While egg markings have been around for some time, I only recently realised that these markings were standardised by the EU. Eggs in Switzerland typically have two lines, the first with the standard EU markings, the second with some additional information. The format is the following.
X is the production type (0 = organic, 1 = free range, 2 = indoors, 3 = caged),
CC is the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code, and
ZZ…ZZ is a variable length farm identifier. The second line contains the date the egg was laid:
DD is the day in the month,
MM is the month number [1-12] and
YY is the year number.
Six years ago, I wrote a blog entry about a clock implemented using emoji-characters, at that time, they were a pretty obscure feature of Unicode, a compatibility element to support the Japanese market. Recently, Coop – one of the biggest retail chains in Switzerland – started giving plastic emoji with a suction cup support as customer gifts.
On this picture, you can see rocket (🚀), alien face (👽), smiling face with hearts shaped eyes (😍), grimacing face (😬) thumb up sign (👍). In six years, theses symbol went from typographic oddity of the Japanese market to being the main subject of a marketing campaign for a Swiss supermarket.
To quote the internet, I’m not even mad, that’s amazing…