BRCODES.COM. Read a Barcode. From Wired How-To Wiki Why are barcodes so cryptic?
Those little graphics found on the packages, composed of straight thin and bold lines, are the universal way to keep track of inventory. It stands to figure that these things have got to be useful, if only you can crack the code. Well, you can. In September of 1999, a 16-year-old Louisiana high school student named Jonathan Washington demonstrated an ability to read the Code 39 bar codes off any student's ID badge in 15 seconds.