Are The Three Biggest Internet Mysteries Related?
There are a lot of mysteries in the world around us, and the internet isn’t left out in this. Mysteries appeal to the thirst for knowledge and love for suspense that exists in all of us. In this article, we would be discussing the biggest internet mysteries that have remained unsolved. Take note that these mysteries are real and not borne out of mere conspiracy. They have been documented, and at least of them have changed the world.
The Markovian Parallax Denigrate – First Internet Mystery
This first mystery is way before the invention of the worldwide web when arguments were won not based on facts but by who has the loudest voice. There was an internet community at this time called UseNet and it was a chat forum. Just like other chat forums today, there were huge flame wars, incendiary posts, trolls, and also a liberal smattering of Godwin’s law. Everything was interrupted in august 1996 when a mysterious spam fest hit the community.
Hundreds of posts flooded the forum and they were titled “Markovian Parallax”. Each post was made of gibberish and it continued until one user described it as having reached an almost transcendent level of bizarre.
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The internet wasn’t as available as it is now, so many of the users at that time were scientists and they were intrigued by the strange posts. They looked like they were encrypted but no one could crack it and figure out what the message was.
Since no one could solve that internet mystery, it was all but forgotten until 2006, when a Wikipedia page on the mystery came to life. A new generation had tried to crack the mystery but without success. Only one message that reads “Markovian Parallax Denigrate” is available in Google’s archives:
“jitterbugging McKinley Abe break Newtonian inferring caw update Cohen
air collaborate rue sportswriting rococo invocate tousle shadflower
Debby Stirling pathogenesis escritoire adventitious novo ITT most
chairperson Dwight Hertzog different pinpoint dunk McKinley pendant
firelight Uranus episodic medicine ditty craggy flogging variac
brotherhood Webb impromptu file countenance inheritance cohesion
refrigerate morphine napkin inland Janeiro nameable yearbook hark”
It gets even weirder as the name on the sender’s email is Susan Lindauer. She was arrested in 2004 after being accused of serving as an agent under Saddam Hussein. No one has been able to unravel the mystery yet.
Who Is Satoshi Nakamoto?
A lot of rumors exist that try to connect the mystery behind the founder of bitcoin and the cicada puzzle. It’s based on the fact that they both came up at about the same time, and are primarily based on cryptography.
Satoshi Nakamoto was the name that invented bitcoin protocol and published a paper in November 2008 via the cryptography mailing list. No one knows who he or she is, or if it’s the name of a group. Satoshi Nakamoto is a secret identity and that’s all anyone knows.
Satoshi also has a million bitcoins to its name. this amount has been valued to be US$1 billion in the past and has never been touched by the owner. The last time anyone heard from Satoshi was in the spring of 2011 when he said he had moved on to other things. He worked with a lot of people on bitcoin’s open-source platform but never revealed anything personal about himself.
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So the question everybody has been asking remains. Who is Satoshi Nakamoto? Where did he come from? Why doesn’t he need the million bitcoin to his name? why disappear after inventing a currency that has changed the world? Could it be just one person? It’s all a mystery that has puzzled many.
A recent claim by Wired stated that an Australian by the name Craig Wright is Satoshi Nakamoto. The claim has however been refuted due to inconsistencies in Wright’s past plus a court case with the Aussie taxman.
Cicada 3301 – Top Secret Treasure Hunt
Among all of the internet mysteries, Cicada 3301 is considered as the most mysterious.
On the 5th of September 2012, an anonymous user on 4chan posted the following message on a random (/b/) board:
“Hello. We are looking for highly intelligent individuals. To find them, we have devised a test. There is a message hidden in this image. Find it, and it will lead you on the road to finding us. We look forward to meeting the few that will make it all the way through. Good luck. 3301”
Contained in the bug is hidden, a location to the next puzzle which leads to another and another in a continuous cycle. A message like this has continued to pop up every year around January 5th and what makes it different from the other riddle in Markovian Parallax Denigrate is that it has been solved in a way.
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A wiki community exists that is dedicated to the conundrum and people help themselves in solving riddles. The solutions to this are very complex and some locations are physical around the planet. It points to the assumption that the Cicada challenge is run by an influential person or group of persons.
The mysterious part to it all is that only a few have successfully solved the puzzle and once they do, they vanish from the internet. Even those who would give an update as they unravel clues and get closer to the end stop posting altogether when they get to the end. No more posts. No more online presence. Nothing. And so the mystery continues and even gets more complicated. Why do the geniuses who solve the mystery disappear? What comes next? What has happened to the sleuths?
Could all these internet mysteries be related? If yes, who is behind them all? In all three cases, the CIA has been cited and it’s possible as they have the resources to put all of these together. Unfortunately, all these are assumptions and there are no conclusive answers yet. These mysteries are real-life happenings and have remained unsolved for years. They have been put together by real people but the answer remains, who?