A recently discovered code from World War II found on a pigeon that was dead in some guy's chimney has Britain's top code-breakers completely stumped. David Martin, of Bletchingley, discovered the rotted pigeon corpse with a funny scarlet tube attached to its leg while he was cleaning his chimney. Turns out the bird was a carrier pigeon during World War II and no one knows what the heck that code says. Even Britain's super-secretive GCHQ code-breaking and communications interception unit couldn't crack it.
"But, like, we use computers, how can this even happen?" you're asking. The leading theory says this was probably a one time key used for specifically this code. If the sender and receiver were the only people to know the secret to deciphering it, then we're all out of luck and we'll never know what it says. Or, alternatively, if the code used here was for a specific mission, and the book has since been destroyed, then it's unlikely we'll ever know what it is.
Who knows? Maybe one of our readers can figure it out.
(Hint: our theory is it says, "I would love a roast beef sandwich for dinner, and tell your mother I love her. Do the laundry and I'll be home before dark." Oh, Dad.)
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