In 1967, during excavation for the construction of a new shopping center in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, workers uncovered a vault containing a cache of ancient scrolls. […] Among the documents found intact in the Monroeville collection was a lengthy codex, written in no known language and inscribed with superhuman precision. […] During a visit to the excavation site for a new computer science building at CMU, workers discovered a set of inscribed tablets that proved to be the Rosetta Stone for interpreting the Monroeville codex. — Professor Emeritus Harry Q. Bovik,
Computational Archaeolinguistics Institute,
Carnegie Mellon University
If you like puzzles and like to program, then I strongly suggest trying the ICFP Programming Contest, 2006. The task starts with implementing a program to decode a codex, and once decoded, a whole new set of puzzles open up. I imagine it would be particularly fun for teenagers who are looking for intermediate programming challenges to work on, but I’m sure everyone would enjoy it. A updated transcription of the codex has was released two weeks ago with
bug fixes, harder problems, and easter eggs.
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