Can you help decipher this note about Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton?


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2017/09/11/can-you-help-decipher-this-not.html


#2

Flaming globes of Sigmund?


#3

something … something … women’s health … something …

That’s all I got. Reach out to Nick Gibbs, he can probably help.


#4

Beat me to it…


#5

Comments elsewhere indicate this could be Pitman Shorthand


#6

I believe it is a list of which of his fellow explorers he was planning to eat.


#7


#8

And here is the reaction from the Zucker Brothers


#9

I’d rather eat Johnson, sir!

So would I.


#10

So nobody wants to eat me?

With a gammy leg? euuugh


#11

Shackleton didn’t eat anyone. He was too damn awesome and lucky.

“For scientific discovery give me Scott; for speed and efficiency of travel give me Amundsen; but when disaster strikes and all hope is gone, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton.”


#12

Nope, sorry, I don’t recognize the script.

I have some of F. Alton Wade’s letters from Antarctica about the house somewhere.


#13

That is not to say he didn’t plan for such contingencies should the need arise. :wink:


#14

It troubles me whenever discussions about ocean-going Brits take strange detours in cannibalism.


#15

It’s written in Voynich. But Low Voynich. I can’t quite make it out.


#16

It’s not shorthand, the words just suffered shrinkage from the cold.


#17

“Christ it’s bloody cold.”


#18

“This jerk shot my cat.”


#19

“Should have brought Ovaltine.”


#20

Perhaps it’s in Qwghlm?