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Old 11-09-2012, 02:48 PM
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She's in the attic!
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:28 PM
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She's in the attic!
Too soon.
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Old 11-10-2012, 06:32 PM
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Am I the only one who's not surprised at all that carrier pigeons were used during WWII? They'd provide a way for someone in the theatre of war to communicate with home base, over long distances, with no infrastructure in between, and without drawing attention to the location where the message was sent from. I can't think of any other communication medium which would meet all of those requirements, especially not at a WWII tech level. Sure, you wouldn't want to rely on it as your primary mode of communication, but it could be quite sensible as a backup system.
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:07 PM
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And unlike a human courier, a homing pigeon isn't going sing under the threat of torture. (Chirp, maybe, but not sing.)
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:15 PM
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Unless it's a stool pigeon.
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:32 PM
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Unless it's a stool pigeon.
It would have been found in the toilet.




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Old 11-11-2012, 05:52 AM
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Damn that's some bad phrasing- 'the preserved pigeon bones of a bird', are they sure it wasn't the pigeon bones of a kipper?
*snork*
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:08 AM
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"Wenn ist das Nunstück git und Slotermeyer? Ja! Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput!"
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Old 11-11-2012, 02:17 PM
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BMalion laughs himself to death.




Oh, wait. I'm not German, never mind.
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:58 PM
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Zwei erdnüsse wurden auf der straße und einer war ein gesalzen...erdnüss.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:03 PM
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Mein Hund hat keine Nase . . .
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:02 AM
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Wie riecht er?
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:24 AM
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Mein Hund hat keine Nase . . .
Wie riecht er?
Grauenhaft!
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:30 PM
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I always hear an accent leaning toward Yiddish. In the context of WWII Germany, that makes me a bit uneasy, pardon me for being overly sensitive.
I'm hearing this whole thread in a Dick Van Dyke chimney sweep accent guv'nah.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:35 PM
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I'm hearing this whole thread in a Dick Van Dyke chimney sweep accent guv'nah.
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:37 PM
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"Wenn ist das Nunstück git und Slotermeyer? Ja! Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput!"
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"If that is git and Nunstück Slotermeyer Yes! Beiherhund Or the gersput the Flipperwaldt!"
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:30 PM
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"Watch your head, Ned, when the King is dead in bed."
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:53 PM
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google translate:



An explanation for the Python-impaired: The Funniest Joke in the World
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:44 PM
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"Me name is Speckled Jim"
Could have been worse. Could have been Spotted Dick. (Which is NOT a venereal disease.)
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:44 PM
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The British have a very strong Official Secrets Act that kept a lot of basic info about WWII secret for a long time. It prevented publication in the UK about Bletchley Park and Engima until the 1980s, I think. This message might still fall under the Act and we might not know its contents any time soon.
Uh, I hope we don't get put in jail for this thread. . .
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:37 AM
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GCHQ is actually asking for public help to decipher the message, although it seems to be more in the lines of help in identifying possible senders or receivers than actual code breaking.

There's a picture of the message, too. Evidently, this is likely to be an official communication, not one from a spy.
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:15 PM
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I'd love to know what it says too. Did anyone ever bother to program all the known code-cracking methods into some algorithm or something?

I suck at cryptograms, so it won't be me...

Also, why do they have that annoying heading on the whiteboard? "Originator's No. Date. In reply to no." Use a blank one, Brits!

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Old 11-23-2012, 06:32 PM
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I was hoping to read something like :'the homing pigeon was fed and watered, and sent on his long-interrupted journey"
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Old 11-23-2012, 08:55 PM
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I'm sure the last part of it says, "This pigeon will self-destruct in 10 seconds."
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:37 PM
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It's the answer to "14 k of g in a f p d"! DAMMIT!
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:45 PM
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Maybe the secret message is what "14 k of g in a f p d" means.
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It's the answer to "14 k of g in a f p d"! DAMMIT!
Beat you by a couple of weeks.
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:09 PM
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"Return to sender, insufficient postage."
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:39 PM
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it was a bank note in the capsule....seems the pigeon had flown 35 missions, and was ready to retire, -It was making a deposit on the house ( after making a deposit on the car in the driveway).
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:49 PM
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the Englishman who found the pigeon, took it to Scotland Yards, before it died.

the desk sergeant said, "My God, he looks horrendous....where did you get him?"

"In Surrey - there are millions of them" replied the pigeon
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:18 PM
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Most of the coded message deciphered.

Shorter Article.

Seems incredible that they were still using a WWI code book in WWII.

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What was originally thought to be an unbreakable code has now been partially cracked using a First World War artillery code book.

Weston resident Mr Walbridge said: “I thought someone would come up with it sooner or later.

“After the war all the code books at Bletchley Park and the computers had to be destroyed. We accepted that. But I thought there would be a way to do it.”

Mr Walbridge, a former government worker, said he was pleased to get assistance from across the pond to crack the code. He added: “The Canadian researchers had someone’s father or uncle who had a code book and was able to use it.”

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Old 12-17-2012, 05:33 PM
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Well, I guess the code isn't broken. At least by the GCHQ's criteria. Catch 22 at it's best. No original code book means no verified translation.

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2...nthusiast?lite
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Despite Young’s translation, the GCHQ still maintains that without the original codebooks the note is indecipherable.

“We stand by our press notice of 22 November 2012 in that without access to the relevant codebooks and details of any additional encryption used, the message will remain impossible to decrypt,” a spokesman for the GCHQ told NBC News in an emailed statement. “Similarly it is also impossible to verify any proposed solutions, but those put forward without reference to the original cryptographic material are unlikely to be correct.”

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