Mystery of the Day: The American Flags Atop the Brooklyn Bridge Were for Some Reason Replaced With White Flags

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Mystery of the Day: The American Flags Atop the Brooklyn Bridge Were for Some Reason Replaced With White Flags
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The motive for the act remains unclear.

"At this time, it appears (the act) has no particular nexus to terrorism," Miller said. "This may be somebody's art project, or may be an attempt to make some kind of statement. But it's not clear what that statement is."

"The white flags -- which appear to be American flags that were bleached white and measure 20 feet by 11 feet -- were discovered by construction workers around 5:30 a.m."

Encryption of the Day: The Internet Helps Solve a Mystery Code From a Dying Woman

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Encryption of the Day: The Internet Helps Solve a Mystery Code From a Dying Woman
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A cancer-ridden women who died decades ago left a series of index cards with indeciphierable ramblings on the backs of them to her grandchildren before her passing. Now fully grown, those grandchildren have turned to the internet in hopes that they can get help in solving what they beiieve is some form of code.

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.

After making the post on Metafilter, parts of the encryption seemed to have been already solved. It appeared to users that the woman was partly writing prayers through her code.

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."

OFWAIHHBTNTKCTWBDOEAIIIHFUTDODBAFUOT
AWFTWTAUALUNITBDUFEFTITKTPATGFAEA

Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name... etc etc etc

Check out the entire thread here to see if you can figure it out!

Dog Logic of the Day: Pooches Point North and South When the Pee

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Dog Logic of the Day: Pooches Point North and South When the Pee
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Scientists recently discovered that dogs prefer aligning their bodies with the Earth's magnetic field when relieving themselves.

According to a study published in Frontiers in Zoology, 70 dogs out of 37 different breeds were observed taking care of business over 7,400 times (sounds like a fun job...). The dogs showed a preference of positioning themselves with the north-south axis. Results of the study found that they not only prefer facing the north-south direction, but also deliberately avoid aligning themselves in an east-west position.

Who knew your dog would come in handy as a compass every time it drops a deuce? I guess that gives one more reason to call them "Man's Best Friend."

Didn't See That Coming of the Day: @Horse_ebooks & Pronunciation Book Turn Out to be a Video Art Project

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In an unexpected turn of events, BuzzFeed's creative director Jacob Bakkila outed his himself as the voice behind the famous @Horse_ebooks Twitter spambot to launch his new art project titled "Bears Stearns Bravo," a choose-your-own-adventure video formed in collaboration with Pronunciation Book blogger Thomas Bender. The duo held a bizarre promotional event this morning at the Fitzroy Gallery in New York City's Lower East Side, where they sat in chairs answering phone calls while reading off sheets of paper before abruptly hanging up on the callers. The project has been in the works for the past several years, The New Yorker reports, and serves as a bittersweet endpoint for both the Pronunciation Book and @Horse_ebooks feeds.

Full Circle of the Day: U.S. Government Admits the Existence of Area 51

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Full Circle of the Day: U.S. Government Admits the Existence of Area 51
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At last, although to almost no one's surprise, the U.S. government formally acknolwedged the existence of Area 51 and disclosed the location of the base in newly declassified CIA documents, thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted nearly ten years ago by the National Security Archives' senior fellow Jeffrey T. Richelson. While there are no mentions of housing aliens, UFOs or other extraterrestrial artifacts, the documents do indicate that the base served as a testing ground for the military's aerial surveillance programs and equipments, including the world famous U-2 spy planes, essentially supporting what many UFO skeptics have speculated about the true identity of UFO sightings in the surrounding area.