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Crypto pub meet, Prospect of Whitby, 29/6/2024
Apologies for the ridiculously late notification, but I’ll be meeting up with Elonka Dunin and Klaus Schmeh (and hopefully a fair few other crypto people) at the very wonderful Prospect of Whitby in Wapping on Saturday the 29th June 2024 between 2pm and 5pm, before heading off to Brick Lane for a curry. Yes, I … Read More → The post Crypto pub meet, Prospect of Whitby, 29/6/2024 appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sat 29 Jun 2024
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

On male zodiac nymphs, and Aries hats…
I thought it would be a good idea to try to draw up a list of the Voynich Manuscript’s male zodiac nymphs, as a dataset that might be useful when attempting to map between zodiac nymphs and feast days. And yet if you try to do this, it turns out to be really hard, because… … Read More → The post On male zodiac nymphs, and Aries hats… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Fri 19 Apr 2024
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Zodiac Nymphs, St Peter’s Seat, St Faustus, and Madonna of Caravaggio…
While going through old voynich.net posts (courtesy of Rich SantaColoma, thanks!) in my hunt for previous insights into how the zodiac nymphs were ordered, I found an unexpected ally: on the old mailing list in Jan 2003, a now all-too-familiar face asserted that the nymphs were ordered inner ring first and clockwise, starting from 10 … Read More → The post Zodiac Nymphs, St Peter’s Seat, St Faustus, and Madonna of Caravaggio… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sat 24 Feb 2024
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Male nymphs and nymph numbering…
I’ve spent some time recently revisiting the Voynich Manuscript’s labelese, as well as its Pisces zodiac roundel page, and thinking about how that might relate to February. However, making all of these parallel strands “land” at the same time has proved difficult: even if the zodiac labels are some kind of cisiojanus “syllable soup”, we … Read More → The post Male nymphs and nymph numbering… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Fri 16 Feb 2024
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Thoughts on February…
As previously mentioned, I’ve been grinding my way through the Cisiojanus entries for February (mainly from the Usuarium website). However, it turns out that there is far less variation than I supposed. For example, “Ig” (on the 1st February) appears in only a single missal (FR Noyon 1541, Missale Noviomense). And even though St Walburga … Read More → The post Thoughts on February… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Thu 08 Feb 2024
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Attack The Fish! (Pisces, f70v2)
In a comment to my last post, I remarked that I suspect the labels on the pages with the zodiac roundels might be verbosely-enciphered syllables of a cisiojanus mnemonic. As an example of how this might work, I expanded out “cisiojanus epi sibi vendicat”: unfortunately, this was for January, and January was (circa 1400-1450) associated … Read More → The post Attack The Fish! (Pisces, f70v2) appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sun 04 Feb 2024
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Might “Labelese” be simpler than we think?
One of the enduring mysteries of the Voynich Manuscript’s enigmatic “Voynichese” script is that it varies. Not content with having two full-blown ‘languages’/’dialects’ (known as Currier A and Currier B), the way Voynichese ‘behaves’ on a glyph-level, word-level, line-level, paragraph-level, page-level and even section-level varies in many, many other ways (e.g. LAAFU etc). This pervasive … Read More → The post Might “Labelese” ....
Sat 03 Feb 2024
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

A Victoria-licensed electrical engineer in Prosper Thomson’s Henley Beach house…?
What I infer from Prosper Thomson’s 1947 small ads: The obvious question here is: who owned the 1939-built property in Alta-Mira crescent, Belair before Prosper Thomson? This leads me to the most interesting pair of Adelaidean small ads of all, and they weren’t even placed by Thomson: [25 Aug 1948] ELECT. eng, 50, many years’ … Read More → The post A Victoria-licensed electrical engineer in Prosper Thomson’s Henley Beach house…? appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sat 30 Dec 2023
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Prosper Thomson’s 1947 in Trove…
I enjoyed Pete Bowes’ most recent “bloodhound” post, but I was pretty sure I’d seen many, many more ads placed by Prosper McTaggart Thomson than he listed there. So I thought I’d have a go at compiling my own list. So… here are all the small ads I found for 1947 (including a single one … Read More → The post Prosper Thomson’s 1947 in Trove… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Fri 29 Dec 2023
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

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My b2t w4s a1d w5t h3s to a1l C4r M7s r5s a1l a4d t1e w3d. M1y y1u h2e a f7c y2r a1d s3e l2s of h8l m7s! The post M3y C7s a1d a H3y N1w Y2r to y1u a1l! appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Tue 26 Dec 2023
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Charles de la Ronciere’s thoughts on Le Flibustier Mysterieux…
While searching Gallica just now to try to see if Charles de la Ronciere had donated his personal papers to the Bibliotheque Nationale (TL;DR: I didn’t find anything, but maybe something is there), I noticed that it had a digital copy of (what was almost certainly) de la Ronciere’s last book, (1941) “Explorateurs et pionniers … Read More → The post Charles de la Ronciere’s thoughts on Le Flibustier Mysterieux… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sun 10 Dec 2023
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

On the trail of Dorothy Robertson…
Here’s a guest post by Cipher Mysteries commenter Pat, who has been hot on the trail of Dorothy Jean Robertson in Trove. There are, of course, many different Dorothy Robertsons out there, but Pat thinks these refer to the Dorothy Jean Robertson who married Carl Webb (the Somerton Man). So… here we go! Yet Another … Read More → The post On the trail of Dorothy Robertson… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Fri 17 Nov 2023
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Lockyer vs Lockyer Divorce Files (continued)…
[The following is a guest post from Cipher Mysteries commenter Behrooz: all I’ve done is reformat it slightly into WordPress/HTML markup. Enjoy! — NickP] I have the good news that, following some clarifications just received yesterday, I am now allowed to share publicly the contents and quotations from the contents of the Lockyer vs. Lockyer … Read More → The post Lockyer vs Lockyer Divorce Files (continued)… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Fri 27 Oct 2023
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Ships called “Indus”, 1783-1798…
Given the solid dating of Jean-Marie Justin Nageon de l’Estang’s birth to 1776, I decided to revisit the issue of whether the “richesses de l’Indus” refers to an actual ship. We’ve already seen a brig called “Indus” captured by the French in 1782 (though full of rice rather than treasure). Additionally, Jean-Marie Justin’s reported death … Read More → The post Ships called “Indus”, 1783-1798… appeared first on Cipher ....
Sat 02 Sep 2023
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Jean Marie Justin Nageon de l’Estang, revisited…
A comment today by Anthony Lallaizon to Cipher Mysteries seems to have thrown the Bernardin Nageon de l’Estang timeline up in the air (if not completely out of the window). This definitely required a post of its own! What Anthony found yields a definitive birthdate for Jean Marie Justin Nageon de l’Estang. Jean Marie Justin … Read More → The post Jean Marie Justin Nageon de l’Estang, revisited… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sat 26 Aug 2023
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Was Bernardin’s “Indus” built in Bombay Dockyard?
In his (much-examined, much-copied, and probably much-misunderstood) Last Will and Testament, Andre Bernardin Nageon de l’Estang (1715-1750) claimed to have retrieved “richesses de l’Indus” and hidden it in some kind of cave (presumably in Mauritius, where he lived and died). Consequently, many treasure hunters have trawled historical archives for ships called “Indus” with dates that … Read More → The post Was Bernardin’s “Indus” ....
Wed 23 Aug 2023
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Darrell Huff, Voynich theories, and “How to Lie [to yourself] with Statistics”…
Darrell Huff’s (1954) “How to Lie With Statistics” is a twentieth century classic that’s well worth reading (I have a well-thumbed copy on my bookshelf that I bought back in the 1980s). It’s basically a breezy introduction to statistics, that concentrates largely on how people get things wrong in order to get across the general … Read More → The post Darrell Huff, Voynich theories, and “How to Lie [to yourself] with Statistics”… appeared ....
Sun 20 Aug 2023
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Indian Ocean ships 1747-1748 and French marine archives…
As the many journaux de bord listed in my previous post attest, the Marine JJ series of documents is where lots of good stuff is to be found. An appendix in a 974-page historical slavery report I found online includes a handy list of such journaux from this period at CARAN in Paris. 4 JJ … Read More → The post Indian Ocean ships 1747-1748 and French marine archives… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Tue 15 Aug 2023
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

In search of a January 1748 French prize ship…
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Sun 13 Aug 2023
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Daniel Krieg on the (1782) “Indus”…
I’ve recently had some interesting back-and-forth email correspondence about the Nageon de l’Estang treasure documents with independent Swiss researcher Daniel Krieg. In recent years, Daniel has made his own fresh attack on this long-standing historical mystery, and his particular interpretation of many key aspects of those documents has led him to draw his own conclusions. … Read More → The post Daniel Krieg on the (1782) “Indus”… appeared first on Cipher ....
Wed 02 Aug 2023
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

On inserts and Google search…
In the last few days, looking at the whole Isaac / Chad ‘alien alphabet’ mystery has made me think more broadly about cipher mysteries. What I’m trying to do is to work out what the relationship between the different pieces of evidence are – but not just in terms of “A preceded B”. Inserts Generally, … Read More → The post On inserts and Google search… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sun 30 Jul 2023
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Before Isaac, there was Chad (etc)…
When “Isaac” posted his alien alphabet / antigravity stuff in June 2007, it was (he claimed) in response to recent reports of strange ‘dragonfly’-shaped drones, some of which had the same ‘alien’ writing on them: Those sightings are well documented in a “One Year Later” article in MUFON Ufo Journal April 2008 (pp. 3-11): the … Read More → The post Before Isaac, there was Chad (etc)… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sat 29 Jul 2023
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

The Silpho Moor UFO cipher mystery…
Today, I have a curious story of a 1957 cipher mystery from Scarborough in Yorkshire, with a flying saucer spin. And – best of all – its secret history has (as far as I know) never been fully revealed. The first press write-up dates to the 9th December 1957, when the Yorkshire Post ran an article (which … Read More → The post The Silpho Moor UFO cipher mystery… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Wed 26 Jul 2023
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

In search of “Isaac”…
Who was the mysterious “Isaac“, who claimed to have been working on an alien language in a Palo Alto research institute (“CARET”) in 1984-1987? In 2007, this Isaac posted a page on the free hosting website Fortune City (which has now been archived) with a load of scanned ‘alien’ documents; then answered various follow-up questions … Read More → The post In search of “Isaac”… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sun 23 Jul 2023
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

In search of Mauritian shipwrecks 1740-1750…
If the Last Will and Testament written by Andre Bernardin Nageon de l’Estang is genuine (or, at least, perhaps only modestly embellished in the copying) and – as part of that – was indeed written by him, it can only have been written prior to his death in 1750. I previously also wrote about the … Read More → The post In search of Mauritian shipwrecks 1740-1750… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sat 22 Jul 2023
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Isaac Asimov, L. Sprague de Camp, and Robert Heinlein at the Philadelphia Navy Yard…
Perhaps you well-informed people already knew, but recently I was surprised to discover that during WWII, these three luminary SF writers all worked at the Naval Aviation Experimental Station in Philadelphia. Because this overlaps some of the other history I’ve been working my way through of late, I thought I’d tell this story again (but … Read More → The post Isaac Asimov, L. Sprague de Camp, and Robert Heinlein at the Philadelphia Navy Yard… appeared first on Cipher ....
Mon 17 Jul 2023
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Isaac, CARET, StarfireTor, Alienware
Since posting up some images way back in 2009, I haven’t really covered the (allegedly) ‘alien’ language claimed to have been stolen from a (fictitious) “CARET” research institute in Palo Alto by a mysterious Fortune City poster called “Isaac”. The whole lot was – in my opinion – nothing more than a Ufologist-trolling hoax (albeit … Read More → The post Isaac, CARET, StarfireTor, Alienware appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sun 16 Jul 2023
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

“NB Gas” decoded (in plain sight)…?
Charles Dellschau’s curious notebooks talk elliptically about a mysterious lifting gas called “NB Gas”: this was discovered (or, perhaps more accurately, harnessed) by miner Peter Mennis. It was created by dripping a green liquid (which Dellschau nicknamed “suppe”, for “pea soup”) onto an electrode, releasing the “NB Gas”, thus giving – so the theory goes … Read More → The post “NB Gas” decoded (in plain sight)…? ....
Wed 12 Jul 2023
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

Charles Dellschau, Columbia, The Special AKA, and Scooby Doo…
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Sun 09 Jul 2023
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

On NB gas, suppe, and NYMZA…
Anyone trying to make sense of Charles Dellschau’s partly-enciphered airship drawings will quickly run into three roadblocks: (1) what was the mysterious “NB gas” that allegedly made the airships buoyant? (2) What was the curious green “soup” that was allegedly used to release additional NB gas whilst in flight? (3) What was the mysterious group … Read More → The post On NB gas, suppe, and NYMZA… appeared first on Cipher Mysteries.
Sun 02 Jul 2023
Nick Pelling
Cipher Mysteries

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