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Secret society's code cracked

Researchers have used state-of-the-art machine translation software — and some old-fashioned hunches — to crack the code used by a secret society in Germany three centuries ago. The results shed light on the tricks of the cryptographic process as well as on the bizarre history of such societies, which were all the rage in the 18th century.
It turns out that the 105-page, 75,000-character manuscript, known as the Copiale Cipher, provided a detailed description for setting up initiation ceremonies — including the techniques used to throw a scare into the initiates. It also revealed the methods that members used to identify each other in the outside world, and delved into the comparisons and rivalries surrounding Masonic-like rites in different countries.

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Lord_Sloth2306d ago

Tagging this for later reading. I enjoy reading about this sort of thing.

fatstarr2303d ago

Ditto, super interesting stuff

SnakeCQC2305d ago

dammit it was nice being in the illuminati

SnakeCQC2304d ago

look at the back of the 20 pound note in 6 years time

-Mezzo-2302d ago

LMAO, i'll keep this in mind.