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WON! .. . again

Postby Craig Browning » 26 May 2012, 21:37

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Re: WON! .. . again

Postby ProfWag » 27 May 2012, 18:38

Uhhhhh Dude, did you read the whole article? No one did anything paranormal. Randi actually published clues to the contents and crypto guys figured it out based on the clue and after looking at it, it would have been quite easy for someone trained in that sort of thing.
Here's the "rest of the story:"

"Randi apparently also saw this as a bit commitment problem, and last week published an encoded description of his box's secret contents:

0679
4388
66/27
5 -14


After staring at this commitment string for a little while, we suspected (or, if you prefer, we had a divine inspiration) that the first 10 digits might represent the ISBN number of a published book. Sure enough, a bit of Internet research quickly revealed ISBN number 0-679-43886-6 to be the 1995 edition of the Random House Webster's College Dictionary. Once we tracked down a library with a copy (it's a bit scarcer than you might think), we checked page 275 ("/27 5"). If you're following along with a copy at home, you'll see that the 14th entry from the bottom ("-14") is the definition for compact disc, which is, as Randi has confirmed, what was in the box. "
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Re: WON! .. . again

Postby Craig Browning » 28 May 2012, 01:20

Even the claimant looked at it all as a pun, not with any sort of seriousness. . . at least, that's how I understood it.
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Re: WON! .. . again

Postby ProfWag » 28 May 2012, 22:59

Craig Browning wrote:Even the claimant looked at it all as a pun, not with any sort of seriousness. . . at least, that's how I understood it.

But I don't believe that's how you presented it...
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Re: WON! .. . again

Postby Craig Browning » 29 May 2012, 21:55

Your be wrong. . . I posted it as a pun from the start.
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Re: WON! .. . again

Postby ProfWag » 30 May 2012, 03:21

Craig Browning wrote:Your be wrong. . . I posted it as a pun from the start.

Okay. Sorry I didn't get it.
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