I snapped this shot in Brazil and my attempts at trying to decode that hand-painted 2D barcode (also called a matrix barcode) in the center of the photo have been in vain. I’d love to know what it says, which is obviously something like “Speak _____ and the wormhole will open”.
Anybody else have experience with barcodes or want to take a crack at it? Click the photo for the fullsize version, or use the crop below. To start you off, here’s a Google search for online 2D barcode decoder, and here’s an iTunes App store search for the same if you have an iPhone. The photo was taken within a block or so of here: Rua de Catete, Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro
February 24, 2010 at 3:05 pm
Brasil atXX quando vamos perder nossos herXXis
X’s weren’t translated properly by my barcode reader on an android phone.
February 24, 2010 at 4:01 pm
Awesome, so that’d be: Brazil ??? when we lose our ???
Which reader did you use?
February 25, 2010 at 3:42 am
I installed it from Android Marketplace, called Barcode Scanner. Its based on the ZXing barcode library.
It looked like the reader wan’t playing well with a few characters with accents, but I’m not sure.
March 8, 2010 at 9:12 pm
Enjoy the work platitudes. The message is moot.
June 15, 2010 at 10:21 am
Brasil ate quando vamos perder nossos herois ?
December 8, 2010 at 5:01 pm
“brasil ate quando vamos perder nossos herois” or “brazil even we ask our hero” ????
December 18, 2010 at 3:23 pm
“brasil até quando vamos perder nossos heróis?”
-Brazil even when we lose our heroes?-
A statement brought on about what seems to be asking for a rebellion of some sort. That’s what it sounds like to me… I am not sure. It translates differently, depending on what translator you use. I would find someone who actually speaks portuguese or is an expert translator. Technology has it’s errors too.
July 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm
Hi people, i’m brazilian. I live near that qrcode.
It means: “Brazil, when will we stop losing our heroes?”
I also did not find anything about it on google, it seems like an attack against our social politics or something like that.