Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Forget full body scans, the TSA and indecent pat-downs. What's an even more annoying tactic in the name of safety and security?

It's called a Captcha and, according to Wikipedia (the "Source"), a Captcha is a "type of challenge-response test used in computing to ensure that the response is not generated by a computer. The process usually involves one computer asking a user to complete a simple test which the computer is able to generate and grade. Because other computers are unable to solve the CAPTCHA, any user entering a correct solution is presumed to be human."

Here's a Captcha I came across today:

Carly Abscess

And then they superimpose a web over it:

and you end up with something like this:

which is very, very annoying, particularly on a full stomach.


  1. A computer isn't going to be able to guess a clue like Snot weasels, but when it's jumbled together and written in some alien font, I have a hard time guessing it too. Where did you dig up the picture of Tiny Tim? Eww.

  2. I saw Tiny Tim near Grand Central Station, many years ago. Before he died.
    "God bless us, every one!"

  3. I know exactly how you feel. I have the same problem as Karla and listening to the letters and numbers is even worse.

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  5. At first I was ok with the 'cute' sayings. I can't remember them, but they were begine. But, the slippery slop, once started, has descened to tasteless and offensive labels.

  6. @Karla - I keep a photo of Tiny Tim by my bedside, next to the cooking oil and my Bible.

    @Laura -- I didn't know he had died. Should I be sad?