Sunday, March 14, 2010

Hieroglyphics: The Universal Language

This is the keypad of a typical Mexican payphone - the kind that has made Telmex chairman Carol Slim the richest man in the entire world. As with many mundane things in Mexico, we find them utterly incomprehensible.


We think the first button on the left allows you to play Texas Hold 'em, although it might be Blackjack. The second and fifth buttons appear to do the same thing, except the second one does it a little more emphatically, hence the arrow.

Button three... we have no idea what button three does, though judging from the position of the finger relative to the numbered keys, we think it allows you to push button three.

Button four translates your call into Greek. We suppose that's helpful if you're calling Greece, though we've never met anyone here who has.

7 comments:

Krellinator said...

I think button 3 allows you to gesture to the Periodic Table element Rhenium. Confession: I Googled, figuring there must be an element "Re."

Burro Hall said...

C'mon, Dude. To get the Periodic Table, you dial *215, then the atomic weight of the element you want (75, in the case of Rhenium). That's just common sense.

Cellar Door said...

Boy, I wish I had read this before I went to Mexico. I had no idea how to use the phones there! They're so advanced.

Leah Flinn said...

Haha! Great example of Mexican logic. To SOMEONE it made sense.

nelson said...

I think button 1 allows you to bid on "Water Lilies" at the Sotheby's Auction. Finally we know where the anonymous bidders call from...

Jorge Arturo said...

button 1 is to put a card with credit for calls
button 2 is to volume up
button 3 is redial
button 4 is to change language on the screen
button 5 is to flash and made a new call

I got it because I'm mexican and it is in ancient aztec symbols we can understand because the info is located in our genome

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