Unicode includes six “zero-width characters” that are not visibly rendered in browsers (U FEFF, U 200C, U 200D, U 200E, U 2060, U 180E) — they’re used for some specialized cases in rendering non-Roman alphabets.
Inzerosight’s browser extension allows you to insert and detect hidden messages encoded in zero-width characters; absent the plugin or a source-code inspection, these do not show up at all, not even when the text is highlighted.
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Mark Taaffe is a Toronto institution, whose Fort York Auctions were the best junk auctions I’ve ever seen (they inspired my short story Craphound, which was the first story I ever sold to a professional market); Mark has moved online and is now selling his finds through a social media account. Though these listings lack […]
Researchers’ budget blown when a migrating eagle’s tracker chip connects to an Iranian cellular tower and sends expensive SMSes
Volunteers at Novosibirsk’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre put trackers on 13 wild eagles to track their migration patterns; the trackers connected to cellular towers and message the researchers with the birds’ location.
The women who pay as much as $400 to see Hamilton at Philadelphia’s Forrest Theatre have only 15 minutes to pee and get back to their seats during intermission, but the upper bathroom only has three stalls and the house seats over 1,700 people.
As long as there are light switches in the house (or voice-activated prompts, or whatever the future brings), people are going to need an electrician. Ask any electrician the next time they come around for repairs, and they’ll tell you how much they’re in demand, no matter what size the community (or hey, just look […]
Every artist, budding or established, has a sketchbook. They’re great for practice and portable, so you can follow your muse anywhere. But if you’re just starting off, let’s face it: Those blank pages don’t offer much guidance. The How to Draw series of sketchbooks are a well-designed alternative to rote linework or idle doodling, incorporating […]
The world is shrinking, That’s just one of the reasons to get on that bit of self-improvement that many people resolve to do but too few actually accomplish: learning a new language. And why aren’t more of us multilingual? It’s actually easier than you might think. Almost all tongues have commonalities, and if a bit […]