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December 2nd, 2009 Categories: Childish Apps

One of my friends posted an upside-down, reversed status to Facebook.

.ǝƃɐd ɹnoʎ oʇuo sIɥʇ ǝʇsɐd puɐ ʎdoɔ ‘sʎɐs sIɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ ʇno ǝɹnƃIɟ oʇ ɥƃnouǝ ʇɹɐɯs ǝɹɐ noʎ ɟI

I’d never seen anyone do this before (sorry, I never really got into MySpace or Twitter, and only recently started using Facebook), so naturally I wanted to know how he did it. A google search later I realized he probably either copied it from somewhere, or used one of the many sites out there that perform the conversion.

That wasn’t good enough for me, so I set out to write my own tool. A few minutes of research taught me that it’s not done using a special font (though I wouldn’t be surprised if such a font existed), rather it uses unicode characters that resemble the upside down characters. Once I determined the correct mapping, the rest was simple.

Here it is.

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You can browse the source here.

Update 12/24/2009: I also retrofitted it to an ASCII LOL-binary converter.  Now you can make Facebook comments with nothing but the letters “L” and “O”.

Here it is.

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