Friday, April 04, 2008

Zebra roundup

The Japanese are much more creative with their product barcodes, as you can see from the above sample. Dark Roasted Blend has a great roundup of all kinds of zebrastripe goodness.

I especially liked the Barcode Clock. Click to see it in action; this is just a snapshot...

How UPC Barcodes Work

And a triple-play of barcode urban legends dissected at Snopes. Click to get a price-check on the truth of each of the following claims:

Claim #1: During a photo op at a 1988 grocer's convention, President George H. W. Bush was "amazed" at encountering supermarket scanners for the first time.

Claim #2: Many retailers mistakenly scanned the wrong side of a CD bearing barcode-themed cover art, resulting in lower prices for customers.

Claim #3: The infamous number "666" can be found in every single barcode.

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