Originally posted by wired.comFor more than a decade, amateur and professional cryptographers have been trying to decipher an encrypted sculpture that sits on the grounds of the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Three-fourths of the sculpture has already been solved.
But now Jim Sanborn, the artist who created the Kryptos sculpture, says he made a mistake. A previously solved part of the puzzle that sleuths assumed was correct for years isn't. The new information, including what the mistaken text really says, is creating a buzz among enthusiasts who've been obsessed over the sculpture for years.
I would love to know what the final riddle means, but I think the part that surprised me was that nobody seems to be upset that he hadn't noticed or said anything about the error until 10 years later. For anybody that's interested, the picture link has the original encrypted messages in it. Also, here is the wikipedia entry, which has already been updated to include the corrected plain text.
(edited by rinberg on 21.4.06 1353) I wasn't sure what happened. Then I saw the train stopping up ahead. I thought, ‘Holy crap dude, you just got hit by a train.'
The Dubliners also did a song based on the story, the lyrics for which can be found hither.... http://www.lyricsondemand.com/d/dublinerslyrics/thesicknotelyrics.html Whether this makes the story any more believable is questionable ;)