In episode 17 of the new DuckTales, a sequence of binary numbers appears as follows:


These translate in decimal to:


I may have mistranscribed the numbers (autocorrect...) but what do these numbers mean?

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It was intended to be a message, but the art department didn't do it according to the Director's tweet:

In the Storyboard, Artist Ben Holm made the binary to read “Remember Number 4” implying that robo-goon Number 3 had been living in that cave mourning his fallen comrade for 40+ years. But, I imagine it was a bit too much detail for the BG design. Maybe the designer intended JKI?

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    Well done, that answers things very neatly, although I am a little sad that it ended up being nonsense.
    – Broklynite
    Jul 10, 2018 at 10:08
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    If the designer intended JKI then what does JKI even mean?
    – Danny Mc G
    Oct 20, 2019 at 12:09
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    @dannymcg No idea, but that's what that binary is in ASCII.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Oct 20, 2019 at 13:29
  • @FuzzyBoots: But only if you choose to ignore the additional bits that make the first two groups longer than 8 bits. Dec 16, 2022 at 6:47
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    Huh. I could have sworn I looked it up at the time and the ASCII seemed accurate, but you're right. The tweet has vanished as well, which makes me very glad I quoted it.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Dec 16, 2022 at 13:26

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