During WW1, the MI5 used Girl Guides to deliver secret messages. They used Girl Guides instead of Boy Scouts because they found out that Boy Scouts weren't efficient enough, boisterous and talkative. scotlandswar.co.uk/guides…
Harriet Tubman suffered a violent head injury as a child causing her to frequently slip into into sleep like states. These would produce vivid dreamlike hallucinations that Tubman interpreted as messages from god, to devote her life to freeing southern slaves through the Underground Railroad. folks.pillpack.com/brain-…
A strong radio signal from outer space was picked up by Ohio State University's radio telescope in 1977. The signal appeared to come from the constellation Sagittarius. The signal had no detectable message but remains the strongest candidate for an alien radio transmission ever detected en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wow…
In 2018, Domino's Pizza began their 'Paving for Pizza' campaign; $5000 was given to 20 public bodies to fund road repairs to ensure that pizzas were not spoiled during delivery. Each pothole would be sprayed with the Domino's logo and the message 'Oh yes we did' prweek.com/article/149734…
The youngest French resistance hero was a little boy who acted as a courier for resistance fighters, slipping past enemy patrols and carrying messages. In 1950, he was posthumously awarded the rank of sergeant of the resistance. He was Marcel Pinte, and he died for France at the age of 6. theguardian.com/world/202…
The Pan-American Coffee Bureau coined the phrase 'coffee break' in 1952, and ran a $2 million advertising campaign with the message that a 'coffee break' would give workers 'a needed moment of relaxation along with a caffeine jolt' herbmuseum.ca/content/inv…
Fans of Mass Effect trolled Bioware by sending them 400 cupcakes with the message "The cakes are vanilla, and so is all the icing... no matter what choice you make, it'll all have the same generic flavor." destructoid.com/stories/r…
"pareidolia" is the tendency to see something meaningful like a face or message in a random object or song or random beams of lights or shadows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
A Frenchman known as Richebourg, who measured 58 cm (1' 11") as an adult, was employed by the aristocracy to act as a secret agent during the French Revolution, dispatching messages into and out of Paris, whilst disguised as an infant and carried by his 'nurse' guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Today I learned about "foldering", a covert communications technique using emails saved as drafts in an account accessed by multiple people, and poses an extra challenge to detect because the messages are never sent. It has been used by Al Qaeda and drug cartels, amongst others. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fol…
Today I learned of Joe Kieyoomia, a Navajo American POW in WWII who survived the Bataan Death March and the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. His Japanese captors initially treated him worse because they thought he had Japanese ancestry, then they tried to get him to reveal the Navajo code talkers' messages. military.wikia.org/wiki/J…
The first ever cyber attack occurred in 1903, when magician and inventor Nevil Maskelyne hacked a wireless morse code message from John Ambrose Fleming. hackaday.com/2017/03/02/g…
Skywriting was invented by the Royal Air Force in World War I to send messages to troops on the ground. After the war, Pepsi built a fleet of skywriting biplanes. vox.com/the-goods/2019/5/…
JFK was stranded on a desert island during WWII, and eventually rescued thanks to a coconut he had carved a distress message into. He later displayed this coconut in the Oval Office. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The German invasion of Poland was originally planned for August 25th - at the last minute, Hitler delayed to September 1st, but one German unit didn't get the message and invaded on the 25th anyway - they were defeated and Hitler blamed the incident on an "insane individual" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jab…
The SMS data of 140 characters are so small that they're "free riders" -- they're embedded in the messages that cell towers and mobile phones send back and forth to each other anyway. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMS
The heart has its own "mini-brain" which can not only regulate the heart itself, but also send messages to, and influence, our brain. heartmath.org/research/sc…
In 1987, an engineer used a new computer program β€œrwall” to send a message to his university server. Instead, the program broadcasted the message to every user on the internetβ€”including the Pentagon. catless.ncl.ac.uk/Risks/4…
During WW2, Pepsi arranged mobile recording booths to record messages from soldiers onto vinyl records that were then sent to their families back home. libblogs.luc.edu/wla/2016…
18th century France developed a visual telegraph system. Using a series of towers topped with adjustable beams that would display a message and instructions on the next tower to relay it to, messages could be sent across the country in a mere matter of hours, long before electricity. bbc.com/news/magazine-229…
Grahame Greene was obsessed with eunuchs', and once replied to an invite from British Intelligence. Using the coded message "Like the eunuch I can’t come”. villagemagazine.ie/passin…
Today I learned of erotomania, a delusional disorder in which a person believes another person, often famous or important, is in love with them. The person suffering from this delusion might think the person of interest is sending them subliminal messages. This disorder is most often seen in women. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ero…
Adam Sandler's movie "50 First Dates" inspired a real therapy program in which patients with early dementia watch every morning a video message of support from their loved ones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50_…
In 1990, Judas Priest was sued over a suicide pact made by two young men in Nevada. The lawsuit by their families claimed that their album Stained Class contained hidden messages. The case was dismissed by the judge for insufficient evidence of placement of subliminal messages on the record. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bac…
George Washington used Shooters Island, a 43-acre (17 ha) uninhabited island at the southern end of Newark Bay, as a drop-off point for messages, and the place became a haven for spies during the revolutionary war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
Last major news item to be delivered to the world by runner was the climbing of Mt. Everest by Norgay and Hillary. This necessitated the message to be encoded β€” "Snow conditions bad stop advanced base abandoned yesterday stop awaiting improvement". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/195…
In 2017 in Australia, an "unsent text message with a smiley face" was ruled to be a legally binding last will and testament smh.com.au/national/unsen…
Creeper was the first ever computer virus and it was designed to move between DEC PDP-10 computers running TENEX OS using the ARPANET. While it wouldn't cause any damages, it would print out a message on the connected teletype that says "I'm the creeper, catch me if you can". And this was 1971. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cre…
When Alexander was a boy, his tutor chastised him for burning too much incense at Gods' altars. After conquering Gaza, a major frankincense producer then, Alexander sent 500 talents of frankincense back to the old man in Macedonia, with the message: "Now you can stop short-changing the gods." redlandsdailyfacts.com/20…
In 2011, a Japanese company released a motorcycle that runs on "biogas" - human faeces - with the seat featuring a built-in toilet, and a giant roll of toilet paper mounted at the rear end. The motorcycle can also play music, write messages in the air using residual light imagery, and talk cnet.com/news/toilet-moto…
In WW2, US used Native Americans for message encryption. They were called "code talkers" as they simply talked in their native language for transmitting the messages. This allowed fast communication over open channels as enemy was unable to break this code. Was crucial in winning the war. britannica.com/topic/code…
Many Chinese soldiers that came into contact with protestors at Tiananmen Square refused to open fire on civilians. One official even refused to obey orders by pretending he didn't receive any messages. There was even infighting between the various units over violence against civilians. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peo…
The notification tone for an incoming message in the early Nokia handsets: three short beeps (dot dot dot), two long ones (dash dash), and three short beeps (dot dot dot) is the Morse code for "SMS - Short Message Service." textmagic.com/blog/the-hi…
Today I learned about the Creeper computer worm. Created in 1971, it is thought to be the first self-replicating computer virus. The program was not malicious since it didn't damage data, but it did display a message on the teletype that said, "I'm the creeper: catch me if you can." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rea…
The light atop a Hollywood record company building has been quietly blinking-out messages in Morse code since first being turned-on in 1956 --by Morse's own granddaughter. (The default message is one word, but it once revealed an album release date: β€œKaty Perry. Prism. October 22, 2013.") atlasobscura.com/places/c…
That 'The Dark Crystal' is largely inspired by Jim Hensen's obsession with a new age prophet Jane Roberts, who claimed to be sending messages from an extradimensional being named of 'Seth.' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In World War II, a group of witches gathered in the New Forest of England to harness a 'cone of power', in order to stage a magical assault on the mind of Adolf Hitler, sending a message to him that the Germans would not be able to cross the Channel en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
The first message sent across the Transatlantic Telegraph Cable, on August 16, 1858, read, "Directors of Atlantic Telegraph Company, Great Britain, to Directors in America:β€”Europe and America are united by telegraph. Glory to God in the highest; on earth peace, good will towards men." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
Backmasking is a recording technique in which a sound or message is recorded backward onto a track that is meant to be played forward. The Beatles were involved in the spread of backmasking both as a recording technique and as the center of a controversy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bac…
Today I learned about UVB-76, an unexplained Russian shortwave radio station that broadcasts a single tone constantly along with cryptic voice messages. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UVB…
In 2013, San Diego's City Attorney prosecuted a man for writing anti-bank messages in washable chalk on a public sidewalk. He faced 13 counts of vandalism and thousands of dollars in restitution. The jury acquitted him of all charges. sandiegoreader.com/weblog…
In 2010, the Colombian government successfully transmitted a Morse message to their captive soldiers by composing a song popular enough to hit local top 40 radio and disguising the Morse Code in a synth interlude exploratorium.edu/blogs/t…
In 1963 the first message sent on the Moscow–Washington hotline was the test phrase "THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPED OVER THE LAZY DOG'S BACK 1234567890". Later, the confused Russian translators responded, "What does it mean when your people say 'The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog'?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
During WWII JFK was stranded in the solomon islands, and ended up carving a message into a coconut, that a native delivered to the nearest US base and saved his life smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned about Rags, a stray mutt found by a U.S. soldier in WWI, Rags became the mascot of the 1st Infantry Division after he saved hundreds of lives by running messages under fire. When Rags was injured he was sent to a field hospital with an order from HQ "The dog gets attention same as soldiers" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rag…
Today I learned of the documentary Defilada. It is a Polish documentary with an anti-totalitarian message against North Korea, yet was well-received in the country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Def…
When Milka chocolate launched in France, they removed a single square from 13 million chocolate bars. Consumers received a code to enter online, where they could either send the missing piece - with a personalized message - to a friend, or enter their own address to have the piece sent to them blog.hubspot.com/marketin…
Nautical flags are not the ship's national flags but actual messages to other ships. knowledgeofsea.com/nautic…
The Toynbee tiles are cryptic messages of unknown origin. Hundreds of tiles are embedded in streets of major US and South American cities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy…

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