Cracking the Uncrackable Code

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Jim Sanborn created a sculpture containing a secret message. It sits on the grounds of CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Yet no one has been able to solve it. Code breakers from around the world have tried for 30 years. They’re stumped. The artist meets with people like cryptologist Elonka Dunin who are desperate to solve the mystery at his Maryland studio every year or so. But Sanborn won’t divulge any clues. It’s too much fun keeping everyone guessing.
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_merpitscassandra_ 23 minutes ago
Oooo Maryland :o
Voikiller 3 hours ago
Transform letters to numbers then use numbers for a GPS position?
KEEP ER GOIN 3 hours ago
Donald trumps roblox password
Zoi Meleva
Zoi Meleva 7 hours ago
Dead_Ringer Gaming
Dead_Ringer Gaming 8 hours ago
What if it’s not a code at all and that’s why no one can crack it the creator states “artwork should be meant to confuse people forever” well something along the lines of that but he could have just made people think it’s a code because of the first 3
Joanna Mysluk
Joanna Mysluk 9 hours ago
Alex Hirsch: F! I should have included this on Gravity Falls!
Simone the slayer
Simone the slayer 9 hours ago
She said in there late 2,000
Ryan-Sebastian De Villeres élève
Mabye the last code is unbreakable and that he made the first three solvable and the fourth un solvable mabye its just a pile of random letters, mabye the artist justs wants to see everyone try
DyNa 14 hours ago
Imagine it is meant to be unsolved because it cant be solved
\\Sage\\ 16 hours ago
*turns out its just jibberish to confuse people*
ScorpZ The 1st
ScorpZ The 1st 16 hours ago
I have a feeling that’s it’s something to do with illuminati🙁
ii_possumz 16 hours ago
Puzzles an stuff are one of my personalities and she’s exactly like mine.
Ponderer Of Pointless Dreams
Some indian kid probably posted the answer on 4-chan 5 years ago
Samuel Larsen
Samuel Larsen 10 hours ago
Light Yagami
Light Yagami 17 hours ago
What a legend
Pollatent 18 hours ago
It’s not uncrackable if you cracked it fuckwads
08354775 00061
08354775 00061 19 hours ago
When you realize it was just a giant crossword puzzle
Andrew Taylor
Andrew Taylor 21 hour ago
Is it in latin
Colten Nowak
Colten Nowak 22 hours ago
It would be funny as hell if when he died they went to the box and it’s was just a piece of paper saying “Sike”
Cheaterpig 2007
Cheaterpig 2007 23 hours ago
lmao what if the code just says “if you or one of your loved ones has been diagnosed with mesothelioma”
Matthew Davidson
Matthew Davidson 23 hours ago
Machine learning and AI will solve it!
what if it's just a bunch of random letters
Galactica Schuyler
The secret message is what alien weapons are hidden inside Area 51
New method: Jim: oh hi Elonka Elonka: *pulls out gun
ever thought that maybe he's just fuckin with people. the ultimate troll
Rayane Liam
Rayane Liam Day ago
Plot twist : the answer is SEND NUDES
Morgan Thomas
Just programme some sort of ai or algorithem to crack it
Luzzie Hall
Luzzie Hall Day ago
OMG I GOT IT ok so each letter will Jk no I have no idea
Caeden DeBoer
Caeden DeBoer 9 hours ago
Luzzie Hall YOU SNEAKY
naenae la raza
I have to come home now so that I’m not sure if y’all have a good good time to talk or have to work that weekend I will let her have it and then go get out of here to see what I have done for me omg omg was the day that we got to get it I was just going home to see how it went hey hey girl how is it baby hey baby I love to talk about this I love to see your baby girl and hug me and hug and kiss kiss me baby I wanna have a good day love and kiss hug and hug me baby love and hug me kiss hug and hug hug me and kiss kiss me kiss kiss and kiss hug me and kiss hug and kiss kiss me baby kiss hug hug me and hug me baby I love to talk about this place and hug me baby I wanna (here find the code )(i was just pressing the autocorrect in the middle of the keyboard)
Trinity G.
Trinity G. Day ago
maybe look at the shadow plays , at a certain time of day or night, FULL MOON
What if there is no code and the answer is literally what is on the sculpture
DioXL Day ago
Einstein: I'm the smartest man in the world, I can solve everything. Kryptos: Hold my letters.
Walter Beitusch
The code says Trump is your President.
Ben Day ago
What if you read it going side to side so if you lay on far left corner and switch to left then right continuously, it might show you a sentence that you would barely see?
donga kolny
donga kolny Day ago
So they didnt solve it? Uh. Okhay
hyisral Day ago
Imagine how long it would take before someone made an AI to solve this.
Péter Dobos
Péter Dobos Day ago
Code: Code xd
Gie Diola
Gie Diola Day ago
I guess it's his way of keeping friends and other people coming to him 😂😂😂
what if the code is a code he made as a kid that nobody has seen before
Nathan gami
Nathan gami Day ago
And here I am, solving a 4x4 puzzle for 9 Minutes
Yoongi And Wine
Imagine just lying that you know the answer and getting a whole ass feast (for freE) every year just for u to give them no answer
radornkeldam Day ago
it's random noise.
Gaege Webb
Gaege Webb Day ago
Click baited asf
MaxGoesHard Day ago
No one: Jim Sandborn: ucbfhntxidj5yruf5t iyhcbjdrnui hj
The Gamer Storm
Have they tried reading it upside down or backwards?
Brian B
Brian B Day ago
The message doesn't have a solution, it's about the friends we made along the way
LMAO Day ago
just give that to 4chan or cicada redditors, it'll be solved in a day. probably.
Dont use your real name On the internet
What it it wasnt meant to be a code at all and the previous ones are just coincidences
Xx_grims _xX
Xx_grims _xX Day ago
Why can’t she just put every letter on a puzzle piece and just solve it like that I mean she does like puzzles right
SKYlikesPIE Day ago
Some kid is gonna come along and crack it right in front of face within 30 seconds
Chris Hansen
Chris Hansen Day ago
If I were him I would’ve made it just random shit so that’s it can’t be solved since it’s just random letters and characters. But the other 3 I would make solveable just to fuck with people. I really hope that’s what he did
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