Do you like puzzles, mysteries, conspiracies? Happy Thanksgiving...

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    An organization on three occasions has posted a set of puzzles to possibly recruit codebreakers/linguists from the public. The first internet puzzle started on January 4, 2012, and ran for approximately one month. A second round began one year later on January 4, 2013, and a third round following the confirmation of a fresh clue posted on Twitter on January 4, 2014. The stated intent was to recruit "intelligent individuals" by presenting a series of puzzles which were to be solved. No new puzzles were published on January 4, 2015. However, a new clue was posted on Twitter on January 5, 2016. In April 2017 a verified PGP-signed message was found: Beware false paths. Always verify PGP signature from 7A35090F. That message explicitly denies the validity of any unsigned puzzle, as recently as April 2017.

    The puzzles focused heavily on data security, cryptography, and steganography.

    It has been called "the most elaborate and mysterious puzzle of the internet age" and is listed as one of the "top 5 eeriest, unsolved mysteries of the internet", and much speculation exists as to its function. Many have speculated that the puzzles are a recruitment tool for the NSA, CIA, MI6, a "Masonic conspiracy" or a cyber mercenary group. Others have claimed Cicada 3301 is an alternate reality game. No company or individual has taken credit for it or attempted to monetize it, however.

    CICADA 3301

    Here is an article from Fast Company about CICADA 3301
    http://bit.ly/2QpLyRs

    Here is a YouTube video.

     
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    What follows is a paraphrase of a comment left on the YouTube video page which I found too humerous not to share.

    Obviously nobody who is married or dating has tried to solve this puzzle. Because all they have to do is tell their spouse this is another man/woman they are talking to and the jealous spouse would have this solved in a matter of minutes.
     
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