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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.

Thursday, 29 September 2016



Why don't the aspect ratios and dimensions match?

The video clip above shows the comparison between the 'An Empty Glass' copy of the Rubaiyat and the image of the actual book found and associated with the Somerton Man, the latter image came from the University of Adelaide wiki.

The aspect ratio for the code page shown above is .7989:1. and the dimensions are 11.44 mm X 9.14 mm

The image shown on the right of the outer of the original book has an aspect ratio of .65 :1 and measurements are 13.8 mm x 9.14 mm.

The aspect ratio of the Empty Glass book is .793:1 and the dimensions are 11.5 mm X 14.5 mm

On the face of it:

1. Both the 'code page' and the Empty Glass book are a different shape to the original book and as you can see, the original book though similar also appears to be a different shape.

Image From Empty Glass Wiki

2. The book that you will find on the Empty Glass wiki has more surface area than the code page,

It appears that a piece measuring 5.5 mm x 11.5mm is missing, but, taking into account that inner pages are a little smaller than the outer of the book, that would suggest that the code was written on an inner page whilst it was resting against the inside of the back cover or the outer back cover leaving the indentations there. The police then used UV light to reveal the indentations that they found.

Is it possible that the page was first torn out and then rested on the back of the dust cover? The answer is no because that would have meant that the trademark triangle would have been visible and that isn't the case as you can see in the image below.

There remains an issue of a discrepancy in the aspect ratios of the original book and the Empty Glass book. I recall a conversation with Gerry Feltus in which he told me that he owned a W&T book that had a dust cover, was a 'pocket version' made to slip into an inside pocket so narrower, and had no trademark triangle on the back.
For a few reasons it has been a long day, if anyone has any thoughts on this or if it needs correcting, which quite frankly wouldn't surprise me at the moment, then please submit a comment.

The two images of the book from the Empty Glass wiki page are acknowledged and with thanks.


Anonymous said...

I am THAT deep into this rabbit hole that I was sad to see your link on the empty glass wiki just comes back to this blog and NOT the video of the discrepancies between books. Care to link here? Or do I just dive deeper? --VarlaV

Gordon332 said...

Hello, Not sure how that happened, when I posted there I tested the link and it worked, good to see that you found the page at least. Apart from rectifying an 'administrative error', is there anything I can help you with?