I was reading this very interesting thread on the xkcd forum when I noticed a post from a user with the following signature in binary:

01001101 01100001 01100100 01100101 00100000 01011001 01101111 01110101 00100000 01001100 01101111 01101111 01101011 00100001"

At first, that did not particularly entice me, mostly because the topic being discussed was really interesting, but it did come back to my focus when I saw that another user had quoted the signature, along with the comment Yeah, you know it. LOL :-). I had to find what the original message was.

So couple of minutes of Ruby later, I figured it out. His message was simple - Made You Look!. Yeah, he sure did!

Here is the rather simple Ruby code snippet that did the trick:

code = "01001101 01100001 01100100 01100101 00100000 01011001 01101111 01110101 00100000 01001100 01101111 01101111 01101011 00100001"

parts = code.split " "

text = parts.map do |p|
  p.to_i(2).chr
end.to_s

puts text

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