Decoding the Decades Old Cancer Code

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

From a thread on Metafilter via Slate for the full story.

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About Heretic

I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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