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112: Cracking the Code

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We give you the 001101000011000100110001 on the puzzling history and facts about codes, and hidden meanings! This origin story of the Enigma machine, code name quiz, and what the foxtrot is up with the NATO alphabet? Learn how James Brown, Beethoven, and Johnny Cash share a cryptic connection. And sit by the counter with a cup of joe and whistleberries so Chris can serve up the tasty (and weird) history behind coded American diner lingo.

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Reader Comments (13)

Was the Morse Code at the end of the episode GJB ?

May 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

you mentioned that you have new record-able buzzer sounds and that does seem interesting...however, i think you need to make a sound-board of Karen's reactions to new facts (WOAHHH, NO WAYYY, etc.) for our amusement or, better yet, have a sound-board for all of you so when someone is absent *cough* Dana *cough* it's like they are still there

May 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdanny

Nothing on the Navajo Code Talkers? :)

May 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTAmber

Re Diner lingo: my dad used to talk about "shit on a shingle". It was creamed chipped beef on toast.

May 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGretchen

10 points for using an Allan Sherman song. I grew up listening to him and not a lot of people know who he is anymore. Evidently the people who put together The Family Guy Star Wars spoof knew about Return of the Jedi's working title.

May 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Gretchen: I certainly came across that in my research, but we're a kid-friendly show!

May 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I just looked up the morse code at the end, and all I have to say is, I'll take that as a compliment!

June 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRichie

Hi! We have some ideas. We live in Alaska, what about an episode about the woods. Lots of stuff to delve into there.

We think the buzzers should be a minion going, say whaa, or, u guys saying bzz bzz bzz.

Another good episode would be arts and crafts, the 50 states, common results. (Google searches, book checkouts, best selling apps of all time, stuff like that. That would be cool. Bye! Will be listening for new episodes.

I feel proud that I cracked that code. Thanks, proud of it!

June 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

Thanks for the info on the Shinteki website. My brain is currently leaning out of my ear.

June 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBollo

Firstly let me say that I really appreciate all the knowledge you guys share. I also appreciate the care you take to make this family friendly. I don't have children but I do find we fall on vocabulary better suited to a more appropriate time with frequency. It is refreshing.
I was thinking about translating texts and how it is like breaking a code. It reminded me of a story I had heard on NPR many moons ago. They were talking about a mistakenly translated number that was associated with a rather dark figure in biblical text. The 666 we associate with Lucifer is not the actual number, it's 616. There is much speculation on whether it was actually Satan they were talking about or if it was the Emperor Caligula. You may know this already but it's interesting to me that this mistranslation is so persistent.

June 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKhava

I actually knew the Ice on Rice thing from an episode about diners of Reading Rainbow!!!

July 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterElizbaeth Morris

watch Gjb live tv channels on Mobdro apk file from

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