Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Hidden Information

When you are working with maps, carved or otherwise there will be some hidden information in the symbols, especially with outlaw maps. I know, a lot of the symbols are hard to make sense of so having “hidden” information can be even more confusing.

When you are looking at maps and trying to figure out symbols and information you should try to keep it logical and sometimes sneaky. Almost everybody has a sneaky side and you should employ that knowledge when looking at maps.

I have posted a photo of part of a map that contains “hidden” information. When you look at this carving the information isn’t really hidden, it’s very obvious but it is designed to be hidden to the casual observer. The T.S. has dots or drill holes by each letter but there is also a third dot or drill hole above the T. The average person would see this and assume it was someone’s initials and ignore the third dot. The three dots are indicating that you are looking for a triangle. I say “indicating” because in this case there was a triangle but in other cases the dots could be a number for a distance or the number of holes you are to find.

Another piece of hidden information in this carving is in the T itself. If you look at the vertical lines on each end of the top horizontal line you will see that one is perpendicular to the T and the other is slanted out and away from the T. These two lines also indicate that there is a triangle, showing a straight side and a slanted side. This would tell you that the three drill holes are a picture of what you are looking for, three individual points that make a triangle. If you look closely at the line that is slanted out away from the T you will notice that the carved line is hollowed out on the inside of the carving. This hollowing out is showing you the down hill side of the line. This information helps you know that the carving needs to be reversed based on the terrain around the area.

The third piece of hidden information in this carving is the fact that the T.S. was carved at a slant. It doesn’t show the slant very well in this photo because I took the photo at a slant so I could see the T.S. straight. The slant of the T.S. tells you how the triangle is laid out compared to the location of where the carving of the T.S. is.

The final hidden clue in this carving is the fact that it was meant to be looked at in reverse. Once you reversed the carving and looked at the slant and the “legs” on the T it gave you the layout of the triangle that is depicted by the three drill holes.

All of this information is very obvious if you are looking for it but the carving was designed to seem like something else than a map if looked at by somebody who isn’t suspicious enough to recognize the sneaky ways of an outlaw.

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