IRC has quite a lot of people from Scandinavian countries,
\ are letters in their alphabet. This has been
explained on IRC about a thousand and one times, so read the
following, do not ask it on IRC ...
Table: Nordic countries character translations
In addition to that, Japanese IRC 'ers use special ANSI escape control sequences to transmit characters of their Kanji alphabet. This may also look funny if you get some of it... Here's a sample: `` [$B$?$K$7[$B$;$m$K#[$B$_$B'' (nice, uh ?)