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the bar codes

Dictionary definition:
a code consisting of a group of printed and variously patterned bars and spaces and sometimes numerals that is designed to be scanned and read into computer memory and that contains information (as identification) about the object it labels

Another definition:
a hairstyle consisting of a group of variously patterned hairs and spaces that is not designed to be scanned yet contains information about the object on which it is placed

In Osaka, the bar code hairstyle is not only popular, it is also some people's pride and joy.

Rather than shave it all off, many people choose to hang on to those stringy strands, grow them long, and throw 'em over.

Value: 850 yen

Value: Only 120 yen. Bargain!

If you have too much hair but want to join the bar code fraternity, you can even buy your own bar code....

A man happily sporting his very own fake bar code.

A classic TV ad from the early 80s featuring a British bar code man....

Running time: 60 seconds
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On Monday, 11 May, 2009, Blogger pam said:

i love your blog mr. Englishman! keep em coming.  

On Monday, 11 May, 2009, Anonymous ThePenguin said:

Put yourself in the vanguard of high fashion by foregoing the barcodes for the latest in QR code styles.  

On Monday, 11 May, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said:

How dreadfully attractive.  

On Tuesday, 12 May, 2009, Blogger Akira said:

LOLs... I shudder to think that one with lots of hair wants to join the bar code community?

However due to the balding, it's not surprising one would disguise by doing the most out of their remaining strands. It's quite commonly seen among the older citizens in Malaysia as well.  

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