Last time I talked to my buddy, Garrick B. Raad, He kept going on about this girl he liked. As we parted ways he mentioned that he was going to ask her out.

A few days went by before I texted him, asking whether he had asked her out yet.

He responded with this:
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Can anyone help me figure out what he said?

  • $\begingroup$ Hm... it's a repeating 5x5 block, but the RGB values don't seem to decode to anything in ASCII... $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Aug 31, 2016 at 0:28
  • $\begingroup$ It's all in the puzzle :) @Deusovi $\endgroup$
    – Areeb
    Aug 31, 2016 at 0:31
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    $\begingroup$ You must have a really weird friend if he responds to a question about a date with a convoluted image puzzle. But hey, that's what Puzzling is all about. $\endgroup$
    – Nzall
    Aug 31, 2016 at 8:21
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    $\begingroup$ I keep staring at this trying to get an image to pop out $\endgroup$
    – David K
    Aug 31, 2016 at 12:43

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As Deusovi pointed out in the comments, it's a repeating 5x5 block, so I focused on those 25 pixels. The hex values I found for those are


However, I noticed in the description that

The buddy's name is Garrick B. Raad - GBR. While numeric representations of colors are RGB - so he likely rearranged the values to match his name.

After readjusting accordingly, I found that the new hex values were


Converting that to ASCII, we get

About that.. I might've punched her in the face while roleplaying Link

Whatever floats your boat, man.

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    $\begingroup$ Nice catch! This definitely is not something that happened to a friend, in any way at all $\endgroup$
    – Areeb
    Aug 31, 2016 at 2:32
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    $\begingroup$ I think your friend's bigger problem is complicated answers to simple questions :P $\endgroup$
    – Kokiomot
    Aug 31, 2016 at 14:11
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    $\begingroup$ @Areeb Thanks for the clarification. That answer is in the realm of "can't make this stuff up" $\endgroup$ Aug 31, 2016 at 15:02
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    $\begingroup$ @Kokiomot -- For us lesser mortals, could you please explain (1) How did you (and @Deusovi) determine that the image is a "repeating 5x5 block"? (2) How did you get the RGB values? $\endgroup$ Aug 31, 2016 at 19:30
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    $\begingroup$ @HappyGreenKidNaps 5x5 refers to the individual pixels in the image. Zoomed out as it is, the image looks a little like a grid to me. So I downloaded the image and zoomed in to see the pixels, and noticed that it was a it was a tiled image of 5x5 seemingly random pixels. From there I cut out all but one tile, and used the eyedropper tool in an image editor to see what the RGB values were for each pixel. $\endgroup$
    – Kokiomot
    Aug 31, 2016 at 21:18

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