Orlando Bloom unveiled some arm ink on Instagram earlier this week, showing fans a narrow line under a series of numbers, accompanied by the dots and dashes that are often seen in Morse code messages.
“New tattoo,” he wrote in the caption. “Can you guess who?”
The fans quickly suspected that the lines and dots are Morse code, which spells Flynn, the name of Bloom’s son with Miranda Kerr. The numbers above appear to be the date and time of Flynn’s birth.
However, some fans with eagle eyes pointed out that the code actually appears to spell “Frynn” instead of “Flynn”.
HuffPost interviewed a few Morse code experts about the actual operations. Roy Henrichs, who volunteers for the Maritime Radio Historical Society’s Operations and Maintenance team, said Bloom “pulls every leg” and his tattoo “doesn’t seem to say anything”.
The tattoo is “just a bundle of dots and lines in line with a pair of extremely long, elongated lines,” said Henrichs via email. “It’s probably just a stylized artistic design!”
Henrichs added that the tattoo is neither “International Morse nor American Morse”.
“There are differences in the character sets for this. There should also be spaces between the letters – but there are none in the photo, ”he explained.
He was also kind enough to provide this breakdown to readers to see if they could find either “FLYNN” or “FRYNN” on their arms:
Char. Int’l. Amer.
F ..-. .-.
L .- .. __ (a long “line”)
R .-. , .. (a “dot” space a “dot”)
Y -.― .. .. (Two “points” set two “points”)
N -. -.
Paul Reuvers, an engineer behind the Crypto Museum in the Netherlands, repeated Henrich’s thoughts and said to HuffPost: “It is definitely not Flynn, because in this case an additional point would be needed.”
“To be honest, this Morse code is difficult to read because there is a reasonable space between the characters. I suspect it’s just random, ”said Reuvers.
We even tried putting “Frynn” and “Flynn” into a Morse code translator and the results don’t help Bloom. Based on the Morse Code World translator, Bloom’s tattoo actually resembles “Frynn” rather than “Flynn”.
In any case, Bloom’s gesture seems sweet enough, and we’re pretty sure that most of the people who look at his arm in the flesh don’t know Morse code to judge him too hard.
Get out there and enjoy your new ink, Orlando. Maybe check the spelling again next time.
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