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## Does the new Coat of Arms of the GG of Canada contain a secret message?

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• At the bottom of the Coat of Arms of the Governor General of Canada is a series of zeros and ones. Is it a secret message, or just random noise?

http://www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=13889

• Have you any theories about what it could mean? It isn't really that much data...

110010111001001010100100111010011

• @Duncanma: It's also symmetric, so I doubt it means something.

• That's a badass coat of arms, though. Those unicorns look terrifying.

• So, symetrical random noise. I missed the symetry, as my eyes must have crossed when I first checked. You can now do a bing search on the sequence and find some answers, or attempts at it anyway.

Here is the previous Coat of Arms when MichaĆ«lle Jean held the job until October 1, 2010 or so..

• Looks more likely that it was chosen for aesthetic reasons than any specific meaning. Although I  suppose its inclusion is intended to symbolize forward thinking and a modern approach.

• I just figured it out, that's the sequence of ones and zeros that Bender recites to
summon the time travel bubble in the Futurama movie Benders Big Score. (just
kidding

• It surely is not random.  People who make coat of arms are serious geeks when it comes to symbolism.  Everything from the unicorns to the colours used means something.

Edit:  Well, maybe it means nothing ... in which case I'm sorely dissappointed.

• It equals 6830770643 in decimal which is a prime number.

• @Richard.Hein: somebody in Canada call that number and see who answers.

• ,Bas wrote

@Richard.Hein: somebody in Canada call that number and see who answers.

LOL, it would be awesome if it was the GG's phone number but that area code would be 613.

• It's 33 bits, which is a bit odd. I tried to see if it might be Morse code (0 = dot, 1 = dash, or vice versa), but without spaces it's hard to decode. I converted this code to C# and tried to use it to decode the potential Morse code, but I didn't find anything. It could still be Morse code, but I haven't looked long enough. Here's the C# version, for those who are interested.

• @TommyCarlier: the numbers stand for nowt,

A wavy band across the bottom, inscribed with zeros and ones, represents a flow of information, digital communication and modern media.

More here (as the original link), but 10 out of 10 for effort

• Maybe it isn't intended to mean anything, but it might be fun to do some analysis on it anyway. That the code is short and symmetric does mean that any analysis can easily end up synthesizing meaning that wasn't intended to be there but is simply a by-product of a particular transformation. Still, it would be a shame if no meaning was intended.

• There could be a hidden easter egg meaning (perhaps a palindrome? )

• You made the mistake of presuming that Canadians can write or even understand binary representation, even with a calculator.

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FAIL

The duals of David Johnston on this side were killed and even scalped in the 1770's which is really the way it should be.