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Steganographic challenge - Habemus plus vis computatoris quam Deus
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Steganographic challenge

One of the oldest known examples of steganography is the "shaved slave", as in the example of Histiaeus.  You shaved a slave's head, tattooed a message on it, waited for his hair to grow back, and then sent him off to carry your message, hoping that he wasn't intercepted and your recipient at his destination knew what to do with him.

Of course, interpreting the hidden data correctly was up to the recipient.

We just shaved my head last night, as a step towards trying to clear up a scalp condition. It sure looks like all the scar tissue is encoding SOMETHING or other.

Go for it.  The more far-fetched, the better.  :)

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fair_witness From: fair_witness Date: September 1st, 2011 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Obviously that's the map to Yellowbeard's buried treasure.
unixronin From: unixronin Date: September 1st, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

And ...how would one be readin' this map, then? Supposin' one was to come across it by chance, like?
fair_witness From: fair_witness Date: September 1st, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lookin' over yer shoulder, matey, because the Yellowbeards are never more dangerous than when they're dead.
suzilem From: suzilem Date: September 2nd, 2011 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Suez Canal and a guide to various piratical lairs.
jilara From: jilara Date: September 2nd, 2011 12:33 am (UTC) (Link)
How to find your way through Edo castle to assassinate the Shogun.
unixronin From: unixronin Date: September 2nd, 2011 12:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Doesn't seem like there'd be a lot of job security in that line of work...
cymrullewes From: cymrullewes Date: September 2nd, 2011 01:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I say it is a map of the Moon.
docstrange From: docstrange Date: September 2nd, 2011 03:01 am (UTC) (Link)
That's no moon...
ratseal From: ratseal Date: September 2nd, 2011 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Sir, where did you put your head that it was that unwelcome?!
unixronin From: unixronin Date: September 2nd, 2011 11:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I swear, I was just minding my own business......
cymrullewes From: cymrullewes Date: September 2nd, 2011 12:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, you see, there was this fire.... and when you're 18 MONTHS old, you don't know any better than to walk through it to get away from it, when it is in your room, and it made your crib shake when the shrapnel hit it.
brownkitty From: brownkitty Date: September 2nd, 2011 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Subdermal armour experiment proceeding apace.
unixronin From: unixronin Date: September 2nd, 2011 11:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, I like that one.
cymrullewes From: cymrullewes Date: September 2nd, 2011 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
If he ends up bald, I'm declaring experiment failure.
fatcook From: fatcook Date: September 2nd, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Day 42:
Partial success!
Secondary exterior brain growth has appeared. Extremely slow at this point.
Shall increase amount of mead to 1 liter per 24 hour period.
unixronin From: unixronin Date: September 2nd, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

mr_spock From: mr_spock Date: September 2nd, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Some very good comments/ideas suggested here. So, what does it say about me that the first thing I saw was a relief of the lion's face from Chronicles of Narnia? Argh!
mrmeval From: mrmeval Date: September 3rd, 2011 12:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Scan the exterior of your skull and then spread it out like a map projection.

Dark areas are zero, light areas are 1 in millimeter increments. Convert that to both EBCDIC and ASCII then using a Linux dictionary select each word by finding the first match for a word then going to the next digit and starting over.

Then have 100 monkeys pick a word from a bin of those words and tell us what it says.

We await the prophecy.
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