Monday, September 10, 2012

A New Monday Mystery...!

Hunting down these different mysteries for Monday is entertaining, to say the least!

I had no idea that there were so many unsolved mysteries out there that folks were still working on and yet remain unsolved! I wonder if you can get a government grant for that kind of study?


Beale Ciphers

The Beale Ciphers are a set of three ciphertexts that supposedly reveal the location of one of the grandest buried treasures in U.S. history: thousands of pounds of gold, silver and jewels. The treasure was originally obtained by a mysterious man named Thomas Jefferson Beale in 1818 while prospecting in Colorado.

Of the three ciphertexts, only the second one has been cracked. Interestingly, the U.S. Declaration of Independence turned out to be the key — a curious fact given that Beale shares his name with the author of the Declaration of Independence.

The cracked text does reveal the county where the treasure was buried: Bedford County, Va., but its exact location is likely encrypted in one of the other uncracked ciphers. To this day, treasure hunters scour the Bedford County hillsides digging (often illegally) for the loot.


Anyone feel up to a treasure hunt? (I know you do, Dizzy!) Might be fun and just think of all the exercise we'll get!

Coffee on the patio this morning with some fried apple pies on the side! Sound good?

7 comments:

aHunkaHunkaBurningLove said...

Shouldn't the super nano computers they are trying to make be able to crack them? Ive heard that they potentially will be so fast that no code ever made could not be broken........I guess that means all codes that were not made by a super nano computer. Have you ever done a blog about the american "ruin stones"? I believe there was a good one found in Minasota and several found in Arkansas of all places.

Phyllis (N/W Jersey) said...

Another good one to look up Mr. Hermit. You sure do keep us busy!!!
It's apple season way up here - I'll bring 'ya some. Apple fritters tomorrow!

Sunnybrook Farm said...

The guy who printed the story was a real hoax maker. None of it fits logically, the weight of the iron pots alone, then the gold, it was brought across the country to Bedford county? The trs; treasure is the continued rewriting of the story to make money.

linda m said...

I'm always game for a good treasure hunt. I even gave a half hearted attempt at the Lost Dutchman Mine in AZ. Fried apple pie sounds delicious.

Dizzy-Dick said...

I will put fresh batteries in my metal detector and we can be off to Virginia. Did you know the reason that not much of the gold (or treasure in this case) in the east is because it is all private land with no BLM like they have out west.

JOJO said...

You mean to tell me no one has written a book about this or maybe they have I will look to see. You know me, want to dig into everything. Usually they are a hoax but fun non the less.

Fried apple pie? never had that so I'm in. :)

Sixbears said...

Nothing like a treasure hunt to get the blood flowing.