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  • Red Herrings and Coincidences

    I thought I'd start this thread, for a couple reasons:
    1) Some of the red herrings and coincidences people find are hilarious and cool, but not everyone finds them
    2) To maybe take some of the load of LosT

    So, have you found anything neat/cool/hilarious in your quest for registration?
    Do you have evidence that LosT hacked YouTube just to mess with us?
    Want to post a guess you made that was not correct, so multiple attempts don't overload LosT?

    Let me start off. I thought this was kind of funny:

    1990 (only number in the YouTube titles, and it's in the first title)
    xor (OR IGNORE) -> OR EXCLUDE -> EXCLUSIVE OR
    999 (a palindrome and my guess)
    equals 1057

    So, is LosT the devil, upside down? Apparently not. Wrong answer. :(
    Last edited by PunkAB; May 19, 2010, 11:36.

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    Re: Red Herrings and Coincidences

    Here are a couple I recorded:

    If you assume A = 0, B = 1, C = 2, etc.

    sumofletters(PUMPUPTHEVOLUMETRAILER) = 0b100011101
    sumofletters(REPOTHEGENETICOPERAATTHEOPERATONIGHT) = 0b101110011

    If you drop the "C" in GENETIC, you get two strings that the are same coming and going: 100011101 101110001
    Or another interesting palindrome:

    If you assume A = 0, B = 1, C = 2, etc.

    Take just the YouTube titles of movie-related videos:

    PUMPUPTHEVOLUMETRAILER
    TWINSTONIGHTISYOURNIGHTBRO
    UHFWHEELOFFISH
    BANCHIKWANGTHEFOULKING
    THEYCALLMEBRUCE
    SINGINGINTHERAINMOSESSUPPOSES
    REPOTHEGENETICOPERAATTHEOPERATONIGHT

    Sum all of the letters and you get 0b11100100111 ... already a palindrome!

    But my, by far, absolute favorite:

    In the first place, take the first letter of the first, second, and so forth words (PWTTUBAJTDSBDSR, UALTWTVMCFBISIT, etc.).

    Add up the individual sums using the ASCII values of the letters.

    Dec Binary
    1159 10010000111
    1160 10010001000
    1056 10000100000
    1103 10001001111
    602 1001011010

    The first four numbers can be corrected to binary palindromes by adding 2, 1, 1, and 2, respectively. (Of note that the correction is itself a palindrome, a reflection of 18 (as in Defcon) expressed in hexadecimal), and the fifth number, in decimal, is our check sum 602. One of the resulting palindromes is our favorite number 1057.

    And just for kicks, the number of bits that don't require correction in the four binary palindromes happens to be (3.14 / 4)%.
    (Now someone will probably yell at me again for bringing up pi ... it's a red herring. Pi is not part of the answer. Or, more accurately, there is an answer that does not involve pi.)

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    • #3
      Re: Red Herrings and Coincidences

      what method did you use beyond the first two words? 'Doll Face' only has two words to have first letters in.
      It's not stupid, it's advanced.

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      • #4
        Re: Red Herrings and Coincidences

        Originally posted by YenTheFirst View Post
        what method did you use beyond the first two words? 'Doll Face' only has two words to have first letters in.
        I simply didn't include letters that didn't exist:
        PWTTUBAJTDSBDSR
        UALTWTVMCFBISIT
        THWIOFBMMPECTG
        VTDYFKWRBGWMRO
        TPBNWAMA
        BTBFFST
        DTMO
        T

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        • #5
          Re: Red Herrings and Coincidences

          So where does whale sperm fit into the mix?
          A third party security audit is the IT equivalent of a colonoscopy. It's long, intrusive, very uncomfortable, and when it's done, you'll have seen things you really didn't want to see, and you'll never forget that you've had one.

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          • #6
            Re: Red Herrings and Coincidences

            Originally posted by streaker69 View Post
            So where does whale sperm fit into the mix?
            It's not the sperm I'm worried about fitting . . .
            It's not stupid, it's advanced.

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