The term "captcha" is an acronym that stands for "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart." When you fill in fields on a website in order to leave a comment on a blog (like this one) or to share a link with friends, you will sometimes be asked to decipher a squiggly, distorted code before you can hit "send."
It's annoying -- especially if you're dyslexic -- but captchas are supposed to help prevent robot spammers and viral programs from hijacking content or otherwise exploiting a website. Still, sometimes you can't help but think, there's gotta be a better way. Especially when the automated text-generators end up inadvertently spelling something funny or rude, which happens more than you'd think. It happened to me yesterday morning when I tried to send a link to a pair of shoes on Zappos.com to a friend. I took a picture of the screen. Check it after the jump:
Yeah, that's right. Need a closer look?