The power of the internet knows no bounds. With all the information imaginable available right at your fingertips, the possibilities of things to do with said information are endless. You can solve crimes, crack codes, find missing people, change the world - or, like most of us do, you can doomscroll on Twitter until you’re really depressed then watch TikToks of cats to cheer up.
Lots of people have used the internet in a much more productive way though, some going as far as to become amateur detectives or genealogists. With the power of Twitter you can find anything from your lost wallet to your lost daughter, and with the added potential to learn pretty much any skill for free online the scope extends far beyond that.
Reddit, Facebook, Twitter and the like can be some of the most frustrating, mind-numbingly stupid places in the world. There really is no end to how ridiculous people can be and it is all showcased right there! However, just when you think you’ve lost faith in humanity, they do something really cool and maybe, just maybe all is right in the world.
9. Decoding A Dying Grandmother’s Final Writings
When Ask MetaFilter user JannaK posted her family’s mystery out for all to see, she certainly wasn’t expecting for the whole thing to be solved and explained in a matter of minutes - especially when prior to then her family had been pouring over it for twenty years!
The mystery in question was a code written by her grandmother just before she died of cancer, comprising twenty paper cards sprawled with seemingly nonsensical letter patterns. “My grandmother passed away in 1996 of a fast-spreading cancer. She was non-communicative her last two weeks, but in that time, she left at least 20 index cards with scribbled letters on them,” wrote JannaK, “We puzzled over them for a few months trying substitution ciphers, and didn't get anywhere.”
Within just fourteen minutes of posting pictures of the code cards online, JannaK had her answer: they were prayers.
Each letter stood for the first letter in a word in what would amount to different prayers or messages to god, for example: ‘OFWAIHHBTN’ is the first line of the Lord’s Prayer, ‘our father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name’. It’s quite a simple ‘code’ when it comes down to it, but when trying to decipher the last thoughts of an elderly, unwell woman you can’t blame the family for not knowing where to start. Thanks to a little help from the internet, her family can now read her last prayers and messages decades later.