Perfect example of how ridiculous CAPTCHAs have become [Image]

As I am sure most dotTechies know, a ‘CAPTCHA’ is a method used to verify that person logging in, posting, etc. is really a person and not a robot. There are various different types of CAPTCHAs but the most common is being given a picture and told to type the words shown in the picture.

Originally CAPTCHAs started as simple words. Overtime, the words got more complex… and harder to read. Now they have gotten to the point where they are so ridiculous, only a machine could possibly read them. Like the following, check it out:


Seriously Facebook (and/or third-party app on Facebook)? What the bloody hell is that supposed to be?

[via Reddit]

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  • Ashraf

    [@Coyote] What a genius way to do OCR research…

  • Frobie

    Don’t ya just hate those Chinese CAPTCHA’s

  • Merlin

    This captcha says “Pablo Picasso”

  • Zapped Sparky

    Looks like my doctors handwriting :)

  • Seamus McSeamus

    Is that real? I’ve never encountered one that bad. To me, it looks like a badly drawn map of Massachusetts more than anything else.

  • Coyote

    [@AFPhy6] Supposedly, some capchas are using the human inputs to translate OCR data. So at least 1/2 the words you’re typing in are going to use in translating hand written documents.

  • Bruce

    I wonder what the audio had to say.

  • Peter

    Try: “gallimaufry” ;)

  • AFPhy6

    I just hope that someone finds them useful, for all the time I have put into interpreting the fool things…