Mystery Note

By Deane Barker on November 13, 2007

Karla, our creative director, bought a new leather coat.

Yesterday, she pulled a slip of paper out of the pocket — it’s scanned and re-produced above (click here for a larger version). It looked like it was ripped from a notebook, and the letter was hand-written in ballpoint pen.

In short, it looks like more than your average “Inspected by #8” note.

We’re trying to harness the power of the Internets and all its tubes to try and translate the note above. What does it say? We don’t even know what language it’s in and there’s a 50% chance it’s upside down in the image.



  1. It’s in Chinese, and it’s the right side up. I can’t read it, so I can’t tell you what’s it’s all about.

  2. More input —

    Someone (via Google Chat) says the last phrase might mean “deeper on the left side,” and the entire note might mean the left sleeve of the coat is longer than the right.

  3. a Chinese coworker of mine says only: “Bad chinese writing.” She needed some context or meaning to start to decipher it.

  4. I cant read chinese and suprisingly my asian girlfriend cant read chinese either. However her mum says its 3 separate bits of information about the jacket. The first bit she couldnt exactly make out cause of the writing, the second bit is about the height/fit of the colar, the third bit was something about one of the sleves being longer.

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