November 30, 2008

A delayed answer

A couple of days ago I posted an incomprehensible text, promising I would reveal what it is. Well, here's the explanation.

I assume that you're all familiar with the Babelfish. No, not *that* Babelfish, but the more mundane translation service provided by Yahoo.
Of course, as translation is done by algorithms, it isn't 100% accurate and sometimes it fails quite spectacularly. So imagine what would happen if you made a piece of text go back and forth through 10 consecutive translations. That, my friends, is babelization!

So, being utterly bored between classes, I decided to fool around with one implementation, and plugged one of my favourite theories in it:

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.

The babelized text was, predictably, a piece of nonsense bearing no relation to the original:

The space, therefore and the homosexual man, must astonish something inexplicable, because this here, because it goes, those correctly immediately, this replaced ulteriorly if the controls, have the rule of the base of the visualization.

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