22 Funny Captchas

The word captcha has been a complete enigma for me. Who thought it up? Does it mean anything? It sounds do strange!

Therefore, I decided to do some research (which is a fancy way of saying 'Googled something') and found out that captcha means something!

Captcha stands for Completely Annoying Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. No, really. It's automated. Not annoying.

I just keep wondering what's so automated about it, though. Me trying to decipher totally annoying unreadable code that's often written in an alien tongue, in twisted and turned words and letters with diacritical marks all about them? The embarrassment of failure when you get it wrong? The frustration of having to keep on reseting the code? None of it is really automated, not from my perspective.

There is an upside to captchas, though. it's the giggle you get when you encounter something really silly. I've even heard there are people who enjoy captchas. Not just the funny captchas, but all of them.

There is a science formulating about them, a kind of mania that gains its most distinct expression in the linguistic study of newly coined words and phrases. Did you know that some of the more interesting expressions that you come across in the novels of contemporary writer geniuses come directly from captcha programs. They are on their way to becoming colloquialisms for the new generation.

Anyway, enough of this incessant blabber and let the fun begin. Here are the 22 funniest captchas I have found in the sticky Interwebs.

Warning for MySpace users: defend your asses!
Warning for MySpace users: defend your asses!
Captcha to tell humans and robots apart? This one seems to prefer the latter.
Captcha to tell humans and robots apart? This one seems to prefer the latter.
Some military-minded fellow, I guess.
Some military-minded fellow, I guess.
I wanted to register a Google Adwords account, but i got this.
I wanted to register a Google Adwords account, but i got this.
Two urethas?! Sort of answers the question whether you're human or not.
Two urethas?! Sort of answers the question whether you're human or not.
Sad, sad.
Sad, sad.
A really easy one. I like it when they don't give you a chance, you know...
A really easy one. I like it when they don't give you a chance, you know...
Are you insinuating something?
Are you insinuating something?
Kind of proves that Russians are smart people. This one is from Roscosmos website - the Russian NASA.
Kind of proves that Russians are smart people. This one is from Roscosmos website - the Russian NASA.
Are you human? And also, what is your name?
Are you human? And also, what is your name?
Humans only. And also, Japanese only.
Humans only. And also, Japanese only.
Another one for those who like to spend a week logging in. A math captcha.
Another one for those who like to spend a week logging in. A math captcha.
Captcha for the visual type. Also, an IQ test question.
Captcha for the visual type. Also, an IQ test question.
MySpace captcha. Just a way to know where you stand.
MySpace captcha. Just a way to know where you stand.
Google captcha. Same as the above.
Google captcha. Same as the above.
Mr. Lusty
Mr. Lusty
A word about security on FB. Facebook security update captcha.
A word about security on FB. Facebook security update captcha.
Got while trying to email the White House on Healthcare Reform. Kidding aside.
Got while trying to email the White House on Healthcare Reform. Kidding aside.
An intelligent use for captchas.
An intelligent use for captchas.
Without trying to be sexist... Really?
Without trying to be sexist... Really?

There is something else you need to know about captchas. It's the voice captcha option. Never use it! Never! They have never helped to decipher a captcha code. On the other hand there are countless stories about satanic incantations people listened to only to grow a pigtail by the next morning.

I find captchas...

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  • annoying
  • amusing
  • enticing
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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

What a strange and funny idea for a hub, Haunty - captchas.

Brilliant job. I'm still working on the one that asks you to solve for "x." Should have the answer any millennium now.


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Haunty 5 years ago from Hungary Author

You've got it perfectly right drbj. For me the hardest part of hubbing is finding ideas that work. I have plenty that won't. :)


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sunforged 5 years ago from Sunforged.com

I collect strange captchas too - I keep a file of screenshots I made myself, just yesterday, I got "Skynet" ..spooky huh , and once I got "clever" while trying out something tricky


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lorddraven2000 5 years ago from Wheelwright KY

Great stuff. I hate these things but sometimes they entertain me.


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

I get a little twing of fear when entering a captcha,if I get it wrong will I lose my internet,lol.;)


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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hiya Haunty, this is so interesting! Some captchas are just so weird. Good job!

Have a nice day,

Rosie


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revybaby 5 years ago from On the Road

The hardest Captcha's seem to happen when you are doing something important and don't have much time -- I've tried the sound version and that is totally impossible to use unless you are a machine!


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Haunty 5 years ago from Hungary Author

sunforged - yeah, it's weird. Yesterday after I read your comment I wrote 2 religious hubs an in the process (of doing the research) I got a captcha that said 'religious.' That was the only captcha I had to take.

lorddraven - same here, same here

Mentalist - or will you lose your arm? ;)

Rosie - Thanks you. You too have a nice day.

revybaby - captchas are evil. When you're in a hurry they seem to have a way to know about it.


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kethyjewel 5 years ago from India

yes this is funny!! I also face this type of Google Mistakes!!


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RandomThoughts... 5 years ago from Washington

I loved it! Just lately I have found myself needing to do a lot of these. I find that I rarely get them the first time. Many moons ago I had no problem get them on the first try...now they are either more difficult now or it is just senility creeping in at an old age. Up/Funny


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Now that I know the name for these evil little letter boxes (that I never know if they're case-sensitive or not) I am going to start a petition to have them removed!!! I NEVER get them right the first time. This hub made me laugh at my desk - the dog looked at me like I was crazy heheh So funny - I will have to look closer at my captcha's now...I never looked for words. My ten year old will love this - it's along her lines of humor


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Haunty 4 years ago from Hungary Author

Oh I hate it when they turn out to be case-sensitive. The friendlies approach I've ever seen was a few days ago when there was no captcha, only a checkbox that said 'check this if you are a human.' I like Mollom too. It's a service that automatically analyses your post and only turn up a captcha if it appears to be spam. I love how you said 10-year-old instead of saying Bette to emphasize the fact that this hub is along the lines of a 10-year-old's humor. :)


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Yes, well - she DOES say the dread R word a lot and I have to remind her to be nice. Then she skips away giggling about it!!! But I hardly think slut is 10 year old humor lol She is just advanced.


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Haunty 4 years ago from Hungary Author

lol OK. I went trough them again and realized that she is very advanced. Or this is not 10 year old humor...

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