Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Reverse English Revisited

Back in December I posted an incredible video that featured a very talented individual known as OneManSho singing a song in reverse.

Here is the video -

And here is a link to the video on YouTube in case your browser does not allow you to view it here.

At any rate, the reason I bring up this post is...I have since learned that some people arrived on the post from an unusual search engine with which I was not familiar. Here is a screen shot of the search engine -

No, this is not an error.

Here are a few of the FAQ and answers from the search engine creator -

1.1 Why is this backwards?

It's a Google mirror. A common practice for busy websites is to create a mirror site, which is an exact replica of the original site but on a different server. This way if one server is really busy, you can go to the other server. elgooG is a play on this idea, except instead of an exact replica of the site, it's a mirror image of the site.

1.2. Why have you done this?

For fun. I thought it was a pretty funny idea and an interesting programming challenge, so I did it.

1.3. Well, yes - but what's the point? Other than humor.

It helps promotes reading backwards, which could be useful in such situations as reading the front of an ambulance or playing scrabble.

For more FAQ and answers click here - Google Mirror FAQ

Nuf, nuf, nuf. yalp evol I.


Mainland Streel said...

Fun! I love it. :)

James Davis said...

This reminds me of the Greek practice of boustrophedon.

Laura Payne said...

James -
I had never heard of boustrophedon. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

An ancient method of writing in which the lines are inscribed alternately from right to left and from left to right.

[From Greek boustrophdon, turning like an ox while plowing : bous, ox; see gwou- in Indo-European roots + stroph, a turning (from strephein, to turn; see streb(h)- in Indo-European roots).]

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