You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!

Ardis over at Keepapitchinin has a fascinating post about the use of codes and ciphers in Mormon History, which led to some thoughts about the movie “A Christmas Story”, where a Little Orphan Annie decoder ring plays a big role. For your enjoyment, here are some odds and ends images of various decoder rings and pins that I’ve found.

Be sure to drink your Ovaltine!


US and Nigeria Swap Economies – Film at 11!

My junk mail filter requires constant maintenance, so i often see a lot of the garbage that slowly circles the drain leading to the recycle bin.  This one, however, was too good to pass up.  We’re all too familiar with the old Nigerian 419 scam about their prime ministers widow who needs to get $25 million dollars out of the country, and only needs your bank account information so you can take your 20% fee for helping.
Apparently, with the recent wall street meltdown, and implosion of the credit markets, we’ve now swapped economies with Nigeria, as can be seen in this email I received today:


I am Sandy Berger, Former National Security Adviser to  Former President  BILL CLINTON of United States Of America. I decided to contact you  because of the prevailing security report reaching my office and the  intense  nature of policy in U.S.A.
This is to inform you about our plan to send your fund to you via cash  delivery. This system will be easier for you and for us. We are going  to send  your contract part payment of US$100. Million to you via diplomatic  courier  service.I have secured every needed document to cover the money.
Note: The money is coming on 2 security proof boxes. The boxes are  sealed with  synthetic nylon seal and padded with machine. This fund was in our  treasury during our regime; it was meant for our Local AFEM market.But  since the money was  not  used and no one knows about it , I will use my position as the Former  National Security Adviser to the  President  to send this fund to you. The boxes are coming with a Diplomatic agent  who  will accompany the boxes to your house address. All you need to do now  Is to  send to me your full house address and your identity such as,  international  passport or drivers license including your contact phone numbers, The  Diplomatic attached will travel with it. He will call you immediately  he  arrives
Note: The diplomatic does not know the original contents of the boxes.
What l declared to them as the contents is Sensitive Photographic Film  Material. I  did not declare money to them please. If they call you and ask you the  contents please tell them the same thing Ok,I will let you know how far  I have  gone with the arrangement. I will secure the Diplomatic immunity  clearance  certificate that will be tagged on the boxes to make it stand as a  diplomatic  consignment.
This clearance will make it pass every custom checkpoint all over  without hitch. Confirm the receipt of this message and send the  requirements  to me immediately you receive this message.If you need more information  about  this, i will give you the contact of the diplomatic agents for more  information on how to carry out the plan.
Please I need urgent reply because the boxes are schedule to be moved  as soon  as we  hear from you. Reply me immediately you receive this message
Best Regards,
Sandy Berger
Former National Security Adviser to the President Of United States Of  America