On the site Metafilter, a user posted a photo of a card that their grandmother had filled with the random letters once she became unable to speak in the final days of battling brain cancer. Within 15 minutes the code was deciphered, solving a 20-year mystery.
My grandmother passed away in 1996 of a fast-spreading cancer. She was non-communicative her last two weeks, but in that time, she left at least 20 index cards with scribbled letters on them. My cousins and I were between 8-10 years old at the time, and believed she was leaving us a code. We puzzled over them for a few months trying substitution ciphers, and didn’t get anywhere.
It turns out she was using the first letters of words and writing out prayers, Below is the post where they figured out the prayer…
AGH, YES! Sorry for the double post, but:
Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name… etc etc etc
People are still working on the rest of the messages and you can follow the updates at this link Decoding cancer.
It is amazing the power of sharing information on the internet and helping others overcome their brick walls. Especially in this case solving a family’s 20-year-old mystery and helping them discover more about their grandmother.