I’m really interested in this notion of how CAPTCHA might be used to tell a very odd story or string together a crazy poem that turns out to be profound.
Most of you would have seen CAPTCHA phrases – in layman’s terms, it’s those weird words that turn up on the internet sometimes after you try to post a link, or subscribe to an e-newsletter. The system wants to check if you’re human (as opposed to a budgie signing up) so it generates a word or phrase for your human eyeballs to see and your human fingers to type in.
Often, the words make no sense, but now and then they seem to come together in some karmic sense.
It reminds me of those fridge magnets you can buy – fridge poetry – with a great selection of colourful, powerful words printed on them. While you’re cooking dinner for your guests and having a glass of wine, your pals can meander over to the fridge and rearrange the words into something amusing or ridiculous. Or leave you a naughty message to find the next morning.
I did a quick web search, and found a fantastic Facebook group called Captcha Phrases Make Awesome Band Names. There were only 22 members though. Clearly, this is a niche preoccupation. (Well, 23 members now).
There’s also a slightly more popular I Love Random Captcha Phrases (84 members). This group kindly supplies a few examples; let’s view it as poetry, shall we?
Giraffe Stripe Gold
other robust monk
Hot vaccine, office slouch.
Mmm. Stirring stuff.
It’s also worth Googling ‘funny captcha’. (Truly, it is).
Is there merit in a short story being generated entirely by CAPTCHA content? Obviously this might be a project for someone more 1) artistic 2) insane and 3) less busy than me. I’m just putting it out there …
Can you remember any funny CAPTCHA phrases you’ve had to retype?