The russian text found below the musical notes, towards the bottom part of the page, reads...
Phone Numbers: I can't call them, but...I got the country codes! :)
011-39-6-5445-2880 == Italy 011-65-532-3353 ===== Singapore
Clues people have sent in for this page
From Duncan McKenzie
An army which carries the Ark before it is (invincible). This is a line from Raiders of the Lost Ark. There are very few pop culture or TV references in these documents.Webmaster: I have a hard time thinking this guy copped out and stuck in a Raiders of the Lost Ark ref. in this page, though. I don't know my bible at all, but I'd be willing to bet it crops up in there somewhere..?
From Koen Claessen:
Gustavus Adolphus is apparently some old Swedish King. The Haus(N) and Haus(Q) might refer to Hausdorff spaces in topology.
From Chris Ashton:
Duncan says the ark carried before an army is invincible, however this is not true, according to I Sam 4:1-11. I'm thinking that most of this math and language stuff is filler, but the music seems to be some kind of code, the names of theologians (Kierkergaard, Augustine, Luther) may have some symbolic representation, the little happy face may draw attention to an important part of the page, and that we need to gate-crash one of these parties. Sorry, the Chinese in the 1992 version is a little unclear. I need to see a print version before I can make it out. Or just give it to someone who can READ chinese.
I agree with Duncan, this sounds like a quote from Raiders, not the bible. Note in this page, as well as others, the references to moving spatially (geographically), transmitting signals, and encoding (levels).
011-65-532-3353 is the fax number for a travel agency in Singapore: Honeyworld Holidays Pte Ltd. 24 Raffles Place, Clifford Centre, #02-23/24, Singapore 048621 Tel: (65) 532 2232 Fax: (65) 532 3353
Horribly shitty translation of the German riding the top of the page:
I will now show, how one divides turned around a Voranderlichkeit, whose area is given, into a Veranderlickkeit of a dimension un a Veranderlichkeit of fewer dimension can
Thinking 'prime time' is a magic cube, as well as collection of primes...
"Where are you itzt, mine unforgettably Madchen"
"Veränderlichkeit" must be a special math term, but I don't know it; I guess it's called something different in modern math German. "Voränderlichkeit" (with "o" instead of "e") looks like a misspelling, which suggests to me that the compiler of this ad is not very fluent in German. (The same hold for the "Werkseug" in a previous ad.) name=Martin Weichert clue="Wo bist du itzt, mein unvergesslich Mädchen" = "Where are you now, my unforgettable maiden". ("itzt" is pretty old for "jetzt" = "now".) Sound like a quote from the lyrics of a song to me. (95 may1) name=Martin Weichert
SR/CL: LEITMOTIV: "Ich werde nun zeigen, wie man umgekehrt eine Voränderlichkeit, deren Gebiet gegeben ist, in eine Veränderlichkeit von einer Dimension und eine Veränderlichkeit von weniger Dimensionen zerlegen kann." --Riemann (June 10, 1854) Okay, so I got Riemann's Collected Works from the library and found the location of the quotation. The Collected Works have been published in 1892 and then again in 1990: Bernhard Riemann's gesammelte Mathematische Werke und wissenschaftlicher Nachlass / herausgegeben unter Mitwirkung von Richard Dedekind von Heinrich Weber. Zweite Auflage bearbeitet von Heinrich Weber. - Leipzig : Teubner, 1892. Bernhard Riemann Gesammelte Mathematische Werke, wissenschaftlicher Nachlass und Nachträge Collected Papers / Nach der Ausgabe von Heinrich Weber und Richard Dedekind neu herausgegeben von Raghavan Narasimhan. - Springer, Teubner, 1990. The quotation is found in the collection under: Zweite Abtheilung. XIII. Ueber die Hypothesen, welche der Geometrie zu Grunde liegen (Habilitationsschrift, 10. Juni 1854) I. Begriff einer n-fach ausgedehnten Grösse. 3. Ich werde nun zeigen, wie man umgekehrt eine Veränderlichkeit, deren Gebiet gegeben ist, in eine Veränderlichkeit von einer Dimension und eine Veränderlichkeit von weniger Dimensionen zerlegen kann. (...) (p. 275 in 1892 edition, p. 307 in 1990 edition.) Thus, the quotation is Part Two, thirteenth paper, first section, 3rd subsection, 1st sentence of the 1892 edition. The 1892 ed. is itself contained as part "1.1" of the 1990 edition. Maybe the exact location of the quoted "Leitmotiv" in the source represents a number row: 2, 13, 1, 3, 1, which is somehow a key to the data beneath? And remember that "Leitmotiv" literally means "guiding motive" - so I guess each ad's leitmotiv somehow "guides" the reader of the ad. I suspect that the key to each leitmotiv quotation is finding its exact location in some publicly available book, and then the exact reference (either page number, or chapter/ section/subsection/... numbering) serves as a number or a list of numbers that somehow helps decoding the rest of the ad... Note that the original DOES have "Ver-" in all places, not "Vor-". It seems, the "Vor-" is NOT due to Riemann. It might still be a misprint (which THE ORPHANAGE denies), or it might be a conscious modification. Cheers, MartinWebmaster: Yikes. I hadn't thought of using the location of the quoted text as a key. Which would/could explain quite a bit about the random nature of some of these texts....
Carlos, in response
> And remember that "Leitmotiv" literally means "guiding motive" > - so I guess each ad's leitmotiv somehow "guides" the reader of > the ad. I suspect that the key to each leitmotiv quotation is > finding its exact location in some publicly available book, > and then the exact reference (either page number, or chapter/ > section/subsection/... numbering) serves as a number or a list > of numbers that somehow helps decoding the rest of the ad... I fully agree with this... After my finding out about the relational formulae on Principia Mathematica, this seems the only possible use for the things, since those were basic relational equations and hardly useful to represent any kind of message (or procedure) by themselves, but their location on the book can easily be used as the key in a cipher.
12/1/00 email=mogul clue=Bryan. First, just a note about the German translation. I think you guys are right about location being the key. As for the translation itself, Verdnderlichkeit means Manifold. Don't ask. A better English translation is "...I will prove now that, conversely, a Manifold of given surface area can be divided into a one-dimensional manifold and a manifold of smaller dimension..." Now about the "Prime Time Table": 607 is the 111th prime...613 is the 112th prime...Continuing in this way, you get the new matrix 111 112 113 114 121 122 123 124 131 132 133 134 141 142 143 144 I'm sure you see how it relates to the indicies of the matrix. Cheers, mogulWebmaster: You guys rock.
12/04/00 email=mogul clue=Something I should have mentioned before. This may or may not be obvious. Hausdorff was a German mathematiker. Haus is an abreviation for Hausdorff. I told you it was obvious. name=mogul
[ Staraya lyubov ne rzheavyeyet. } [ Old love never rusts. } Seems to be an old saying in many languages... no specific quote here
clue: In reference to the Leitmotiv speculations: there is an old Sherlock Holmes story (don't recall the title) in which the code is from the bible, and Holmes deduces this because only the Bible would be readily available, and printed everywhere, and have the proper references. If this message is meant to be interpreted, then the locations of quotes need to have a standard numbering in each case. Perhaps a specific book of quotes provides an index, or the date of first publication is important. There are dozens of numbers that could come out of a quote, from it's length (in words or letters), the lengths of it's words, or the numeric values of its letters. Or it's position in a standard reference, either a single reference, or one unique to each quote. Here's disturbing though: it may not have been intended to share this information, and in that case, it would be elementary to have selected a specific edition of a specific book to use as the index. However, it would be much easier, and probably more secure to use DES or something and simply publish the output.
clue: I'm not a chess expert, but the chess position depicted at upper left appears to be a won game for Black, no matter whose move it is. I've been unable to determine whether it's from a famous game. Note that the central cross with Luther, Cromwell, etc., reproduces the shape of the partially folded cubes to its left and right. Spent literally hours trying to track down the chemical at top right. Finally, I asked an organic chemist in the next building on campus about it. Within an hour, he e-mailed me the following: 'The compound you were interested in is a derivative of Clavulanic Acid. It appears to be a drug used in combination with antibiotics, most commonly Amoxicillin, in order to prevent the body from destroying the antibiotic. See the links below.
'If we replace the H at the lower right of the structure (from the COOH part) with a K, we would get your compound, which would be called Potassium Clavulanate. In the acidic environment of the stomach, however, it would be converted into Clavulanic Acid.' Potassium clavulanate is also commonly mixed with Amoxicillin. I've begun printing out some of the pages, and sometimes you see things on the printed versions that you don't notice while scrolling through them on the web. For example, on this page, the stars can be seen as a guide to the order in which the boxes should be read. If you start with the star between Luther at the top and the chess diagram and move counter-clockwise. The sequence of the stars is 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2 (by now you're back to Luther) 3 (the stars linking the central cross back to the 'prime time' box). By the way, if you download the ads, they open as GIFs with transparent backgrounds. If you have Photoshop, you can switch the image mode to RGB, and add new layers to the document. I make a white background layer, a copy of the original ad layer, and set the top copy to multiply blending mode. It seems to improve the clarity of the graphics when I print them. The ship depicted at lower left appears to be a Clipper ship. Compare here:
It's not identical, but it's very, very, similar. The 'unforgettable maiden' quote is attributed to JMR Lenz: 'Lenz, Jakob Michael Reinhold , 1751-92, German writer. He was a friend of Goethe, whom he first imitated, then lampooned. A gifted poet, he wrote lyric poems; plays, including the comedies Der Hofmeister (1774) and Die Soldaten (1776); and critical works, notably Anmerkungen übers Theater [remarks on the theater] (1774). He is a principal representative of the Sturm und Drang movement.' The notes at the bottom to (or about) the individual Freaks: To Owsley (to make dreams true, etc.): I can find this quote attributed to Chaucer, in his version of 'Troilus and Criseyde,' but when I go to the original text, I can't find anything close to the quote. Maybe it's in some translation somewhere, but I can't locate it. However, the phrase appears exactly as quoted in the ad in a poem called 'The Dream,' by John Donne:
To Latimer and Ridley (mens agitat molem): The phrase appears in Line 727 of Virgil's Aenid VI; see here:
The phrase has various translations. It appears on the seal of the University of Oregon and is translated here:
as 'mind moves the mass.' Another translation: mens agitat molem: A mind informs the mass. (Used by Virgil in a pantheistic sense of the world; often applied to an unwieldy dull-looking person.) It may also be translated, I think more idiomatically, as 'mind over matter.' To Winthrop: This refers to the story of Saul, as told in the book of Samuel, beginning in Chapter 9. It's getting late, and I don't know my Bible that well, but from my preliminary researches, it appears that the one who 'surpasses' Saul is David. It's getting late and I'm tired and don't have time to research the rest of the references in order, but I've previously looked into the last quote to Captain Morgan: 'The work is great, etc.' This is one of the weirdest citations I've seen on the Mayday pages. 'The work is great, the day short and the master presses the workmen' is a translation that has been given for Hebrew characters inscribed on a building called the Nott Memorial at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. It is worth visiting this site:
for more details on this rather remarkable and fanciful building, but here's a sampling of what you'll find: 'The Nott Memorial retains a significant number of symbolic images that Potter designed, and he has left very little information concerning his use of symbolism. The crown of the dome, consisting of green,purple, and red slates, retains thirty-two five and six-pointed stars. Each star retains a green outline that is filled with red slate and a purple center. One may interpret the stars as being of religious nature, but Potter stated that he designed these stars on buildings that were not allowed to have any type of religious symbols on them. Potter used the ancient, mathematical Euclid division ratio, known today as Phi; to construct both the pentalpha and hexalpha stars ... The hexalpha might have emerged to symbolize the ten contrasting qualities of Pythagoreas such as male and female, good and bad, and light and darkness ... A band of red slate, containing Hebrew words in purple slate, spans the dome directly below the stars. Over the years, professors and students have attempted to decipher the words into its exact translation. Dr. Tayler Lewis, once a philosophy professor at Union, translated the words into " The work is great, the day is short, the master presses the workmen .'
near a terminal: 12.26.01
clue: It never ceases to amaze me how much some of you people are able to dig out of the Web. Reading through "bob's" stuff on the Nott Memorial building it seemed that the fellow who was quoted-Potter-was doing something along the lines of what we see here, which is probably why your smart contributor sent in the information! My point is that you could make very religious statements using mathematics and structure but do it in a way that only can be read by those in the know. Now here is the scary part or at least it is for me, let's say people like the webmaster and the smarter contributors have finally figured out this has a religious thrust. It is obviously Christian and Protestant, so at that point most educated readers or very educated in the cases of the webmaster and the smart contributors, would figure these people aren't dangerous, they're a brigher version of people preaching in parking lots and tent revivals. Like they're harmless nuts, kind of warm and fuzzy. I don't think so but I do believe they are religious and this would be one super way of putting a lead shield between them and detection.
hance: for the record, i never claimed to have figured anything out when it comes to this mystery. And as far as I'm concerned, parking lot and tent revival preachers can be pretty dangerous :)
clue: Well, NAT, as far as I can follow your post, I agree with you.
near a terminal: 06.26.02
As long as my picture doesn't appear on the evening news I don't mind saying that a lot of the contributors are smarter than I am. So smart people, who wrote the quote about original sin and thermodynamics? I can't find it.
clue: THE SECOND LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS AND ENTROPY: There are some Creationists that attribute all physical death in our universe to Adam and Eve's original sin. They do not limit this absence of physical death to only human beings, but expand the concept to include all living creatures. Essentially, they believe that nothing died before Adam and Eve's infamous transgression. Generally, young-Earth Creationists embrace this belief, since life on planet Earth could not be sustained for millions of years before sin entered our universe. Some Creationists even associate a scientific process to help explain their rationale for this claim. They believe that Adam and Eve's sin initiated the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Under this law, the concept of "entropy" was formed. In the context that entropy is employed in this belief, what is being recognized is that all things tend to move from a state of "order" to a state of "disorder." Although this is neither the primary nor precise definition of entropy, it is an acceptable extrapolation of entropy's influence in nature. It is evident that virtually everything in nature does tend to "run down"; things do tend to move from a state of order to a state of disorder. All life on Earth ages over time; the sun is slowly consuming its fuel by radiating energy; the universe disperses its finite energy as it continues to expand. In a sense, these Creationists believe that when sin was introduced everything within our universe then began to move in a particular direction - that of increasing entropy (or "disorder") over time. It is true that any natural process contained within a closed system will distribute its energy in such a manner that its entropy will increase over time. This is essentially what the Second Law of Thermodynamics attempts to define.
"and turn the muddy water into wine" I can't find a quote, but I thought this was kind of interesting: http://www.canterburyfare.co.nz/new-zealand/wine/muddy-water-wine.htm "I've just returned from the salt, salt sea..." Francis J. Child's five volume work, The English and Scottish Popular Ballads (1882-1898), is considered by many as the "canon" of folk music. The collection consists of exhaustive research on over 300 ballads. This ballad, called House Carpenter is #243 in this collection. It is also known as James Harris, or the Daemon Lover. There are a couple different versions, but here is the English/Scottish one: Well met, well met, my own true love Well met, well met, cried he I've just returned from the salt, salt sea And it's all for the love of thee O I could have married the king's daughter dear And she would have married me But I have refused the crown of gold And it's all for the sake of thee If you could have married the king's daughter dear I'm sure you are to blame For I am married to the house carpenter And he is a fine young man If you'll forsake your house carpenter And come away with me I'll take you to where the grass grows green On the banks of the sweet Willie If I forsake my house carpenter And come away with thee What have you got to maintain me upon And keep me from slavery I've six ships sailing on the salt, salt sea A-sailing from dry land And a hundred and twenty jolly young men Shall be at thy command She picked up her poor wee babe And kisses gave him three Saying stay right here with the house carpenter And keep him good company They had not been at sea two weeks I'm sure it was not three When this poor maid began to weep And she wept most bitterly O do you weep for your gold, he said Your houses, your land, or your store? Or do you weep for your house carpenter That you never shall see anymore I do not weep for my gold, she said My houses, my land or my store But I do weep for my poor wee babe That I never shall see anymore They had not been at sea three weeks I'm sure it was not four When in their ship there sprang a leak And she sank to rise no more What hills, what hills are those, my love That are so bright and free Those are the hill of Heaven, my love But not for you and me What hills, what hills, are those, my love That are so dark and low Those are the hills of Hell, my love Where you and I must go
Martin Chemnitz, mentioned in the last paragraph of the text, between markers G21 and G22 was a Lutheran theologian. He was known as "The second Martin" in reference to Martin Luther. "If the second Martin (Chemnitz) had not come, the first Martin (Luther) would not have stood." An interesting link to the other themes in these pages is that a rival group, the "Crypto-Calvinists" called so because they had calvinist leanings, were refuted in his Chemnitz's works.yanka: 05.31.2004
I think the unfolded cube, followed by a nearly folded cube on the right, may be referring to the representation of a 3D cube in a 2D space. Continuing in that vein, here is a visual of an unfolded 4D cube: http://www.kaysdomain.com/4d/5.gif Somehow the references to multiple dimensions and 4x4 matrix, etc., make me think along the lines of "capacity to perceive things as they are" or "knowledge enables one to envision things otherwise beyond comprehension."
the map in the lower left that was unidentified in the chart that you put up is washington dc. the very bottom is the potomac river, and the chunk above it is a penisula known as the east potomac park. heres a link that has an aerial pic of the area, and a little history. linky
theres a box and arrow, and some handwritten script there, but its unreadable, even with various sharpening utilities in pshop. theres definetly some numbers in one area that looks like a zipcode, but thats about it. the arrow appears to be pointing to where the bridge meets the land. according to mapquest link there NOTHING there.
the upper right hand corner is columns of octals, they all appear to start 0x, but i cant see any pattern after that. of course, i cant make out all the numbers, but hey.
the lower right appears to be hebrew. the upper left is definitely standard letters, but i cant tell what language. it appears to be english, but i cant be sure.
Breitenfeld, I believe, is a town in central Germany that was sacked by the leader of forces opposing Gustavus Adolphus shortly before Adolphus defeated that particular force during the 30 years war in central Germany. The leader of these forces was a man called "Tilly." This was sometime in 1631 or 1632. But my history may be a bit fuzzy.
RE: "O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon" This is from Milton's poem Samson Agonistes (http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/samson/drama/index.shtml) And the Wikipedia entry might be helpful too - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samson_Agonistes "O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon, Irrecoverably dark, total Eclipse Without all hope of day!" Also, Milton was a supporter of Cromwell, who's pictured above.Charlie P.
I believe that Judson, in his 9.4.01 posting is correct. In addition to the many Bible quotes, these ads have contained quotes from Shakespeare, Aristotle (1-May-1992 and 1-May-1993), and Plutarch (22-November-1983), and many poems/songs, all of which have standardized systems for citing them. See (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephanus_pagination) and (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bekker_numbers).
"Old love rusts not; it dries out". The saying is attributed to a Flemish writer Julien De Valckenaere
This might be a bit whackadoodle (even in the light of our favorite mystery). "Muddy water turned to wine" is a lyric from ZZ Top's "Jesus Just Left Chicago"... Jesus just left Chicago and he's bound for New Orleans. Workin' from one end to the other and all points in between. Took a jump through Mississippi, well, muddy water turned to wine. Then out to California through the forests and the pines. Ah, take me with you, Jesus. You might not see him in person but he'll see you just the same. You don't have to worry 'cause takin' care of business is his name.