Woman discovers 'secret' coded message in John Milton poem 'Paradise Lost'

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/11/07/woman-discovers-secret-cod.html

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“Phaal: ‘FALL, FALL, FALL.’”

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A bit of a stretch but cool nonetheless!

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A word occurs to me… Pareidolia

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The first letters of the eight lines Phaal found in the poem spell out “FFAALLAF.”

This is clearly about Milton’s love for Falafel dishes, and nothing else!

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Wow. So the “secret” message in a poem about about Adam and Eve’s fall from grace is “fall”

Interesting.

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Yep. She fell for it!

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Did he mean loofahs?

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Perhaps it’s unkind to observe that the message might be less “Fall” and more “F. All”.

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God this is dumb

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If it’s supposed to be a ‘double fall’ it should be FFAALLLL.

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The maximum number p of pieces that can be created with a given number of cuts n , where n ≥ 0, is given by the formula p=(n*2+n+2)/2, yielding the first four numbers 1,2,4,7…

Reversing “Miranda” gives us “adnarim”, and taking the first, second, fourth, and seventh letters gives us “Adam” with only three letters left over.

I also just discovered that “Phaal” sounds like “fall”.

Milton was very fond of pancakes. Well, probably. I mean, who isn’t?

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Paradise Lost has over 10000 lines. A random selection of 8 of them start with a mangled combination of F, A and L. This is below the tier of youtube game theory videos.

This is so stupid I am legit mad.

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Based on her name, this is clearly a joke, right?

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Here’s my acrostic discovery. If you take the first letters from:

Squadrons at once, with huge two-handed sway
Brandisht aloft the horrid edge came down
Wide wasting; such destruction to withstand
He hasted, and oppos’d the rockie Orb
Of tenfold Adamant, his ample Shield
A vast circumference: At his approach

SBWHOA

In other words:
WHOA, BS.

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This poem is three hundred and fifty years old and by now several hundred undergrads, in a desperate attempt to sound clever and do something to fill out the page count at 3 AM on the due date, have already discussed the matter at tremendous length.

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Is this from the Dominos Pizza training manual?

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They’re rather like those virtuous pagan philosophers Milton mentions in book 2 of Paradise Lost:

Others apart sat on a hill retired,
In thoughts more elevate, and reasoned high
Of providence, foreknowledge, will, and fate,
Fixed fate, free will, foreknowledge absolute,
And found no end, in wandering mazes lost.
Of good and evil much they argued then,
Of happiness and final misery,
Passion and apathy, and glory and shame:
Vain wisdom all, and false philosophy.

Bullshit, in a word. . . .

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[Checks today’s date] Nope, 146 days early…

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