Stupid Unicode Tricks

Cool Unicode trick, via Mantari — cut and paste this character into a Unicode-aware application (like this post’s comment box!), then type something and see what happens:

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12 Comments

  1. enda
    Posted August 27, 2007 at 16:13 | Permalink

    My Evolution client sometimes does this when I get a mail from one particular person. I had figured out that some embedded character was doing the damage, but now at least I know it isn’t an application error.

    What is the unicode character?

  2. Posted August 27, 2007 at 16:35 | Permalink

    hey Enda, looks like it’s on Reddit now: http://www.tipotheday.com/2007/08/26/wtf-is-this-character/

    it’s called ‘right to left override’, apparently, although the ‘circle of commas is the Unicode character U+0489 COMBINING CYRILLIC MILLIONS SIGN’, which apparently has combined with the character before it, hence you can’t cut and paste one without the other.

    All very bizarre!

  3. noNameRequired453183
    Posted August 27, 2007 at 21:03 | Permalink

    Cool. as a hebrew native speaker, i wonder if this has anything to do with “nikod”. in hebrew you can replace vowels (e.g. aeiuo) with little dots and lines above, below and inside the character (for example, when you put a dot inside the letter פ , it changes from f to p). almost nobody uses it (it’s mainly for litrature, religous texts and helping small children to learn how to read), most of the time people read without nikod and just know how to pronounce the words, but it’s still part of the protocol (backward compatibility and all that).

  4. Posted August 28, 2007 at 03:41 | Permalink

    Things like this are why Slash disallows all Unicode characters except for those specifically allowed…

    http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=259435&threshold=1&commentsort=0&mode=thread&cid=20094775

  5. vgfsdg
    Posted April 13, 2008 at 15:11 | Permalink

    ‫‬‭‮‪‫‬‭‮҉ well ok then here is me testing

  6. Posted March 21, 2009 at 20:52 | Permalink

    ? so did it work?

  7. Posted March 21, 2009 at 20:55 | Permalink

    ? Nope it doesnt show up ?

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  8. hjmhvmv
    Posted September 15, 2009 at 20:40 | Permalink

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  9. hummm
    Posted November 18, 2009 at 02:09 | Permalink

    ?lolz. ‫‬‭‮‪‫‬‭‮҉‫‬‭‮‪‫‬‭‮҉

    ?amidoinitrite??

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  11. BLAH
    Posted July 15, 2010 at 07:46 | Permalink

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  12. test
    Posted August 23, 2010 at 23:08 | Permalink

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