Unsolved Mysteries: The Fermilab Puzzle

The Chicago Tribune reports on a mysterious cryptogram received by Fermilab:

The enigma began last year when a plain envelope with no return address arrived at the world-famous physics laboratory outside Chicago, addressed simply to "Fermilab." Inside was a single sheet marked by pen with a bizarre series of hash marks, numbers and alien-looking symbols. No one at the lab could make sense of the letter. Was it a joke? A threat? A hint at some exotic new theory?

The lab eventually posted the puzzle on its website, and the online community within days had partially solved it. The first part says, "FRANK SHOEMAKER WOULD CALL THIS NOISE." (referring, apparently, to a physicist who used to work at Fermilab). The bottom part reads: "EMPLOYEE NUMBER BASSE SIXTEEN." The middle section remains unsolved.

Unfortunately, these messages are as cryptic as the code itself. If you like puzzles, see if you can be the one to shed light on this enigma.
     Posted By: Alex - Mon Jul 14, 2008
     Category: Science | Unsolved Mysteries

*dusts off decoder ring*
Posted by MadCarlotta on 07/14/08 at 10:44 AM
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