Monday, April 6, 2020

April Fools' Day 2020: Clues

            As a follow-up on the April Fools’ Day story about manuscript-dating via sonic cavitation, here are the clues to the prank nature of the post:

            (1)  The name “Emma Hoffmarr.”  “Hoffnarr” is a Norwegian word for “fool” or “jester.”
            (2)  The photo of Emma Hoffnarr.   This is not a professor at the Delft University of Technology.  It is a photo of Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway.
            (3)  The picture of Klaus Ulysses.  This is not a former professor at Delft University of Technology.  It is a picture of Adrian Hasler, Prime Minister of Liechtenstein.
            (4)  The name “Klaus Ulysses.”  This is similar to the name “Ulysses Klaue” – run a Google-search for “Klaus Ulysses” and sites about Ulysses Klaue will show up near the top – who is a Marvel Comics supervillian (known as “Klaw” and featured in the movie “Black Panther”) specializing in the use of sonic weapons,  to which reference is made repeatedly in the post.  In Jack Kirby’s version of Klaw’s origin, he worked on sonics at the Technical University of Delft before becoming a super-villain with sonic weapons.
            (5)  It is intrinsically unlikely that “massive infrasound-waves” would be necessary to clean an ancient manuscript.
Rick Astley c. 1987.
            (6) There is no underground laboratory for soundwave-research near Klaksvik in the Faroe Islands.
            (7) Ultra-secret cipher clue:  In the last major section from “Dr. Hoffnarr,” the sentences begin with letters that spell T-O-S-K-D-A-G which is roughly equivalent in Norwegian to “Fool Day.” In the second-to-last section, the first letters of the first five sentences spell D-W-A-A-S, which is roughly equivalent in Dutch to “foolish” (I think).
            (8)  The final link in the post, ostensibly connected to an article in a scientific journal, takes readers to the RickRoll’d video (Rick Astley’s 1987 “Never Gonna Give You Up”).


Readers are encouraged to double-check the data in this post.

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