Delivery to my office 12.22.2004. I've been so busy I had to practically schedule time to brush my teeth, let alone handle this mayday stuff, so I'm about a month late.

Delivery contents:

address slip
Here's the CD case open..
The CD contained 3 tracks:
Raw track #1 'Track5' (WAV)
Raw track #2 'Track7' (WAV)
Raw track #3 'Track15' (WAV)
A hunk of white chocolate (back)
A hunk of white chocolate (front)
A page (German?)
$40 in $1 coins (15 sacajawea, 25 susan b anthonys)
the coins were in this - stapled Dec 21 edition of the Investor's Business Daily

Click here to submit a clue for this page.

clue:  hey bry, i shot you an email.  did you get it?

also, also, you say you got this the 22nd?  was it mailed, or hand delivered?  cause thats one hell of a turn around time unless it
were sent overnight.  it was the prevuious days paper that the coins were in.  look at the value of the dollar on that paper, im
thinking.  that, or...   40 pieces of silver.....  cept, some are golden.  hmm. and the cd files arent there.  the link may be
there, but the files arent.  could you email them to me maybe? if its not a trouble. 


clue:  ohh, i know youre going to get a lot of emails regarding the chocolate.  some people will mention that white chocolate isnt
chocolate, some are going to remark on price, or poundage, some are going to talk about the company, its logo, the bird, its
founder, where he came from  (spain, irrc) his connection to gold (he was the first shop opened at the strike at sutters mill, if
memory serves) some will talk about how chocolate is made, some will remark on where the beans come from, there will be someone, im
sure, who will remark on cocoa beans / cocaine.  

i think the whole thing is a red err, white herring.  except that thats not a bad price for ghiradelli white.

bhance: I screwed up the links to the audio, they are fixed now.

Antero 01.19.2005

clue:  How odd, I sang the first song in high school!

The Boar's Head Carol

The boar's head in hand bear I,
Bedecked with bays and rosemary;
And I pray you, my masters, be merry,
Quot estis in convivio;
Caput apri defero, Reddens laudes Domino.

The boar's head, as I understand,
Is the rarest dish in all this land,
Which thus bedecked with a gay garland,
Let us servire cantico;
Caput apri defero, Reddens laudes Domino.

Our steward hath provided this,
In honour of the King of bliss,
Which on this day to be served is,
In Reginensi atrio;
Caput apri defero, Reddens laudes Domino.

They skip the third verse.  We did as well. 

The tracks come from Songs of Angels - Christmas Hymns and Carols, with the highly regarded Robert Shaw and his chamber singers.*

Track 7:  Masters In This Hall
Masters in this Hall, Hear ye news to-day
Brought from over sea, And ever I you pray:

Nowell! Nowelll Nowell!
Nowell, sing we clearl
Holpen are all folk on earth,
Born is God's son so dear:
Nowell! Nowell! Nowell!
Nowell, sing we loudl
God today hath poor folk raised
And cast a-down the proud.

Going o'er the hills, Through the milk-white snow,
Heard I ewes bleat While the wind did blow
Then to Bethlem town We went two and two,
And in a sorry place Heard the oxen low


Therein did we see a sweet and goodly may
And a fair old man, Upon the straw she lay
And a little child On her arm had she,
'Wot ye who this is?' Said the hinds to me


This is Christ the Lord, Masters be ye glad!
Christmas is come in, And no folk should be sad


Track 15: Fum Fum Fum

Lots of various lyrics for this, the ones used are:

On December five and twenty, Fum, Fum, Fum!
On December five and twenty, Fum, Fum, Fum!
On, a child was born this night,
So rosy white, so rosy white.
Son of Mary, Virgin Holy,
In a stable mean and lowly, Fum, Fum, Fum!

On December five and twenty, Fum, Fum, Fum!
On December five and twenty, Fum, Fum, Fum!
On December^s most important day,
Let us be gay, let us be gay!
We go first to church and then
We have the sweetest buns and candy, Fum, Fum, Fum!

God will send us days of feasting, Fum, Fum, Fum!
God will send us days of feasting, Fum, Fum, Fum!
Both in hot months and in cold,
For young and old, For young and old,
When we tell the Holy Story,
Ever singing of his glory, Fum, Fum, Fum!

So, that's my choir coming in handy.  Doesn't seem like the most significant clue so far, though.  =P

Juls 01.19.2005
Track #1 is a rendition of 'The Boar's Head Carol' - a traditional English carol, the first published version known is dated
1521 (a number of versions exist) - words follow, though the reference, I suspect, may mainly be to the 'Pigs' and serving their
heads up on a plate (setting them up so that they will be prosecuted / neutralised / taken out in some manner).  Lyrics follow:  

The boar^s head in hand bring I,
Bedeck'd with bays and rosemary.
I pray you, my masters, be merry
   Quot estis in convivio

Caput apri defero
Reddens laudes Domino

2. The boar's head, as I understand,
Is the rarest dish in all this land,
Which thus bedeck'd with a gay garland
   Let us servire cantico.

Caput apri defero
Reddens laudes Domino

3. Our steward hath provided this
In honor of the King of Bliss;
Which, on this day to be served is
   In Reginensi atrio.

Caput apri defero
Reddens laudes Domino.

Also - "annually sung on Christmas Day at Queen's College, Oxford, where the custom of bringing the boar's head to table on that
day has been uninterruptedly maintained."

Track #2 - 'Masters In This Hall' (French tune, English lyrics by William Morris, several versions exist)

Lyrics here:

Track #3 - 'Fum, Fum, Fum' - Catalan Carol (several versions exist) 

Lyrics here:

Catalan has come up in the announcements of course but this one brought to mind the skeleton guy with his "fee, figh, foh, fum, I
smell the blood of a Pelagian" here: 


clue:  The Choccie: In the Revelation of St John, 4:7, are described the 'four living creatures' - 7.  "The first creature was like
a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face like that of a man, and the fourth creature was like
a flying eagle."  Firstly, the white chocolate that you received has an eagle on it - this may indicate that the material received
here relates especially to the 4th level if we use the ordering given in Revelations, and they do seem to be flagging that book up
at present with the calendar pages.  Secondly, just a note that these four creatures are linked to the 4 elements of Fire (via
Leo), Earth (via Taurus), Water and Air respectively (IIRC another version has the Eagle as water via an alternative depiction of
the constellation of Scorpio which is a water sign, and Man as Air being Aquarius the water carrier which is an Air sign).  This
would give one possible means of dividing into the four levels the astro chart in the latest announcement.

Mike: 01.21.2005
While you can find it other places, alot of that broken brick Ghirardelli chocolate is sold at the Ghirardelli Square
Chocolate Shop  in San Francisco, within a 15 minute walk of The Embarcadero.
My reading of German is poor, but I'm thinking the Page describes (in german) the "changes in expression" of different translations
of the bible in hebrew. It is probably connected to the to the topics brought up earlier by Orlinsky and the Kethib/Qere.
I noticed that in comparing Kethib/Qere that Genesis 8:17 is the first point in which the two texts differ.

Eri 01.22.2004
Regarding the recordings, obviously they're snippets of Christmas carols. And I have to confess that it was very easy to
google up the titles based on parts of the lyrics. (I always go after the easy clues!) I'm guessing that they all go back to the
16th century at least. Coincidentally, around Xmas time I listened to a local public radio show about these early carols, and I
recall the expert's commentary that the carols would be sung by ordinary people and as such would sound a lot more raucous and
out of tune than these recordings. 

#1 ('Track5') is The Boar's Head Carol -

#2 ('Track7') is Masters in this Hall -

#3 ('Track15') is Fum, Fum, Fum -

Now, if someone out there can pin down the actual recordings, I'll be really impressed!

The German pages - I expect someone else will have done more with these than I have, but I'll post what I've figured out
so far anyway. I don't speak German but from what I can see and from running the odd bit through Babelfish, it looks like it's
some work of Biblical exegesis.  Habakukk appears to be mentioned - the fact that it's mentioned suggests it's not the focus but
that a reference or comparison is being made with those books.  There are three, very short, books of Habakukk and they seem to
be prophetic and are reminiscent of Revelations - at a *GUESS* I would suggest that the work is an interpretation or somesuch of
Revelations.  I'm hoping someone with some German can open that up for us a bit. :)

This is just me trying to figure out what info the coins are intended to convey - not being American I had to look some
pretty basic stuff up.
Susan B. Anthony - born in Adams, Massachusetts - could be pointing out the place but seems unlikely. Sarawajea, according to
 is noted for assisting the "Lewis and Clark expedition from the Northern Great Plains to the Pacific Ocean and back" and had a
child named 'Jean Baptiste' - but I doubt whether that has any significance here.  The prevailing popular trend of moving from
'women's rights' to 'indigenous rights' shows up in the coins but is again, of doubtful relevance.

The dates of issue may be pertinent:  the Susan B. Anthony dollars were first issued in 1979 which is 25 years prior to 2004,
there are 25 of them - so if we take that and look at the issue date of the Sacajawea dollars, which is 2000, and there are 15
of them, then they could be pointing to the year 2015 as being of some significance - perhaps it is a target date for completion
of some operation maybe.  The Eagle - also features on the chocolate, so maybe they're saying take note of the Eagles - on the
Susan B Anthony dollars, the form of the Eagle is continued from a previous issue with Eisenhower on it, and is depicted as
'landing / standing on the moon' - on the later Sacajawea dollars, the Eagle is in full flight.  That might be interpreted as
indicating a move from a static position to a fully active one (standing to full flight), or something that might be understood
in an analogous way by 'moving closer to Earth but still up in the air'.  Other than that, I think we're playing around with
numbers again - 40, 25, 15.  Dates of coins seem to have had possible significance previously, I don't know if it would be
worthwhile noting the dates - myself I don't feel that it would be of much use in this particular case, I saw that there were
only 4 issues years for the Susan B. Anthony dollars anyway: 1979, 1980, 1981 & 1999 (is that right?) - might be worth checking
the announcements for those years for correspondences though. 
Regards, Juls.

Mike 01.27.2005
I've managed to track down the source of the music files.They are all taken from Robert Shaw and the Robert Shaw
Chamber Singers CD Songs of Angels: Christmas Hymns and Carols. You can listen to some brief clips by searching for it

Track 5 is Boars Head Carol a traditional English Carol which I heard performed once at an SCA event.
Track 7 is Masters in this Hall a French Morris tune.
Track 15 is Fum, Fum, Fum a traditional Catalan tune.

The lyrics for each of these can be found by googling the titles.

Janelle 01.28.2005
I have only just started looking at this site, so someone may have mentioned it before as it is not very
obscure, but South Africa, Australia, SF and gold seem to be a theme and I just wanted to point out that major gold
rushes took place in all of these locales.

Steve B 01.30.2005
clue:  CD tracks from Songs of Angels Robert Shaw - Robert Shaw singers
Track 5 from album - Boar's Head Carol
Track 7 from album - Masters in the Hall
Track 15 from album - Fum Fum Fum 

Mike 01.31.2005
I think I've tracked down the source of the page in German  It seems to match a description I got of "Studien
zum Habakuk - Kommentar vom Toten Meer" by Karl Elliger (1953) The title translates to "Studies on the Habakuk -
Comentary of the Dead Sea". The chapter and section headings translate to " 5. Speaking and style of the
interpretation" and "Change of the expression". Not sure how, but it probably ties back to the Orlinsky reference

Juls 03.19.2005
Re Mike's last clue (31/01/05) and the German pages. The book Mike identified certainly does seem a likely candidate from
what I've so seen about it.  The Dead Sea connection fits - we've had stuff about the Dead Sea scrolls before and we had the
commemorative Qumran coin that was delivered a while back.  While looking for more info on Elliger and his book I came across the
following article which may explain some of where these guys are coming from with what appears to be their support of Luther and
their hostility to Rome:

The article is worth a read anyway, it only refers once to the work of Elliger mind, in that respect it has the following to say:
"Both the Qumran sect and Christianity claimed that they lived at or near the end-time, and both shared a common hermeneutic
whereby to understand Scripture: (1) Scripture spoke to the end-time; (2) they lived at the end of time; and (3) therefore
Scripture spoke directly to them through special revelation." - and in footnote - "This was already discerned by Karl Elliger in
Studien zum Habakkuk-Kommentar vom Toten Meer (Tubingen: Mohr, 1953)." From some of what the freaks come out with ISTM, maybe they
reckon they're receiving a bit of that "direct revelation" themselves... ;)

Juls 03.25.2005
clue:  Coins - 15 & 25 = 1525
1525 - creation of Duchy of Prussia, flag of Prussia bore an eagle - some info on that here:

This was German land that had fallen under Polish rule, it had belonged to the Teutonic Order.  The Eagle was the crest of the
Teutonic Order, in 1525 the order was secularised by the Grand Master, Albrecht von Brandenburg.
1525 - this was also the time of the German peasant's revolt - Luther was NOT a supporter of the peasants, he voiced something of
the like that they should be kept in their place.

"The twelve Articles drafted by the Swabian peasants, March 1525, is the best known manifesto of the Peasants' War of 1524-1526.
Relying on the Gospel, the peasants demanded free election of the clergy, abolition of serfdom, permission to hunt and fish, free
use of the forests, and reduction of their burdens. The document went through twenty-five printings within a few weeks. At the
collapse of the revolt all copies were confiscated. This is a rare surviving copy of the pamphlet."

"Soon he return to Wittenberg and when the German Peasant Rebellion moved toward culmination in 1525, Luther turned violently
against their efforts. He rejected much of their theology and all of their lawlessness. It is in this period that the reformer
worked out most of his own theological thoughts in several treatises; On Christian Liberty, 1519; To the Christian Nobility, 1520;
The Babylonian Captivity of the Church, 1520; On the Bondage of the Will, 1525; the Small Catechism, 1529; and much of the Augsburg
Confession, 1530 though Luther's irascible manner made him unwelcome to the Imperial Diet."

Oh aye, and Luther got married to Katherina von Bora in 1525.

I'm not sure about 'Masters in This Hall' but the other two carols were current around this time, 'Fum, Fum, Fum' is C16th, a
version of the Boar's Head Carol is known to have been published in 1521.
Angels, millstones, Albrecht Durer (1471-1528, geometry, maths and more - interesting article here (pdf):