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I heard about the so-called Fermilab Shoemaker Cryptogram via Cosmic Variance. It was a letter received by Fermilab in 2007 by an unknown author. Two sections have been decoded. Just for fun I programmed this page to convert to and from the two codes used.

Anything except letters and spaces are ignored. A period is dealt with in good old telegraph fashion to allow for messages longer than a sentence, but no other punctuation survives. No guarantees are made, but if you think something needs to be fixed give me a shout and I’ll see what I can do.

Warning: include(/home/boob5968/www/database/fermicode.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/jnebula/booberfish.com/wp-content/plugins/runPHP/runPHP.php(410) : eval()’d code on line 1

Warning: include(): Failed opening ‘/home/boob5968/www/database/fermicode.php’ for inclusion (include_path=’/home/jnebula/booberfish.com/wp-content/plugins/openid/lib:.:/usr/local/lib/php:/usr/local/php5/lib/pear’) in /home/jnebula/booberfish.com/wp-content/plugins/runPHP/runPHP.php(410) : eval()’d code on line 1

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  1. [...] a simple program to encode and decode the two codes used in the Fermilab letter. It can be found here. An example of its output: ||| ||| | || ||| || ||| ||| ||| ||| || ||| | ||| ||| || ||| ||| || ||| | [...]

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