Recently in chat we were having this thing about things being backwards. However, I noticed it affects other things like stared questions and desktop notifications when I'm pinged. All the text becomes backwards, including those like "Xh ago by User". This is what I mean: Chat error

And for the ping notification:
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We can see that "5h ago by fredley" is backwards, even though it should not be. We can also see that "The Bridge" is backwards. Is this a bug or am I missing out on some easter eggs?


This is caused by a Unicode right-to-left override mark.

The code of the original post:

@UniKitty ‮ etc.

This is not a bug in the SE code, it is just someone pulling a joke with Unicode characters.

I repeat: ‮It is not a bug!

Which is:

I repeat: **‮It is not a bug!**
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  • There's magic here, my magical word reverser can't flip that phrase in bold. – Universal Electricity Jun 16 '15 at 15:01
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    @UniKitty Copy the bold text. Paste in Notepad. Select first character. Delete. The text will magically get back to normal. No need in fancy non working reverser tools. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Jun 16 '15 at 15:12
  • My brain just died from weirdness. This is too weird for me. My cursor jumps around, but it works – Universal Electricity Jun 16 '15 at 15:15

That's Unicode for you; insert a Right-to-left mark and the remainder of the text is reversed.

You can do so in regular posts too ‮but any trolling will get you some moderator attention.

Also see the HTML specifications on Language information and text direction; it depends on the exact HTML structure as to where exactly the right-to-left direction is reversed again.

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