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Clues people have sent in: hance: more bob dylan - 'in and out of lifetimes' from 'Love is just a 4 letter word'

'poor tom's a cold': from king lear

Hispaniola is the island where Haiti and the Dominican Republic are located.  The windward channel is between Haiti 
and Cuba.
clue=The "ML" and "Rvmerbriefvorlesung" after "3)" refer to Martin Luther and (pardon my ignorance on the topic if
I mess this up) his "letters to the Romans".

jessica 05.12.01
clue:  Dead Reckoning (DR):
In DR, the navigator finds his position by measuring the course and distance he has sailed from some known point. Starting 
from a known point, such as a port, the navigator measures out his course and distance from that point on a chart, pricking 
the chart with a pin to mark the new position. Each day's ending position would be the starting point for the next day's
course-and-distance measurement.

In order for this method to work, the navigator needs a way to measure his course, and a way to measure the distance 
sailed. Course was measured by a magnetic compass, which had been known in Europe since at least 1183. Distance was 
determined by a  time and speed calculation: the navigator multiplied the speed of the vessel (in miles per hour) by the 
time traveled to get the distance.

In Columbus's day, the ship's speed was measured by throwing a piece of flotsam over the side of the ship. There were two 
marks on the ship's rail a measured distance apart. When the flotsam passed the forward mark, the pilot would start a quick 
chant, and when it passed the aft mark, the pilot would stop chanting. (The exact words to such a chant are part of a lost 
oral tradition of medieval navigation). The pilot would note the last syllable reached in the chant, and he had a mnemonic 
that would convert that syllable into a speed in miles per hour. This method would not work when the ship was moving very 
slowly, since the chant would run to the end before the flotsam had reached the aft mark.

Speed (and distance) was measured every hour. The officer of the watch would keep track of the speed and course sailed 
every hour by using a toleta, or traverse board. This was a peg-board with holes radiating from the center along every 
point of the compass. The peg was moved from the center along the course traveled, for the distance made during that hour. 
After four hours, another peg was used to represent the distance made good in leagues during the whole watch. At the end of 
the day, the total distance and course for the day was transferred to the chart.

Learn more about actually using Dead (or "Deduced") Reckoning here:
Also worth  mentioning is the fact that Dead Reckoning also seems to be a method used in analyzing chess.  Here's a link:
jessica 5.12.01
7) Something I found regarding levy and corvée:
(1 Kings 4:6, R.V.; 5:13), forced service. The service of tributaries was often 
thus exacted by kings. Solomon raised a "great levy" of 30,000 men, about two per 
cent. of the population, to work for him
by courses on Lebanon. Adoram (12:18) presided over this forced labour service (Ger. Frohndienst; Fr. corvée). 

anon 07.04.01
clue:  There are other chess references in these.  A chess board can be
used to set up metric spacing for any map or voyage.  All you have to do
is cite the correct formula.  Dead reckoning is one way to do it but there are
others even more obscure.

near a terminal: 08.20.01
clue:  I think the "SJ" quote is from Samuel Johnson, as in what Boswell 
wrote about him.  That could tie into page numbers, editions, catalogs and lots of 
other numerical references.  I don't know any of them but I continue to believe 
that the quotations tie in several levels at once, this one probably had something 
to do with a beginning project one that wasn't going that well and at the same 
time led the people inside to other meanings and data. If this is a long-running 
prank it must be the most involved and integrated on record.

near a terminal: 08.29.01
Hispaniola was a haven for pirates.  That island has also had a very weird
relationship with the US government for over a century.  Like when US Marines collected
customs there in either the Twenties or Thirties. They actually had checkpoints on the
docks, made landing ships pay them, accounted for all the money, gave part to whatever
puppet government was in charge of the capital and sent the rest to Washington.  The
story I heard was that it paid for Navy research into cryptology prior to World War II. 
The freaks may know the same story.  The really interesting final part of the story is
that the last of the money was used to crack the Japanese "purple code" and that gave
at least a few Washington insiders knowledge of the attack on Pearl Harbor before it

bob: 10.05.01

clue:  I  think  "near a terminal"  was right on the source of the Appoggiato, but it appears to be another misquote. Boswell
attributes the following statement to Johnson (make of it what you will):

"Sir, a woman preaching is like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done 

Item 4, "drifting in and out of lifetimes ...," is from a Dylan song, "Love is Just a Four Letter Word." The song was 
in 1967, but I've been unable to find it on any of Dylan's recordings of the period. Here's the relevant verse:

"I said goodbye unnoticed
Pushed towards things in my own games
Drifting in and out of lifetimes
Unmentionable by name
Searching for my double, looking for
Complete evaporation to the core
Though I tried and failed at finding any door
I must have thought that there was nothing more
Absurd than that love is just a four-letter word"


cornadsf: 10.23.01
clue:  so... not very deep but nobody has pointed it out.  it seems that 1) is a revision of something from may of '72.  
have we found any of these clues from other sources prior to the tucson paper?  Are they calling these clues "covenants" or 
am I missing something.  I just found this mystery recently.

Hance: We haven't seen anything earlier than the first page, May 1 of 81.

cynic2: 01.02.02
clue:  It would take me two days with a dictionary to puzzle out the Latin quote but the source is famous because 
Cicero did a series of orations against Catiline.  So part of the reference is Catiline and he was the most famous 
conspirator in the history of Rome.

Jessica: 01.22.02
clue:  The Latin in the leitmotiv is from "Catiline's War" (Bellum Catilinae) by Gaius Sallustius Crispis.  The quote is 
an entire passage from chapter 58, beginning and ending with the quote above, here is the passage: In whatever direction 
we determine to march, we must cut our way with our swords. I exhort you, therefore, to keep a brave and ready heart, 
and, when you enter battle, to remember that in your own right hands lie wealth, honor, and fame, as well as your freedom 
and the possession of your country. If we conquer, our safety will be secured; we shall have provisions in plenty, and 
the gates of boroughs and colonies will be thrown open to us. If we give way in fear, we shall have all these against us. 
No place nor friend will protect the man who has failed to protect himself with his own arms. Moreover, soldiers, we and 
our enemies will be fighting under motives of very different force. For us the contest is for country, for freedom and 
for life, while our enemies can have little interest in fighting to maintain the supremacy of a narrow class."

   "Let these thoughts inspire you with hardihood; advance to the fight, mindful of your ancient valor. You might, though 
to your deep disgrace, have passed your lives in exile. Some of you might, after the confiscation of your goods, have 
lingered in Rome, on the watch for a stranger's bounty. Such courses seemed shameful and unbearable to men of spirit, and 
so you have chosen to follow the one that has led you here. If you would now quit it you must use your daring, for it is 
at the discretion of the victor that war is changed for peace. To hope for safety in flight, when your backs, unprotected 
by armor, are turned to the enemy, is indeed folly. In a battle it is always the greatest cowards who run the greatest 
risks, while course is as a wall of defense."

   "When I look on you, soldiers, and count up your achievements, I am possessed with high hope of victory. Your 
resolution, your age, and your courage, and above all the inevitable nature of the encounter, which often makes even the 
timid brave, exhort me to this; and the narrowness of the position prevents our being surrounded by the host of the 

Jumbo: 02.01.02
clue:  What does the Hebrew mean?  I don't think we can make much progress until all of any given language can be translated.  
It seems that much Hebrew remains untranslated.

Ninja Rabbi: 07.14.03
The hebrew means:

"Awake and be joyous dwellers of dust" 

It is a command or a prayer for the dead to come back to life and be happy about it.

Also, can SR/CL mean Senior Clergy?

sjwk : 09.08.2003
I'm not American so I don't know for sure, but is the number given under Dead Reckoning a banknote number?  It looks like
the format given on, but I couldn't find any way to search for a note on there.  Any Americans know how the
banknote coding works? Is it possible to figure out the denomination?

Also, there seem to be two point 5s and no 6, and I've seen similar 'errors' on other ads.  It could just be a typing mistake, but
somehow I don't think these have many mistakes and any errors might have meaning.  Or am I being too devious and calculating?

sjwk: 09.09.2003
Oh.  Not sure what this means, but I was right about that number being a banknote number - the note itself was sent to
Bryan on Feb 23rd 2000 - nearly 3 years after it's number was used on this ad.  There's a picture of it on the relevant page
(along with the IBM stuff).  I have absolutely no idea what that means however...  I've seen a few other banknote numbers
elsewhere on ads.  Is it worth doublechecking to see if they also appear as physical notes?

Is there anything else that can be looked up with that particular note?

Craig: 12.09.2003
I realise that with hindsight this is probably obvious, but for the sake of clarity, I think Cornadsf's comment above (made
on 10/23/01) regarding the revision of the Covenant of 5/72 (as seen in 1) ) is probably incorrect. More likely, the announcement
is referring to the Agenda (see the Oct. 11, 2000 announcement for more information). 
My interpretation of this statement is that somebody, for whatever reason, seems to have wanted to revise, or change, the Agenda in
someway. The response to this was: not for a 1,000 lives ' or 10,000 worlds'. In other words, you're not changing the Agenda,
even if hell freezes over.

Also, I was kind of able to track down the 'im Schlamm arbeiten' quote; it translates as either 'in the mud' or 'in the mud
work'. Either way, it seems to have been a favourite quote of Martin Luther. Unfortunately, the website I got this information
from is largely in Romanian (I think), and as yet I have been unable to track down some way of translating it. I know I'm just
substituting one problem for another here, but the synopsis of the book, from where I got the quote (which, for some reason, was in
German),, might provide us with
some interesting insight into who Martin Luther really was, etc. So, if anyone wants to take a crack at translating some Romanian^Å

dan oh: 07.11.2004
 9. "capt. Morgan will deliver the Brasher Doubloon within a fortnight". Likely ref. to the Raymond Chandler
novel 'the high window' (or the film of it 'the brasher doubloon'). In the book Marlowe, a private eye, is called in
to retrieve the doubloon, which turns out to be being copied by the family who employed Marlowe to retrieve it. I
don't remember a Captain Morgan in the book, and I don't recall the quotation - sorry!

Rich: 09.08.2004
Thoughts regarding the the Brasher Doubloon : the greater part of the "value" of the Brasher Doubloon lies not in the
material it is made of (gold), but rather its uniqueness. The orphanage has made many remarks regarding pigs and gold. Obviously
the pigs would value the BD for the material it is made of rather than its other qualities. Possibly the BD occasionally serves
as a metaphor for this.

almansur 10.26.2004
Captain Morgan was a privateer based out of Jamaica, which lies at one end of the Windward Channel. He was
reputedly involved with Freemasonry. He now has a rum named after him. 

a helper 11.17.2005
Has anyone noticed that the numbers 1 3 5 8 are in a line... thats the Fibonacci Pattern isn't it?

Also theyre the order of the Arpeggio... could that be similar to Appoggiato?

D. Thomasson 04.02.2006

Here is an elaboration on the Hebrew text so nicely translated by Ninja Rabbi (07.14.03 posting):

The Hebrew text is a direct quote from the Biblia Hebraica (Hebrew Bible) in Isaiah 26:19.

"Isaiah is the first to speak clearly of an afterlife, but even here it occurs only once as he recognises that in some way God must vindicate His people. Isaiah 25.8 speaks of God 'swallowing up death in victory', but the phrase is enigmatic until we receive further revelation. The explanation is found in Isaiah 26.19 , 'Thy dead shall live, their bodies will rise. Oh dwellers in the dust, awake and sing for joy. For thy dew is a dew of light and on the land of shades thou wilt let it fall'. Here there is the definite expression of hope for the righteous. (All references to date only have the righteous in mind). For them death is not the end, the land of shades is not their final destiny. They can look forward to a joyful resurrection. Just as, where the dew falls, life springs up and vegetation grows, so in this case the dew is the light of God which 'falls' on the land of shades and brings light there to those in darkness so that His own come forth with new life."

Read more about Life After Death at the following Url where the above quote comes from: aching/afterlife1.html

blankenship 08.27.2006
There is much reference to the 60s but is it possible that they existed before then?  Some contributors have
suggested that  other announcements appear in other media but we don't have the locations.  In some sense there have
been groups unhappy with the secular government since 1789 referring of course to the USA.  I'm not sure this is just
crazy 60s hold-overs.    

I remember hearing a lecture at another university where the professor had bored the room spitless for about 40 minutes
and then stirred up interest unexpectedly by saying that the big argument in New England was over how the Federal
government could be secular but the old theocracy could still rule the states.  The shocking part to everybody
listening was that New England had State churches  until the 1830s.  Wasn't a student in the hall who had a clue that
such a thing existed well into the 19th century.  For all we know this goes back to the pissed off theocrats who were
dis-established in the 1830s.

Dor H. 11.18.2006

(BDH notes - the Hebrew characters in these submissions are being garbled by my clue submission forms, sorry)	

ä÷éöå åøëðå ùëðé òôø

I have every reason to believe it is from the Bible.

ùëðé òôø

means the dead.


is wake up, but I think it may be meant that they would be reborn.


is to be happy and maybe dance. maybe rejoice?

the dead wake and rejoice.

I'll search for it in the bible. I think it might be one of the prophets, but I cannot be sure.

Preterite Pete 01.18.2007


Several things on this one: A hymn, whose source I can't identify at the present, but which is prominent in 19th Protestant hymnals, has the following as the third stanza:

Ten thousand worlds, ten thousand lives,
How worthless they appear!
Compared with You, supremely good,
Divinely bright and fair!

Thomas Harrison, unreprentant regicide of Charles I, also used the formula. Note that in both cases it's "ten thousand," not one.

Occam's tag: There are no natural things beyond life that are not one. That's awkward, but you get the point.

Edgar is, of course, feigning madness when he says "Poor Tom's a cold." This is a theme.

Luther's letter: to do enough means nothing else than to begin again. I haven't independently verified this, but I believe that the correct reference is 4,350,14.

Rick 04.04.2007
	Since I speak fluent German: "Im Schlamm arbeiten" translates as "working in the slime".

Also, speaking of Schrödinger's certainty seems somewhat odd to me noting that he was a prominent quantum physics theorist who
proposed the idea that we are not certain of anything (and actually that if something is unknown then two things are simultaneously
happening, ie if a cat is in a box and we don't know if the cat is alive or dead, it is both).  I have no clue how this fits into
anything, but that particular section caught my eye

Anonymous in Germany 04.04.2007
	"im Schlamm arbeiten" is German and means "working in the mud".

Charlie P.
When I Googled W.A., one of the top 5 hits was in regard to the Wassenaar Arrangement, which was also mentioned in the
May Day 2007 page. A search of 4,305,15 brings up US Code, Title 15, section 4305, Disclosure of a Joint 
Venture (Joint Research)

Charlie P., "W. A." here means "complete works." I'm tempted to add a torrent of abuse, but instead, just this: don't
just google something you see here and offer it up without first seeing if it hasn't already been explained. For the early ones,
esp., try to think about how you'd go about researching them if the web didn't exist and do that thing.

bhance: helpful criticism > abuse around here.
Brian 10.07.2007
Fermi's fear was that the first nuclear detonation would set off a chain reaction that would boil away earth's

nonex 10.21.2008
Comments: Fermi's paradox refers to the idea that an infinite universe should have infinite intelligent civilizations, 
making infinite intelligent communications, but we have seen no evidence for any. Used to support the idea that we 
are alone in the universe.

Me 07.17.09
Anyone notice that they skipped 6 in the numbering? Don't know if it's relevant or just a mistake.

goodbye unnoticed 01.15.2010

Regarding "Nihil est in rerum natura extra animam nisi singulare", you should read this:

Regarding "Proficere est nihil aliud, nisi semper incipere", you should read this:

(As an aside, why might the advert contain two Latin quotes in quick succession which both use the "nisi" construction?)

"Römerbriefvorlesung" is actually "lectures on the letter to the Romans". As "Römerbrief" is a German word for the epistle of Paul to the Romans, better known to English-speakers simply as "Romans", the Römerbriefvorlesung can just be called "Lectures on Romans". You can read through them at the above link for "proficere est [...]".

S.K 05/25/2014
In the 1987 message the Address L’Enfant Plaza East SW has the following digits after it 20219;5. 
Yet in 1986 it is missing the 5 after “;”. In 1998 the “;5” is missing completely. Is this deliberate, 
if so what is the significance of 5 or what is located at  ;5?

chester 10.23.2014
 Not sure if anyone's mentioned this yet, but the little bit after "Dead reckoning:"(the 'K90370625A' part)
 looks like a serial number you might find on a dollar bill.  If a  bill's serial number begins with 
 'K' it means that particular bill was printed in Dallas.  Hope this helps!

oldwvlf 10/15/2016

 1) As for the revision of the Covenant of 5/72: “not for a 1,000 lives – or 10,000 worlds”;
        Sura 5, The Feast (Al-Mã’edah) [5:72] Pagans indeed are those who say that GOD is the           Messiah, son of Mary. The Messiah himself said, "O Children of Israel, you shall worship        GOD; my Lord* and your Lord." Anyone who sets up any idol beside GOD, GOD has           forbidden Paradise for him, and his destiny is Hell. The wicked have no helpers.

2) “You gotta be quick to play this lick”: “Nihil est in rerum natura extra animam nisi singulare.” – Occam

        For Ockham universals may have a conceptual reality, so that the idea of the                    Ecclesia standing over and above its members can be imagined, but ‘nihil est in rerum           natura extra animam nisi singulare’: only the individuals, the members themselves, have                 real existence.
                - p. 90, The Problem of Sovereignty in the Later Middle Ages: The Papal                                 Monarchy with Augustinus Triumphus and the Publicists; Michael Wilks;                           Cambridge University Press, Jul 31, 2008

3) “Poor Tom’s a-cold”: “Proficere est nihil aliud, nisi semper incipere.” – ML, W.A. 4,305,15: Römerbriefvorlesung;
        “Poor Tom’s a-cold” – Shakespeare, The Tragedy of King Lear, Act 3, Scene 4, Edgars             feigns madness

Our flesh and blood, my lord, is grown so vile
That it doth hate what gets it.

Poor Tom’s a-cold.

Go in with me. My duty cannot suffer
To obey in all your daughters' hard commands.
Though their injunction be to bar my doors
And let this tyrannous night take hold upon you,
Yet have I ventured to come seek you out
And bring you where both fire and food is ready.

Martin Luther: Comments on Ps 118:18 (WA 4, 350, 15): Proficere est nihil aliud, nisi semper incipere: to go forward is nothing else than to start afresh again and again. [And to begin without going forward, this means to accomplish nothing at all.”

Römerbriefvorlesung – “Roman letter lecture” by Martin Luther

4) “in and out of lifetimes unmentionable by name…”: 490 L’Enfant Plaza East, SW, 20219;
        - The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is an independent bureau within           the United States Department of the Treasury that was established by the National               Currency Act of 1863 and serves to charter, regulate, and supervise all national banks and      thrift institutions and the federal branches and agencies of foreign banks in the United                States. - CFR Ch. 1 (1-1-95 Edition)
        - Availability of Internal Delegation Orders. Copies of internal Office delegation orders               are available by written request to the Communications, Office of the Comptroller of the                Currency
        - Corporate activities processing and delegations of authority - location of the                        Comptroller of the Currency
        - Roger W. Jepen, Chairman
        - Robert L. Clarke, Vice Chairman

5)Dead reckoning: K90370625A

6) In Schlamm arbeiten: “working in the mud”

Politische Schriften, mit einer Einleitung über Luther's Bedeutung im deutschen Nationalleben; Theodor Mundt; E.J. Günther, 1868; p. 57

For at that time, when I was alone in the struggle, the pope and the emperor had to suffer both pope and emperor for all sorts of interests, to remain silent in the mud, and to let me work in the mud altogether I have made myself and them a little and space, and they should help me to complete the quarrel, as I have left on, and put them off from behind to poor poorly wretched men, and greet me more greedily for the Papists They are Christ's preach

7) Corvee - a day’s unpaid labor owed by a vassal to his feudal lord. forced labor exacted in lieu of taxes, in particular that on public roads; ????????? ??????????? ????????? ??????
- Earth; Dirt; Dust; (biblical) ashes
        - “in dust”
- neighbor; dwell; base
        - “you that dwell”
- (flowery) to sing; to gossip
        - “and sing”
- to awaken, to wake up
        - “Awake”

Isaiah 26:19
Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.

8.) Mistuh Kurtz - Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness”; Guy Fawkes Night —-T.S. Eliot “The Hollow Men”; Windward Passage is a strait in the Caribbean Sea, between the islands of Cuba and Hispaniola.

Stephan 11/27/2018
W.A. means Weimarer Ausgabe.

It is a critical complete edition of all writings of Martin Luther and his verbal statements, in Latin and German.

Hdanielson 10/19/2019
I was intrigued by the Covanent of 72 reference. Has anyone ever checked the school yearbooks or other school records for an organization founded in 1972?