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  • Are we closer to solving the mystery of the 600-year-old Voynich manuscript?

    01/26/2018 9:01:47 AM PST · by mairdie · 57 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 26 January 2018 | Phoebe Weston
    For centuries people have tried to decipher the meaning of the Voynich manuscript, and now a computer scientist claims to have cracked it using AI. The 600-year-old document is described as 'the world's most mysterious medieval text', and is full of illustrations of exotic plants, stars, and mysterious human figures. The 240-page manual's intriguing mix of elegant writing and drawings of strange plants and naked women has some believing it holds magical powers. But even the cryptographers from Bletchley Park, the team that broke the Nazi enigma code, couldn't make sense of the manuscript. Now a computer scientist says the...
  • Does anyone remember this old board game?

    07/21/2015 8:51:14 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 44 replies
    Self | 7/21/'15 | Zionist Conspirator
    Way back when I was a little kid there were occasional specials sponsored by the 3M company. I don't remember much about them but I do remember a certain commercial that ran during the telecasts. It was for a game 3M had created involving a small square board with holes in it and a set of pegs. The pegs were put in the holes and then other pegs were laid atop them. It struck me at the time because it seemed similar to a game we had at elementary school which consisted of a board and pegs, except that this...
  • Scorpion Cipher S5 grid logic…

    06/01/2015 8:34:50 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 4 replies
    Cipher Mysteries ^ | Jun. 1, 2015 | nickpelling
    I’ve been thinking a little more about how to go about cracking Scorpion Cipher S5. I mentioned before that I thought that the encipherer might well have started from an elegant-looking 26×16 grid filled with diagonally-downward families of shapes, and that this arrangement might offer codebreakers some additional kind of “spatial logic” to support their efforts that traditional ciphers don’t usually provide. From the letters that accompanied the ciphertexts, my inference is that the Scorpion is like a smart 12-year-old who has just ‘got’ the elegance of maths: but this leads me to a secondary inference that he/she probably didn’t...
  • Middle school students given 'Fifty Shades of Grey' puzzles

    02/12/2015 5:15:21 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 5 replies
    WKRG.COM ^ | 12 FEBRUARY 2015 | AP
    MONESSEN, Pa. (AP) - Parents in a Pennsylvania school district are turning 50 shades of red over word search puzzles given to middle school students based on an erotic novel and movie. The students in Monessen were given puzzles based on "Fifty Shades of Grey" that contained terms including "spanking," ''submissive," ''leather cuffs" and "bondage." Other words on the list were more explicit. Parent James Carter complained about it at Tuesday night's school board meeting, saying he tried to question the school's principal and dean of students, but they refused to talk when he insisted on recording their conversation. "I...
  • Cicada 3301: The web's toughest and most creepy crypto-puzzle is BACK

    01/13/2014 10:44:11 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 15 replies
    The Register ^ | 11 January 2014 | Chris Williams
    The internet is full of daft things. Animated cat GIFs, stupid headlines, NSA spies, etc.But the online world isn't just fields of mindless dreck. For instance, you could always take a crack at the web's toughest crypto-puzzle: the ever-baffling Cicada 3301. Appearing each year since 2012, these strange series of challenges have stumped clever netizens the world over. By solving the riddles, it appears you eventually get in touch with the quizmasters, who are no doubt interested in people with your skills.Now 2014's puzzle is underway after this image was linked to by this Twitter feed, which has been spewing...
  • Giant Underground Blob of Magma Puzzles Scientists (Afar Rift in Ethiopia)

    09/17/2013 3:29:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/17/13 | Becky Oskin -
    The Afar Rift in Ethiopia is marked by enormous gashes that signal the breakup of the African continent and the beginnings of a new ocean basin, scientists think. The fractures appear eerily similar to seafloor spreading centers, the volcanic ridges that mark the boundaries between two pieces of oceanic crust. Along the ridges, lava bubbles up and new crust is created, slowly widening the ocean basin. But a look deep beneath the Afar Rift reveals the birth announcements may be premature. "It's not as close to fully formed seafloor spreading as we thought," said Kathy Whaler, a geophysicist at the...
  • Healing with Jigsaw Puzzles

    01/18/2011 6:12:35 AM PST · by stillafreemind · 14 replies
    Yahoo/AC ^ | Jan. 16th, 2011 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Adults of all ages can benefit in many ways from jigsaws. They exercise their brains, memory and it increases concentration. It can actually lower your breath rate, heart rate and lower blood pressure. Studies have shown that jigsaw puzzles can actually slow down memory loss, that includes Alzheimer's.
  • Mass La. bird deaths puzzle investigators

    01/04/2011 7:21:18 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 94 replies
    The (Baton Rouge) Advocate ^ | Decemeber 4 | KORAN ADDO
    LABARRE — Hundreds of dead and dying birds littered a quarter-mile stretch of highway in Pointe Coupee Parish on Monday as motorists drove over and around them. State biologists are trying to determine what led to the deaths of the estimated 500 red-winged blackbirds and starlings on La. 1 just down the road from Pointe Coupee Central High School. The discovery of the dead birds — some of which were lying face down, clumped in groups, while others were face up with their wings outstretched and rigid legs pointing upward — comes just three days after more than 3,000 blackbirds...
  • Alien Tiles

    07/04/2006 3:14:19 PM PDT · by djf · 6 replies · 278+ views ^ | Pickover and Mckechnie
    As there are many Freepers who enjoy puzzles and challenges, have at it! I solved the color change challenge in 49 moves, but I am sure there is a faster way. I changed it from red back to all red in 28 moves, and there also may be a faster way!
  • WOE ON RON HOWARD, T. HANKS' D.C. FIB (a riddle)

    05/15/2006 7:35:21 AM PDT · by unlearner · 150 replies · 1,312+ views
    5/15/2006 | unlearner
    Everyone likes a good riddle. It's human nature to want to find meaning, solve problems, and seek out purposeful solutions. Dan Brown capitalized on this by writing the best selling novel, "The Da Vinci Code". Speaking of which, the title of my post is a riddle: WOE ON RON HOWARD, T. HANKS' D.C. FIB. By rearranging the letters of the title, you can find a meaningful question posed about this novel and film. The solution is in the context of the story, as the answer resembles a major puzzle within it. If it is not obvious at this point that...
  • One Theory Down, Dino's Bizarre Appendage Still Puzzles

    01/27/2006 6:57:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 281+ views on yahoo ^ | 1/27/06 | Bjorn Carey
    The massive, hollow crests that protrude like bananas from atop the heads of duck-billed dinosaurs did not help their sense of smell, as previously believed. A new study still doesn't quite rule out some of the more outlandish theories for what the crest did do, including that it possibly functioned as a brain cooler or snorkel. David Evans reconstructed the brain cavity of an herbivorous lambeosaur, also known as the "cows of the Cretaceous period," creating the first ever cast of the dino's brain, which was about the size of your fist. Lambeosaurs roamed the planet from 85 million to...
  • Interest grows in solving cryptic CIA puzzle after link to Da Vinci Code

    06/11/2005 2:27:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies · 4,253+ views
    The Guardian | Saturday June 11, 2005 | Julian Borger
    It is one of the world's most baffling puzzles, the bane of professional cryptologists and amateur sleuths who have spent 15 years trying to solve it. But the race to find the secrets of Kryptos, a sculpture inside a courtyard at the CIA's heavily guarded headquarters in Langley, Virginia, may be reaching a climax. And interest has soared since Dan Brown hid references to Kryptos on the cover design for his bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code, and suggested it might play a role in his next novel, The Solomon Key. The Kryptos sculpture incorporates a coded message made up...
  • UFO still puzzles 30 years later (Coyne Incident)

    10/21/2003 3:02:06 AM PDT · by SteveH · 578 replies · 4,162+ views
    Mansfield Journal ^ | 10/18/2003 | Russ Kent
    <p>MANSFIELD -- Thirty years ago tonight, strange things were happening in the skies over north central Ohio.</p> <p>A close encounter in Mansfield, that has since become known as "The Coyne Incident," is still raising eyebrows among believers and UFO investigators.</p>