Take a look at an average pop can. It is covered with all sorts of alpha-numeric sequences, abbreviations and symbols. Maybe I'm just strange but does anyone else ever try to figure out what all the various mysterious numbers and symbols found on packaging mean (especially food packaging it seems)? Recycling codes are usually pretty obvious but even then there are excpetions like that symbol you see on cans sometimes that looks kinda like West Virginia.
When I was a kid it seemed that practically everything you bought at the grocery store had "Reg. Penna. Dept. Agr." on it. You hardly ever see it anymore. I'm sure we can all guess it stands (stood?) for "Registered Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture" but so what - who gives a rip about Penna. when you live in Mich. or Cali.?
Ever see this symbol?
usually it has the deeply esoteric word "PAREVE" nearby
Or how about this one?
And let me know if anyone has figured out what each number in UPC codes means too, okay?