Yeah, FouLu is right. Somehow, you managed to encode it as UTF-16 but now you are decoding it as UTF-8 (or equivalent...in any case, encoded as 16 bit, decoded as 8 bit). Maybe you changed the CHARSET in the meantime? Or maybe you encoded it with something other than MySQL?
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