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Codes have done everything from
transmitting crucial information
during World War II to keeping little
brother from snooping in your diary.
Here are some that have remained
uncrackable. The Zodiac Killer's codes It's been 40 years since the serial
killer terrorized the San Francisco Bay
Area. The murderer sent letters to the
newspapers and police, and four
contained coded messages. Only one
was cracked. Mental Floss notes that the 408-character code -- deciphered
by Donald and Bettye Harden --
contained mistakes and spelling
errors, possibly making the other
three messages so difficult to
untangle. But amateur cryptanalysts still try to
break the codes: Last year Corey
Starliper, a Zodiac-killer obsessive,
said he figured out the toughest one,
even though police and experts dismissed his claim . If you want a challenge, check out this Web tool that allows you to take a crack at the
cipher yourself. Shugborough inscription A simple sequence of letters is all it is:
O U O S V A V V is carved between the
letters D and M on the 18th-century
Shepherd's Monument located at
Shugborough Hall in Staffordshire,
England. The monument was commissioned by Thomas and
Admiral George Anson, and the
letters have never been fully
explained, therefore having the
dubious honor of being one of the
great unsolved cipher texts. Theories abound . The inscription has been thought to be a love letter to
Anson's wife, an abbreviated Latin
phrase, and even a link to the Priory
of Sion -- a code that would lead to
the Holy Grail. Dan Brown's novel,
"The Da Vinci Code," had a similar idea, prompting new interest in the
inscription. But so far, nobody has
cracked it, not even Tom Hanks. Kryptos In 1990, a sculpture was created for the CIA that incorporated four encoded messages as a challenge to
the employees at the agency. While
people at various organizations,
including the CIA and NSA, have said
they have solved three of them, the
fourth remains the toughest to decipher, since it contains only 97 or
98 characters. Richard Feynman's challenge ciphers In 1987 physics professor Richard
Feynman received three encoded messages from a fellow scientist at Los Alamos, California, and shared
them with his graduate students. Only
one of the three has ever been
solved. It turned out to be the
opening lines of Chaucer's
"Canterbury Tales" written in Middle English. The unsolved puzzles are posted here . Check out the junior code cracker in
"Electric City,"the new
postapocalyptic series from Tom
Hanks, and follow @ElectricCityAMP
for more clues. And catch up with the series by
watching the first episode.