the "twirl" was clockwise it meant one thing and counter-clockwise meant another (one's Buddhist, the other Nazi).

Strangely, the Star of David is another symbol in the set of fonts. Now that is odd. Doesn't really mesh with the whole "this is from Japan" excuse. Wonder how the font got put together?

The tilde ("~") is apparently one offender in the font.

Might be worth noting that the report linked to at WiredNews, above, is from 12/12/2003 and the fix was apparently to blast the font entirely (though I haven't rebooted, which might fix that issue. I'll be sure to update me via this blog when I find out).

In any event, certainly some strange future search terms popping up in freakinname this morning.