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10 Unsolved Codes That No One Can Crack

– [Voiceover] Given enough time, experts can generally
crack ciphers. However, every once in a
while, a code comes along that no one is able to solve,
despite decades of study. Are they hoaxes? Or are they really
just that good? These are 10 codes
that no one can crack. Number 10 is the
Voynich Manuscript. The Voynich Manuscript
first came to light in 1912, and carbon dating puts its
origin in the 15th century. It contains 250 pages
of illustrations relating primarily to
astrology and medicinal plants. Those are logical contents for
a Renaissance medical book. However, the text is written in an entirely unknown language, and most of the plant species discussed in the
Voynich Manuscript are either extinct
or alien in origin. This is because the plants depicted in the
Voynich Manuscript have still not been
identified to this day. Number Nine is the
Zodiac 340 Cipher. In 1969, a serial killer
calling himself the Zodiac mailed a series
of coded messages to local papers in
the San Francisco area with a demand that
they be printed. Some of the Zodiac’s
letters have been solved, but a cipher with 340
characters remains a mystery. A handful of people have
claimed to have solved it, but none of their solutions have been accepted
as definitive. The Zodiac Killer murdered
at least seven people, and attempted to
murder two others, but he has never
been identified. In his communications, he
claimed to have murdered 37. It’s very possible that
the Zodiac’s coded letters could contain his identity, or the location of previously
undiscovered victims. However, until the
340 cipher is solved, we will never know its contents. Number Eight is
the Phaistos Disc. The Phaistos Disc is
approximately 3,500 years old, and was found on
the island of Crete, home of the ancient
Minoan civilization, who were an ancient
Greek civilization that were wiped out by a
massive volcanic eruption. The Minoans are already
a bit of a mystery, as we can’t read
their dead language, which we call Linear A. But the Phaistos Disc
isn’t written in Linear A. It shares some symbols
with the languages, but it also includes numerous
other complex symbols that clearly do not belong
in Linear A’s alphabet. Without finding more
examples of this writing, it’s highly unlikely
that any linguist will ever be able
to break this code, because the Phaistos Disc
is the only known example of this strange language. There just isn’t enough
material to work with, and it’s likely we’ll
never know the contents or the purpose of
the Phaistos Disc. Number Seven is the
Shugborough Inscription. The letters O-U-O-S-V-A-V-V are carved on the Shepherd’s
Monument on Shugborough Hill in Great Britain. Many people who attempt to
decode the collection of letters presume they are an acrostic, representing the first
letter of eight words, although there’s no agreement on which eight
words it might fit. And the truth is, no one really
knows what the inscription is supposed to be communicating. What is known, however,
is that the inscription is paired with some mildly
disturbing and demonic faces. Number Six is the
D’Agapeyeff Cipher. When Alexander D’Agapeyeff wrote an introductory book on
cryptography in 1939, he included what is now known
as the D’Agapeyeff cipher as a practice exercise. Then, according to him, D’Agapeyeff forgot how
to solve his own cipher, and it was removed from
later printings of his books. To this day, no one
has ever figured out just what D’Agapeyeff forgot. Number Five is the
Dorabella Cipher. The Dorabella Cipher was written by composer Edward Elgar
to Dora Penny in 1897. It’s composed entirely of a
series of connected semicircles oriented in
different directions. Dora claims to have never
been able to read the code, although she kept the
letter for decades, and remained friends with
Elgar his entire life. Number Four is the Beale Papers. In 1885, James B. Ward
published a pamphlet including three cipher texts
comprised entirely of numbers. According to Ward, the
ciphers direct readers to treasure buried by Thomas
J. Beale in the 1820s. After buying the treasure, Beale supposedly gave a box
which contained the ciphers to a local innkeeper. It took 23 years for the
innkeeper to open the box, and decades more before he
shared it with a friend. That friend, never named, tried for 20 years
to decipher the text, but succeeded with only one, which described the
contents of the treasure. Many suspect the Beale Papers
to be a hoax of Ward’s. One has to ask why there
needed to be multiple ciphers for what is really
only one message. It was convenient
that the cipher with the most tantalizing
info, the treasure’s contents, just happened to be decoded, and by an anonymous
person, no less. Number Three is the mystery
of the Somerton Man. In 1948, an unidentified
man was found dead on Somerton Beach just south
of Adelaide, Australia. He had no wallet, no ID, and
no labels on his clothes. He appeared to have
gently died in his sleep. However, after an autopsy,
the coroner was convinced that the man had been poisoned
with something undetectable. A scrap of paper in the
man’s trouser pocket bore the words “tamam shud,”
Persian for “finished.” It had been torn
from the final page of a book of Persian
poetry called the “Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.” When the specific book
was eventually discovered, a cipher was found
on the rear page. It consists of five
lines of capital letters, although one line
is crossed out. The cipher has
never been cracked. The man’s identity has
never been discovered, and his murder has
never been solved. Number Two is the Chaocipher. J. F. Byrne invented
the Chaocipher in 1918. The physical encoding mechanism was meant to be small
and easy to use, yet produce an
unbreakable cipher text. Byrne even offered cash rewards to anyone who could
crack it, and no one did. Then, a few years ago,
Moshe Rubin made contact with the widow of Byrne’s son, and she allowed him
access to his materials. Apparently, the encoding
mechanism really
is quite devious. However, one error in coding
would throw off everything after the initial mistake, making it difficult
to use in the field. Number One is Rick
McCormick’s encrypted notes. In 1999, 41 year old high
school dropout Rick McCormick was found shot to
death in a cornfield. Although he had previously
been troubled with the law, police never discovered
anything suggesting that someone had
motive to kill him. The existence of the ciphers
was not made public until 2011, when the police reached out
for help in deciphering them. They were inundated by tips,
but none of them panned out. It’s unknown whether
McCormick wrote the notes, or had them handed to him. The police hope that there is information
pertinent to the murder contained within, such
as where he had been or who he was with, but to date, it remains an unsolved
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100 thoughts on “10 Unsolved Codes That No One Can Crack

  1. BTW you could have gotten a sneak peak of this video if you followed us on Twitter:

  2. the music is so damn erie I felt uncomfortable as hell watching this . yeah I know that was supposed to be the desired effect .good choice

  3. while i was watching this i was very creeped out, so much so that when my stomach growled, i jumped lmao

  4. The Voynich Manuscript was cracked in 2014. And the Phaistos disc and the Shugborough Code where also cracked in 2014.

  5. What about the Indus valley script? It's been over a hundred years and still nobody has figured it's meaning.

  6. Ha! Bet you can't solve mine!

  7. Woinich code it's very probable that's a Great Hoax,
    made for grabbing money from the Holy Roman Emperor
    Rudolph.. (some number)

  8. You should read the book "The Most Dangerous Animal."  very compelling evidence of the Zodiac killer being Earl van Best, Jr.

  9. I have worked on beale paper, and its a hox, to keep new generation attached with old documents like declaration of independence, constitution etc. I have tried most popular documents prior to 1817. and it just don't make sense. its a plain example of a hoax.

  10. How did that gravestone with 8 letters come in fron of the zodiac. Zodiac has gone decades without being caught he's fucked but a genius none the less

  11. Voynich Manuscript is a hoax. Linguists have established the letters don't follow a pattern that can represent a working alphabet.

  12. fgbnds ,.jkghsddfZ.zx jkzx fgdfjkvb fgkl fgZm,sd cvhj,.,. dfklhjfgdfkl,. klfgsdZdffgbn
    Hopefully someone decipher that and use the information to get a head start

  13. solve this

  14. Annoying when people can't spell. Cypher not Cipher. Mind you when you spell colour without the 'U' what do you expect.

  15. the last one is ovice he has dislcea and despraca and brobpy bad spelling and riting. when I saw it some ov it was readable.

  16. how to solve this?


  17. i made up my own cipher!!! it's un crackable !! its a paragraph containing a message !! its harder then all these ones

  18. 01101000 01110100 01110100 01110000 01110011 00111010 00101111 00101111 01110111 01110111 01110111 00101110 01111001 01101111 01110101 01110100 01110101 01100010 01100101 00101110 01100011 01101111 01101101 00101111 01110111 01100001 01110100 01100011 01101000 00111111 01110110 00111101 01100100 01010001 01110111 00110100 01110111 00111001 01010111 01100111 01011000 01100011 01010001

  19. If someone is interested in the Cicada Thing, I have one similar here's the link

  20. Steven


    Also, the Phaistos Disc is just a 3,500 year old 3 week dinner planner. They just didn’t have paper in their tribe….

  21. I appear to have cracked the Z340 cipher. It is in a 'Billowy Wave' configuration. I provide a substitution legend, keyword arrival and transposition methodology. Zodiac Killer has left a JFK related message. Not a Larp. Please progress beyond the Mickey image in the video for the coding etc. Be prepared for a non mathematical solution and reserve judgement until watching the video in it's entirety, plus read my comments. Thanks . I am an amateur but have made an extensive study of this case. Click on the round abstract humanoid profile icon . Thanks

  22. The Voynich Manuscript is written in phonetic Early Turkish. The mystery was solved by Alberta electrical engineer Ahmet Ardiç and his sons, using a diagram that they sensibly interpreted as a calendar. The Ardiç family are of Turkish ethnicity, and used an academic textbook on Early Turkish. The alphabet and words are standard early Turkish, and though one must laud the Ardiç family, one must also condemn all the academic linguists who failed to spot the language as Early Turkish, as this was the obvious answer based on the history of the manuscript and the apparent structure of the language. The Voynich Manuscript gives one a fascinating insight into many aspects of the Early Turkish world, including the contemporary knowledge of plants and their uses, and the jobs that people did. Frankly, the manuscript should never have been a mystery, and the greatest mystery is how it remained a mystery for centuries! No doubt the leading academics in the field are more than merely red-faced!

  23. There's a good chance that at least some of these got messed up while encoding them, making them unbreakable – because they don't make sense

  24. Tribele Cipher

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