You know those funny little slideshows MSN puts together to hook people into reading more on their site? They ALWAYS get me. Today's headline "Weirdest stuff stars left their heirs" I got about four people in and found this interesting tidbit : George Bernard Shaw left money in his will to fund the creation of a new alphabet. After perusing said alphabet, I can see why it didn't catch on. You can read more about it here.
This image is also from that site. I can't imagine writing with these symbols but maybe it would be the same as the standard alphabet if it were how I were taught. It looks like hieroglyphics to me!