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Decades old mystery solved within 15 minutes on the Internet

January 23rd, 2014 10:26 am by Interesting stories we found around the web

Decades old mystery solved within 15 minutes on the Internet

Photo by Ask Metafilter user JannaK

If you have ever wondered about the power of the internet, look no further than this story. 

For decades, a family had been trying to figure out some index cards left by their cancer stricken grandmother. So the granddaughter posted a thread on Ask Metafilter

Here is a sample of what she said in the thread:

My grandmother passed away in 1996 of a fast-spreading cancer. She was non-communicative her last two weeks, but in that time, she left at least 20 index cards with scribbled letters on them. My cousins and I were between 8-10 years old at the time, and believed she was leaving us a code. We puzzled over them for a few months trying substitution ciphers, and didn't get anywhere.

The cards seemingly contain just random letters. But within 15 minutes of being on Metafilter, an answer came from the user harperpitt. The user realized that the grandmother was saying prayers using only the first letter. 

Here is a sample of what the user said:

Was she a religious woman? The last As, as well as the AAA combo, make me think of "Amen, amen, amen." So extrapolating -- TYAGF = "Thank you Almighty God for..."

It would make sense to end with "Thank you, Almighty God, for everything, Amen - Thank you, Almighty God, for everything, Amen, Amen, Amen."

Take a look at the thread here


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