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The Somerton Man Case. The body of a man found on an Australian beach close to a major Atomic Testing ground, he was probably poisoned, a copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and an unbroken Code page found and associated to him. Set against a Cold War background in 1948, was this man a spy? We think so and this blog focuses on the evidence that was left behind and in some cases missed, the Code page, Dry Cleaning numbers, A Poem and a small, torn piece of paper bearing the words TAMAM SHUD.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

The Somerton Man: Example Micro Writing

It struck me that it would be a good idea if I were to post a modern day example of Micro or Miniature writing, so here it is:

In the section below you will see three lines the first being extremely narrow and then growing in size, they are in fact miniature writing examples as you will find out if you copy and paste them into a Word document and then increase the font size:

Name: unknown. Cause of death: unknown. Occupation: unknown – but perhaps a former ballet dancer. Possessions: one pack of cigarettes (half filled with a different brand of smoke); one hidden pocket, concealing a scrap of paper with two words in Persian, torn from a rare first edition book;five lines written in an unknown code. Welcome to the world's mostperplexing cold case. Can you help to solve the mysteryThe discovery of a body on an Adelaide beach in December 1948 sparked aninvestigation that remains active to this day. Was the dead man a loveror a fighter – a new father or a spy? Why might an expert witness at theinquest suggest that he had habitually worn high-heeled shoes? WasAustralia's most eminent pathologist right conclude he had been killedby an ultra-rare muscle relaxant normally used to tip poison arrows inSomalia? And what of the mysterious phrase'Tam├ím Shud'? It's from OmarKhayyam, but how is it that the two editions of the poet's famous Rubaiyat that are central to the case seem not to actually exist?It's a fifty-one-star, gold-plated puzzler, all right. Confused? I'm afraid you probably still will be even after reading the full article here...

From this I hope you can see how smart the people involved were in those tomes now almost 65 years ago, they din't have computers or......

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