A woman sought help recently from the Internet to help her decode a decades-old family mystery…and did the Internet deliver.
My grandmother passed away in 1996 of a fast-spreading cancer. She was non-communicative her last two weeks, but in that time, she left at least 20 index cards with scribbled letters on them.
My cousins and I were between 8-10 years old at the time, and believed she was leaving us a code. We puzzled over them for a few months trying substitution ciphers, and didn’t get anywhere.
Metafilter user harperpitt cracked the basic code within fifteen minutes of the code being posted: the code was Christian prayers using the first letters of words.
As in, “AAA” = “Amen, Amen, Amen”. “TYAGF” = “Thank you Almighty God for…” “OFWAIHHBTN” = “OFWAIHHBTN”.
Oh, Internet. Sometimes you are truly awesome. Next you will be discovering the secret lair of the Mokele-mbembe…