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?Let today - the eleventh day of the twelfth month - henceforth and forever be Backwards Day! ?Fun with Unicode
Via the wonderfully nerdy 74 68 65 20 64 69 67 69 74 61 6C 20 6D 65.??‭
posted by loquacious (115 comments total) 35 users marked this as a favorite

 
wow
posted by Buzz at 3:00 PM on December 11, 2006


FTW
posted by randomination at 3:05 PM on December 11, 2006


Neato. Shame it gets stripped out in comments.
posted by jack_mo at 3:07 PM on December 11, 2006


‮‮So funny - I just saw this a few minutes ago and wondered where I could go to test it out.‭
posted by routergirl at 3:09 PM on December 11, 2006


huh. did not know that
posted by bob sarabia at 3:10 PM on December 11, 2006


[caffeine-addled brain explodes]
posted by greycap at 3:12 PM on December 11, 2006


‮‮ Well, this is rather fun. Woot!‭
posted by koeselitz at 3:12 PM on December 11, 2006


FYI: I don't think it works in IE. It might in 7.

If you use Firefox and note that your text cursor has a dangly bit, worry not. It's just Firefox indicating that reverse mode is in use on this page. It'll go away when you navigate to a non reversed page.

It doesn't seem to pass through tags or RSS headers properly, but on preview it looks like routergirl managed it in comments.

It should be able to be passed and there are many international usability cases and arguments that support that it should. It may be edgecase here, though.
posted by loquacious at 3:15 PM on December 11, 2006


‮jack_mo: You must be using IE7. Ah, well, serves you right for going the MS route. Those of us in Firefox don't get stripped in comments...
posted by koeselitz at 3:15 PM on December 11, 2006


8238;Confused.
posted by jack_mo at 3:15 PM on December 11, 2006


Irritating.
posted by OverlappingElvis at 3:15 PM on December 11, 2006


8238;i have a fish. in my pants.
posted by quonsar at 3:16 PM on December 11, 2006


8238;i have a fish. in my pants. yo.
posted by quonsar at 3:18 PM on December 11, 2006


alas, i have no mirror character in my pants.
posted by quonsar at 3:18 PM on December 11, 2006


8238;fish. pants.
posted by quonsar at 3:20 PM on December 11, 2006


I'd try to write something backwards but I'd just fuck it up and look stupid. I forgot how many different hoops you have to jump through to get unicode characters to work on here.
posted by bob sarabia at 3:20 PM on December 11, 2006


.ti kcuf
posted by quonsar at 3:20 PM on December 11, 2006 [1 favorite]


‮‮That is pretty cool. I like that it hits the bottom posted by as well.‭
posted by scodger at 3:22 PM on December 11, 2006


.senel wef a retfa ysae ylgnisirpruS

.sretcarahc eht esrever dluoc ew if nuf erom eb dluow tI
posted by jam_pony at 3:25 PM on December 11, 2006


koeselitz: Nah, I'm using Firefox 2.0...
posted by jack_mo at 3:27 PM on December 11, 2006


d: tih a sekat gnillepS .noos oot ekops I
posted by jam_pony at 3:27 PM on December 11, 2006


bob sarabia: "I'd try to write something backwards but I'd just fuck it up and look stupid. I forgot how many different hoops you have to jump through to get unicode characters to work on here."

Ah, come on, sourpuss. All it takes is a copy and a paste.
posted by koeselitz at 3:27 PM on December 11, 2006


‮‮A man, a plan, a canal, Panama
Go hang a salami, I'm a lasagna hog‭
posted by bbuda at 3:29 PM on December 11, 2006


‮‮ God? Hey, meta ate my... eh.... dog.‭
posted by hydrophonic at 3:33 PM on December 11, 2006 [1 favorite]


‮‮Hello World. Wow that is really wierd.

ABLE WAS I ERE I SAW ELBA.

HAH‭
posted by freebird at 3:34 PM on December 11, 2006


ow.
posted by absalom at 3:38 PM on December 11, 2006


‮‮
.sdrawkcab lla er'yeht won dna egap stnemmoc ym ot tnew I‭
posted by randomination at 3:39 PM on December 11, 2006


8238; Don't forget the code is "8238;".
posted by chairface at 3:40 PM on December 11, 2006


Dang. Unicode shows up in preview but gets stripped in posting.
posted by chairface at 3:41 PM on December 11, 2006


8238;Haha, this is great. May Backwards Day live forever!
posted by defenestration at 3:42 PM on December 11, 2006


Well, that's one way to make yourself look silly.
posted by defenestration at 3:45 PM on December 11, 2006


8238; So, why December 11th? Or just 'c
uz?
posted by spaceman_spiff at 3:45 PM on December 11, 2006


‮‮so why does it work if its pasted and not if you just type in the entity? After all, it seems to work in the preview box.‭
posted by spaceman_spiff at 3:47 PM on December 11, 2006


Don't feel silly. I can't seem to get it to work in comments, either. I'm not sure what folks are doing to get it to work.
posted by loquacious at 3:47 PM on December 11, 2006


‮.tuoba si ssuf eht tahw ees t'nod I ,yllaeR‭
posted by reventlov at 3:47 PM on December 11, 2006 [5 favorites]


(Blast you, randomination!)
posted by reventlov at 3:49 PM on December 11, 2006


Right on.
posted by Wolfdog at 3:50 PM on December 11, 2006



‮‮LOL‭
posted by randomination at 3:59 PM on December 11, 2006


8238;wow
posted by modofo at 4:03 PM on December 11, 2006


‮‮So how does this work?‭
posted by octothorpe at 4:08 PM on December 11, 2006


Everyone who has posted in this thread has a backwards comments page now.
posted by utsutsu at 4:12 PM on December 11, 2006


‮‮this is pretty cool but sort of disconserting‮‮‭
posted by octothorpe at 4:12 PM on December 11, 2006


Whatever you're doing doesn't appear to work in Safari.
posted by Mwongozi at 4:13 PM on December 11, 2006


Everyone who has posted in this thread has a backwards comments page now.

Not me
posted by octothorpe at 4:13 PM on December 11, 2006


Oddly enough it works in the title bar (in Safari) but nowhere else.
posted by thecaddy at 4:14 PM on December 11, 2006


Sure you do. That's how it looks to me anyways.
posted by utsutsu at 4:14 PM on December 11, 2006


OTTO...NOON
posted by Smart Dalek at 4:15 PM on December 11, 2006


8238;This is the best thing I've ever seen! This post should win the December contest.
posted by knave at 4:20 PM on December 11, 2006


It's totally bizarre to me how the mirror character gets passed through some areas of the site and not others.

When I compiled and previewed it, it seemed to be escaping properly as it didn't spill outside the post, and it didn't break the front page.

But I had no idea that it would pass through and show up in favorites and other places on MeFi.

I'm tempted to start a MetaTalk thread to help ferret out the numerous places it's being improperly passed.


Waxing metaphysical, it's interesting how complex and dynamic systems can be broadly effected by very small things. In this case, one character - supported by well intentioned behavior across multiple domains of interacting technology. (Unicode + modern browsers + international language support + database-driven website and engine.)
posted by loquacious at 4:27 PM on December 11, 2006


!
posted by Mitheral at 4:28 PM on December 11, 2006


loquacious writes "I'm tempted to start a MetaTalk thread to help ferret out the numerous places it's being improperly passed."

Or just strip it period depending on whether just posting in a backwards contain thread is enough to mess up your comments page. I'm checking right after this comment.
posted by Mitheral at 4:30 PM on December 11, 2006


Sure you do. That's how it looks to me anyways.
Oh yea, you're right. Just the first page though.
posted by octothorpe at 4:32 PM on December 11, 2006


‮Whoa.‭
posted by deborah at 4:39 PM on December 11, 2006


truly fun and headache inducing at the same time!
posted by Phantomx at 4:41 PM on December 11, 2006


I believe the entity doesn't work because Matt is stripping all numeric HTML entities (due to securityish issues).
posted by MikeKD at 4:44 PM on December 11, 2006


This should be better.8238;
posted by freebird at 4:51 PM on December 11, 2006


haha
posted by freebird at 4:51 PM on December 11, 2006


Found the MeTa thread.
posted by MikeKD at 4:51 PM on December 11, 2006


‮‮Is it weird that I can read all of this almost as easily as left-to-right text?‭
posted by Spike at 4:58 PM on December 11, 2006


(This should include the Right To Left encoding character. For details on what's goin on here, rather than the Mirror Character magic, check the specs - it's pretty neat stuff, with real application:

http://unicode.org/reports/tr9/
posted by freebird at 5:04 PM on December 11, 2006


This is exactly how AIDS got started.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 5:11 PM on December 11, 2006 [2 favorites]


‮‮I stole quonsar's fish.
posted by Spike at 5:14 PM on December 11, 2006 [1 favorite]


(‮‮( lol‭
posted by phylum sinter at 5:23 PM on December 11, 2006


.daerht siht evol gnikcuf I
posted by sdrawkcab at 5:26 PM on December 11, 2006 [1 favorite]


You can also use the bdo tag to make things backwards. It is probably the best tag ever.
posted by ph00dz at 5:29 PM on December 11, 2006


‮‮So, what are the people who can do it doing to make it work?‭
posted by jack_mo at 5:38 PM on December 11, 2006


‮‮Huh?!‭
posted by jack_mo at 5:40 PM on December 11, 2006


8238; that is seriously badass
posted by delmoi at 5:42 PM on December 11, 2006


‮‮It works in the form field on Firefox, but not on Safari or Webkit. ‮ Test‮‮‮‮Though Safari and Webkit will still display the mirror character and the text affected by the mirror character correctly.‭
posted by Colloquial Collision at 5:48 PM on December 11, 2006


‮The (tseT) in my previous comment is an error made on preview...Ah, what the hell, no one will read it anyway.‭
posted by Colloquial Collision at 5:50 PM on December 11, 2006


At first I thought loquacious actually registered a new user just to make this post.
posted by smackfu at 5:53 PM on December 11, 2006


‮‮Very Interesting.‭
posted by kalessin at 6:07 PM on December 11, 2006


!‮‮This is some wacky shit‭
posted by jason's_planet at 6:15 PM on December 11, 2006


8238;Neato!
posted by cerebus19 at 6:27 PM on December 11, 2006


Doh!
posted by cerebus19 at 6:27 PM on December 11, 2006


‮‮There we go.‭
posted by cerebus19 at 6:31 PM on December 11, 2006


‮‮A man a plan a canal Panama.‭
posted by cerebus19 at 6:32 PM on December 11, 2006


I just want to add that if you read these closely, this is one of the most profane threads of all time. Also, bask in the one-time awesomeness of my MeFi name... tomorrow, I'm just a fist-smash mash of letters again...
posted by sdrawkcab at 6:34 PM on December 11, 2006


‮‮(i have a fish. in my pants.)‭
posted by quonsar at 7:03 PM on December 11, 2006


‮Ha! This is awesome!‭
posted by brundlefly at 7:17 PM on December 11, 2006


What the cockass is going on in here?
posted by danb at 7:22 PM on December 11, 2006 [2 favorites]


(‮‮(ecin yrev‭
posted by MonkeySaltedNuts at 7:38 PM on December 11, 2006


?ereh ni no gniog si ssakcoc eht tahw: reltifateM.
posted by Effigy2000 at 7:46 PM on December 11, 2006


‮‮(whoa. that's some strong medicine‭
posted by bumpkin at 7:48 PM on December 11, 2006


‮‮‮‮otto abba otto‭
posted by Pink Fuzzy Bunny at 7:50 PM on December 11, 2006


(‮‮(I don't know how to get this thing to work so screw you guys, I'm going home!‭
posted by hojoki at 7:58 PM on December 11, 2006


What, no comments from eiwohtam?
posted by eriko at 8:14 PM on December 11, 2006


How do I make it stop?
posted by bumpkin at 8:18 PM on December 11, 2006


I think my browser is broken. I can get it to work on the following words:
‮‮
METATARSAL
OSTINATO
OVALTINE

:no ton tub
WOW
MA'AM
TOT

".MYTH" ,egami rorrim sti syalpsid ylegnarts "HTYM" dnA

Somebody please hope me.

posted by Opposite George at 8:29 PM on December 11, 2006


What the hell is going on here?
posted by interrobang at 8:44 PM on December 11, 2006


‮‮Hell if I know!‭
posted by loquacious at 8:53 PM on December 11, 2006


‮‮¡Wow!‭
posted by Anything at 9:21 PM on December 11, 2006



(‮‮(

Weird, now my birthday will be known as "Backwards Day."

Oh, and I heard a cool palindrome yesterday, this one for people who work in the food service industry:

Stressed? No tips? Spit on desserts!‭
posted by jiawen at 9:38 PM on December 11, 2006


.zihW zeehC stae nataS
posted by champthom at 9:39 PM on December 11, 2006


.su ot gnoleb era esab ruoy llA
posted by Vindaloo at 9:49 PM on December 11, 2006


Done with bdo tag
posted by Joeforking at 10:08 PM on December 11, 2006


‮‮You should have used reversed tags too.‭
posted by Cironian at 2:36 AM on December 12, 2006


There's a Flickr user who's used unicode in their user name - it confuses the crap out of me, and by the looks of it, the Flickr layout engine (the reversal carries on for other words in addition to the user name).
Pretty cool once you get your head around it... but I can't imagine that it will ever catch on.
posted by Chunder at 3:00 AM on December 12, 2006


‮‮
Happy birthday, jiawen!

And did you notice your username backwards looks like a homonym for "New age?"
posted by Opposite George at 3:48 AM on December 12, 2006


There are some nice instructions here

For more flexible use.
posted by rogerh at 5:55 AM on December 12, 2006


(‮‮(This is cool.‭
posted by Skorgu at 5:58 AM on December 12, 2006


"This is bloody disgusting! My brain hurts!

:laer roF !thgiarts gninrut ti fo sepoh ni sdrawkcab ecnetnes siht epyt ot gniog yllaretil m'I woN

0rezrm rof hcraes dna F+lrtC tih dna tihs siht no ecruos egap eht weiV

Also, I'm totally LAME. Confused??

posted by mrzer0 at 7:04 AM on December 12, 2006


Im in yer site reversin yer txt.
posted by ddf at 8:00 AM on December 12, 2006


‮this is MADNESS‭
posted by jimmy at 8:28 AM on December 12, 2006


Hebrew confuses the operation:
‮‮
פרשנו רעבתן שבדבש נתבער ונשרף
تُوْت
خَوْخ
لَيْل
Νίψον ανομήματα μη μόναν όψιν
我愛媽媽,媽媽愛我
上海自來水來自海上
枯眼望遙山隔水,往來曾見幾心知。壺空怕酌一杯酒,筆下難成和韻詩。迷路阻人離別久,訊音無雁寄回遲。孤燈夜守長寥寂,夫憶妻兮父憶兒
tattarrattat
saippuakuppinippukauppias
Koortsmeetsysteemstrook
Kuulilennutunneliluuk‭
posted by meehawl at 9:01 AM on December 12, 2006


I was going to refrain from posting in this thread because it gives you a backwards comments page. Then I realized I could just post another comment in a different thread with the closing reverse tag, and all would be well.

‮‮...shit.it's a unicode character, not a tag. WHAT DO I DO NOW?!?!‭
posted by tehloki at 9:21 AM on December 12, 2006


the closing reverse tag

Does that really work?
‮‮‭
posted by meehawl at 10:59 AM on December 12, 2006


12345
8238;
12345
8237;
12345
posted by meehawl at 2:08 PM on December 12, 2006


12345
‮‮
12345

12345

Ah, it's all become çłεმл.‮‮‭
posted by meehawl at 2:29 PM on December 12, 2006


8238; evil did I dwel ,llewd I did live
posted by edverb at 9:15 PM on December 12, 2006


I guess posting the unicode is the escape character on here?
posted by edverb at 9:18 PM on December 12, 2006


Or not.
posted by edverb at 9:18 PM on December 12, 2006


For the historical record, the original post here was rendered entirely backward - including the "posted by" description tag - as some of the in-thread comments are backwards.

I had Matt (admin, site owner, mathowie, etc) try adding the closing tag to get the post to stop reversing stuff in people's my comments and in other on-site indexes but it broke the original reversed formatting. Attempts to recreate it via manually entering the unicode as an HTML entity or as a direct paste have failed to bring it back.

Ah, well. I'd like to thank Matt for being a good sport about it, since it effectively broke much of the site for 24 hours or more.
posted by loquacious at 4:10 PM on December 17, 2006


it seems like Metafilter breaks fairly easily... I nearly broke the frontpage with the tag, but jessamyn convinced matt to fix it before anything horrible could happen.
posted by tehloki at 4:34 PM on December 17, 2006


although, it looks like if you type < plaintext> in the comment window, it breaks the preview but is apparently stripped out of the actual posted comment, like above.
posted by tehloki at 4:35 PM on December 17, 2006


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