You must be a genius to solve these 25 Secret messages
Humans are the most intelligent beings on this planet. Our level of understanding things and creating puzzles is an astonishing ability credited to the highly evolved functioning of the human brain.
There have been men and women of extremely high intelligence in the history of mankind. The highest recorded and verified IQ is close to 210, whereas some figures in history have had their IQ calculated at close to 300. Albert Einstein (190), Stephen Hawking (170), Judith Polgar (170), Gary Kasporov (194) and Leonardo da Vinci (170-190) are some of the human beings in mankind’s history to have recorded some of the highest IQs ever recorded. These minds have solved some of the most difficult problems and puzzles in the human history.
Despite this there have being some mysteries and puzzles that still remain unsolved. Some of the mysteries have not being solved due to lack of information about them, while some have been created as a challenge to others with monetary incentive involved.
Here are 25 such puzzles and mysteries that are still waiting to be solved.
25 Navajo Code Talkers
The allied forces during the Second World War used native Navajo talkers in order to code messages in the hard to learn Navajo language. The allied forces further complicated the messages by using code words in the Navajo coded messages, making it extremely difficult for even the native Navajo speakers to read and decode it.
The codes remain unbroken and were a very valuable reason for Allied forces’ victory.
24 Bellaso Cipher
Giovan Batista Bellaso was born in Italy in 1505. He was also a brilliant cryptologist, working in the Italian courts, coding and decoding secret messages. He left behind some of his ciphers as challenge to the coming generations. Most of which remain unsolved till date.
23 Blitz Ciphers
The Blitz ciphers are some coded messages discovered after the World War II by relatives of the said Blitz in their house in London, Great Britain. The ciphers are 50 hand written calligraphic symbols, which are believed to be messages coded by some kind of a secret society such as 18th century Freemasons.
22 Bacon Cipher
Sir Francis Bacon who lived in the 16th century was one of the most brilliant scholars of his time. He served both as an Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England during his life time.
He also liked to weave complicated messages, known as Bacon Ciphers in his literary works. People since time have speculated that Sir Bacon was the man to actually write the works of Shakespeare. They have been meticulously going through the works of both Sir Bacon and Shakespeare in order to find Bacon ciphers in the books, so that they can prove the speculation as true.
Until now, there has been no conclusive proof as of yet.
21 Shugborough Inscription
The letters O-U-O-S-V-A-V-V are found carved on an 18th-century Shepherd’s Monument between letters D and M on the area of the grounds of the Shugborough hall in Staffordshire, England. It has never been explained satisfactorily and remains one of the top uncracked ciphertexts.
Chaocipher is a method of ciphering invented by author J.F. Bryne in 1918. And it was explained in his 1953 autobiography Silent Years. It remained unsolved till 2010, with cash rewards offered for breaking the code. In 2010, the Bryne family donated the documents related to the cipher to National Cryptologic Museum, who then released an algorithm to crack the code.
19 McCormick Cipher
Dead body of Ricky McCormick was found in a field in Missouri in 1999 and the police found 2 hand written documents in his pockets. After the failure of FBI cryptographers to decode the messages, the police turned to public for help in decoding the messages using the internet in 2011. The messages remain unsolved till today.
18 Taman Shud
Taman Shud is the coded text that was found on an unidentified dead body found on a beach in 1948 in Australia. Though Taman Shud means ‘ended’ in Persian, nothing else was found which could identify whose body it was. The reference to the text can be found in Omar Khayyam’s book The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, which was found in a car on the same beach near the body.
There were also some undecipherable numeric codes found along with the Taman Shud text, but they have never been deciphered.
17 Rohonc Codex
The Rohonc Codex is an illustrated manuscript book found in Hungary in 19th century. Its author is unknown and the text in which it is written is also unknown, in an unknown language. The codex has 448 pages with 9-14 rows of symbols on each page. The codex is displayed in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences since 1838.
Proto Elamite tablets are the seals excavated in the Susa,Southern Persia (Iran) and have writings written in unknown language dating back to 2900 BC and now housed in the Louvre in France.
The writings on the tablets have not been deciphered as they are in unknown language. There are over 1900 tablets with some having more than 200 lines on them.
15 Vinca / Old European
Vinca/Old European are symbols found on Neolithic era (6th to 5th millennia BCE) artefacts from the Vinca culture of Central Europe. They are considered as one of the oldest examples of proto-writing in the world, conveying a message in an encoded language.
14 Rongo Rongo Script of Easter Island
The Rongo Rongo script is collection of glyphs on the Easter Island in 19th century on wooden tablets. Around 20 of such tablets remain in existence today and no one knows what is written on them.
13 Pigeon Cipher
The pigeon cipher is a message that was found attached to remains of a World War II carrier pigeon in 2012 in Surrey, England.
12 Enigma Encryption System
Enigma encryption was several electro-mechanical rotor cipher machines was invented by the German engineer Arthur Scherbius at the end of World War I. Germany made advancements in the machine and used them for encoding secret messages.
Some of the messages of that era remain unsolved, though the Polish Cipher Bureau was the first to break German messages encoded using the Enigma Encryption system.
11 Richard Feynman’s Challenge Ciphers
A fellow scientist at Caltech University gave prominent scientist Richard Feynman 3 sets of ciphers to be decoded. In 1987, a message was posted on the university network which presented the 3 ciphers to be decoded. One was decoded by a person named Jack C. Morrison. The other 2 remain unsolved till date.
10 Indus Script
The Indus Script is also known as Harappa Script as they were produced in the Indus valley civilisations between 35th and 20th centuries BC. They are scribed on thousands of objects such as seals and tablets. There have been attempts at deciphering the script since 1875, but all the attempts have failed and no underlying language could have been identified.
9 Chinese Gold Bar Ciphers
Seven gold bars were allegedly issued to a General Wang in Shanghai, China in the year of 1933. These bars have images which contain pictures, ancient Chinese writing, some form of script writing, and cryptograms in Latin letters.
8 The Phaistos Disk
The Phaistos Disc is a disk of fired clay from the Minoan palace of Phaistos on the Greek island of Crete, possibly dating to the middle or late Minoan Bronze Age (2nd millennium BC). The disc was discovered in 1908 by the Italian archaeologist Luigi Pernier and contains 241 tokens, comprising of 45 unique looking signs made by pressing hieroglyphic seals on soft mud and then baked to harden them.
7 Linear A
Linear A is a script written and carved on tablets unearthed in Crete, Turkey and Israel. These signs are somewhere 7362-7396 in numbers, enough to fill a sheet of paper. These tablets date back to 1800 BC and contained two different scripts Linear A and Linear B. Linear B was completely deciphered English architect and self-taught linguist, Michael Ventris.
Linear A remains unsolved till date.
6 D’Agapeyeff Cipher
The D’Agapeyeff Cipher was published in the book Codes and Ciphers by English cryptographer Alexander D’Agapeyeff in 1939. The cipher was never solved by anyone despite repeated attempts. And later, author Alexander D’Agapeyeff admitted that he had forgot the method of ciphering it.
5 Dorabella Cipher
Composer Edward Elgar (of “Pomp and Circumstance” fame) sent a coded letter to his friend Dora Penny in 1897. The cipher has 87 characters written of 3 lines and having 24symbols. Each symbol consists of 1, 2, or 3 semicircles in 8 different directions. The cipher remains unsolved to this day.
Kryptos is a structure made by artist Jim Sanborn situated on the grounds of CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. It consists of 4 messages, out of which 3 have been solved. The sculptor has given 2 clues for solving the 4th message.
3 Zodiac Killer Ciphers
The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who operated in Northern California for ten months in 1960s. The Zodiac killer letters are coded letters that the killers sent to the police and the press until 1974, taunting the police to catch the killer. His identity remains unknown.
2 Voynich Manuscript
The Voynich Manuscript is a hand written codex in unknown language. The pages of the codex have been carbon dated to the period of 1404-1438. It is named after the book collector Wilfrid Voynich, who purchased the book in 1912.
The text is written from left to right and some pages have diagrams and illustrations. Only 240 pages remain today and they are made of Vellum. The manuscript remains one of the most popular unsolved codexes in history.
1 Beale Ciphers
Beale Ciphers are set of 3 cipher texts, which state the location of a buried treasure. The origination of the texts was in an 1885 pamphlet published in Bedford County, Virginia anonymously. It contained a story detailing a treasure being buried by a man named Thomas J. Beale, hence the Beale ciphers.
Only one of the 3 messages, message number 2 has been deciphered so far. Many of the cryptographers claim that the ciphers are nothing but hoaxes.